Sony has announced that AMC is now available as part of its PlayStation Vue television service. AMC joins IFC, Sundance and WEtv. PlayStation Vue is only available in three U.S. markets at the moment: New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.Read more
Security research firm and antivirus software maker Symnatec says that Twitch viewership may be being inflated by bots. The firm uncovered what it calls a "Twitch botnet marketplace" where people can "take a shortcut and generate a large audience of bots for their Twitch channels" (though Symantec points out these bots are being used on other video-related platforms as well.Read more
From Software and Sony Computer Entertainment have confirmed a potentially game stopping bug in Bloodborne, according to Polygon. While the bug can mess up your progress in the game, the good news is that can be avoided until Sony and From Software come up with a fix (which it tells Polygon it is already working on).Read more
A new report from UK-based market research firm Childwise claims that screen time among children has dramatically increased over the last twenty years. Details from the research, "The Connected Kids," were revealed today in a detailed BBC report. This biggest takeaway is that children in the UK spend at least six hours a day in front of a screen. Read more
GamesIndustry International reports that during UK-based children's charity SpecialEffect's February GameBlast charity gaming weekend, it managed to rake in over £120,000 in donations, surpassing last year's total by an impressive £50,000.
"We are genuinely blown away by the huge amount of support that we've had from gamers and the gaming industry all over the world," said CEO Mick Donegan.Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook tells Fortune that he'll donate his vast fortune to charity and that he has been quietly donating to causes he believes in for years. Cook says that he looks forward to a time when he can engage in more meaningful philanthropy on a greater scale later on in his life.
Cook also talks about how he had to get a thicker skin after taking the job of CEO following founder Steve Jobs' passing, using the Apple pulpit to address important issues, and his decision to reveal that he was gay.Read more
A U.S. District Court Judge in San Francisco has ruled that a lawsuit against social game maker Zynga concerning its December 2011 initial public offering can proceed, Reuters reports. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders alleging that Zynga defrauded them "before and after" its Dec. 2011 IPO could proceed with their lawsuit. An earlier version of the lawsuit was tossed out by the same judge 13 months ago.Read more
Gen Con CEO and owner Adrian Swartout wrote an open letter to the community yesterday expressing his disappointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's decision to sign State Senate Bill 101, the "Religious Freedom Act." Under the new law business owners can refuse to provide service to individuals based on their religious beliefs. For example, a baker could tell a gay or lesbian couple that they refuse to bake them a wedding cake, because they oppose same-sex marriage. Under this new law state and local government agencies cannot do anything to intervene.Read more
Epic Games has selected three more developers that will receive money through its Unreal Dev Grant program. The recipients for March include Retro Yeti Games, Three One Zero, and PixelBeam.
Epic has given Retro Yeti Games a $13,000 grant for its Unreal Engine 4 powered game, 404Sight. The development team is made up of University of Utah students, who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.Read more
A thirteen-year-old Camarillo, Calif. boy was arrested on March 17 for allegedly making multiple calls to police departments in Ventura County, Calif., and New Jersey in an attempt to "swat" three different targets. According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the teen (whose name was not released because he is a minor) allegedly made three calls reporting violent crimes in progress between January 15 and 20.Read more
Microsoft has revealed the titles that will be available in April as part of its free games promotion to Xbox Live Gold subscribers - and this month subscribers get double the normal amount of games.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 will be able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria between April 1st-15th, and on April 16th until April 31st they'll be able to pick up Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.Read more
Activision released an infographic today showing the cumulative sales of its popular Call of Duty series since 2010. According to that infographic the company has sold 175 million Call of Duty games. Call of Duty has also generated $11 billion in total lifetime revenue, according to Activision.
Other data in the infographic:
- Over 100 billion multiplayer matches played to date.
- More than 300 million grenades chucked by players.
- Around 579 billion in-game awards have been earned by players.Read more
The crowdfunding campaign for the MMO Crowfall has ended today. The game met its initial funding goal on February 27, raising over $850,000 - well above the $800,000 it was asking for. Since that time it has managed to raise $1,766,204 from 16,936 backers on Kickstarter - and when combined with what it raised on its web site, that total jumps to $1.8 million.Read more