NPD June results, Overwatch role lock, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for Friday July 19th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

NPD June 2019 results

The NPD Group released their June US data, and there are some interesting things to take a look at here. Super Mario Maker 2 was the top seller of the month, followed by Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled. Both of those games also set record highs for their franchise’s first month sales. Marvel’s Spiderman was the 7th best selling game of June despite releasing 10 months ago – it’s also the best selling Superhero game in history. Looking at the stats for the first half of 2019, Mortal Kombat 11 is the best selling game to date, followed by Kingdom Hearts III, which is the best selling title in franchise history.

Overwatch enacting role lock to 2-2-2

Overwatch is shaking up their competitive meta, enacting a lock into the roles that teams can comprise of. You see, with the Overwatch League, virtually every group was using a team composition called GOATS. This was three tanks and three support heroes, so any time you watched the esport you were always seeing the same 6 hero mirror match. Well, Activision Blizzard has decided to step in, and GOATS will no longer be possible. Instead, all teams must comprise of 2 of each role, so 2 tanks, DPS, and supports. It seems like this is something that will be heading to regular play as well, and people seem happy with the decision. It means more exciting competition to view, and less time worrying about proper composition when playing with random teammates.

Tim Willits leaves Id after 24 years

Id Software studio director Tim Willits will being leaving the company after a 24 year tenure. He will officially be leaving after QuakeCon, and will be announcing his future plans after that time. Needless to say, there are probably a lot of high-profile companies that would want to pick someone like him up.

Microsoft Q4 gaming results

Microsoft had their Q4 financial results, though there wasn’t too too much about gaming specifically on it. They were close to a 50% decrease in hardware sales year-over-year, but their software and services didn’t shift drastically. This is to be expected when people know a new console is coming next year. As for their full fiscal year, an increase of just over $1 billion, and monthly active Xbox Live users went up an additional 8 million.

That’s today’s news. I’d like to give a warm welcome to all of my new listeners, and to let you know that the news will continue through the weekend, so be sure to tune in. Also a huge thank you to Adam, Mikey & Sam for their 5-star Amazon reviews, I greatly appreciate that. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll see you tomorrow, and as always… Happy Gaming everyone!

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