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  • Dec. 11, 2015, 2:49 PM
    • NPD estimates U.S. physical retail video game sales fell 7% Y/Y in November to $993.9M, after having dropped 3% in seasonally weaker October to $349.4M. Aggressively-priced console bundles likely weighed on standalone game sales. Hardware sales rose 11% to $1.12B after being roughly flat in October, and peripheral/interactive toy sales rose 6% to $357.7M after rising 18% in October.
    • Not surprisingly, Activision's (ATVI -3.2%) Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the month's top-selling game, followed by Bethseda's Fallout 4. However, Activision's Destiny: The Taken King fell out of the top-10, after coming in at #7 last month.
    • Electronic Arts' (EA +1.2%) Star Wars: Battlefront, which recently saw a $20 GameStop price cut amid mixed critic and user reviews, was #3. EA also took the #4, #6, and #7 spots via Madden NFL 16, FIFA 16, and Need for Speed. Madden and FIFA were also #4 and #6 last month.
    • Take-Two's (TTWO -1%) NBA 2K16 dropped three spots to #5, while WWE 2K16 fell out of the top-10. Ubisoft's (OTCPK:UBSFY) Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and Just Dance 2016 were #9 and #10; neither was in the top-10 last month.
    • Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Halo 5: Guardians fell from #1 to #8. With Halo 5 providing less of a lift to Xbox One sales, the PlayStation 4 (NYSE:SNE) regained its status as the top-selling U.S. retail console.
    • EA remains green following the data and news the company is entering the eSports market. Activision (like GameStop) is underperforming amid a 1.8% Nasdaq drop, and Take-Two is down modestly.
    • Last month: Black Ops 3 sells $550M in opening weekend
    | Dec. 11, 2015, 2:49 PM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 27, 2015, 11:14 AM
    • Confirming some nervy feelings at smaller videogame developers Ubisoft (OTCPK:UBSFY) and Gameloft (OTCPK:GLOFY), Vivendi (OTCPK:VIVHY -0.4%) -- which has taken quick stakes of 10% in each company -- says it's thinking about bigger shares, and won't rule out a bid to take the firms over in the next six months.
    • Ubisoft was up 4.6% in U.S. trading, and Gameloft up 2.8%, following Vivendi's disclosure.
    • After Vivendi took initial stakes in the firms, and then quickly dipped again, the two French game makers issued statements saying they didn't agree with Vivendi's moves and that they wanted to remain independent.
    • "These acquisitions were not specifically designed as a preparatory step for a plan to takeover Ubisoft and Gameloft," says Vivendi in a statement. "Nevertheless, over the six coming months, Vivendi cannot rule out the possibility of considering such a plan."
    • The conglomerate has invested a total of €278.4M to take 10% stakes in each company, a reversal of form from when Vivendi divested its stake in Activision.
    • Previously: Vivendi quickly raises stakes in Ubisoft, Gameloft (Oct. 22 2015)
    • Previously: Vivendi takes stakes in game makers Ubisoft, Gameloft (Oct. 14 2015)
    • Related: Ubisoft: Sticking To Our Bullish Stance After Vivendi's 6% Stake Purchase (Oct. 15 2015)
    | Oct. 27, 2015, 11:14 AM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2015, 2:54 PM
    • For the second time in a week, Vivendi (OTCPK:VIVHY -0.8%) boosted its stake in videogame creators Ubisoft (OTCPK:UBSFY -1.7%) and Gameloft (OTCPK:GLOFY) and signaled it may be more ambitious.
    • Vivendi now holds 10.4% of Ubisoft and 10.2% of Gameloft for a total investment of €278.4M.
    • The company said it could buy even more shares and seek board seats -- in spite of a statement from Ubisoft and separately from Gameloft last week affirming their independence.
    • It's a clear course change for a Vivendi that was supposedly getting more focused on fewer businesses through divestment. But the company has been sitting on €9B in cash from those divestments and it appears to be putting it to work on a new convergence strategy.
    • Previously: Vivendi takes stakes in game makers Ubisoft, Gameloft (Oct. 14 2015)
    | Oct. 22, 2015, 2:54 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 15, 2015, 9:16 PM
    • While Electronic Arts' E3 session ran close to script -- focused on new sports games and an eagerly anticipated reveal of in-game Star Wars footage -- Ubisoft (OTCPK:UBSFY) rolled out a few surprises, including a new South Park game (South Park: The Fractured But Whole) and new entries in the Rainbow Six, Assassin's Creed and Ghost Recon series.
    • Co-creator Trey Parker was on stage to introduce a superhero-themed South Park entry -- this despite a rash of delays that plagued the previous entry, South Park: The Stick of Truth.
    • The company teased Anno 2205, a city-buillding game set in a lunar colony, as well as a streaming service subscription for Just Dance that will keep players supplied with new songs.
    • Along with the new series entries, the company also previewed swordfighting game For Honor and a stunt-racing sequel, Trackmania Turbo.
    | Jun. 15, 2015, 9:16 PM
  • Apr. 16, 2015, 5:55 PM
    • Immersion (NASDAQ:IMMR) has partnered with Angry Birds developer Rovio to have Angry Birds Friends support tactile effects on devices supporting Immersion's TouchSense Engage tech. Immersion exec Nick Thomas: "Angry Birds Friends is the perfect game for haptics — we can create tactile effects that feel like a slingshot releasing, birds crashing, and buildings collapsing. These effects, used throughout the game, create a multi-sensory, richer experience for users."
    • The company has also partnered with Ubisoft (OTCPK:UBSFY) to add TouchSense Engage support to free-to-play motorcycle game Trials Frontier. Immersion promises "gamers will feel the rough terrain as they race to complete missions and overcome challenges."
    • TouchSense Engage, which builds upon Immersion's existing mobile gaming SDK and haptic effects library, was officially launched on March 31. Immersion claims the solution has only a 1%-3% impact on battery life.
    | Apr. 16, 2015, 5:55 PM
  • Jun. 17, 2014, 1:59 PM
    • Thanks to new game launches, U.S. retail physical game sales (just a subset of total game sales) rose 57% Y/Y in May to $274M, says NPD. That represents a big turnaround from April's 10% drop, and March's 27% decline.
    • Ubisoft's (UBSFY) Watch Dogs, which sold 4M units worldwide in its first week, was the top-selling title. After holding the top spot the last two months, Electronic Arts' (EA +2.9%) Titanfall fell to #8.
    • Activision's (ATVI +1.7%) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was #6, up two spots from April, and Call of Duty: Ghosts was #10 (down from #2). Take-Two's (TTWO +3.6%) NBA 2K14 was #7 (down from #3).
    • EA and Activision are making fresh 52-week highs. Take-Two isn't far removed from its 52-week high of $22.41.
    | Jun. 17, 2014, 1:59 PM
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Sector: Technology
Country: France