Money

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Sega acquires Demiurge, invests in two other game companies

Amidst restructuring, Sega announced its acquisition of Marvel Puzzle Quest developer Demiurge Studios. The Sonic the Hedgehog creator has also invested in UK studio Space Ape and established a majority stake in US studio startup Ignited Artists. The moves comes after Sega cut 300 jobs last month to shift focus from console to digital and

Business

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Rev Up Your Engines – A Look At The Game Engines

The video game industry has reached the global mass-market, thanks in large part to the ubiquity of the Internet, mobile phones, and portable devices. In 2014, the total market for video games worldwide reached approximately $82 billion, making it larger than either the film or music industry. The growth of game development can be directly

CEO Corner

Women

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GDC’15: Growth of Female Speakers

Having attended GDC now for many years, this year’s show feels poised to be different. There are significantly more female presenters, panels and open discussions on diversity than ever before and I hope it will have a positive outcome for the industry. Vocativ has done a great job at pulling together the GDC speaker list over

Markets

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Colleges Begin Offering eSports Scholarships

A private liberal arts college in Kentucky will become the second college to make video games an official sport and start offering scholarships to gamers in the fall. Robert Morris College in Illinois was the first to incorporate eSports into its official athletic program last year. The University of Pikeville will offer 20 scholarships when

Global

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British Columbia Lawmakers Extending Tax Credits for Game Developers

The province of British Columbia is planning on extending a tax credit for video game companies. The interactive digital media tax credit, set to expire this September, will be extended until 2018. It gives companies a credit of 17.5% in labor costs in the production of video games. Victoria-based Kano Apps CEO, Tim Teh said the credit

Events

PenkaKouneva

GDC’15: Growth of Female Speakers

Having attended GDC now for many years, this year’s show feels poised to be different. There are significantly more female presenters, panels and open discussions on diversity than ever before and I hope it will have a positive outcome for the industry. Vocativ has done a great job at pulling together the GDC speaker list over

Research

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Total Game Acquisitions and IPOs for 2014 Reached $24B

Digi-Capital 2014 Highlights: Record $24B game company exits in 2014 ($15B acquisitions, $9B IPOs) – equivalent to 10 Minecrafts (at $2.5B) Games software revenue forecast of $100B moved back to 2018 as market stabilizes to single digit growth Mobile the only strong double digit growth sector, virtual reality a potential breakout Asia the #1 games

Videos

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Watch DICE 2015 Live Streaming

#DICE2015 – Starts Wed. at 9:45AM PST @Official_AIAS Watch live video from DICE on www.twitch.tv   DICE2015 Schedule Full Schedule Wed., Feb 4 9:45 AM PST – Opening Remarks, Martin Rae (President, AIAS) 10:00 AM PST – (Wed. Conference Keynote) Evolving Our Mindset on the Care and Cultivation of Talent, Brandon Beck (CEO, Riot Games)

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