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Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It? – Wired.com
Wired’s Cecilia D’Anastasio has done a deep dive into Amazon’s foray into game publishing. From its 2008 purchase of a small development studio to recent blockbuster launches like New World, Amazon has not been able to gain traction in the gaming space. Only time will tell if the retail behemoth will be able to overcome its operational challenges and find the mainstream success it desires.
Video gaming may be associated with better cognitive performance in children – NIH.gov
A study produced by JAMA Network Open finds that video gaming may push improvements in impulse control and working memory in children. While previous studies have hinted at the developmental cognitive benefits of gaming, this study’s results are remarkable given its large sample size.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II breaks franchise record with $800M sold in three days – VentureBeat.com
In the first three days since its release, Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has already broken the franchise sales record. The latest title has seen three-day sales of $800 million worldwide, breaking the five-day record set by 2011’s Modern Warfare 3 at $650 million worldwide.
Overwatch 2 has a new executive producer with an impressive resume – Polygon.com
Jared Neuss has joined Blizzard as the Executive Producer and Vice President for Overwatch 2. Neuss has extensive experience as a producer of live-service games, having worked on Bungie’s Destiny 2, Riot’s League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, and 343 Industries’ Halo 5: Guardians.