In The News
11.2 billion games were downloaded on iOS and Android in the second quarter, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports. “Games accounted for 35% of global downloads in the quarter, but they made up nearly 75% of consumer spend across iOS and Google Play,” AppAnnie reported. “Mobile apps overall had a record quarter in Q2 2019, with a total of 30.3 billion app downloads and nearly $22.6 billion in consumer spending across iOS and Google Play.”
Pokémon GO pulled in “an estimated $2.65 billion worldwide across the App Store and Google Play” in the 3 years since it launched. “Pokémon GO has surpassed the massively popular Candy Crush Saga and Clash Royale, which generated $1.86 billion and $2.3 billion, respectively, in their first three years,” Sensor Tower reports.
A patent Microsoft filed for in 2017 has been published. It’s for “‘removable game controllers’ that could function akin to Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers,” IGN’s Matt Purslow writes. “The patent itself is for a charging device, but the ‘removeable input modules’ the device charges are controllers that can be attached to a touch-screen mobile device.”
Adam Creighton founded a studio named Enduring Games, GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine writes. He was formerly a co-owner of Panic Button. “Enduring Games is based in Austin, Texas and will focus on three activities: co-development, digital distribution for smaller developers, and original IP.”
Monolith Soft opened a new studio in Japan, GI.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports. “It also has a studio in Kyoto, which has contributed to the development of Nintendo games since 2011.”
Million Victories has raised “over $1.4 million in funding toward its first title, mobile strategy game Million Lords,” Valentine writes.
OUT: Jaroslav Beck stepped down as Beat Games Studio’s CEO.
Interviews: Frontier Developments’ David Braben (GI.biz).
Extra Esports News:
Johanna Faries is officially the commissioner for Call of Duty esports. Previously the head of Call of Duty esports, she transitioned fully into the commissioner role. The Activision Blog did a brief interview with her, which you can find here.
Partnerships & Sponsorships:
Team SoloMid extended its partnership with Logitech G for another 3 years, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports.
Corteva Agriscience joined Farming Simulator League as the head sponsor, TEO’s Andrew Hayward reports.
IN: Doug Barber joined 100 Thieves as vice president of brand and apparel.