GameStop financials, Borderlands 3 exclusive to Epic, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for April 4th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report. If you do end up visiting the site and are having difficulties, I advise clearing your browser cache.

GameStop fiscal year reports

Gamestop released their fiscal year results ending February 2, 2019. They reported a net loss of $673 million dollars, which is quite the turnaround from their $34 million dollar profit in 2017. Keep in mind that this major loss also includes the year that they sold their Spring Mobile chain for $700 million dollars. They claim that had it not been for asset impairment charges, they would have made a profit of $218 million. Interestingly, sales of accessories and collectables increased by a not insignificant percentage . Contrast this with hardware, software, and preorder sales, and you get the opposite. Looking to 2019, they’re hoping to embark on some cost savings and profit improvement initiatives to stay afloat. Their goal is to increase operating profits by $100 million, and they will be introducing a new CEO for the company on April 15th.

Borderlands 3 exclusive to Epic Games for 6 months

Borderlands 3 is going to be an Epic Games Store exclusive for 6 months. Then, on April 2020, they’ll be releasing the game on other storefronts like Steam. If you’re following the game, they’re going to do a gameplay reveal on May 1st. Also, for those of you who own the original trilogy, all the games have been updated with HD textures, and if you didn’t have it already, you now will have the GOTY version of the first Borderlands.

First Switch controller with chat functions coming soon

The Nintendo Switch is getting its first controller that supports in-game voice chat. Currently, with the exception of Fortnite, you have to download a voice chat app through your phone in order to chat with people over the system. This is opening up soon, and this controller will have a 3.5mm jack on the bottom of it to connect your headphones, as well as some audio controls. Preorders begin in May.

Rapid fire news.

Here’s some rapid fire news. Battlefield V is getting premium currency tomorrow, five months after release. All purchasable items are cosmetic or experience boosts. Civilization VI now has cross-platform cloud saving between PC and Switch, so you can pick up where you left off on two different consoles. Currently this only supports the base game without expansions, but that’s coming soon. Jackbox Party Pack 6 has been announced, which will include Trivia Murder Party 2, with an autumn release date. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is heading to the Switch next week on April 11th, digital only. And finally, Human: Fall Flat now has Steam Workshop support, so go check that out, I’m sure there is lots to have fun with there.

That’s the news. You know the drill, @gaming_observer, info@thegamingobserver.com. This update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, have a splendid day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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