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Haydn Taylor, Staff Writer

Haydn joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2017 having previously worked as a regional journalist, and a political campaigns manager before that. He is also one of the UK's foremost Sonic the Hedgehog apologists.

Recent articles by Haydn Taylor

Nintendo Switch on track to outpace ten-month sales of the Wii by 20%

Xbox One X sales predicted to exceed 600,000 this year, adds industry analyst

By Haydn Taylor

British Gambling Commission concerned with "increasingly blurred" lines between games and gambling

Meanwhile, French politician calls for “prompt and sincere self-regulation" of the industry

By Haydn Taylor

Animal Crossing Pocket Camp: Critical Consensus

A faithful yet divisive pocket-sized recreation of the beloved series, plagued by microtransaction

By Haydn Taylor

PC microtransaction revenue has doubled since 2012

SuperData report: Battlefront II is the poster child of a new and uncomfortable growing pain for the games industry

By Haydn Taylor

Fans launch Black Friday boycott to #FixFIFA

Petition calling for changes has over 26,000 signaures

By Haydn Taylor

Rovio share price down nearly 20% after latest financial report

Profitability dented as user acquisition costs spike by over 300%

By Haydn Taylor

Victorian gambling commission: "What occurs with 'loot boxes' does constitute gambling"

Commission has limited options for enforcement, looks to work with other agencies to bring about change

By Haydn Taylor

Multiple layoffs at Gazillion day before Thanksgiving

Staff to lose insurance, severance, and paid time off

By Haydn Taylor

Star Wars Battlefront loot boxes investigation continues, say Belgian authorities

Hawaii also considers legislation against "Star Wars-themed online casino"

By Haydn Taylor

Ninja Theory in profit only three months after Hellblade launch

Game way ahead of nine-month target as it approaches 500,000 sales

By Haydn Taylor

Publisher to donate 75% of Axiom Verge sales to support developer's son

BadLands forgoes profits as Axiom Verge prepares for retail launch on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch drives GameStop global sales to just shy of $2bn for latest quarter

Hardware and software demand counters slight decline in pre-owned sales

By Haydn Taylor

Wargaming's symbiotic relationship with education and marketing

Director of special projects Tracy Spaight explores the applications for AR and VR outside of gaming

By Haydn Taylor

Clicker Heroes developer drops free-to-play model over ethical concerns

“We really don't like making money off players who are in denial of their addiction," says Playsaurus

By Haydn Taylor

Steam overhauls user reviews to counter spam bots

Platform holder seeks to take power away from accounts that rate an "excessive number of reviews"

By Haydn Taylor

Mind Candy receives $1m cash injection

Investment could help lay foundations for studio's turnaround

By Haydn Taylor

Plans to generate 500 new jobs in Adelaide games industry

State government announces $2 million to fund games development hub

By Haydn Taylor

Xbox One X launch sales well behind competition in Japan

Brand new super-powered console outsold by six-year-old handheld PlayStation Vita

By Haydn Taylor

EA share price dips following loot box debacle

Also, Need for Speed Payback retools loot boxes following "community feedback"

By Haydn Taylor

Jon Shafer leaves Paradox over creative differences

Civilisation V designer moves on after just six months with new employer

By Haydn Taylor

How Ninja Theory proved independent AAA has a future

“Smaller indie teams that want to make that step up in production values can adopt this kind of model"

By Haydn Taylor

NCsoft will shut down Master X Master just months after launch

Game scheduled to go offline in January 2018, developer "heartbroken"

By Haydn Taylor

Starbreeze Studios reports pre-tax loss of $4.1m as it enters phase of expansion

Developer states intention to achieve revenues of $237 million in 2020 [UPDATE: Dead by Daylight has sold 3m]

By Haydn Taylor

Belgian Gambling Commission targets EA and Blizzard over loot boxes

"The crate mechanics of Star Wars Battlefront II are not gambling," says EA

By Haydn Taylor

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