World of Warcraft turns 10; shows promise of sustaining more another decade
10:45 am PDT 22/11/2014 By Vivek Kapadia

It would have been surprising to not have the 10th anniversary for one of the best MMORPG games that has been one of the turning points for the gaming industry with rise of the internet all over the world. It is the month Blizzard has been awaiting for long. With the announcement of the new game at Blizzcon 2014 (Metallica played a gig here!) – ‘Overwatch’, Blizzard also released the new expansion pack for World of Warcraft (WoW) called the … Read More

Microsoft India announces new Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle
10:00 am PDT 22/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Microsoft India is very optimistic of the growth of console gaming in India and to further take console gaming experience, the company has announced an exclusive Xbox One ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ bundle with Kinect in India for Rs 45,990. The bundle is available from Amazon and will contain Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as downloadable games, which will be available for free for download when you first set up the console. So the Indian gamers, be … Read More

NASSCOM Game Developer Conference: A Mecca for Indian gaming talent
1:00 pm PDT 20/11/2014 By Vivek Kapadia

A weekend for the gamers, by the gamers is the best way to describe NASSCOM Game Developer Conference. The event was held at The Westin, Pune and had more than 1,300 delegates, more than 60 speakers and over 40 sessions built around the Indian video game industry with the sessions divided into Marketing, Game Design, Indie and Technology. Being one of the members of the Game media I felt the conference is doing a lot good for the new and … Read More

Flipkart invests in an offline games start-up MadRat Games
11:10 am PDT 20/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, have made an investment in an offline games start-up MadRat Games. The other investors who have participated in the funding round of about $1 million (about Rs 6.2 crore) include the founders of IT outsourcing firm GlobalLogic – Rajul Garg, Sanjay Singh, Manoj Agarwala and Tarun Upadhyay. MadRat, founded in 2010, started out by launching a Hindi word game Aksharit. Since then, the company started by IIT graduates Rajat Dhariwal, Manuj Dhariwal and … Read More

Video games, e-commerce booming in Middle East, North Africa
10:50 am PDT 20/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Video game and e-commerce markets are growing “exponentially” across the Middle East and North Africa, driven by the mobile revolution and new youth-produced content, according to a recent study. The gaming market is expected to nearly triple in size, from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $4.4 billion in 2022, said the study conducted by consulting firm Strategy& and the Abu Dhabi media regulatory body twofour54. “Gaming in the region is growing faster than the global average, exceeding even other fast-growing … Read More

Game Showdown 2014: A platform to showcase your gaming brains
1:50 pm PDT 19/11/2014 By Vivek Kapadia

After the game jams and the game developers conferences comes a Game Showdown like none other. A game jam with a twist is what Game Showdown 2014 can be described as in a nut shell. It’s an online gaming competition where students from schools and colleges along with professionals from the gaming industry will be participating for the ultimate glory. Game Showdown 2014 is particularly focusing on bringing young students from all over India to the fore in the world … Read More

Reliance Entertainment is intent on acquiring western game studios in 2015
8:00 pm PDT 17/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

India’s Reliance Entertainment has shown clear intent to begin acquiring North American and European mobile game studios starting in early 2015, in hopes of becoming a significant global player in the fast-growing mobile games industry. The company, which is the biggest stakeholder in DreamWorks Studios, is in talks with bankers to identify and acquire upcoming mobile game studios in the North American and European regions to boost sales, Reliance Entertainment – Digital bigwig Manish Agarwal told Reuters in a telephonic interview. “We … Read More

Blizzard announces new class based online shooter ‘Overwatch’
2:00 pm PDT 10/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Blizzard kicked off its annual Blizzcon with a flurry of announcements about the plans for its hit franchise StarCraft and new entries like Heroes of the Storm (multiplayer online battle arena with combination of heroes from Blizzard’s Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft franchises), but their biggest announcement was the debut of new IP: Overwatch, the company’s first person shooter series with Blizzard’s classic dose for class system. Blizzard showed a video with all the Overwatch’s characters and all the actions the … Read More

Ubisoft pulls its biggest PC Games off Steam
11:00 am PDT 07/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Ubisoft in a surprise move has removed three of the biggest upcoming games of 2015 from Steam. The three AAA games are Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew which were up for sale yesterday but have disappeared in thin air and are nowhere to be seen. You can still purchase the games digitally from Uplay store as well as from the retail stores, but not from the biggest online game store. Pricing of the games seem to … Read More

Nazara Technologies pumps in Rs 4.2 Cr into Bangalore based HashCube Technologies
2:30 pm PDT 06/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Nazara Technologies has announced its first investment from the seed fund it had set up earlier this year for start-up gaming companies. The lucky ones are Bangalore based gaming company HashCube Technologies. Along with San Francisco based entrepreneur Perry LaForge, ah! Ventures, the angel network of Club ah!, Nazara invested a massive Rs 4.2 crore fund. HashCube Technologies founded in 2008 by Ramprasad Rajendran and Deepan Chakravarthy. The company has three games across various platforms with Sudoku Quest being one … Read More

‘Far Cry 4′ to rock with original soundtrack composed by RHCP fame Cliff Martinez
12:00 pm PDT 04/11/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Ubisoft is partnering with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cliff Martinez of Red Hot Chilli Peppers fame, to compose the original soundtrack for its upcoming open-world, first-person shooter Far Cry 4. Cliff has composed music for films like Traffic, Drive and Spring Breakers. Working with Ubisoft Montreal’s Far Cry 4 Music Designer Jerome Angelot, Music Supervisor Simon Landry, and Audio Director Tony Gronick, Cliff created original music specifically for Far Cry 4’s gameplay and helped bring to life the gorgeous, yet ruthless … Read More

Rovio pulls a Robot out of the hat with Angry Bird Transformers
12:00 pm PDT 31/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Angry Birds fans rejoice, on Thursday Rovio released Angry Birds Transformers on Google Play Store. Partnering with Hasbro, Rovio has brought the iconic characters on Android and iOS devices in their own ‘birdy’ way. Available a month after the iOS release, the Angry Birds Transformers is a battle between Autobirds (Autobots) and Deceptihogs (Decepticons). The game is a side scroller with a different gameplay than the previous games and features the transforming birds running on the path using a range … Read More