Pachter on the case for Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U

Nintendo wasn’t planning for a standard gaming controller for the Wii U. But it announced one this year for “multiplatform gaming.” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter speculates that the reason the publisher did so was pressure from third parties such as Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard’s quarterly earnings report predicted to shine come Wednesday

Activision Blizzard will report its first-fiscal-quarter earnings on Wednesday, May 9, after the market close. This will come two days after its arch-rival Electronic Arts reports its earnings, and the two together will paint a better picture of the grudge match between EA’s Star Wars: The Old Republic and Activision Blizzard’s flagship online game World of Warcraft.

Zynga earnings preview: what the analysts think

Zynga’s stock price has been falling in recent days in advance of the company’s first quarter earnings report today. The shares are trading at $9.15 each right now — up slightly but down significantly from a recent high of $15.91 a share. Do investors know something?

Zynga-OMGPOP deal draws mixed views from Wall Street analysts

Zynga’s purchase of OMGPOP for a price reported to be around $150 million to $200 million has drawn mixed reviews on Wall Street. The deal gives Zynga the team that made Draw Something, a Pictionary-style mobile game that has been a phenomenal success over the past six weeks.

GamesBeat Only weekly roundup

Here are some of the stories that ran on GamesBeat this week. We’re running more articles exclusively in the GamesBeat section of VentureBeat, particularly when they’re mainly of interest to our game readers. The broader-interest posts will continue to run on VentureBeat as well. Please visit the GamesBeat section to catch up on the latest game news. We’re ramping up our game coverage, so you’ll find a larger amount of deeper news at GamesBeat.

Analysts: THQ has taken a step in the right direction

Many eyes in the gaming industry will be on THQ on Thursday, Feb. 2 when it releases its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The video game publisher’s future has been questioned recently after multiple layoffs, rumors of game cancellations, and poor stock performance.

THQ to drop licensed kids’ games and focus on “core” content

Video game publisher THQ today announced it is officially shifting its focus from traditional kids’ licensed games to “core” franchises such as Saints Row, UFC, and Darksiders in order to become a more streamlined organization. The announcement comes after recent layoffs at its family division, Play THQ, and rumors that the struggling company was looking to cancel its 2014 lineup of titles.

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The DeanBeat column: Stopping to think about the culture of bloodlust

Welcome to the front lines of gaming. I’ve been covering the game industry on a day-to-day basis for about 15 years, mainly by immersing myself in the environment. I play games and I interview people in the game industry daily. But it sometimes helps to pull back and see the industry from afar, as outsiders might see it.

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GamesBeat 2011: Meet the moderators

We’ve collected some of the finest journalists covering the game industry to moderate the 28 different sessions at GamesBeat 2011, which takes place July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Our full agenda is here. Please meet the cast of characters.

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A GamesBeat 2011 debate: Will the deep end or the shallow end of gaming thrive?

Today we’re revealing the ninth group of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. These speakers are going to engage in a debate about The Shallow or the Deep End of Gaming. Trion Worlds’ Lars Buttler will argue that the deep end of the pool is where you want to be: the hardcore online games that take years to make and can last for years under subscription models. But Pocket Gem CEO Daniel Terry claims the “shallow” end of the pool is best: casual, short time demand games that are made by small teams in a matter of months. Which is the path to riches?