Hearthstone Mobile Revenue Thrives as PC Version Profits Slump

Blizzard’s thoroughly addicting card caper has been an extraordinary success story and translated superbly onto mobile platforms. Figures released by SuperData Arcade illustrate a massive shift in the financial benefits from PC to mobile. The graph below charts Hearthstone’s revenue stream from 2013-2015 and clearly shows how sharply the PC profits have declined.

During early 2015, the PC edition posted a digital revenue of approximately $17 million, but this has plummeted to around $7 million in only a few months. In contrast, the mobile profits catapulted from an estimated $2 million during early 2015 to over $10 million before mid-2015. This doesn’t necessarily mean the PC player base is dwindling though. Arguably, mobile customers are more inclined to make micropayments because the free-to-play business model is widespread on that platform. PC gamers are accustomed to full price releases and find it hard to justify a constant revenue stream. On another note, tablets and mobile devices cater more to the casual market and provide a gaming experience without the need for expensive hardware. The portability of these devices also means it’s easier to pay for content whilst being distracted by other leisure activities.

There’s no simple reason explaining why the mobile market is so lucrative. Many traditional gamers are opposed to the mobile platform but it seems publishers are relishing the financial benefits from a business model relying on microtransactions.

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“Legends of Hearthstone” Comes to Android Devices

Blizzard has recently revealed that their special edition “Legends of Hearthstone” game will be soon released to Android devices and be seen as similar to the iPad offering. Quoted to require a 6-inch screen and a minimum of 1GB of system memory, alongside needing the user to update to an Android 5.0 operating system.

Specific information regarding the operation requirements include:

  • Display: 6-inch or larger
  • System: Android version 4.0 after
  • Memory: 1GB

Recommended devices to run this game include:

  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2013)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 (2014)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (2014)
  • Asus Google Nexus 7
  • Huawei MediaPad X1
  • NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE 10.1 N8020
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
  • Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE

The devices above have been recommended to run the game at a sooth frame-rate. However given the specifications listed above, it is to be noted that Asus’ Transformer Pad TF300T will not function correctly – this is due to VR540 and 544 GPU’s may cause image display issues. The avoid some display issues, it is recommended that you can however try to update your device to the latest operating system to Lollipop 5.0 or Fire OS 4.5.1.

Hearthstone Legends does not have an exact reported release date as of yet, we will report as the story develops.

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Destiny Said To Be Activision’s ‘Billion Dollar’ Franchise

Since its unveil last year, there have been a lot of talks about Activision’s next bet, as stated by CEO Bobby Kotick, on the upcoming ‘billion dollar’ franchise, Destiny.

The title is a big step in terms of combining the amazing science-fiction FPS gameplay in a MMORPG shell, making a sweet gameplay and experience, at least from what the trailer revealed. And most importantly, releasing it on next-gen consoles, as well as the old ones, will attract a big mass of players to its alluring and mysterious ways.

Even Activision is praising Bungie’s title every change it gets, having Kotick looking at a big future for Destiny, the one that might go as big as a ‘billion dollar’ franchise.

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“We expect Bungie’s Destiny, an innovative shared-world, first-person action game to be Activision Publishing’s next billion dollar franchise.” stated Kotick.

He also mentioned big plans for Activision this year, having new entrants in the Skylanders title and Call of Duty series. They have also mentioned taking an interest in the free-to-play sphere, with titles such as Hearthstone and Call of Duty Online.

Activision really has some big plans set out for them this year, though their main focus still remains Destiny, which is set to release on September the 9th for Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, and PS4.

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HearthStone: Blizzards Virtual Collectible Card Game

Over the years many of us have played Collectible Card Games (CCG), unfortunately it can be difficult to learn how to play, and it can be very time consuming. Blizzard was able to work through a lot of issues, making the game easy to play and easy to learn. HearthStone is a game designed for everyone. Even though the game is easy to play and learn, the game is deep. HearthStone is Free to Play, though there will be a market where you can use real money. There are going to be tons of different ways to play, as well as special rankings that will reset each month.

HearthStone, Blizzard Entertainments Free to Play Virtual Trading Card Game. Those of you who have the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will pick up a special gift from Blizzard, a special gold trading card; Elite Tauren Chieftain with some rocking animations.

Your first thought when hearing about a CCG converted into a video game, you might think that the game would look very 2D, this is not the case with Hearthstone, which is very visual, and has tons of animations. Games are designed to play short, allowing players to start the game up, play for 10-20 minutes and be done playing.

HearthStone is going to be available to players on multiple devices, including Android, iPhone and tablets, not to forget PC and Mac versions.

Blizzard has given out over a million beta keys, and are still giving out more, if you haven’t gotten your beta key yet, don’t worry, HearthStone will be released to Open Beta next month; in Blizzard time, most likely in January

Blizzard Entertainments “BlizzCon 2013” Approaches

We only have two days before the beginning of BlizzCon 2013. We have only been waiting 2 years for it to be here, and here it is. If you are a Blizzard Entertainment fan, then this is huge news for you. Bringing us new information on their franchises Diablo, StarCraft, WarCraft.

If you didn’t get a chance to pick up tickets to BlizzCon when they were on sale, you can still pick up your virtual ticket so that you can watch all of the fun and excitement from the two full days of information, contests, concert and more.

Blizzard Entertainment has three primary franchises Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft, all of which we will hear about during BlizzCon 2013. There are a few other projects that we will likely hear about as well, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Warcraft Movie and perhaps even the Titan Project.

Diablo 3 has been out for about a year and a half, and we will likely hear all about their expansion that will be released sometime in 2014. We can only hope that we get a nice demo, and hear about some of the awesomeness to come with this newest expansion. Will they give us a release date?

The StarCraft franchise will likely give us news on their next expansion, rumored to be called Legacy of the Void. Perhaps they will let us know about some cool new changes that we can see coming in later patches.

WarCraft has gotten itself bundled with World of Warcraft since I don’t really see Blizzard bringing WarCraft 4 to us any time soon, if ever. I am sure that we will hear about new changes that are evolving in Azeroth, and I am sure that the World of Warcraft team has some really interesting changes that are taking place, we may even hear about their next expansion. Will it be called Warlords of Draenor?

Hearthstone, still in closed beta we have heard very little about what is taking place in this card based video game, I hope that they will open the beta up so that I can play, because I would really like to give this game a run.

Blizzard DOTABlizzard All-Stars, Heroes of the Storm… Will Blizzard make up their mind already on what they are going to call this game? I mean we first heard about this in 2010 and it still isn’t released, though at first it was going to be a StarCraft 2 mod, now it sounds like it is going to be a freestanding game.

Warcraft the Movie, we have been hearing about this since 2006, and it looks like they might actually have some news for us, but will it ever really be released?

We can’t forget about “Project Titan”, in which Blizzard is creating an all new Massive-Multiplay Online Role Playing Game, in which they have given us little to no information on over the past few years. Though I doubt that they will tell us anything, they are going to be tight-lipped on the subject mater until it is further along in development.

What are you looking forward to at BlizzCon 2013? Question & Answers, Lore, Contests or Competitions?

I want to give a big thank you to Blizzard Entertainment for putting on this event this year.

Images courtesy of BlizzCon.com

Mojang Releases Beta For Scrolls Game

If you’re a fan of Minecraft then you are likely familiar with Mojang. Mojang has released a beta copy of their newest game Scrolls. Though I haven’t had a chance to check out the beta yet, you are able to buy into the beta, depending on your region, it will be priced differently because of currency conversions, £12.95/€14.95/$20.95. The price for the beta is a reduced price, as it was with their game Minecraft which went up slightly when it was released as a complete game. All updates will be free to beta users.

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If you are curious as to what you will receive from buying your way into the beta,

  • Access to the Store: which will allow you to use gold or shards the real-money currency to purchase extra scrolls, giving you a competitive edge.
  • The Deck Builder: Decks must contain at least 50 scrolls, with no more than three of the same type. Giving you the ability to mix factions how you wish.
  • Trading: You are able to play with and meet fellow players or “Scrolldiers” to get your hands with the trading function, giving you the chance to trade for some of the rarest scrolls quickly! The Trading area will be a room specially designed for players to chat and trade scrolls.
  • Trials: With 25 different trials in the game, allowing players to learn about different strategies, completing each one will be a challenge and not all players will be able to easily accomplish the trials. Each trial will give you gold which you are able to spend in the store, up to 9,400 gold is up for grabs.
  • Quick Matches: Giving you the option to play single player or multiplayer, also you can play against the A.I. which would allow you to meticulously plot each move as the A.I. does not give you a time limit to move. Each match will reward you with gold.
  • Challenge Matches: Each day you are able to challenge five players logged into scrolls to gain gold.
  • Ranked Matches: Each match you play will calculate the different scrolldiers that you will play against, as you get better you will gain great amounts of gold, for the elite competitive players.
  • Profile: You will get a customizable profile where you’re able to customize your avatar, and view your statistics and others by visiting their profiles.

There are few Digital Trading Card Games. Will they have much competition in the gaming market when Blizzard releases their DTCG, Hearthstone later this year?

Original image from Scrolls.com

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