After Sega’s release of the Dreamcast in 1998, it subsequently left the console development business. Despite the fact that Sega was introducing new and flashy features like internet support, they just couldn’t keep up with their competitors. However, it has been recently announced that Sega will be re-entering the industry it once left. The Genesis Mini will come out on September 19th.
The console is meant to play on the nostalgia factor that comes with games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force, and ToeJam and Earl. Read more about the release here.
While it’s becoming more and more common for steamers and gamers to make money doing what they love, the money that is going into paying these people is becoming more and more impressive.
Game Informer recently posted an article about how Apex Legends took the gaming world by storm. They attribute it to a marketing deal that EA made with the popular streamer known as Ninja. It’s rumored that EA paid the gamer $1M to stream and tweet about their game. Read more about it here.
According to GameInformer, Fortnite earned $2.4 Billion last year. The game turned into an overnight sensation after being released in July 2017. Since then, our favorite characters have graced the covers of novels, become collectible figurines, and even have their own version of Monopoly.
Despite the fact that Fortnite is free to download and play, it has generated this incredible revenue with skins, emotes, and season passes that allow gamers to customize their characters and unlock exclusive content.
You can read more about last year’s game revenue here.
In recent news, Unity has been pitted against Unreal Engine in a way it never has been. On January 10th, Improbable announced that Unity would be cutting ties with them, putting SpatialOS at risk.
For those who don’t know: SpatialOS is a cloud-based system created by Improbable so that small studios can easily scale up software to large, multiplayer games with cross-platform support.
Since then, Improbable has announced a $25,000,000 fund that they have created with Epic Games in order to encourage developers to use Unreal. Sounds like drama to me.
Read more about it here.