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Survey: Strong demand for Netflix cloud gaming

Research reveals a third (33 per cent) of committed gamers across seven global markets have already used a cloud gaming service, alongside 10 per cent of casual gamers. The majority (82 per cent) of those who have tried cloud gaming are likely to use it again and the current uptake of cloud gaming services is […]

September 7, 2023

Samsung unveils Odyssey Neo G9 57” dual UHD gaming monitor

Samsung Electronics has announced the latest additions to the Odyssey monitor series: the Odyssey Neo G9 57” (Model name: G95NC) and the Odyssey Ark 55” (Model name: G97NC). The gaming monitors, are on display at Gamescom 2023, a European event for computer and video games, from 23 August 2023 to 27 August 2023 in Cologne, […]

August 23, 2023

Microsoft makes revised Activision bid

Microsoft has submitted a new deal for review by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) following confirmation that its original deal to acquire Activision had been blocked to protect innovation and choice in cloud gaming. In an unusual step, Microsoft had sought to revisit the CMA’s original prohibition decision, arguing that blocking the original […]

August 22, 2023By Colin Mann

US court boost for Microsoft/Activision deal

The chances of Microsoft taking over video games publisher Activision Blizzard have been boosted after a US judge rejected a request from US regulators to block the deal. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asked a judge to block Microsoft’s $69 billion (€63.9bn) takeover suggesting the deal could “substantially lessen competition” in the sector. Judge […]

July 12, 2023By Colin Mann

FTC moves to block Microsoft’s Activision buyout

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked a judge to block Microsoft’s $69 billion (€63.9bn) takeover of video game publisher Activision Blizzard. The US regulator said the deal, which would be the largest in the history of the video games industry, could “substantially lessen competition” in the sector. The move comes a few weeks […]

June 13, 2023

EC clears Microsoft Activision acquisition

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed $68.7 billion (€62.2bn) acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. The approval is conditional on full compliance with the commitments offered by Microsoft, and comes some three weeks after the UK blocked the deal over concerns it would alter the future of the fast-growing cloud […]

May 16, 2023By Colin Mann

Microsoft, Nvidia gaming partnership

Microsoft and Nvidia have agreed to a 10-year partnership to bring Xbox PC games to the Nvidia GeForce NOW cloud gaming service – which has more than 25 million members in over 100 countries. The agreement will enable gamers to stream Xbox PC titles from GeForce NOW to PCs, macOS, Chromebooks, smartphones and other devices. It […]

February 22, 2023

Bank: “Video Games will rebound in 2023”

A comprehensive eport from investment bank Exane/BNPP says it expects the Video Games sector to “rebound in 2023 helped by stronger line up of new games and better availability of new-generation consoles.” The bank reminds clients that 2022 proved to be a “corrective year” for the games sector, where the industry overall suffered a 10 […]

January 18, 2023

US seeks to block Microsoft, Activision Blizzard deal

The US Federal Trade Commission is preparing a legal battle with Microsoft to block its plan to purchase the Activision Blizzard video game studio. Regulators cited competition concerns, saying they feared that if the deal went through, Activision Blizzard’s games would stop being offered on non-Microsoft gaming consoles. The Activision Blizzard purchase was set to […]

December 9, 2022

FTC to block Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquistion?

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly set to to file an antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s $69 billion (€66.3bn) takeover bid for video game publisher Activision Blizzard. A lawsuit challenging the deal is not guaranteed – but FTC staff reviewing the deal are said to be sceptical of the companies’ arguments, according to […]

November 24, 2022