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All the acronyms you can handle: LoL at MSG in NYC this weekend rocked the LCS!
Riot Games Vice President of Esports Dustin Beck discusses “League of Legends” growing audience with Brad Stone on “Bloomberg West.”
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Zynga lost a bunch (more) monthly users in 2Q but I'm also starting to see signs of a turnaround in their numbers. I was a (phone) guest on Bloomberg TV yesterday to discuss.
IDC Gaming's Lewis Ward, MobileX Labs co-founder Dan Novaes and Bloomberg's Chris Palmeri discuss the outlook for Zynga with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on
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Most of my fellow gaming market pundits seem to agree that Nintendo's next CEO will either come from within the company or at least be a veteran of the Japanese gaming industry.
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Here's a few pix from E3 2015. It's always a pretty wild week.
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Yours truly has you covered for the key trends coming out of this year's E3.
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Looks like the next Guitar Hero - yes, the franchise is getting ready for a new world tour - will be integrated with live footage from concerts. I throw my hands in the air in this CNET piece.
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I discussed King Digital's 2Q on Bloomberg West yesterday...well, really I called in wearing shorts & a -shirt.
Fun fact: the pic you'll see of me on Bloomberg is this profile pic with the background clipped out.
Lewis Ward, gaming research director at IDC, and Maha Ibrahim, general partner at Canaan Partners, discuss the selloff in King Digital shares with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)
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China's Ministry of Culture has fully repealed the game console manufacturing restrictions that have existed since 2000. My 2 cents on what this means for Microsoft and Sony are part of this LA Times piece.
The Chinese government is stripping away its last restrictions on the sale of video game consoles, but the action is unlikely to significantly boost the fortunes of dominant manufacturers Microsoft and Sony.
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Is my mind playing tricks on me? No, it's just virtually controlling the world. Hahahahaha! Here's how MindMaze plans to make brain waves the next big UI, and I really think it could eventually be big.
Research in the medical field and the arrival of virtual reality hardware in the gaming realm have brought brain-machine interface tech closer to reality.
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It seemed like people were digging the reboot of the guitar/band music games genre at E3. I play a quick solo in this piece.
Like rock 'n' rollers getting the band back together, Activision and Harmonix are resurrecting their music-based franchises "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," titles that in 2008 at their peak generated more than $1.6 billion in North American sales.
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Get your ink on and check this piece on Nintendo's new multiplayer shooter, #Splatoon . I'll be playing a bunch going into E3 but in the meantime I offer a couple thoughts on this new IP...I think it's going to be a hit...a messy hit...
With its bloodless battles of attrition between squads of human-squid chimeras, twitch-shooter <em>Splatoon</em> oozes classic Nintendo charm that has enamored many early reviewers. It takes a crack at the competitive shooter genre, but instead of the visceral shock of bullet wounds, blood, and the wails of the wounded, <em>Splatoon</em> supplies brightly colored ink to wield in chaotic matches.
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I know Yo-Kai watch has been selling really well for Nintendo in Japan but I'm skeptical that it's going to emerge as a big hit here - unless there's a similar cartoon show launched here that resonates with the young-uns.
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Video game industry research (technology analysis).
Skills
Forecasting, presenting, writing, analyzing technology trends...and I'm a decent post player in rec league b-ball.
Employment
  • IDC
    Research director, gaming, 2013 - present
    I cover and forecast console, PC, and mobile/handheld gaming (hardware, game software, and related services).
  • IDC
    Research manager, gaming, 2009 - 2013
  • IDC
    Senior analyst, mobile entertainment, 2004 - 2009
  • Collaborative Strategies
    Analyst, 1997 - 2004
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Boston
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san francisco - berkeley - monterey - klamath falls
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Introduction
I cover video game hardware, software and services for IDC (mostly from a tech angle). It's pretty much Christmas year-round...if by Christmas you mean lots of XL sheets and feverish writing.
Bragging rights
I made it into the top 2,500 Uncharted 3 global kills in early 2012, and pretty much became a missile-firing Silverback God in GoW 3 horde mode. I also have a level 9 Town Hall and twin lvl 3 x-bows in Clash of Clans - but all those payers keep crushing me in Master's league.
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  • University of California, Berkeley
    Letters & Science, 1990 - 1994
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