AMD Cuts Over 700 Jobs In The Face Of Declining Revenue

In the context of gaming hardware, AMD is right up there with NVIDIA and you really can’t have a discussion about processors without bringing it up alongside Intel. Change the context to the stock market, however and AMD is just another name… one that isn’t doing as well as the other companies mentioned here.

This Week In The Business: Save Our Spines

QUOTE | “There was a time when spines were pulled out of players, and we don’t have to do that anymore.” – Veteran designer Sid Meier, explaining why he thinks game designers should create a “positive climate.”

This Week In The Business: A Vigorous Brainwashing

“We do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.” — Former Call of Duty director Dave Anthony, addressing a Washington think-tank about how Call of Duty is marketed and why it’s applicable to unpopular national security measures.

Kickstarter Made Less Money, Funded Fewer Games In 2014

Kickstarter’s had a mixed 2014: cancelled games, shady goings on but also successes and feel good stuff. Numbers don’t lie however, and this year less games were funded and less money was spent. A lot less.

This Week In The Business: The Dorky-Looking Goggles People

“We’re going to be remembered as the dorky looking goggles that people were putting on in the beginning.” — Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe, talking about what he sees as a vast future for Virtual Reality.

A Look At The State Of The Video Game Industry

Briefly: “Rising game budgets have created breathtaking, cinematic experiences. But not everyone is happy.” The Economist takes a look at the state of the video game industry in the wake of Destiny’s famously pricey launch and provides an interesting overview of where game development is headed in the near future.

This Week In The Business: Down With The Popular Kids

“As an industry person, I hope they drop like a fly. It’s better when the industry gets shaken up.” — Unity CEO David Helgason, joking about Supercell’s Clash of Clans, though he was making a serious point about wanting to see more variety.

Sega Is Getting Serious About Mobile

Sega is no longer the force it once was in the games industry, long overtaken by its historical rival Nintendo and replaced by the likes of Microsoft and Sony. On the flip-side, the company has done its best to be flexible, allowing properties such as Sonic to feature in games on a variety of platforms. One platform it’s taken a significant interest in is mobile, with reports suggesting Sega has dedicated nearly a third of its devs to the creation of iOS and Android titles.

Report: Microsoft Will Purchase The Makers Of Minecraft On Monday

This week we brought you the news that Microsoft is reportedly looking to purchase Mojang, the Swedish developer behind the wildly successful game Minecraft. Now, Reuters says Microsoft will announce the $US2.5 billion deal on Monday.

This Week In The Business: Fear Of Gaming

QUOTE | “Our goal is keeping gaming a safe space for everyone to enjoy.” – Andrew Rasmussen, co-founder of GamePhobias, talking about their efforts to highlight content in games that might trigger fears in players.