Today's wrap-up includes news on predictions for burgeoning North American game revenues, good news for Activision's Madagascar
game adaptation, and the signing of a former IGF winner for PC retail release later this year, as well as the latest product news and job postings.
- A new PricewaterhouseCoopers report is estimating that the number of online video game subscribers in North America will reach 28.5 million by 2009, and by then, 46% of households with a broadband Internet connection will have an online video game subscriber. The survey revealed 4.4 million online game subscribers, presumably including both casual and MMO-styled subscriptions, in 2004, and noted revenues of $647 million last year, a figure which is estimated to climb to $3.7 billion by 2009.
- Activision has announced that it has already shipped in excess of one million units worldwide for its most recent release, DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: The Game
. The title, based on the recently-debuting, Ali G co-starring feature film, was released in the U.S. on May 24, and was created by recently Activision-acquired veteran developer Toys For Bob, which previously created well-received kids' game Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
for the company.
- European-headquartered publisher Digital Jesters has announced that it will be publishing Super X Studios' 2003 Independent Games Festival winner Wild Earth
, a photographic game based around a worldwide safari, worldwide for PC this November, good news for the product which was originally translated to a theme park motion ride after its victory at the IGF.
- Also updated today: product news including an update to OpenGL profiler gDEBugger
, and a 64-bit stand-alone version of Alias' Mental Ray
, as well as the latest job postings
from companies including ATI Technologies, Bethesda Softworks, Datascope Recruitment, Electronic Arts Tiburon, Emergent Game Technologies, Gameloft, and Mythic Entertainment.