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Japan is now the top country worldwide in revenue from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to a new report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.
Here’s that sales stat we were waiting for: Microsoft announced today that it had sold more than two million Xbox One units worldwide in the 18 days since the new gaming console’s Nov. 22 debut. Last week, Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PlayStation 4s, which debuted a week earlier on Nov. 15. The Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries; the PS4 is in 32.
News ByteStorm8 announced today that it will start marketing, distributing and advising on third-party games via a new arm, Storm8 Publishing. Its first title, War of Dragons for iOS, is a Puzzle & Dragons-esque match-three game originally released as Tower of Saviors. Storm8 is best known for monetization-focused, free-to-play games like iMobster and the “Story” series released under its TeamLava brand.
News Byteabout to get a new name, according to the San Francisco Chronicle: Kabam Field, named after the social games studio. Kabam doesn’t make any football games, but three of its four co-founders are Berkeley alums. The studio’s biggest hits are MMOs like Dragons of Atlantis and movie tie-in games like Fast & Furious 6: The Game. The re-naming cost $18 million for a 15-year deal.