Seven-hundred million people, or 44 percent of the world’s online population, play online games — according to a Spil Games report.
WGT says its virtual golf game based on the U.S. Open has been growing 28 percent a year.
Guest Post It’s too easy for kids to spend big bucks on games without their parents even knowing they do so — until the credit card bill arrives. This is why there should be spending caps in free-to-play games.
Curse pays $1.1 million to acquire FIFA soccer fan site.
Kaminsky joins as Trion moves toward free-to-play online games.
Guest Post Online game reviews won’t disappear, but media will need to change to stay relevant to gamers in the coming years.
Mobile is likely to disrupt PC-based social and casual games in China.
The original creators seek to relaunch Sissyfight as an online multiplayer game.
CCP will also launch a collector’s edition of EVE Online this fall.
Mobile-game monetization rates are worse than social and other game platforms.
Fans of strategy, role-playing games, racing, action, adventure, and more are experiencing an incredible entertainment revolution, and a recent TED talk embodies this.
Players can use the portal to get into 20 MMOs quickly.
Min Kim takes over as CEO of Nexon America.
Online gaming giant Bigpoint is expanding to new platforms by launching new free-to-play games on Amazon’s digital games store.
Electronic Arts and Nexon are launching their most authentic online title ever, setting a new gold standard for soccer games.
Chasing World of Warcraft in its biggest market, Trion Worlds is announcing today that it will launch its Rift online fantasy role-playing game in China in a partnership with Shanda Games.
It’s good to be a gamer, and not so bad to be a game publisher either.
Online gaming firm Nexon is expected to go public on Dec. 6 in Japan, VentureBeat has learned. The company, which was started in Korea and moved its headquarters to Tokyo, is expected to raise $1.28 billion in its initial public offering. [Update: the price was set on Dec. 6. The IPO will be Dec.14]
Two major Asian online game companies are forming an alliance. South Korea’s Nexon (recently relocated to Japan) and China’s Perfect World are teaming up with a joint venture to manage and operate online games in Korea.
City of Heroes, an online role-playing game run by NCSoft, will now use a freemium model that makes money off the sale of premium goods in lieu of requiring all players to pay a subscription fee.
Blizzard Entertainment’s next highly-anticipated online game, Diablo 3, won’t come out until early next year, the company’s chief executive Mike Morhaime said Friday.
Game publisher Electronic Arts‘ massive online role-playing game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, could be delayed until 2012, the company’s chief financial officer, Eric Brown, told investors today.
Editor's Pick The beta for Blizzard Entertainment’s next potential hit, Diablo 3, finally landed yesterday. We got a chance to blitz through the beta with each of the character classes and try out just about everything available, and it looks like Blizzard Entertainment has hit all the right buttons.
Initial invitations to join the beta testing program for Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo 3 game are finally making the rounds to Battle.net account holders.
Web gaming maker Aeria Games said today that its free-to-play online games have an audience of 23 million “power gamers.” The company is also moving into mobile games with the acquisition of an as-yet-unnamed upcoming title from Punch Entertainment.
Blizzard Entertainment isn’t known for doing things small. That holds especially true for the World of Warcraft’s next content patch, which will bring a close to the company’s most recent expansion pack, Cataclysm. The game’s designers revealed new details about that content patch today.
Perfect World, one of the largest online game operators in China and east Asia, announced today that it will invest $100 million in a venture capital fund.
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Games-on-demand service OnLive has rolled out parental controls, group voice chat, and Facebook achievement sharing in the latest upgrade to its service.
Trion Worlds, the developer behind massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Rift, announced today that it has hired games industry veteran David Luehmann to head its third-party development program.
Klaas Kersting, the founder of the highly successful Gameforge online game firm in Europe, is back with a new gaming startup called Flaregames, VentureBeat has learned.
Blizzard Entertainment chief executive Mike Morhaime said today the company is still not committing to a 2011 release date for Diablo 3, one of its most hotly anticipated titles.
World of Warcraft maker Blizzard Entertainment today unveiled an auction system for selling in-game items for real-world currency in its latest multiplayer game, Diablo 3.
Gamers interested in Dust 514, an online first-person shooting game that ties in with the EVE Online universe, will have to pay a “cover charge” to begin playing the game.
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Electronic Arts already has a game like Blizzard Entertainment’s supergiant online game, World of Warcraft, in the works — but it looks like the game publisher has one more trick up its sleeve. The company unveiled its next online role-playing game, Secret World, at its summer games showcase on Thursday.
World of Warcraft, one of the top-selling online games in the world, will be free to download and play for a good chunk of the game’s introductory content, game developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today.