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  • Futures Rise as Dollar Dips, Gold Hits High Monday, 23 Nov 2009 | 6:07 AM ET
    Winterizing Your Portfolio - A CNBC Special Report

    A holiday-shortened trading week begun with all signs pointing to a higher open for Wall Street on Monday, with the dollar weakening and gold hitting a new record high above $1,167 an ounce.

  • Nielsen Ratings Coming to Video Games Friday, 20 Nov 2009 | 4:30 PM ET

    The television industry has known for years that video games are a threat to viewership, but a new pilot program might finally give some insight into exactly how big that threat is.

  • Modern Warfare 2 Grosses $550 Million in Five Days Wednesday, 18 Nov 2009 | 9:59 AM ET
    Modern Warfare 2

    Sales of Activision Blizzard's latest game is breaking gaming records and giving Hollywood a run for its money, literally.

  • Holidays to Boost Video Game Industry: Nintendo Exec Friday, 13 Nov 2009 | 4:59 PM ET

    With a crucial holiday approaching for video game makers, Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo America, said he expects the close release dates of big-name titles "Call of Duty" and "Super Mario Bros. Wii," out Sunday, to revive the industry from its sales lag.

  • Video Game Sales Plunge, but Have They Hit Bottom? Thursday, 12 Nov 2009 | 7:02 PM ET
    Modern Warfare 2

    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
    Madden 2010

    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
    Modern Warfare 2

    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.

  • Modern Warfare 2

    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

    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
    Doom Classic for the iPhone

    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
    Released screenshot of Disney's "Epic Mickey"

    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

    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

    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

    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.