News Mash-Up - Week # 31


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Top News Items

    • In Q2 2022, Activision reported significantly reduced revenue and operating income compared to that of the same period last year in 2021. Overall revenue decreased from $2.3 billion in Q2 2021 to $1.64 billion in Q2 2022. Activision Blizzard’s latest user data suggests that Call of Duty fans are leaving the franchise, as the number of players has dropped from 127 million in June 2021 to 94 million in 2022. King (mobile) division was the only division to see growth in spending.

    • Due in large part to a decrease in sales of hardware, Nintendo’s net sales declined by nearly -5% to $2.3 billion in Q1 (April – June) 2022 versus last year. The decrease in Switch sales is particularly significant, dropping -23% from Q1 2021 to 3.4 million units sold. Despite this decline in sales, since the Nintendo Switch’s release in March 2017, it has sold 111 million units, approaching lifetime sales for the Game Boy at 119 million and the DS at 154 million units.

    • In court papers presented to the Brazilian government, Sony has made several arguments concerning the problematic aspects of Xbox’s acquisition of Call of Duty. Sony argues that Call of Duty is truly a game series without a rival. The large budget, huge resource allocation, and devoted fanbase cultivated over the years have allowed COD to pave its way as a unique entry in the industry.

    • EA Sports has signed a “one of a kind, multi-year partnership” with La Liga, the top football division in Spain, including some of the largest football teams in the world, such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. This deal will cost EA €30 million per year and will begin in the 2023/24 season.

    • In an update from last week, Valve has now registered with the Indonesian government, unblocking Steam from that country.

    • Steam now supports Joy Con controllers.

    • Reuters also reports that Unity will set up a China division as a separate entity. This will allow the company to streamline its China business in keeping with the regulatory laws of the country.

    • Koch Media has been rebranded as Plaion (pronounced as Play On).

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New games

Week commencing Monday 1 August 2022

Date Title Platform(s) Genre(s) Developer(s) Publisher(s)
2 August Azure Striker Gunvolt 3 XBO, XSX Action, platform Inti Creates Inti Creates
  Frogun Win, Lin, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Platform Molegato Top Hat Studio
  Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom XSX Metroidvania,  platform Game Atelier FDG Entertainment
3 August Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim Win Visual novel Behaviour Interactive Behaviour Interactive
  Mega Man Battle & Fighters NS Fighting SNK SNK
  South of the Circle Win, NS,  PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX Adventure State of Play Games 11 bit studios
4 August Apathy: Narugami Gakuen Nana Fushigi NS Visual novel Mebius, Shannon Mebius
  Fullmetal Alchemist Mobile iOS, Droid Tactical role-playing Square Enix Square Enix
  Gesshizu: Minna de Chokomaka Muradukuri NS Life simulation Nippon Columbia Nippon Columbia
  Hard West II Win Turn-based tactics Ice Code Games Good Shepherd Entertainment
  Hindsight Win, Mac,  NS, iOS Adventure Team Hindsight Annapurna Interactive
  Kokoro Clover Season 1 Win, NS Platform Hikotel Phoenixx, Gotcha Gotcha Games
  Sword and Fairy: Together Forever PS4, PS5 Action role-playing Softstar eastasiasoft
  Picross X: Picbits vs. Uzboross NS Puzzle Jupiter Jupiter
  Vanaris Tactics Win Tactical role-playing Matheus Reis Toge Productions
5 August Amazing Bomberman iOS Rhythm, action Konami Konami
  Bokura Win, iOS,  Droid Adventure, puzzle Tokoronyori Kodansha
  GigaBash Win, PS4,  PS5 Fighting Passion Republic Games Passion Republic Games
6 August The 13th Month Win, iOS,  Droid Visual novel Kobayashimaru Kodansha