Square Enix

Square Enix has announced Square Enix Collective, a partnership with crowdfunding site Indiegogo to support independent game developers. New game concepts will be hosted on the platform to allow game designers and...
Julien Merceron

Japan's Konami Digital Entertainment has announced that Julien Merceron will join the company as worldwide technology director, and will be based at the company's European HQ in the UK. "Julien is...
Idea Factory

Independent Japanese RPG game developer Idea Factory has established marketing operations in the US. “Idea Factory International, Inc. intends to focus on providing general and overall information regarding Idea Factory properties to...
MS and BesTV

In anticipation of the lifting of a ban on gaming devices in China, Microsoft and China's BesTV New Media have announced plans to jointly develop a game console and streaming platform...
Hirsoshi Yamauchi

Hirsoshi Yamauchi, Nintendo's president from 1949 to 2002, has died at 85. Yamauchi remained the company’s largest shareholder after his retirement, with an estimated net worth of US$2.1 billion. Yamauchi was the...
Sengokuixa in Indonesia

Agate Studio has released the online RTS Sengokuixa in Indonesia, developed and localised in partnership with Square Enix. Sengokuixa has over 1.1 million players in Japan. Agate localised the title from Japanese...
Nexon

US game start-up Shiver Entertainment has been launched with investment from Asian F2P publisher Nexon. John Schappert, the new studio's CEO, is a former game developer and executive at Zynga. “Consoles are...
Goodgame Studios

Goodgame Studios, the social game developer based in Hamburg, has established offices in Tokyo and Seoul in a bid to raise the company's profile in Asia. "No western gaming company has...
Japanese mobile games

According to a report from Japanese business daily Nikkei, game companies in Japan are rapidly shifting their smartphone game focus overseas. Nikkei noted that Namco Bandai and Square Enix Holdings have...
Maya LT

Autodesk has announced the release of Maya LT, a new version of the company's popular animation tool intended for mobile game development. Looking to meet the needs of independent studios in...
Project Phoenix

Japan's Creative Intelligence Arts has collected over US$700K on Kickstarter to fund their upcoming RPG Project Phoenix. The game's original goal was US$100K, and the additional funding will allow the developers...
Mighty No. 9

Former Capcom producer and Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune has announced his studio's next game, a Japanese-style side-scrolling action title called Mighty No. 9, and launched a funding drive on Kickstarter. Inafune...
New Zealand

New Zealand's parliament has passed legislation banning the use and enforcement of software patents, to prevent companies from monopolising software designs and concepts in the region. "The patent ban in New Zealand...
Japan

Japan's Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) announced the results of a survey of game developers in conjunction with the CEDEC conference that begins today in Yokohama. The report collected 473 responses, and...
Snail Games

Snail's Assistant CEO Sun Taihu said during ChinaJoy that the company's transition to new platforms is not solely focused on mobile games, but part of the company's planned expansion in several...
Namco Bandai Studios Singapore

Japanese game developer and publisher Namco Bandai has announced it will invest S$1 million to establish a new studio in Singapore's Mediapolis technology park this year. "Namco Bandai Studios Singapore is positioned...
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft, one of the few major MMOs still collecting player subscription fees, has begun the process of introducing an in-game microtransaction store. Blizzard says the store will start up...
Australian Government | Screen Australia

After weathering the global financial crisis, job cuts and dropping retail sales, ten Australian game development companies have been awarded A$6 million in government funding. The developers chosen were Defiant Development,...
Ubitus

Following an investment round in led by Samsung Ventures, Taiwan's cloud gaming technology provider Ubitus has rapidly secured new partners China Telecom, LG, Konami, Nexon and Neowiz to drive growth in...
Square Enix Smile Works

Square Enix has joined with Indonesian Gotanda Electronic to start Square Enix Smile Works, the company's first game studio in Indonesia. Indonesian's increasing purchasing power and consumer confidence, as well as...