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  • Video Game Sales Plunge, but Have They Hit Bottom? Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 7:02 PM ET
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    After a brief sales increase in September, video game sales took another nosedive in October — but the bad news may finally be over.

  • The midnight debut of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" lived up to expectations. Early this morning Activision/Blizzard reported that the game sold about 4.7 million copies, in North America and the United Kingdom Alone.

  • Activision Blizzard’s hugely anticipated "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2'' video game went on sale early Tuesday morning and analysts' sales estimates for the $60 game range from 11 to 13 million units by the end of 2009. So how should investors play it? Edward Williams, gaming analyst at BMO Capital Markets, shared his insights.

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    On the surface, a video game opening a virtual pet store doesn’t sound like something investors should care too much about. But when that game is “World of Warcraft,” the stakes change.

  • EA Profit Beats Street, Announces Job Cuts Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 4:18 PM ET
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    EA posted earnings on Monday that declined compared with last year, but profit topped analysts' forecasts. The company also announced layoffs of 1,500 positions in another round of restructuring and shares rose in extended trading.

  • Modern Warfare 2's Record-Breaking Launch Monday, 9 Nov 2009 | 2:43 PM ET
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    Activision/Blizzard debuts "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" tonight at midnight: this is expected to be the biggest game debut ever, already breaking pre-sale records.

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    Analysts expect the game could sell 4.5 to 5 million copies globally on its first day. That would shatter the 3.6 million record currently held by Take Two Interactive Software's "Grand Theft Auto IV" — and it would mean revenues of $270 million to $300 million for Activision.

  • Video Game Industry's Troubles Aren't Just in US Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 7:11 PM ET
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    It’s no secret the video game industry is having a rough 2009 here in the United States — but that's not the only place it's struggling.

  • iPhone Has Become Threat To Nintendo: 'Doom' Creator Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:14 PM ET
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    While there are now over 100,000 apps in the Apple App store, the vast majority of them were created on a shoestring budget. With customers flocking toward lower-priced program, it just doesn’t make business sense to spend big development dollars—especially on games, the App store’s most crowded category.

  • Activison CEO: Consumer Spending Still a Worry Friday, 6 Nov 2009 | 12:08 PM ET

    Activision Blizzard CEO Robert Kotick said a change in the video game maker's release schedule caused the company to forecast a weaker than expected fourth quarter, but he spoke confidently about the upcoming release of games such as DJ Hero and Band Hero.

  • After Mickey’s Makeover, Less Mr. Nice Guy Thursday, 5 Nov 2009 | 11:08 AM ET
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    For decades, the Walt Disney Company has largely kept Mickey Mouse frozen under glass. Now, however, concerned that Mickey has become more of a corporate symbol than a beloved character for recent generations of young people, Disney is taking the risky step of re-imagining him for the future.

  • Video Game Industry Braces for Ugly Earnings Season Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 2:22 PM ET
    Madden 2010

    The third quarter of 2009 was a pretty horrendous one for the video game industry. Year over year sales plummeted amid a lack of ‘must have’ games. Now, as earnings season draws near, game makers are about to face the consequences.

  • Nintendo Will Bounce Back in 2010 Friday, 30 Oct 2009 | 2:03 AM ET

    Following a disappointing quarterly report card from gaming giant Nintendo, Hiroshi Kamide, gaming and software analyst at KBC Securities, believes the firm will do better next year.

  • Netflix to Stream Movies on the PS3 Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
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    Streaming movies are coming to the PlayStation 3. Netflix (NFLX) and Sony (SNE) on Monday announced a partnership that will let owners of the gaming system instantly watch roughly 17,000 movies and TV shows.

  • Consumers Buried Paul: 'Beatles Rock Band' a Sales Dud Tuesday, 20 Oct 2009 | 6:10 PM ET
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    Despite an extensive marketing campaign, positive reviews and some of the most widespread media attention ever given to a video game, “The Beatles: Rock Band” had a relatively lackluster first month on store shelves.

  • Video Game Sales Rebound in September, but Barely Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 6:39 PM ET
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    The good news: After six consecutive months of negative numbers, the video game industry finally had a month that topped 2008’s sales figures. The bad news: It only did so by the skin of its teeth.

  • Games vs. Toys: The Box Office Battle Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | 12:48 PM ET

    While the demographic for video games and action movies is basically the same, the track record for films based on games has been a pretty dismal one. For every “Tomb Raider”-sized hit, there are a handful of flops like “BloodRayne.”

  • Gamestop store

    The November 2005 launch of the Xbox 360 marked not only the beginning of a new cycle of video game hardware, it also launched a new era in video game pricing.

  • How Do iPhone Game Companies Make Money? Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | 5:27 PM ET
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    IPhone downloads count both free demos and paid games — and free is always more popular. So how does a small developer make a profit?

  • 'Bejeweled' Creator PopCap Games Raises $22.5 Million Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | 3:54 PM ET
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    One of the video game industry’s most consistent hitmakers is taking things to the next level.  PopCap Games, the creator of titles such as “Bejweled,” “Zuma,” “Bookworm” and “Peggle” – has raised $22.5 million from venture capitalists.