This is your Press Start to Begin news brief for January 11th, 2014
- China’s 13 year ban on video game consoles was officially lifted recently, opening up a market previously denied to video game console developers. China will only allow consoles manufactured in China to be sold there, so developers who have warehouses in the Shanghai Free Trade zone (Nintendo) will greatly benefit.
- Youngstown State University is hosting the first ever conference on video game soundtracks. The conference will focus on how the soundtracks helps create the entire experience for the player. It will run from January 18th to January 19th. The website for the conference, with more information on what the conference is about, can be found by clicking here.
- Reports show 30% more video game projects were funded on Kickstarter in 2013 than in 2012. 2013 had 446 projects that raised a total of $57,934,418. There is expected to be more growth in 2014, which can only be good for indie game developers.
- Nintendo reported a record year for their hand-held console, the 3DS. Gamers purchased 16 million 3DS games and 11.5 million 3DS, and 2DS, units in 2013.
- The Steam Machines were unveiled at CES, underwhelming industry analysts. They reported the Steam Box was overpriced for what it was providing. Also, there were concerns that Valve did not have a marketing strategy for the Steam Box.