MUMBAI: Angry Birds-maker Rovio has struck a carrier-billing deal with mobile operator Idea Cellular, the first of many partnerships in India as it looks to monetise the fast-growing games market in the country. Deals with Indian apparel, gaming and toy firms are in discussions and the company plans to crack down on piracy ahead of the launch of the Angry Birds movie next May, a senior executive of the company told ET. "It's hard to monetise a free game in a market where there is limited credit card usage. So, we have struck a carrier-billing deal with Idea.
SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters) - Ouya's $99 Android videogame console goes on sale on Tuesday, the latest attempt by a growing crop of niche hardware makers to chip away at a market dominated by Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd.
Computer operating systems have historically cost a boatload of money. When Microsoft launched Windows 95 18 years ago, it was $210. Apple's Mac OS X operating system for Mac computers went for $129 when it launched in 2001. That means in order to keep your ~$1,000 machine up to date with the latest and greatest software, you had to shell out a few extra hundred bucks. But things have changed.
Microsoft Corp. is speculated to be bringing Android apps to Windows mobile platforms when it launches Windows 10 on Wednesday, according to ZDNet, effectively closing the app gap between Android/iOS and Windows devices.
Ubisoft flexed its muscles, embracing new trends in digital play while rolling out blockbuster titles for consoles and handheld gadgets at the E3 industry extravaganza that ended here Thursday.The France-based videogame titan's creations took center stage before the big three console makers -- Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony.Ubisoft's booth on the show floor was perpetually packed with press and industry insiders eager to try upcoming games, including "Watch Dogs," in which players can hack the networks that control a futuristic "smart city."
By Denny Thomas and Paul CarstenHONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Billionaire Jack Ma's Alibaba, the dominant force in China's $1.6 trillion e-commerce market, may already have lost a battle with rival Tencent for the world's biggest mobile market.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nvidia Corp is delaying sales of its new handheld game gadget, a setback in the chipmaker's bid to use its appeal with personal computer gamers to challenge console makers like Sony Corpand Microsoft Corp.
While some may think of video games as a simple form of entertainment for the likes of children or teens, the gaming industry is far larger and more sophisticated. The UK alone boasts a whopping 20 million gamers and the people behind the games have been called “some of the most innovative minds in the tech sector” and “artists and creators [that] continue to push the entertainment envelope.”
However, the influence of mobile on spending is expected to more than double this figure from £18.4 billion to £112 billion over the same period. This means that nearly half of all retail sales will involve a mobile device in some way or another, making mobile the fastest growing retail segment.