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PRESS RELEASES & NEWSLETTERS (See Below For Full Text)
PC & Console Games Report From Juniper
Progressive Advocacy Convention Attendees Discover That SF Cons Do Diversity Better
Wiscon Fail…Wiscon Apology…More…I want juicy, titillating details (see comments)…clear the schedule, get a cuppa, some nibbles, get comfy and – Radish Reviews Link Roundup
Indie Film To “Challenge LGBTQ Portrayal In SF Films”
SF Offers Societal Reboot for Black Writers
SF vs Bible
Female Characters Don’t Sell?
Do Women Rule SF?
Feminist SF Primer
Women In Gaming: Brianna Spacekat Wu Drops the Hammer
What Makes Chinese SF Chinese?
2001: A Spacey Odyssey – SF’s Best Film?
Sword & Laser Open Road Show At Loncon3
Falling Skies Will Have 5th Season
B vs S Wonder Woman Reveal (Many fanboys seem unhappy; many object to the costume; fangirls also nonplussed)
Popular Mechanics Has Their Own Top 100 SF Film List
Futurama – Future Mechanix Magazine
Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer ‘too raunchy for TV’ (video)
Game of Thrones Blooper Reel (video)
Great ‘Behind the scenes of writing’ in F&SF
Visiting A.C. Clarke’s House in Sri Lanka
Dreamers Of Wonder Project: Photos & Profiles of influential dreamers
New X-Wing Fighter
Futurian War Digest
For Those Traveling By Air To Loncon3 (From the US): Fed’s Guide To No Fly List
Loncon3 Program Guide…and Apps
Frank Robinson Memorial Scheduled
eFanzines New Adds: Lake Geneva…BCSFAzine…Opuntia
Convention Attendance Survey (commercial cons only, apparently)
In Kindle Unlimited Land, Authors Are Serfs
Top Authors Rally Against Amazon
The Scalzi Weigh-In on Kindle Unlimited
Inside Amazon vs Hatchette
Startups Shouldn’t Plan on Beating Amazon
Indie Publisher Alliance Meeting
Longcount Press Anthology of Classic-Style SF Open For Submissions
Public Domain Heroes
Fermi Paradox Solved! Aliens are all in Hell! (See M. Brotherton’s article)
New Tranquility Base Images (Note: NOT a sound stage in Hollywood)
SpaceX Rocket Landing (video)
UAE Announces Mission To Mars
Moon Landing Shoulda Been A Giant Step For Women Too (comments are full of priceless fail) I
NEWSLETTERS & PRESS RELEASES
But will continue to account for over 50% of industry revenues
Hampshire, 22nd July 2014: A new report from Juniper Research has found that global revenues from PC and console games will decline from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019. It also reveals that despite the decreasing sales of console hardware and increasing significance of mobile platforms, PC and console games will still account for over 50% of industry revenues over the next 5 years.
Global revenues from software sales on both the PC and console platforms will remain relatively healthy, with PC games software sales exceeding sales on the console platform.
The report PC & Console Games: Trends, Opportunities, and Vendor Strategies 2014–2019found that the new generation of consoles will generate a short-term uplift in software sales, which is then expected to slow down as the lifecycle of the hardware progresses. Juniper also believes that a 9th generation of consoles is likely to arrive around 2019, assuming a similar console lifecycle to previous iterations, which is also likely to provoke a longer term software spike.
Cloud Games Revenues to Exceed $1bn by 2019
The report highlights that the cloud games market will reach $1bn in revenues – a growth of almost 30% on the 2014 figure of $281 million. The increase is a result of the launch of services, such as the PlayStation Now, and rising interest from operators to augment ARPU by adding cloud games alongside traditional services.
Other Findings from the report include:
- Multiplayer online battle arena games, such as League of Legends and Dota2, will continue to be among the most popular genres on the PC platform.
- Handheld devices will continue to struggle in attracting gamers, and revenues from this platform will shrink to under 2% of the total games industry sales by 2018.
- The increasing availability of online video game streaming platforms, such as Twitch, supports the surge in popularity of eSports, or professional gaming.
Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.