It appears basketball video games aren’t the only segment dominated by the NBA 2K franchise.
According to NPD figures, NBA 2K14 was the top-selling sports video game in the U.S. for newly-launched video game consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The hoops title beat out Electronic Arts’ trio of sports games that also launched with the new consoles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and NBA Live 14.
We’re sort of in the “off season” for eSports now, with major championships in games like Starcraft, DOTA and League of Legends mostly all wrapped up. It’s a good time to take stock of whether eSports is continuing to grow as it has in recent years, or whether it’s shaping up to be a passing fad.
Major League Gaming has always been a solid indicator of the scene’s popularity, particularly in North America. They’ve just released a new set of numbers that reveal year-on-year growth in terms of stream views, and a crazily impressive increase over the last few years.
MLG reports a 262% increase in video consumption over last year, and a 1,557% increase since 2010 when eSports really started to blossom worldwide.
Valve’s Steam Machines shipped to 300 lucky beta testers yesterday and now the first official unboxing video is available, courtesy of YouTube user Corey Nelson.
In the unboxing video, we get a glimpse at the Steam Machine and its new haptic feedback Steam Controller, as well as various other components that ship with the system.
Nelson also provided a video of the Steam Machine booting up, complete with a look at the system’s user interface. He also loads a game of Klei Entertainment’s adventure game Don’t Starve during the video.