1）据Siliconera报道，日本游戏开发商Imageepoch及其分公司Smile Online Games本周在东京申请破产。这家成立将近10年的公司已身负43个不同债主的债务（920万美元），旗下代表作是任天堂DS《Luminous Arc》战略游戏系统。
3）据venturebeat报道，Rainmaker Entertainment和Blockade Entertainment日前公布了《瑞奇与叮铛》（Insomniac旗下PS游戏，自2002年登陆PS 2平台以来销量超过2600万份）动画电影配音演员阵容，其中包括好莱坞明星Paul Giamatti,John Goodman以及Sylvester Stallone。
该电影将在本周戛纳电影节上亮相，讲述两个英雄努力阻止名为Chairman Drek的外星人破坏Solana Galaxy星系的故事。
1）Japanese role-playing game studio Imageepoch has gone bankrupt — but its latest game is still coming out
The maker of Luminous Arc is gone forever.
Japanese game developer Imageepoch and affiliate company Smile Online Games have begun bankruptcy procedures in Tokyo this week following a stretch of declining sales. Research provider Teikoku Databank reports (via Siliconera) that Imageepoch has a debt of $9.2 million (1.1 billion yen) owed to 43 different creditors. This closure comes just before the studio’s 10th anniversary, and it’s a sign of the times for the shrinking worldwide retail games market as consumer tastes shift toward digital delivery and mobile platforms.
The developer was best known for its Luminous Arc strategy game series for Nintendo DS, and it most recently co-developed Nintendo’s Yoshi’s New Island for the Nintendo 3DS along with developer Arzest.
Despite these troubles, its latest, Nintendo 3DS strategy role-playing game Stella Glow, is still on track, slated for a June release in Japan. Atlus confirmed to GamesBeat that Stella Glow is still set for a Western release later this year and that Imageepoch’s status will have no impact on the its localization.（source：venturebeat）
2）A billion people worldwide will use a tablet on a regular basis this year
A billion people will be using a tablet on a regular, monthly basis by the end of the year, according to research performed by eMarketer, and by 2019, that number will increase to 1.51 billion people. Despite these giant numbers, the percentage change between now and previous years is falling, and will continue to do so.
A billion people will use a tablet in 2015, but growth is slowing
The research shows that in 2014, 840 million people used a tablet at least once per month, 28% up from 2013. However, the percentage increase drops to 19% this year, and is forecasted to grow by 14% in 2016, 11% in 2017, 9% in 2018, and finally, 7% in 2019. Tablets will remain popular, but won’t have the same level of traction seen in 2013, when growth was at a huge 79.5%.
Looking at the numbers in more detail, eMarketer states Asia-Pacific will have the highest number of tablet users, at just over 458 million this year. This is more than double that of North America in second place with 173 million users. By 2019, Asia-Pacific will have 755 million tablet users, nearly four times the amount in the U.S. and Western Europe. Interestingly, the latter will have overtaken the former by that time too, with 205 million users compared to North America’s 199 million.
Asia-Pacific leads the way for amount of tablet users
In terms of how many Internet users will own tablets, North America will remain top of the list at least until 2019 with a steady 60 to 65% figure, and half the total population having access to a tablet. The data puts just 11% of the Asia-Pacific population having a tablet in 2015, or 29% of the Internet users. In 2019, eMarketer shows these numbers will rise to 18% and 37% respectively.（source：businessofapps）
3）Ratchet & Clank animated movie gets its Hollywood cast
The Ratchet & Clank animated movie will feature the voices of some high-end Hollywood talent, including actors Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, and Sylvester Stallone.
Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment announced the cast today for the theatrical feature based on Insomniac’s iconic PlayStation video game franchise. The cast announcement shows that Ratchet & Clank are getting a big-budget Hollywood treatment. That’s only fair, since Ratchet & Clank has sold more than 26 million copies during its long history in video games dating back to 2002 on the PlayStation 2.
The cast also includes actresses Bella Thorne and Rosario Dawson. Rainmaker chief creative officer Michael Hefferon, and Blockade Entertainment CEO Brad Foxhoven made the announcement along with China’s CNHK Media. The film will be screening this week for international distributors this week at the Marché du Film in Cannes 2015. The film is about two unlikely heroes who struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.（source：venturebeat）
4）Ubisoft: ‘Digital distribution was the main driver’ of our fiscal 2015 growth
Another triple-A game maker is making money from its digital offerings.
Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft reported the rresults of its fiscal 2015 today, and the company explained that digital sales contributed significantly to its improved bottom line. Digital made $430 million for Ubisoft last year. That represents a 96.8 percent year over-year surge, and the company said this segment of its business was the “main driver” of its growth. This helped the French publisher set a new record of 77 percent gross margins.
This is another confirmation of a trend in gaming that is seeing more and more consumers leave physical media behind. This is old news for PC gamers, but it’s something that console owners haven’t fully embraced until the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
On the newer systems from Microsoft and Sony, every release gets a digital version on the same day it hits store shelves. This has boosted the digital share for new releases from around 10 percent on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to between 15 percent and 20 percent on the newer systems.
Overall, digital made up 26.1 percent of Ubisoft’s revenues, and that primarily came from the digital distribution of its full releases like Assassin’s Creed: Unity and Far Cry 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (which includes its UPlay download service).（source：venturebeat）