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PlayStation 4 outsold everyone else in April, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb reports. “Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console hardware platform in April and remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date … PlayStation 4 generated the highest April unit sales for a console since Nintendo Wii in April 2009, and the highest April dollar sales for a console since Nintendo Wii in April 2008.”
God of War didn’t do too shabby, either. It “had the best launch month ever for a PlayStation 4 exclusive, in terms of dollar sales,” VentureBeat’s Stephanie Chan reports. “It is now No. 3 on the best-selling games of 2018 behind Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World at No. 2 and Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5 at No.1.”
In terms of portable, IGN’s Joe Skrebels reports that “PlayStation boss John Kodera has said that he wants the company to continue thinking about portable gaming … Kodera said it was ‘not yet the right stage to discuss specific hardware plans.’”
Remember the fatal swatting case? Suspect Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, confessed. “After the two-hour preliminary hearing, which included a Los Angeles police detective saying Barriss confessed, Judge Bruce Brown said there was enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial,” The Wichita Eagle’s Nichole Manna reports.
Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick reassured fans that there’s “basically no chance that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be delayed again,” according to GameSpot’s Eddie Makuch. “Zelnick said the 1,000 or so people working on the game across Rockstar’s studios are committed to getting the game out on time.”
Logitech released Fiscal Year 2018 earnings, TEO’s Trent Murray reports. “GAAP annual revenue increased 16% year-over-year to $2.57B … Gaming accounted for $0.5B of annual revenue 52% segment growth year-over-year.”
Look. Look at Death Stranding’s moss. Hideo Kojima tweeted the image May 21.
AXiomatic, Team Liquid’s parent company, “raised $25M in series B investment,” TEO’s Graham Ashton writes. “Bruce Karsh, executive board member of the Golden State Warriors and president of Oaktree Capital Management, led the round.”
EA acquired GameFly’s “cloud-gaming technology and the employees of” its subsidiary. “EA said last year that it planned to launch an unannounced streaming service in the next two to three years,” CNET’s Steven Musil reports.
Leyou Technologies opened Athlon Games, its new games publisher in the US. “Athlon Games is ‘the publishing division of Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited’ and is based in Burbank, California, with links to Leyou’s offices in London and Beijing,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports.
ESL is partnering with Warsteiner and Alienware, TEO’s Thiemo Bräutigam and Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch report.
Gabriel Causse is Magic Gaming’s new “partnership development manager” for NBA 2K League, Murray writes.
Team Dignitas has been busy. First, TEO’s Ben Fischer reports the team bought a “Rocket League roster previously signed to Gale Force eSports.” Secondly, their new CEO is Michael Prindiville. Third, “he is considering [a] brand update that may include a new name, EU LCS application, and relocation to L.A.”
The Arab Esport Federation (AEF) and Global Esport Resources (GER) announced an “11 country agreement to consolidate Esport activities,” the press release reads. “The twenty-five year exclusive agreement calls for GER, a global Esport strategy, planning and execution company, to own, develop and operate on behalf of and in conjunction with AEF, a first ever all-inclusive Esport gaming portal to aggregate and manage the Esport and video gaming activities of the 11 member AEF countries.”
Titan Comics announced another Assassin’s Creed comic series called Assassin’s Creed: Conspiracies. It’s set during WWII and comes out Oct. 30.