Out this week: Forza Motorsports 7 (Microsoft)
Out next week: Middle-earth: Shadow of War (Warners)
Welcome to our roundup of games news as it relates to publicly-owned companies such as Activision Blizzard, EA, Glu Mobile, Take-Two, Zynga and more.
This week, more details emerge for November blockbusters Call of Duty: WW2 and Star Wars: Battlefront II, while Overwatch highlights its Halloween Terror event.
More supply chain rumors suggest Nintendo is looking to expand Switch production to 2 million a month to try to meet Holiday demand. This would be up from around 1 million earlier in the year.
And GameStop has launched an aggressive pre-owned games promotion, which offers 4 titles for as little as $10.
Activision Blizzard (ATVI)
Blizzard - rumored to be working on a mobile MMORTS or, at least, is hiring for people with mobile games experience
Call of Duty: WW2 - will include a ‘much-loved’ map from the original game, at least for those who buy the Season Pass
Overwatch - is getting its ‘Halloween Terror’ event starting 10 October
FIFA 18 - physical game sales were down 25% during launch week in UK but beware caveats
Pre-owned - GameStop is boosting its highest margin segment with an aggressive deal, offering 4 pre-owned games priced as low as $10
Glu Mobile (GLUU)
Insider trading - CFO Eric Ludwig sold 100,000 shares for $3.75 on 2 October
Rumors - supply chain gossip suggest Nintendo is looking to manufacture 2 million Switch consoles a month. This would be more than double its original prediction of 10 million for FY17
- Share price - the result is Nintendo's share price continues to extend its 9 year high
Epic Games (Tencent investment) - builder/shooter Fortnite added a free PUGB/Battle Royale mode and gained 7 million players in a week
Supercell (Tencent investment) - Clash Royale’s new 2v2 mode lets you play with clan mates and friends
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds - the most popular PC game is getting ‘review bombed’ by Chinese players for server lag issues
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