M2 Advisory Group In the News

Linux Insider: Valve's SteamOS Arms Linux Gaming for Living Room Wars

September 24, 2013 - "An open system is obviously the opposite move to what everyone else is doing, and Valve also has the distribution in place, Meloni noted. "If they can get the developer support and the pricing right on the Steam Box, it has a good chance of being very successful."

ComputerWorld: Case study - 3 heavyweights give gamification a go

September 18, 2013 - ComputerWorld outlines enterprise gamification market with case studies and highlights M2 Research data.

TechNewsWorld: Microsoft Holds Out Olive Branch to Indie Game Devs

July 25, 2013 - 'This isn't the catalyst for indie games, and actually Microsoft is backpedaling," Wanda Meloni, senior analyst at M2 Research, told TechNewsWorld. "They haven't been great at supporting indies so far."

The question, Meloni added, "is whether they're backpedaling and supporting this because of a backlash that they've seen since E3.

TechNewsWorld: Video Gaming Inches a Step Closer to Pro Sports

July 16, 2013 - In the meantime, the door is now open for "more of this thing," Wanda Meloni, senior analyst at M2 Research, told TechNewsWorld. "Riot worked pretty diligently for this to happen.

"More companies will have to continue to push on this so this starts precedence," Meloni added.

TechNewsWorld: Google May Crash Game Console Party

June 28, 2013 - "In the last decade we saw a lot of developers get laid off, and those people didn't leave the industry," said Wanda Meloni, senior analyst at M2 Research. "Instead, we have more developers than ever, and having more platforms gives them more power and more choice for systems to develop for, while also giving them more options for the gamer.

National Public Radio - Disney Rolls Characters Together In New Video Game

June 24, 2013 - Disney is about to release the video game Disney: Infinity. Each game comes with a collectible toy figurine that activates parts of the game when placed on a special base. In the game, different Disney characters will interact with each other. Captain Jack Sparrow can play or fight with Mr. Incredible in the world of The Nightmare Before Christmas. To understand the new Disney game, you first need to look at another game that's been a blockbuster for Activision, Skylanders.

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TechNewsWorld - Countless Ouyas Find Their Way Into Gamers' Hot Hands

June 24, 2013- "Apparently it could have to do with DHL and the tracking system and the fact that some of the systems are for international backers," said Wanda Meloni, senior analyst with M2 Research. "My take is that it is a combination of poor tracking with the provider they are using and the fact that they didn't prepare for the time it would take to reach those international backers."

TechNewsWorld - Ouya, ESA Scrap Leaves Both Bruised

June 14, 2013- "Ouya announced their location and Ouya Park over a month ago, invited developers, and had all the right permits," noted M2's Meloni. "It looks a little like the ESA was trying to intimidate them, which is a shame.

"The traditional games industry needs to find ways to better support the smaller developers and the indie group -- offer them discounted memberships and advertising," she suggested