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Report: Tencent’s Supercell takeover valued at $9 billion

Sources “familiar with the matter” have told Bloomberg that Tencent might have to fork over $ 9 billion to purchase Clash of Clans developer, Supercell. …

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Report: ESL is the top eSports tourney broadcaster on Twitch (that’s not Riot)

Newzoo published data this week that suggests Riot Games and the Electronic Sports League are the top professional eSports tournament broadcasters on Twitch — at least in terms of hours watched. …

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Report: Global games revenue to grow nearly 5% every year through 2020

A report from accounting firm PwC attributes increased revenue to more microtransactions and add-on content. …

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Report: Watch Dogs 2 Out In November, Set In San Francisco

A advertising leak has allegedly outed some of details related to Watch Dogs 2. If accurate, we can look for Ubisoft’s second adventure in hacking to hit in mid-November.

Eurogamer snapped a picture of the IGN advertisement that appears to have gone live early. The image clearly shows the November 15 release date and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

This is the second time in recent months that an IGN advertising leak has outed a release date early. The first was in March, when a full-page advertising wrap listed the Overwatch release and open beta dates before Blizzard’s announcement.

We’ve reached out to Ubisoft and we’ll update should we receive a response. Watch Dogs 2 will be detailed in a livestream tomorrow, June 8.

Update: Ubisoft has responded to our request for comment. "We are excited to reveal what’s next in the Watch Dogs franchise tomorrow at 9:00am PT," a representative told us via email.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Our Take
A release date and setting leak isn’t the worst thing to emerge early, but it still disrupts rollout plans. If you’re interested in Watch Dogs 2, you’re still likely to be watching tomorrow’s reveal. – The Feed

Report: Gameloft CEO stepping down after Vivendi takeover

Bloomberg news says a source has told them Gameloft CEO Michel Guillemot will step down after Vivendi’s hostile takeover. …

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Report: Vivendi Takes Major Step Toward Gameloft Takeover

Vivendi has won the support of a majority of Gameloft shareholders in a hostile bid to take over the company, Bloomberg reports. This likely gives Vivendi enough leverage to progress with its acquisition. 

Last week, one of Gameloft's larger shareholder groups, Amber Capital, offered support to French company Vivendi. Now, with even further stock offers and owning nearly 30 percent of Gameloft, Vivendi is closing in with its takeover.

Former Activision owner Vivendi has long set its sights on not just the French mobile game developer Gameloft, but also Assassin's Creed publisher Ubisoft, which was also founded by the Guillemot family. Vivendi has tightened its grip on the French video game giant since October when it began buying its shares, all while Ubisoft deemed Vivendi's actions as "unsolicited and unwelcome." Ubisoft has put up its defenses, by seeking new investment from both provincial and national governments in Canada, in an attempt to preserve independence from Vivendi.

In 2013, Activision bought independence from Vivendi for $ 8 billion. Now, with another $ 850 million from selling shares in 2014, Vivendi reportedly is worth around $ 10 billion, giving the company a powerful advantage. In comparison, Ubisoft has had a prosperous fiscal year, and with high profits from successful games like The Division, it may be able to withstand and deflect Vivendi's attacks.

We've reached out to Gameloft for further comment, and we will update this article accordingly should we hear back.

[Source: Bloomberg]


Our Take
There's no official word from Gameloft yet, but situations like these could result in a shakeup at the executive level. Gameloft could see a vast change in direction should they come under new ownership if this acquisition becomes solidified. With Vivendi's history, it's very possible that Gameloft is just another stepping stone towards their seemingly larger goal of taking over Ubisoft. – The Feed

Report: Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover after winning shareholder support

Mobile game juggernaut Gameloft has ceded more ground in its fight to stop a hostile takeover by French media giant, Vivendi. …

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Report: Microsoft’s hardware plans include more powerful Xbox One in 2017

Microsoft’s hardware plans include releasing a more affordable Xbox One this year and a more powerful version of the console next year, according to a new report from Kotaku based on unnamed sources. …

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Report: Tencent preparing to take over Clash of Clans developer, Supercell

Chinese internet giant Tencent is in talks with Supercell’s majority shareholder, SoftBank, about a potential takeover deal. …

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Report: ISP now blocking online games in Morocco due to VoIP ban

Word is spreading this week that Maroc Telecom, one of the largest ISPs in Morocco, has blocked access to many online games as it tightens its existing ban on VoIP (voice over IP)  traffic. …

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