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According to the latest research from SuperData, there is some serious money being made from MMOs. The top five subscription-based MMOs in the world as it stands are: World of Warcraft, Lineage 1, TERA: Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Lord of the Rings Online.
World of Warcraft leads this effort when it comes to revenues, with $1.04 billion made last year, securing itself a 36% chunk of the subscription-based MMO market share for 2013. Lineage 1 comes in at second place with $253 million for NCsoft and a 9% share, TERA: Online generated $236 million for NHN Corporation in third spot with an 8% share. Star Wars: The Old Republic sits in fourth place with $165 million made for EA with 6% of the subscription-based MMO market share, and Lord of the Rings Online made $104 million for Turbine, Inc. and secured them 4%.
Revenue subscriptions have dropped every year from 2010, from 30.6 million subscribers to 23.4 million this year. MMO publishers see this decrease in subscribers due to the increased offerings of free content, more payment tiers and microtransactions.
At the height of his hacking career, Shane "Jason" Duffy was making a nice $1,000 per day from hacking League of Legends. The 21-year-old hacker had his room raided by police back in 2011 because of a League of Legends security incident, something that Riot Games addressed in 2012. Duffy's online activity while he was on bail saw police visit him again last year.
During an interview with The Daily Dot, Duffy said he was involved with the brute force hacking of League of Legends accounts, selling character skills from accounts for anywhere between $200 and $800. He also leaked League of Legends: Supremacy through a Riot Games employee's account, and created a service where players could pay to have other players knocked out of League games.
Duffy said that his group had access to millions of League accounts, something he claims he had access to through a senior Riot employee's account. Duffy said that even though Riot Games had noticed a breach, and told its staff to change their passwords, this one particular employee did not. This paved the way for Duffy to create a backdoor on Riot's servers, where he had access to the details of some 24.5 million accounts.
When everything calms down after the DOTA 2 'The International' this weekend, we're going to see a change in the perception of professional gaming. One of the driving reasons behind this is that the total prize pool for DOTA 2 is an astonishing $10,887,235.
This $10 million will be split to 14 teams, with five players on each team. The winning team of The International 2014 will take home $5,008,128 - meaning that every player in the team will secure themselves $1,001,625.60 each. Considering that the $10 million prize pool was funded by the sale of the game to its fans, this is an achievement beyond words.
But when its pitted against "proper" professional sports, such as the Open Championship (or as the British Open in the US), it trumps it. The Open Championship has $9.2 million in prize money, but splits it across 156 entrants. The winner of the last British Open was Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland. He took home $1,196,055 for himself. Considering that the British Open started in 1860, some 154 years ago, and The International started four years ago, we've come a very long way.
When you say the name Oculus, the product that we all think of right away is the Rift VR headset. That headset allows you to play some of the most immersive games we have seen in a long time. Oculus plans to offer more to the gamers out there than the headset alone.
Oculus is also working on motion controllers that will work alongside the Rift headset. The controllers will allow you to manipulate objects in games via hand and body movement according to people familiar with the products.
The goal of the motion controllers according to these sources is to make for more immersive games and simulations. Some developers out there that aren't directly associated with Oculus are already working on motion controllers to go with the Rift. The move into first party controllers by Oculus will likely upset these firms. Exactly when Oculus will rollout those motion controllers is unknown.
Ubisoft's Watch Dogs and Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 continued their dominance of the sales charts in June, with Watch Dogs ranked No. 1 and Mario Kart 8 slotting in at No. 2, according to the NPD Group research firm. Watch Dogs is available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles and the PC, while Mario Kart 8 is available for the Wii U only.
Mario Kart 8 sold 470,000 units in June, with total game sales reaching 885,000 since its release date on May 30. Minecraft console version was No. 3, EA Sports UFC and FIFA 14 were also in the top five, trailing behind the great success of Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8.
Xbox One sales have doubled since Microsoft dropped the console's price to $399, but the PlayStation 4 still outsold its competitor.
Sony made an announcement to remaster its renowned PlayStation 3 titles for PlayStation 4, starting off with The Last of Us. As we reported earlier, the game will run at 1080p resolution with variable framerate to up to 60 FPS. Despite many titles like The Last of US being a hit, many gamers who never owned a PS3 were hesitant to purchase it at the time when the release of next-generation gaming consoles was very close. According to Sony Computer Entertainment, this should help them make the jump, including the current Nintendo Wii owners.
During an interview with Sony Computer Entertainment's boss Andrew house, he said that many of the older PlayStation titles will be released for PlayStation 4 to attract a new audience who are currently using Nintendo Wii. He said,"Our big opportunity is to welcome back an audience much earlier in the lifecycle that possibly bought into the Wii previously".
According to SCE, many players have skipped the purchase of PlayStation 3 for Nintendo Wii, and therefore couldn't get their hands-on playing many exclusive titles. According to him, remastering PlayStation 3 titles for the current gen PlayStation 4 will encourage Wii owners to make a switch.
There's some new DLC for Killzone: Shadow Fall which finally gives you the ability to voluntarily fart in-game. Yes, the new DLC allows you to pass wind, in the game. Not only that, but you can plank.
There are some other cool moves in the new Killzone: Shadow Fall DLC, with the ability of spotlight moves, special finishers that can be used in combat. The official description explains: "It's all fun and games until someone loses a game. (Or so they say). Show your fallen enemies, not everything need be taken seriously".
The Last of Us: Remastered is nearly upon us for the PlayStation 4, with more details on the spruced up next-gen version of the game. Sony has confirmed that there is an option to lock the framerate to 30FPS, as the PS4 version of the game will run at 1080p, and a variable framerate of up to 60FPS.
Sony's Sid Shuman has said that choosing between framerates will "boil down to personal preference". The biggest deciding factor will be having an absolute rock solid 30FPS versus the variable, sometimes 60FPS. It'll be great at 60FPS, but when it drops, you're going to feel it. More details have also surfaced on the PS4 remake of the game, where save games won't carry over from the PS3 version of The Last of Us to the PS4, and more.
DLC carries over, which should have some fans happy. There are three major DLC packs for The Last of Us: Abandoned Territories, Reclaimed Territories, and Left Behind. The new PS4 version of The Last of Us will also work with the new DualShock 4 controller, where the touchpad is capable of being used to open up Joel's backpack, audio recordings are played through the speaker on the DualShock 4 controller, and it changes color when you start losing health.
Before writing this news, I didn't even know that Kim Kardashian had a mobile game out - but she does - Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. The mobile game is out on both iOS and Android, but it looks like Kim might make a huge chunk of cash from her mobile game alone this year.
The reality TV star is set to make an estimated $200 million this year, and after $10 million of expenses is paid for, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could make her a cool $85.5 million. The mobile game has her likeness, using her "in-game audio commentary, hand-selected wardrobe, and persona authenticity" to rise to fame.
Players will catch up with fellow celebrities, attend exclusive clubs, as well as becoming an A-list actor, fashion designer or cover model. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is available for both iOS and Android, if you want to try it out.
Imprisoned former dictator Manuel Noriega, 80, is suing Activision Blizzard for using his name and likeness in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II." The game was released in 2012 and features a character named Manuel Noriega assisting the CIA, and then the character betrays the U.S. later in the game.
Noriega, the former leader of Panama, is serving a 20-year sentence in Panama, after already serving prison sentences in the United States and France. He is seeking damages and lost profits, claiming his character helped boost game sales. There have been a few high-profile lawsuits regarding video game character likeness, but this one will prove to be especially tricky to prove:
"In the U.S., individuals have what's called the right to publicity, which gives them control over how their person is depicted in commerce including video games," said Jas Purewal, interactive entertainment lawyer, in a statement to BBC. "But Noriega isn't a U.S. citizen or even a resident. This means that his legal claim becomes questionable, because it's unclear on what legal basis he can actually bring a case against Activision."