Steam’s interactive recommender, Capcom Q1, much more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, it is Thursday August 2nd, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links, @gaming_observer on Twitter.

Interactive Recommender getting popular on Steam

A while back Valve released something called Steam Labs, which was the public face to the expirimental features they make. Well, one of those expirments got lots of attention, the Interactive Recommender. It algorithmically helps people find games based on what they’ve already played. Well, turns out that nearly 10,000 games have been wishlisted through the feature, so my guess is that they’re going to keep at it. They’ve added a new stuff already allowing you to take certain games out of the algorithm, since you dont necessarily enjoy every game you’ve played. If you haven’t checked out the tool I would reccomend it, you might find a game that you haven’t thought of buying before. And who knows, maybe they’ll put it into the main Steam platform one day.

Capcom Q1 financial results

Capcom had their Q1 financial results, and it is looking very good for them. Operating profits are up 50% year over year, of which the video game business was a significant portion of. They boasted results in their three main games, Resident Evil 2, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: World. They also attributed the success of the quarter to a focus on marketing and promotion around its multi-platform strategy. Basically, they’re riding on supporting those games as much as they can until they have new releases.

Chinese-exclusive Rabbids game announced

Ubisoft has revealed a new Rabbids game for the Nintendo Switch, except it’s being sold exclusively in China. It’s a party game that is inspired by Journey to the West, which is a classical Chinese piece of literature that has inflenced much of our media. It seems that the rest of the world will get their hands on it, but nothing is off the table in this industry.

EA has no plans to port to Switch

Here’s an interesting addition to the EA financial from yesterday. Talking to investors, executives said that their data shows that most players of their games prefer not to play them on the Switch. CEO Andrew Wilson said “a great many Switch owners also own a Playstation 4 or an Xbox One or a PC, and very often choose to play the games that we make on those platforms even though they have a Switch and they enjoy a lot of great content on the Switch.” So basically, don’t expect to see The Sims or their sports games on the Switch any time soon, but don’t rule it out completely.

50 “field leaders” laid off at Gamestop

Gamestop has continued its downward spiral, laying off over 50 field leaders as part of their attempt at rebooting the store and streamlining its business so it can save cash for reinvestment. This move of course follows the lowest share price in 16 years which happened back in June, many executives stepping down, and various closures of their subsidiaries.

That’s the news for today. I’d like to give a big thank you to Ollie for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate that. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone!

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