A grab-bag of news from the ever-growing world of gaming and its offshoot industries:
- Is it possible to get a seventh of the world’s population hooked on your product? Sony Group aims to connect with 1 billion users globally via its gaming, anime and other entertainment services by March 2024 — up from 160 million today.
- The future is unclear for the studio behind a number of beloved Playstation titles. Sony’s Japan Studio has lost several key staff members, leaving fans unsure what to expect from future projects, writes Brian Ashcraft in On:Games.
- Sony Group has invested in Discord and aims to get the popular social app onto PlayStations early next year. The partnership could enhance the PlayStation’s appeal for users who are already using Discord. That is, if they can get their hands on one.
- The chips are down for Nintendo, and Switch sales could suffer. Nintendo has warned that component shortages could affect production, as the company set its earnings expectations low in hopes they will pick up later, Bloomberg reports.
- It’s not your typical Pokemon battle. U.S. retail giant Target announced it has suspended sales of Pokemon and other trading cards after four men attacked a 35-year-old shopper earlier this month in the parking lot of a Wisconsin store over his card stash.