The second review in series of Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition reviews have us playing around with the Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set. And if you haven't read our initial review of the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition Starter Pack you should do so by clicking here. If you have and...
The first review up in a series of reviews for most of the released additions to the Disney Infinity 2.0 series the coming couple of weeks is the Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes starter pack.
Far Cry 3 turned everyone from hater to lover regarding the Far Cry franchise, the previous two releases was mediocre at best in my mind and to see the developers release Far Cry 3 and have it be as good and entertaining as it was felt like a dream come through. I played way too much of Far Cry...
The WWE franchise was once the biggest entertainment enterprise in the world but since the late 90s early 2000 the company, still successful, has seen some lower numbers as far as viewers go. The WWE gaming franchise has also taken a hit these last few years and me personally, since I have been...
Kingdom Hearts is a well-known name for anyone slightly interested in RPGs, and it is also one of the weirdest games out there if this is your first entry into the wonderful world of RPGs. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix which might just be the biggest tongue twister for a game ever, is here and...
How is it possible for a company to re-release a title for a new generation of consoles and still be able to add more features than other games that has numeral releases, leave it to Rockstar Games to not only release Grand Theft Auto V on a new set of consoles but also make it so much better,...
This is the end, beautiful friend, the end. Well, to be fair, this is a Assassin's Creed game so technically it is not the end, my friend but this might just be the last time the last-gen consoles get their very own Assassin's Creed game. And with a release of another Assassin's Creed game on...
It is hard to hate on something as charming and cute as a LittleBigPlanet game and therefore I tend to weigh towards forgiving rather than raging when I start to get annoyed with something in the LBP games, I have always been this way and I was eager to see if I was still this way as I set out...
Love it or hate it Call of Duty is still on top, the franchise may have lost some of its spark over the last couple of years, mainly with the release of last years Ghosts, but with the newest release in the Call of Duty franchise entitled Advanced Warfare Sledgehammer Games and Activision tries...
I recently dug out my old Playstation 2 and realized that I had two microphones laying around too, so we tried out Singstar and felt the horribly delicious feeling of absolutely singing your heart out while knowing you cannot sing at all, but you know what? It doesn't matter as long as you are...
Civilization: Beyond Earth can easily be labelled as a successor to Civ V and Alpha Centauri at first glance, however if you dig deeper you will quickly realize that it is more Civ V re-skinned than anything else.
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Who here haven't tried Just Dance for their first time at a party with too many drinks in them thinking it was the easiest game ever and wondering why they haven’t enlisted themselves into Dancing with the Stars yet. And who here hasn’t proclaimed themselves King or Queen of the dance floor and...
Bad boys, bad boys what you gonna do? What you gonna do when you are tasked with reviewing a Cop Simulation game? Go head first with a clear and incredible open mind and hope for the best.
When Borderlands the Pre-Sequel was first released I thought it was a new expansion to Borderlands 2, and it is somewhat that depending on what you expect from a new standalone Borderlands game. I was hoping for some changes but the overall feel and look of the game to stay the same and I was...
Review - Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) - Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set
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Review - Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)
Review - Assassins Creed Rogue
Review - LittleBigPlanet 3
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Review - SingStar Ultimate Party
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The 2014 Global Games Market Report by Newzoo shows the international games market will rocket past the $100 Billion mark in the next three years to reach $102.9 Billion by 2017. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of +8.1%, outstripping the previous year’s estimate due to the relentless growth of both Asian markets and mobile gaming. The market for (smart)phones and tablets will rise from $17.6bn (a total market share of 23% in 2013) to an impressive $35.4bn in 2017 – ultimately dominating one third of the global games market.
Newzoo estimates the global games market to generate $81.4bn this year, up 7.8% compared to 2013. Mobile gaming will rise to $21.7bn in 2014, generating 27% of global revenues. This includes local Android stores, particularly popular in China as well as web-based and feature phone gaming. The latter is typical of the Japanese mobile games market and still accounts for several billion dollars in revenues. In the lead-up to the launch of Newzoo’s 2014 Global Games Market Report on June 5th, it will share more granular insights into the 2014 market and growth per segment towards 2017.
Change of Power: Tencent Number One; Apple on par with Nintendo
Newzoo’s global analysis involves a variety of resources including public and non-public company revenues. In 2013, the top ten public companies by game revenues generated 44% of global revenues. Last year, Tencent moved to the number one position with $5.7bn in annual game revenue and shows no sign of leaving the top in the years to come. Tencents’ latest quarterly results of $1.7bn, up from $1.4bn in the last quarter of 2013, indicate that it could take over 10% of the global games market in 2017, if it maintains this pace of growth.
Also illustrative of the rapid market changes is the fact that Apple generated almost identical game revenues as Nintendo in 2013: $2.4bn. In 2014, both Apple and Google are expected to generate more game software revenues through their 30% share of app store spending, than Nintendo will make from for their software.
2013 Global Games Market Exceeded Expectations
Newzoo’s final review of the past year concluded that global game revenues amounted to $75.5bn in 2013. The main developments that led to higher revenues than anticipated twelve months ago are:
· The total Chinese games market grew even more than expected in terms of (paying) gamers as well as revenue, reaching $13.7 billion in 2013, a 35% year-on-year growth rate;
· The share of total app store revenues taken by games has increased more than expected. In the last quarter of 2013, the share of game revenues in the app stores was around 80%, compared to only 65% in 2012. Further, the top-tier mobile games grossed a higher share of the total app store revenues than anticipated, confirmed by public reports of King, SuperCell and GungHo.
· Japanese mobile game revenues beat expectations, driven by higher growth of app store revenues as well as the continued popularity of mobile web games and feature phone games. As these traditional mobile revenues slowly shift towards smartphones and tablets, they will still represent a multi-billion dollar Japan-specific mobile games segment.
Despite a downward adjustment for handheld console game revenues and the significant impact of a weak Yen, the overall result was a positive adjustment of 2013 global revenues and compound annual growth rate towards 2017.
Newzoo is an innovative global market research firm focused solely on games. The company provides its clients with a mix of primary consumer research, transactional data and financial analysis across all continents, screens and business models. Newzoo’s clients include EA, King, Tencent, SEGA, Wargaming, Nvidia, Coca-Cola, Logitech and Microsoft.