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Digital made up 80% of Ubisoft's first quarter sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 20 mins ago

Ubisoft reports stellar first quarter revenues and sales driven by strong digital growth across all segments and platforms, including PS4, Xbox One and PC.

 

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French games-maker Ubisoft is transforming more and more of its business into digital revenue streams, and this initiative is paying off big. The company recently announced total sales earnings of 202.1 million euros ($232.78 million) in the three-month period ending June 30, all without even releasing a new game.

 

What's even more impressive is that 80.4% of these earnings, or 164.2 million euros ($189.07 million) were from digital purchases such as full game sales as well as recurrent consumer spending via microtransactions, DLC and add-ons. Ubisoft categorizes the latter digital monetization revenues as PRI, or "Player Recurring Investment," which also saw tremendous growth in the quarter: the company earned 83.1 million euros ($95.69 million) in PRI, up a mighty 73.4% year-over-year. PRI actually made up 41.1% of the quarter's total sales, meaning almost half of Ubisoft's digital revenues consisted of paid add-ons and other content.

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Console gamers to spend more on DLC than games in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 27 mins ago

As the games industry shifts towards a digital-powered games-as-a-service model with recurring revenue streams at the whims of consumers, analyst firm SuperData reports that console gamers will purchase and consume more digital content in the form of microtransactions, DLC, and add-ons than games in 2017.

 

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In today's market, digital-driven games like Overwatch, GTA Online, Rocket League and FIFA dominate consoles across the world, earning billions in combined revenue. We've just reported on how Ubisoft's digital-first strategy is paying off big, and other publishers are just as keen on slicing off their share of the lucrative market as gamers are to spend on their creations. Analyst firm SuperData predicts that add-on content--which includes microtransactions, DLC, season passes and other post-release content like map packs--will make up over 50% of the console gaming sector's total revenues for 2017. This effectively means console gamers are willing to spend more money on add-ons than they are on full game downloads.

 

The firm also reports that add-on content makes up 75% of total revenues for top-earning console games for 2015 through 2017. Reliance on additional content is furthered by the yearly decrease of retail sales (2016's holiday season was the worst for retail games in the US in 20 years). Publishers must learn how to establish a proper timetable and road map for new console IP to gain maximum revenue.

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GTA Online earned $1.09 billion, says analyst firm

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 24 mins ago

Take-Two Interactive's massively lucrative online-based Grand Theft Auto game has pulled in considerable lifetime-to-date earnings, according to research firm SuperData.

 

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Grand Theft Auto V's massively popular persistent online open-world component, GTA Online, has generated an estimated $1.092 billion in total revenues, analyst firm SuperData reports. GTA V is the highest-earning digital console game of all time thanks to its hugely profitable add-on content, the firm said in a recent market report, with total revenues of $1.4 billion since its release in 2013--78% of which was earned by add-on content through GTA Online.

 

Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive reported strong earnings in its last fiscal year thanks to the years-old GTA V and GTA Online powerhouse. The company earned $927.1 million in digital net revenues, with recurrent consumer spending on DLC/add-ons/microtransactions making up 50% of revenues, or $460.85 million. GTA Online had a tremendous effect on digital sales revenue, too: bookings from recurrent monetization streams grew a substantial 52% over last year to an impressive $562.7 million, or 57% of total digitally-delivered bookings.

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Microsoft earned $90 billion last fiscal year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 11 hours, 40 mins ago

Tech titan Microsoft has reported its total yearly and fourth quarter earnings for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, showing substantial earnings spikes in all segments.

 

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Microsoft pulled in a total of $90 billion in revenues for Fiscal Year 2017, handily beating Wall Street's predictions thanks to a big tax write-off from its mobile phone business (Microsoft recorded an effective tax rate of 8% of reported GAAP revenues versus the 15% tax rate in FY16) and impressive growth in the giant's four major segments.

 

The Redmond-based company reported operating income $22.3 billion for the fiscal year, and net income of $21.2 billion. As Business Insider notes, these figures caused Microsoft stock to climb.

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Xiaomi's upcoming phone to rock dual camera and MIUI 9

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 13 hours, 7 mins ago

Xiaomi is all set to announce its latest smartphone, the Mi 5X, on July 26th. The company will also introduce the MIUI 9 user interface on the same day.

 

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The Mi 5X will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display and run Android Nougat with the latest MIUI 9 on top. The device is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 processor and come with 4GB of RAM.

 

The recently leaked images show that the phone will come with a dual rear camera setup.

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Enter our 'Ghost in the Shell' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 14 hours, 45 mins ago

To celebrate the upcoming home video release of 'Ghost in the Shell', we have ten Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment.

 

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They did not save your life, they stole it.

 

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it.

 

As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, "The Ghost in the Shell." To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the creator of the original 'Ghost in the Shell' anime

 

To enter, simply post this article to your social media profiles and send your answers, along with your postal address, to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on July 27.

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Snap's Spectacles are now available on Amazon

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 16 hours, 30 mins ago

Remember when Snap's Spectacles came out and the only way to buy them was to wait in lines for hours in front of one of the randomly placed vending machines? Well, those days are over.

 

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After making them available for purchase on its website, Snap has now made Spectacles available on Amazon as well.

 

If you want a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera, you can get it a price of $129.99. There are three color options available which are Black, Coral, and Teal.

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Xbox worth $9 billion, 53 million Xbox LIVE users

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 19 hours, 34 mins ago

Microsoft today reported strong Q4 and full year fiscal earnings across all of its segments, and its gaming branch pulled in over $9 billion in revenues despite lower Xbox console sales.

 

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Despite Sony's dominant lead in console sales, Microsoft's gaming segment is extremely healthy and prosperous as the company's digital cross-platform transformation continues paying off. The Redmond-based titan has unified Windows 10 PCs, mobile phones, and Xbox consoles with its unique Xbox-as-a-service initiative, which sees Xbox LIVE connecting a manner of popular devices together.

 

I've dug around in the financials and have formulated a quick analysis to give you a better idea of Microsoft's gaming growth, but first let's take a look at the raw numbers. Gaming, which is part of Microsoft's More PC Computing segment, earned a total of $9.076 billion in the fiscal year.

 

Gaming is a significant force behind the More Personal Computing segment, but unlike Sony, gaming doesn't represent a strong earner for Microsoft's total revenues. Total gaming revenue ($9.076 billion) made up 18.78% of total quarterly More Personal Computing segment revenues ($38.77 billion), and 23.4% of total MPC revenues for the full fiscal year.

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Essential phone to be more than a month late

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 day, 7 hours ago

Although it was supposed to arrive by the end on June, Essential's first smartphone, the PH-1, is still nowhere to be found.

 

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The phone was announced by Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, back in May and up until now, we didn't have any updates or reasons of the delay.

 

Today, twenty days after the expected launch date, Andy Rubin has sent out emails to users who pre-ordered the phone. In the email, Rubin says that they are now "going through certification and testing with multiple US and international carriers." Rubin also states that the device would be in user's hand in "a few weeks."

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Intel accuses Qualcomm of monopolistic behavior

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 day, 9 hours ago

Intel has thrown their hat into the ring in the fight between Qualcomm and Apple. The reality is that they are kind of the source of this fight, to begin with, and if you look at Apple's complaints, they sound written from Intel's perspective.

 

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The irony, of course, is that Intel is the chip company in question that is supposed to be the only competitor to Qualcomm. Intel accusing anyone of monopolistic behavior after what they did to AMD in the past is laughable.

 

Apple and Qualcomm accuse Qualcomm of being monopolistic, but Qualcomm has many competitors including Huawei, Samsung, Spreadtrum, and MediaTek.

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