Consoles still are prohibitively expensive in Brazil – so Free-to-Play has gained significant market share in Gaming with 17 million players between 13 and 65 (and still growing quickly).
For the full year research firm Interpret puts the market at an estimated USD 470 million, mostly coming from in-game purchases.
Full story: Free-to-play a $470 million market in Brazil – Report | GamesIndustry International.
Swrve has been tracking the habits of newly entering F2P-players throughout 90 days: 2,2 percent of the new players ever spent money and half of that money coame form just 10 percent of that group (0,22 percent of the newly entered players).
Another interesting fact: Two-thirds quit playing within a day after download.
Short summary: Only 2.2% of free-to-play users ever pay – Report | GamesIndustry International.
200.000 ePlayers are taking part in more than 1.000 World of Tanks tournaments now – so it seems like there is a certain demand of the community. Wargaming (which has 80 million registered players now) is now installing a dedicated team.
Full story: Wargaming to invest $10m in eSports in 2014 | GamesIndustry International.
Social Casino Games are one of the top-revenue categories in mobile gaming. Within the iOS store, 20 of the publishers are among the top 100.
Full Dsistimo report: Social Casino Gaming Report Part 1: The Biggest Publishers Globally | Blog | Distimo.
Seems like wearables for animals are as well as interesting as for humans… U.K. Startup Silent Herdsman is building wearable collars to help farmers better manage their herds with a remote monitoring solution.
Link: Silent Herdsman.
The Minecraft developer more than doubled profits and revenues are up 38 percent to USD 316 million — which is an impressive EBIT-rate…. The five-year-old game is still on the rise, which is quite unusual. Sales of PC-version, Console-version and mobile version are nearly equally a third of revenues each.
Also interesting: The IP belongs to co-founder Markus Persson, who got license payments of USD 130 miliion last year alone.
Link: Mojang made a $129 million profit in 2013 | GamesIndustry International.
The first restaurant was funded by a Kickstarter campaign in 2010 – “Homeroom” in Oakland / Calif.
Nowadays, a total of more than 300 bars and restaurants have been launched with the support of the crowd-funding site. Here is an overview:
Link: Kickstarter Places.
The intensively discussed app obviously is only counting if two users express mutual interest. That´s up from 1 million matches in January 2013 and 500 million matches in December 2013.
The fast growing company obviously also has some plans of connecting people non-romantically as well in future.
Full story: CEO Sean Rad Says Dating App Tinder Has Made 1 Billion Matches | TechCrunch.
Chaotic Moon has been working more than three years on a big touchscreen table for Pizza Hut for an interactive order of Pizza and some game apps whilst you are waiting for your food…
Watch MtGox CEO Mark Karpeles admitting that 850.000 bitcoins (with a worth of nearly half a billion dollars) held by the exchange are definetely gone……