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Loot boxes: An industry at war with itself over a technicality

2018 in Review: The evidence says loot boxes are gambling, but the law is still catching up

By Haydn Taylor

A cursory look at C Prompt

Ex-Age of Empires, System Shock developers avoiding spiritual successors, treading new ground in debut effort Heretic Operative

By Brendan Sinclair

The search for creativity at Voodoo's new Berlin studio

GM Alexander Willink plans to focus on small teams, fast testing, and creative people to "find the fun" in new games

By Rebekah Valentine

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Epic to launch cross-platform services for developers

Tools built for Fortnite will be made free and open for all engines, platforms, and stores

By Brendan Sinclair

Korean developer Pearl Abyss to open US office

Black Desert Online developer announces new Manhattan branch

By Haydn Taylor

People of the Year: Annapurna Interactive

The acclaimed indie publisher continues to make its mark on the industry - despite its efforts to stay behind the scenes

By James Batchelor

Starbreeze suggests it will dump VR business

Company pledges to focus resources on core businesses of game development and publishing going forward

By Brendan Sinclair

E3 and the season of hype-building

2018 in Review: Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft made moves this year that point to a coming shift in how they approach a general gaming audience

By Rebekah Valentine

ZeniMax, Facebook settle VR lawsuit

Mediation program results in undisclosed agreement between companies, dismissal of appeals

By Brendan Sinclair

The Game Awards' audience more than doubled from 2017

Total viewership reached 26 million, with a peak concurrent on Twitch of 1.13 million

By Haydn Taylor

Funomena, Feminist Frequency, Housemarque kick of Ludicious 2019 line-up

Former Naughty Dog lead designer Richard Lemarchand will also speak at the Zurich-based conference

By Matthew Handrahan

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate sold 1.24m in three days in Japan

Switch exclusive posts record week one numbers for both the platform and the franchise

By Matthew Handrahan

Ubisoft ends automatic bans for offensive language in Rainbow Six: Siege

New chat filter will send instances of offensive language for reveiew

Mobile startup AppOnboard raises $15m round for instant demos platform

European and Asian expansion now on the cards as lifetime funding hits $35 million

By Matthew Handrahan

Nintendo: Switch user revenue is at historic levels in the US

Reggie Fils-Aime believes Nintendo is on course for unit sales targets, but importance is offset by strength of digital

By Matthew Handrahan

Amy Hennig to receive lifetime achievement award

Former Uncharted franchise creative director to receive honor during GDC Awards next March

By Brendan Sinclair

People of the Year 2018: Game Workers Unite

In a year full of game development horror stories, the pro-union group gained traction that could give creators the leverage they've lacked

By Brendan Sinclair

Games Media Brit List awards to return in May

13 categories now open for nominations, celebrating the best in UK games coverage

By James Batchelor

UK Games Fund splits Pitch Development Programme money

Eight participating studios awarded 5,000 each for prototypes due early next year

China's new Ethics Committee has been reviewing existing titles

Waiting list for bringing games to China "likely to be longer than expected", analyst IHS Markit warns

By James Batchelor

Parliament launches "addictive" technologies inquiry

Committee investigates how to "keep pace with the increasing digitisation and 'gamification' of people's lives"

By Haydn Taylor

Applications open for EGX Rezzed 2019's Leftfield Collection

Free exhibition space available to experimental and unorthodox indie games

By James Batchelor

Epic pulls Infinity Blade series from the App Store

Fans assured that the pioneering mobile franchise will be "popping up in places you wouldn't expect"

By Matthew Handrahan

Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield leaves Activision

Schofield pledges he has "a couple good games in me" as he departs Call of Duty publisher after almost ten years

By Matthew Handrahan

E3 still "a no-brainer" for Nintendo

Reggie Fils-Aime says trade show still generates the most engagement of any entertainment event, but stresses need for E3 to keep changing

By Brendan Sinclair

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