Community Effort Orlando, also known as CEO, is a relatively new Fighting game tournament based in Orlando, Florida. Each year, CEO releases a trailer revealing which games challengers can choose to compete in. Curiously, Super Smash Bros on the Wii U was absent from this year’s trailer, leaving many fans worried. However, according to the CEO Twitter account, the annual tournament has “something big coming to #CEO2015. Next Trailer.”
Most fans are already aware of Nintendo’s plans to release new characters via DLC, so it appears as though anything is possible at this point! Any news is good news to us, especially when it concerns Smash Bros! What ‘big’ news do you think CEO is planning to unveil with their next trailer?
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It seems as though Super Smash Bros Wii U has become a popular choice at fighting game tournaments. Recent information from Community Effort Orlando 2015 shows that the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros has more entrants than any other fighting game at the event this year. CEO tournament organizer Alex Jebailey revealed via Twitter the entrant numbers for this year’s event.
- Super Smash Bros. Wii U – 97
- Ultra Street Fighter 4 – 69
- Super Smash Bros. Melee – 69
- Mortal Kombat X – 42
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – 28
- Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- – 22
- Persona 4 Arena Ultimax – 13
- Killer Instinct – 12
- DiveKick – 8
- Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – 6
Former EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as the CEO of Unity. Outgoing CEO, David Helgason, has said that Riccitiello is what he describes as a “heartfelt believer in the indie scene”. Here’s what John Riccitiello had to say about his new position at Unity.
“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years,” Riccitiello said. “Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward. Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission – to democratize development – is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”
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YoYo Games’ CEO, Sandy Duncan, thinks video game consoles will appeal to solely a niche audience in a few years. Although consoles are common household items, Duncan says the living room will no longer be ‘console exclusive.’ He prefers streaming boxes, like Ouya, and claims that ‘consoles have become a barrier to creativity.’
“In the living room we get much more excited about things like Ouya, Steam’s Big Picture and Smart TV than consoles. Consoles will move from being mainstream to niche in the next few years. Consoles have become a barrier to creativity with massive development costs and closed, archaic ecosystems. We’ll leave the console space to other tools that can chase a dwindling opportunity.”
-Sandy Duncan, YoYo Games CEO
Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime admits Sony did a great job in terms of supporting its 12-year-old console, PlayStation 2, which launched in 2000. The PlayStation 2 is currently the best-selling video game system of all time, followed closely by the Nintendo DS, which released 2004. Like the PlayStation 2, Fils-Aime believes Wii will keep selling for quite some time.
Have you learned anything from watching Sony’s continued success selling the PlayStation 2?
“You know, PlayStation has done a phenomenal job driving sales on what is a [twelve] year-old machine. They’ve done a phenomenal job, and they have been able to address different marketing over time, to build an incredibly large install base. We believe that the Wii system, similarly, will keep selling for quite some time. They’re going to be different addressable markets, not only from a U.S. perspective but from a global perspective… [but we’ll] hopefully continue to drive sales at a historic rate.”