Rovio puts market listing plans on hold after brickbats over job cuts
11:00 am PDT 30/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Rovio’s much delayed stock-market listing seems to have taken a nose dive more so after this week’s warning of lower earnings and a planned mauling of more than a third of its staff. While the mobile games market as a whole is thriving and looks set to grow to more than $35 billion in 2017, according to research firm Newzoo, Rovio’s woes typify ‘the difficulty’ established players have in changing with the times. “They lost their moment…You need to list … Read More

Google launches Youtube Gaming; pits it against Amazon led Twitch
11:00 am PDT 27/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

For YouTube has been teasing about the new platform dedicated to gamers since E3 this year and now, it is ready to launch it globally. The spin-off platform, YouTube Gaming is available from 18:00 GMT (23:30 IST) on Wednesday and also app for the same will available for Android and iOS. YouTube Gaming is a dedicated app and website focusing exclusively on gaming content, with a greater emphasis on live steams. “As promised, and after some excellent road-testing by thousands … Read More

Electronic Arts to have a new distributor for India very soon
3:00 pm PDT 20/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Milestone Interactive – which has been EA’s India distributor for years – has fallen out of favour with the publisher. There have been rumors that EA has been speaking with other distributors in India for months and a decision on its new partner could come as early as next week. EA has a strong line-up of games over the next six-months, with FIFA 16, Need for Speed and Star Wars Battlefront coming this calendar year, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst scheduled … Read More

Rovio wants to capture Asia’s attention by ‘glocalizing’ Angry Birds 2
2:00 pm PDT 20/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Finnish mobile gaming company Rovio Entertainment, best known for its high-flying Angry Birds, is hoping to rebound from a tough 2014 and to expand in Asia by tailoring its games to draw local consumers. After reporting a 73 per cent drop in its 2014 earnings due to a decline in the licensing of the Angry Birds brand, and cutting about 110 jobs, Rovio is focussing on going local, Rovio CCO Alex Lambeek told Reuters this week. “(We have the) building capability to scale … Read More

Nazara Games to invest Rs 50 crore in creating a franchise of ‘Chhota Bheem’ games
3:00 pm PDT 17/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

India’s premier game developer and publisher, Nazara games has entered into an exclusive partnership to develop mobile games across the world with Green Gold Animation, a pioneer in creating wholesome entertainment for kids of all ages and owner of IP’s like Chhota Bheem, which arguably, is India’s favorite character. Talking of this partnership Nazara Games CEO Manish Agarwal said: “We at Nazara are thankful to the Green Gold team for reposing their faith in us and entrusting us with the … Read More

Hoppr and Tiny Mogul integrated under hike Messenger brand
1:00 pm PDT 14/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Hoppr and Tiny Mogul Games have been integrated under the Internet company hike messenger, bringing in the games and hyper-local deals to improve on its existing users and also appealing to the new users. Hike raised $86M from Tiger Global and Bharti SoftBank since its inception in December 2012 and is the first and biggest home grown app by active usage, as per the recent industry reports (Ericsson Mobility report and Quettra). Currently, the messenger enjoys sitting atop of over 35 … Read More

EA assigns media task to Arena for £80m
10:30 am PDT 14/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Electronic Arts is on a brand building exercise and has appointed Arena to handle its £80 million international media planning and buying account after a competitive pitch. MediaCom was the incumbent. The WPP agency won the consolidated European account and retained the UK brief in 2010. The gaming giant has been rebuilding after a turbulent 2013, when it cut more than 10 per cent of its workforce and was voted the worst company to work for in the US. MediaCom … Read More

Faceware debuts a mo-cap plugin for Unreal engine
11:30 am PDT 13/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Faceware Technologies, a provider of marker-less 3D facial motion capture solutions, announced the launch of the Faceware Live plugin for Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4. The new integration will enable UE4 developers to capture facial movements with any camera and instantly apply those movements to characters in the Unreal Engine. “Faceware Technologies has a long history of creating some of the most iconic and realistic faces in games and films,” said Faceware Technologies, VP – business development, Peter Busch, “while … Read More

Mobile MOBA ‘Vainglory’ developer Super Evil Megacorp raises $26 million to make e-sports for tablets
10:30 am PDT 12/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Gaming startup Super Evil Megacorp raised $26 million in Series B funding on Sunday to develop its multi-player online battle arena (MOBA) games into a mass market e-sports. The company known for its multiplayer online battle arena game Vainglory soon will publish in China in a partnership with Giant Interactive. Giant will work with Super Evil Megacorp to launch the game on iOS and Android later this year. The company has raised $41 million to date and this round was … Read More

Lenovo India Gaming Week 2015 commences
1:30 pm PDT 11/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Lenovo India Gaming Week was launched today in Mumbai with a bumper Prize Pool of over One Million Rupees. Over 35 top gamers competed in the launch matches of hugely popular esports games – DOTA2, League of Legends, CounterStrike:GO and FIFA15. For the first time in the country, over 10,000 gamers from around the country will participate for free in 14 different games across three different gaming platforms – PC, Console and Mobiles. The online competition will begin from this Independence … Read More

Seven Summits Studio and TeaPOT Games take flight with Avion Flight Simulator 2015
3:30 pm PDT 08/08/2015 By Vivek Kapadia

Seven Summits Studio, the game development studio behind many games like Pigment, Petite and Picto is one of the many indie setups that has been one of the torch-bearers for the Indian gaming industry across different international festivals and winning accolades for its games. The studio recently tied up with another one man gaming studio TeaPOT Games for the new flight simulator game Avion Flight Simulator 2015. We got chatting with founder Asar Dhandala about the new game and the … Read More

Vroovy brings the fight to you with ‘Brothers: Clash of Fighters’
6:00 pm PDT 06/08/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Bollywood’s favourite action-hero Akshay Kumar and his reel-brother Sidharth Malhotra launched the official Brothers game called ‘Brothers: Clash of Fighters’. At the launch event, an animated Akshay Kumar/Sidharth Malhotra played the game to demonstrate the various moves of his character in the game. The ‘Brothers’ enjoyed playing the game and spoke about its features, controls, their experience while creating the game in association with Vroovy. Speaking on the launch Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, MD & CEO Neeraj Roy said: “Our … Read More