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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launched Nov. 21, and has already pulled in “25 million downloads and earned $17 million in revenue,” VentureBeat’s Mike Minotti reports.
Brendan Greene isn’t happy about intellectual property. “‘I want other developers to put their own spin on the genre… not just lift things from our game,’” he said, according to Newsbeat’s Steffan Powell. “Brendan explains: ‘There’s no intellectual property protection in games.’”
Crytek, a game publisher in Germany, “is suing Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games (CIG) for breaching contract and infringing its copyright,” Kotaku’s Jason Schreier reports.
Patreon rolled, and then unrolled, a decision to charge a $0.35 “service fee” to consumers, GamesIndustry.biz’s James Batchelor reports. “In a statement Patreon boss Jack Conte wrote: ‘We still have to fix the problems that those changes addressed, but we’re going to fix them in a different way, and…’”
Almost 4 million Switchs found their forever homes in Q4, Christopher Dring at GamesIndustry.biz reports. “The 3.8 million number is from the end of September, when Nintendo told the market it had shipped 7.63 million consoles into retailers.”
Video game subscription services are the future, Jump CEO Anthony Palma and Utomik CEO Doki Tops argue.
“’You no longer have to spend time on figuring out what to buy and where to get the best deal,’ Tops told [AListDaily’s Steven Wong]. ‘Also, there is no boundary to discover and try games you would otherwise never look at. Something that buying individual games can prevent you if you’re on a limited budget.’”
Japanese esports players will soon be issued “pro licenses” which will help them avoid the problem of not being able to collect tournament prize money due to gambling laws, Bloomberg’s Yuji Nakamura and Takako Taniguchi write.
Pull out your Android device and you’ll now be able to connect to Xbox party chat, Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips writes. “First up you’ll need the Xbox Beta app, which Microsoft uses to test ‘new capabilities.’”
NBA 2K League news:
76ers Gaming posted a video on the creation of their NBA 2K League logo.
Check out the full list of NBA 2K League team logos, courtesy of Forbes’ Brian Mazique.
Hearthstone is getting a holiday Tavern Brawl, Dot Esports’ Nicole Carpenter reports. “Blizzard is celebrating the holiday season by offering up three card packs, as opposed to the regular one card pack, for the Winter’s Veil Tavern Brawl.”
Team Kaliber will not play in the CWL Northern Arena Showdown this weekend.