Disney CEO Bob Chapek says ESPN will never take bets

Bob Chapek, CEO of Walt Disney Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek said Thursday that the company’s sports network ESPN is looking for a partner to help it step into sports gambling. “We at ESPN have the ability to do that. Now we’re going to need a partner … Read more

GameStop Gods Unchained NFT trading cards to loyalty program perks in digital world push

Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. John Minchillo | AP GameStop is adding NFT trading cards for the virtual game Gods Unchained as a perk for its loyalty program members as the legacy retailer works to deepen its reach … Read more

Sony, Tencent, NetEase continue deal hunt to expand new formats, markets

Revenue from mobile games accounts for more than half of the mobile gaming market. Sony is looking to diversify beyond consoles with its new dedicated PlayStation mobile gaming division. Mateusz Slodkowski | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images Sony Sony’s PlayStation has dominated the gaming console market for a long time. But the business … Read more

Sony unveils Inzone PC gaming gear as it looks beyond the PS5

Sony’s new PC gear will help it expand its reach in gaming beyond PlayStation. Sony Sony is launching its own range of gaming-focused computer monitors and headsets, hoping to tap into the lucrative high-end PC gaming market as it looks beyond its main PlayStation console brand. Called Inzone, Sony’s PC gaming lineup features two monitors. … Read more

TikTok owner ByteDance sees $1 billion in player spend on its games

ByteDance has been investing in its mobile gaming business through key acquisitions and is finding success outside of China. Omar Marques | Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Chinese internet giant ByteDance’s nascent foray into gaming is showing signs of promise with spending across its mobile titles growing over the past year as it … Read more

Netflix to acquire Next Games, the studio behind Stranger Things game

Netflix is expanding its push into mobile gaming. Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Netflix has offered to buy mobile game maker Next Games as the streaming giant pushes further into gaming. Next Games is the Finnish studio behind a mobile game based on Netflix’s hit show “Stranger Things.” Netflix plans to pay 2.10 … Read more

Nintendo Switch surpasses Wii with sales topping 100 million

A cartoon figurine of Super Mario Bros. stands in front of a Nintendo Switch store in a shopping market. Nintendo Switch sales surpassed 100 million units at the end of 2021. Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images Sales of the Nintendo Switch console have surpassed the Wii, but the global semiconductor shortage forced the … Read more