Electronic Arts has another hit on its hands. Following the record launch of Madden NFL 13 and strong sales of NHL 13, EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 has launched to unprecedented opening day sales in North America with 353,000 games sold for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. That’s a 42 percent increase year-over-year. The game maker talks about the realism in the game in the exclusive video below.


With three NBA All-Stars on the cover of NBA 2K13, 2K Sports is making the most of its leading men. The sports game publisher has released a new digital film starring Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin shares his NBA 2K13 MyPLAYER with the world. Gamers will be able to see how they match up with SlamDemon32 this October with the launch of NBA 2K13 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP, PC and mobile. A Wii U version will hit retail stores in November.


Tablets and smartphones continue to change the face of the video game industry. According to Gamer a new NPD Group report, Segmentation 2012: The New Faces of Gamers, mobile gamers account for 22 percent of all gamers. That’s up 9 percent from 2011. New tablets like the Wikipad featuring NVIDIA Tegra 3 technology are helping to grow the gaming audience.


A series of innovative schools in California, Florida and Wisconsin are the first recipients of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation’s Education Challenge Grant. Centennial High School of Corona, Calif., the Diocese of Saint Petersburg of Saint Petersburg, Fla. and the Milwaukee Montessori School in Milwaukee, Wis. will receive grants to implement lesson plans that leverage video and computer games to engage students in critical subjects.


With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions kicking this year's election season into high gear, the video game industry is bolstering public engagement and awareness around the upcoming presidential election. Game designers, developers and publishers are teaming up with voter-turnout organizations, and encouraging Americans to exercise their voting rights.


World Golf Tour has slowly, but surely, grown its audience of golf enthusiasts over the years. The free-to-play golf game is the most popular online golf game in the world, beating EA Sports and Tiger Woods at their own game. In addition,, which doubles as a social media destination for golfers, has become the top golf destination online. The gaming site has beaten out and to win this title. WGT Media CEO YuChiang Cheng talks about how a small start-up has become such a powerhouse in this exclusive video interview below.


Industry newcomer Spectre Media has released a new video game based on Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions' Starship Troopers: Invasion. Executive produced by Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico from Starship Troopers, Starship Troopers: Marauder) and Ed Neumeier (writer Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers: Marauder); produced by Joseph Chou of Sola Digital; and directed by Shinji Aramaki (Halo Legends), the game delves further into the new CGI reboot. The men behind the new movie talk about the game in the exclusive video interview below.


COLOGNE, Germany – The Gamescom Awards are the most coveted prizes in the European games industry and an accolade for outstanding software and hardware. Last week, more than 275,000 visitors to Cologne experienced the spectacular innovations presented at Gamescom 2012. Among them were the 20 international jurors and experts from the world’s leading games media who made up the jury for the Gamescom awards 2012. It was this jury that picked out the winners of the awards for this year’s best games and hardware from more than 100 entries.


NVIDIA Tegra 3 device owners will be getting an enhanced version of Phosphor Games new action adventure game, Horn, which was selected by Zynga as a premiere title in its mobile developers program. Based loosely on the Old English tales of King Horn, gamers will play as a young blacksmith's apprentice named Horn, who is the key to saving his kingdom from an evil curse that’s turned his village into monsters. Chip Sineni, director at Phosphor Games Studio, explains how Tegra 3 makes this beautiful game more breathtaking and exciting in this exclusive interview.


The creative force behind some of the most influential games of all time, including Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake, has embraced mobile gaming. The head of Lot Drop Studio is working on a number of new free-to-play Facebook games for PC, as well as mobile devices, after partnering with Ubisoft on Ghost Recon Commander, which debuted on PC before having a separate mobile version released. Romero is a big fan of multi-screen gaming.


Epic Games revolutionized mobile gaming with its Infinity Blade franchise, which runs on its Unreal Engine 3 technology. Now one of its licensees, Phosphor Games, is using Unreal to deliver another standout mobile experience. Horn was hand-picked by Zynga as part of its new Zynga Partners for Mobile program. The new game, which also utilizes NVIDIA Tegra technology for Android smartphones and tablets, is also available for Apple iPhone and iPad.


According to a new report, Kids and Consumer Electronics: 2012 Edition, from market research company The NPD Group, tablets are on the rise as gaming devices. Household ownership of console and portable video game systems, media tablets, and digital video cameras experienced the most significant increases.


GRAPEVINE, Texas – Ever wonder how those used games at GameStop ended up on store shelves? Well, the process they go through is a lot more than simply checking the disc. All used games, consoles, and electronic devices in the US go to a huge factory in Grapevine, Texas where they’re inspected, refurbished, categorized and then shipped back out to stores around the country. Check out the process in the exclusive video below.


GRAPEVINE -- The largest video games retailer in the world, GameStop, has seen its sales of used games and hardware increase in recent years. The pre-owned market accounts for a considerable portion of the company’s business. As a result, the company invested $7 million in a refurbishment center down the street from its U.S. headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. Bruce Kulp, svp of supply chain and refurbishment, offers an exclusive look inside the factory in the video below.