US VIDEO GAME SALES HIT $43B IN 2018, ECLIPSING RECORD YEAR AT THE BOX OFFICE

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This article originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter. Software sales -- which posted an 18 percent growth in revenue year-over-year for $35.8 billion -- were fueled by mega-hits such as Rockstar's 'Red Dead Redemption 2' (the year's top-selling game in the U.S.), 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,' 'Marvel's Spider-Man,' 'God of War' and Nintendo's 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.' Video game revenue reached a new high in the U.S. last year, soaring to $43.4 billion, according to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The NPD Group. That figure represents an 18 percent increase from...
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2019 VIDEOGAME PREVIEW: 45 MOST ANTICIPATED GAMES

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In the link below, find details on Metacritic's most-anticipated games that are expected to be released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC during 2019. (They're listed in alphabetical order.) The list includes only those games with confirmed release dates and games that seem more likely than not to come out this year. (Of course, if this year is like every preceding year, you'll be seeing some of these titles again in the 2020 preview.) https://www.metacritic.com/pictures/2019-video-game-preview-ps4-xb1-switch-pc/1  
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NEW YORK VIDEOGAME CRITICS CIRCLE ANNOUNCES 8TH ANNUAL NEW YORK GAME AWARDS NOMINEES

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The New York Videogame Critics Circle will host the 8th Annual New York Game Awards, honoring the best in video gaming on January 22 at SVA Theatre in New York City. From Best Game Music to Best Remake, the New York Game Awards nominations all culminate to the Big Apple Award for Best Game of the Year, all announced at the awards ceremony hosted by Emmy Award winning writers from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. In addition to award nominations announced today, the New York Game Awards is proud to give its Andrew Yoon Legend Award to Jade Raymond, co-creator of the Assassins Creed franc...
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MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS 2 – BRAND NEW CHAMPIONSHIP TRAILER GOES LIVE!

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Watch the new championship trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4CsKr87pPA To celebrate the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship kick off, Milestone published an adrenaline-filled Championship Trailer. Globally available on February 8th, 2019 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Windows PC®/STEAM and Nintendo Switch™, Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 2 allows players to step into the boots of an official Supercross Champion and experience the exciting life of a professional athlete in the most competitive and highest profile off-road motorcycle racing ...
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KOEI TECMO AMERICA UNVEILS THE LONG-AWAITED RELEASE DATE FOR NELKE & THE LEGENDARY ALCHEMISTS: ATELIERS OF THE NEW WORLD

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Deepen Your Relationships with Townsfolk and Beloved Alchemist to Help Build a Prosperous City KOEI TECMO America revealed the highly-anticipated release date for Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, alongside a variety of exciting gameplay features. The latest entry in the Atelier series is slated for physical and digital release on March 26, 2019 for the PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch™, and digital-only on Windows PC via Steam®. In Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World players assume the role of...
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CRASH IS BACK IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT! – 6/21/19

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Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It’s the authentic CTR experience plus a whole lot more, now fully-remastered and revved up to the max: Start your engines with the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, weapons and controls Power slide to glory in additional karts and tracks from beyond the original game Race online with friends and Crash the competition with online leaderboards. Coming June 21, 2019! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgwA1gYDb5Q  
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XENON RACER TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE IN EARLY 2019

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SOEDESCO has revealed the official new box art for Xenon Racer. The futuristic arcade racer, developed by Italian studio 3DClouds, is scheduled to launch early 2019 for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ and Steam®. For all three consoles, the game releases both digitally and physically.   Drifting through city streets  In Xenon Racer, the action takes place in seven different locations across the world, in the year 2030. Two of the racing locations have been revealed already, the bustling metropolis Toky...
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NPD GROUP: TOTAL INDUSTRY CONSUMER SPENDING ON VIDEO GAMES IN U.S. INCREASES 24 PERCENT TO $9.1 BILLION IN THE 3RD QUARTER OF 2018

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According to the Q3 2018 Games Market Dynamics: U.S.* report from leading global information company The NPD Group, overall total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $9.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018 (July-Sept.), an increase of 24 percent compared to the same time period last year. Video game content sales increased 25 percent to $7.9 billion. All content categories, which include full-game, DLC/MTX, subscriptions, and mobile saw increases, with mobile games and digital content for console and portable platforms experiencing the most growth. The so...
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EXORDIUM & MODUS PARTNER TO BRING THE BEAR WITH ME FRANCHISE TO CONSOLE

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Triple I video game publisher Modus Games today announced their partnership with Exordium Games to bring the Steam indie franchise, Bear With Me, to PlayStationÒ4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The episodic game series, which mixes horror, puzzle, mystery and comedic elements, will arrive on console in 2019. “Bringing the Bear With Me series to console feels like finding a rare gem and letting the whole world in on the secret,” said Christina Seelye, CEO of Modus Games. “Our team is very excited to get to work on this gritty and entertaining game.” Bear With Me is a single-playe...
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