App Store Revs Up YOY by Nearly Half!

It’s end-of-quarter time around the globe and that means we as observe and partakers get a glimpse at industry numbers. In a surprising upturn, Apple broke the news in their scheduled earnings call, that their digital delivery system has set a new quarterly record for the giant tech company. The App Store itself, rose by 40% in revenue earned.

“We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter. Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose.”

Overall, Apple’s services brought in roughly $7 billion in the first calendar quarter–up from the recorded $6 billion in 2016. Also moving forward with the adoption of digital services, Apple Pay (the software allowing users to purchase at POS using their bank information at the touch of their device, much like the interact card tap technology) has seen a large growth, reporting up to 460% increase in transaction volume.

*with the success of their services department, Apple also released statistics showing that device sales were down

via – Apple Newsroom

– AC+A | @AdrianCrook

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King’s Raid

Vespa Inc.

Why Play? If you can get past the laughingly bad translation, the scantily-clad disproportionately-shaped female characters and the occasional bug, King’s Raid is definitively worth a try. A full-fledged JRPG featuring high-quality 3d graphics, an impressive cast of characters and a huge amount of content, including multiplayer raids and synchronous PvP. King’s Raid is much closer to console RPGs than the typical mobile game and is very similar in style, storyline, and gameplay to the Tales games. A must-play for JRPGs enthusiasts who are looking for a fleshed-out game on which to invest their time and money.

– Maxime Villeneuve | @AdrianCrook

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Trailer Park Boys:
Greasy Money

East Side Games

Why Play? TPB is a valued–and VERY Canadian–tv property that boomed in the late 2000’s thanks to the rise of “meme-culture” and virality. Building off of their knowledge of said ip, East Side Games has developed what can only be described as the most character-influenced idle game ever made. Banking on the studio’s established art-style, and the accuracy at which they portrait “the boys” in-game, Greasy Money might not be exhilarating (as it’s a “clicker”), but it’s cleankeeps you coming back, and has an endless river of laughs. The game quickly conquered the Canadian App charts, and we can’t wait to see what ESG develops next.

– Wyatt Fossett | @W_Fossett

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Nonstop Chuck Norris

flaregames

Why Play? When it comes down to it, Nonstop Chuck Norris really is a re-skin of Nonstop Knight. That said it’s a very solid re-skin that steps up the game in a handful of places and adds some new bits to the experience, while still going all in on the “Chuck Norris Experience”. Complete with Chuck jokes and advice from the bearded one himself. There are a few things to take away from the early game, specifically how the game asks for permission on push notifications. The largest thing to look at with this title is the level of polish and attention to detail that brings the whole thing together, from art to humor to music, the team clearly knew the target they were swinging for and in our opinion, they nailed it.

– Chris Cervantes  | @SaveVsFail

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Deep Town

Rockbite Games

Why Play? An enjoyable clicker with a lot of character, Deep Town puts you in charge of a team of robots set on excavating a desolate planet Earth for ore and archaeological treasures. The art style is superb, the gameplay is well designed with a good progression and a well-balanced economy, making you want to keep on digging just another level to uncover what it may hide.

– Maxime Villeneuve | @AdrianCrook

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