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July 2021 Archive

    1. Facebook blocks Road 96 ad "for being political"
    2. The Academy Jobscast: Recruitment and diversity
    3. How to get a job in game design
    4. Activision Blizzard confirms former WoW director was fired over misconduct
    5. Valve files for dismissal of Wolfire Games' antitrust lawsuit
    6. Ubisoft group says Yves Guillemot has "sidelined" its demands as CEO responds to open letter
    7. Forza Motorsport 7 to be removed from sale due to "end of life status"
    8. Activision Blizzard's nasty frat-boy culture is an industry-wide ailment | Opinion
    1. Animoca acquires Blowfish Studios in deal worth $25.8m
    2. The Witcher: Monster Slayer reaches 1m downloads in a week
    3. EB Games to rebrand as GameStop in Canada
    4. Former Sega president Kenji Matsubara named CEO of SNK
    5. Krafton IPO expected to raise $3.75bn
    6. NDreams opens second studio to make live service VR games
    7. Best practices to hire and retain diverse talent | GDC 2021
    8. How do you make hitting something fun?
    9. Transforming Rocket League from premium game to free-to-play | GDC 2021
    10. Ubisoft staff back Activision Blizzard protestors, call for industry-wide change
    11. Activision Blizzard staff respond to Bobby Kotick statement
    12. Kena: Bridge of Spirits pushed back to September
    1. Over 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard staff decry response to lawsuit
    2. Riot Games' mobile titles generate over $100m
    3. Dr. Mario World game shutting down in November
    4. Facebook halts Oculus Quest 2 sales
    5. Why Smilegate poured $100m into That's No Moon and its AAA veterans
    6. Mobile studio UDO Games receives $420,000 in investment round
    7. Shareholder rights law firm investigating Activision Blizzard
    8. How to patch out implicit bias from your hiring process
    9. Naughty Dog and Infinity Ward veterans create new studio That's No Moon
    10. PS5 is the fastest-selling PlayStation as it hits 10m sales milestone
    11. Xbox Series X|S are Microsoft's fastest-selling consoles ever as Q4 revenues hit $357m
    12. How to get a job as a diversity and inclusion officer
    13. World of Warcraft team promises changes following Activision Blizzard lawsuit
    14. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick details action to address issues raised by lawsuit
    1. Activision Blizzard employees reveal plans to walkout
    2. PAX West to require COVID-19 vaccination proof
    3. In the wake of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit | Podcast
    4. Indian live social gaming platform Eloelo raises $2.1m in funding
    5. Best Places To Work Awards Winner: Survios
    6. Shawn Layden: Consolidation is the enemy of diversity
    7. Shawn Layden joins Streamline Media Group advisory board
    8. Death's Door hits 100,000 players in a week
    9. Good Shepherd to close down investor portal
    10. How to get a job as a community manager in games
    11. Hamleys opens new video games department
    12. Industry veteran and Sumo director Ian Richardson dies aged 53
    1. Spiltgate developer 1047 Games raises $10m in funding round
    2. Amazon's New World beta sees over 200,000 players
    3. How to not ruin your job interview
    4. Jam City abandons plan to go public
    5. Best Places To Work Awards Winner: Big Run Studios
    6. Superhot VR update removes scenes that show self-harm
    7. How to get a job in the games press
    8. Former Activision Blizzard execs apologise for "failing" women
    9. Tripledot Studios opens new Barcelona office
    10. Get A Job In Games: Meet OPM
    11. Death Stranding has sold five million copies on PS4 and PC
    12. F1 2021 overtakes Zelda to claim pole position | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Research finds popular games skirt Chinese loot box disclosure laws
    2. Warcraft 3: Reforged devs blame company for lack of support - Report
    3. Gaming outlets halt Activision Blizzard coverage
    4. Thinking outside the Man Box
    5. 43% of developers report better work-life balance during pandemic
    6. How to get a job as a creative director
    7. Past harassment is still present | This Week in Business
    8. Blizzard president addresses harassment, discrimination lawsuit
    9. Three weeks left to win a UK Best Places To Work Awards
    10. Playdate pre-orders go live next week
    11. Bungie speaks out against toxic studio cultures following Activision lawsuit
    12. Netflix's games won't be the Netflix of Games | Opinion
    1. Epic acquires Sketchfab
    2. Human: Fall Flat hits 30m copies shipped
    3. Unity acquires SpeedTree creator
    4. Skull and Bones devs detail troubled development - Report
    5. Hades and Ghost of Tsushima triumph at GDC Awards 2021
    6. Best Places To Work Awards Winner: Iron Galaxy Studios
    7. Rovio wants fans of the feather to flock together
    8. Improving your Onboarding | The Academy Jobscast
    9. Leadership lessons from Satoru Iwata
    10. Detroit: Become Human sells 6m units worldwide
    11. Ubisoft wins lawsuit against DDoS attack operation
    12. Lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard for harassment and discrimination against women
    13. Report details toxic culture, sexual harassment and racial pay disparity at Ubisoft Singapore
    1. Zoom adds games to video meeting service
    2. Neill Blomkamp named chief visionary officer of Gunzilla Games
    3. "Crunch is a relic of the 20th Century" | 10 Years Ago This Month
    4. Creative Chronicles: How to become a programmer
    5. Ubisoft to end Tom Clancy's Elite Squad
    6. Xsolla launches Xsolla Game Investment Platform
    7. Best Places To Work Awards Winner: Parsec
    8. Best practices for onboarding new recruits (without actually meeting them)
    9. Free-to-play shooter Splitgate surpasses 600k downloads in launch week
    10. Steam replacing Big Picture mode with Steam Deck UI
    11. Konami replaces Pro Evolution Soccer with free-to-play eFootball
    12. Netflix's games push in its "early stages", will focus on mobile at first
    1. Ubisoft sales down 17% in first quarter
    2. Keen Games raises $10m in Series B funding round
    3. Tencent's TiMi opens new studio in Montreal
    4. Xbox Series S/X and Nintendo Switch sales improve in June | UK Monthly Charts
    5. Best Places To Work Awards Winner: Pragma Platform
    6. Come and chat with industry peers at 'Just Another GDC Party'
    7. Steam Deck could be a game changer for indies but it'll take a lot of work (from Valve, too)
    8. Tilting Point raises $235m in funding
    9. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin ships 1 million units worldwide
    10. Over 50% of households in the US own a games console
    11. How to make your video games resume, portfolio, and job application stand out
    1. IGDA issues call to action on blockchain
    2. Tencent takes majority stake in Stunlock Studios
    3. Switch OLED vs Steam Deck: The (non) battle of the new handhelds
    4. Take-Two delivering takedowns over Grand Theft Auto map mods
    5. Pipeline raises $2m in a seed funding
    6. GDC 2022 announced as in-person event
    7. How to get a job as a game producer
    8. Scopely invests $50m in European game studios
    9. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD is the fourth Zelda to reach No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    10. Can Steam Deck succeed where the Machines failed? | Podcast
    11. Steam Deck reservations moved back to Q2 and Q3 2022
    12. No new model planned for Switch as Nintendo denies OLED margin increase
    13. Tencent to buy Crackdown and Sackboy developer Sumo in $1.3bn deal
    1. Ubisoft delays Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic
    2. French union files collective lawsuit against Ubisoft
    3. How to brush up your CV ahead of a careers fair
    4. Essential facts about the ESA's Essential Facts | This Week in Business
    5. Hardware sales double as June game spending rises 5% | US Monthly Charts
    6. Google wants to help Stadia partners "create their own success" (and Stadia's in the process)
    7. Women in Games Festival unveiled for September 2021
    8. Xbox, Activision, EA and more confirmed for Gamescom 2021
    9. Free Fire passes one billion downloads on Google Play
    10. How to get a job as a video games tester
    1. Get A Job In Games: Meet Kwalee
    2. Valve unveils Steam Deck PC gaming handheld
    3. Phil Spencer voices concern on the state of game preservation
    4. Genvid Holdings closes $113m in Series C funding round
    5. Watch How To Be A Game Developer with Creative Assembly and Sumo Digital
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword | Critical Consensus
    7. The Academy Jobscast: Recruiting the next generation
    8. NBA 2K franchise features first female cover athlete
    9. How to work with graduates and students
    10. Netflix hires new VP of game development
    11. Auto-aim cheat tool shuts down at Activision request
    12. Somerville is Chris Olsen's game, and it is not a puzzle platformer
    1. Resolution Games closes $25m Series C funding round
    2. How to succeed at a games industry job interview
    3. Ubisoft, Ustwo, Wooga among Green Game Jam 2021 winners
    1. Ghostwire: Tokyo delayed to 2022
    2. Conflict minerals and the challenge of not funding human rights abuses
    3. Xbox Family Settings App update adds ways to limit children's spending
    4. Michael Tong named chief strategy officer of FunPlus | Jobs Roundup
    5. Stadia introducing 70% revenue share for Pro subscription
    6. Dead Cells mobile reaches over 2m units sold in China
    7. Shiro launches indie publishing label
    8. How to get a job in game art
    9. "Feast and famine": How the pandemic influenced games public relations
    10. Sumo opens second studio in Canada
    11. Making Genshin Impact shine on everything from mobile to PS5
    12. A brief guide to becoming a concept artist
    13. Google launches Android Game Development Kit
    14. Ustwo's Alba wins Game of the Year at Games for Change Awards
    1. Australian legislator to propose loot box law
    2. Is E3 now too streamlined?
    3. Google sued by 37 US states over Play Store monopoly
    4. Biden calls for net neutrality restoration
    5. Out with the new, in with the OLED | Podcast
    6. French developer associations Bordeaux Games and AngoulemeJV merge
    7. FIFA and Madden next-gen upgrades exclusive to higher-priced special editions
    8. How to nail your application for a job in games
    9. Man arrested in Japan for selling modified Zelda save files
    10. Epic Games wins appeal against Apple in Australia
    11. Summer Games Done Quick raises over $2.8m
    12. Tencent-driven DouYu and Huya merger blocked by Chinese antitrust regulator
    13. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart returns to No.1 after PS5 stock boost | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Game Builder Garage and Mario Golf lead Japanese software sales for June
    2. Twitch and Facebook see an increase of 4% for Q2
    3. Won't somebody think of the children? | This Week in Business
    4. Xbox and Bethesda donate $10,000 to charity in honor of Fallout's dog
    5. What to do (and not to do) when networking and building your contact book
    6. Ubisoft at "high risk" of losing talent after abuse allegations
    7. BAFTA announces winners of 2021 Young Game Designers competition
    8. SciPlay acquires casual developer Koukoi Games
    9. Nintendo's Switch strategy is increasingly handheld-focused | Opinion
    1. Respawn, Virtuos, Iam8bit and more triumph at 2021 US Best Places To Work Awards
    2. Arrowiz still aiming high, even if the target has changed
    3. Watch the US Best Places To Work Awards right here
    4. Roblox pens deal to feature Sony music artists
    5. The State of Recruitment | Academy Jobscast
    6. How China's political influence is changing game development
    7. Resident Evil Village sells 4.5m copies globally
    8. Tencent using facial recognition to crack down on kids playing games at night
    9. Tips for a successful interview in the games industry
    10. Scene raises £600,000 in seed round for animation software Cavalry
    1. Konami cancels contract with FC Barcelona player
    2. DICE LA rebrands to Ripple Effect
    3. Ubisoft pivoting Assassin's Creed to live service approach
    4. Our Machinery plans to "take a significant chunk of the engine market"
    5. Indonesia Minister calls for Fortnite ban over user-generated content
    6. How to become a voice actor for video games
    7. Amazon Lumberyard goes open source
    1. Minecraft implements age restrictions in South Korea
    2. Frank Sagnier and Rashid Varachia step down from Codemasters
    3. How to get a job as a narrative director
    4. Why Avalanche's Contraband will debut on Game Pass (besides money)
    5. How to get a job as a games writer
    6. Nintendo unveils new Switch OLED model
    7. Nintendo reapplies for permanent injunction against RomUniverse's owner
    8. A brief guide to writing for video games
    9. Pokémon Go's lifetime revenue hits $5 billion
    10. Guardians of the Galaxy's guiding design decisions
    1. Atari Gaming moving away from free-to-play and mobile games
    2. Pixel Federation opens new office in Czech Republic
    3. The Five Games of Warren Spector | Podcast
    4. Everything you need to know about the UK's Kickstart scheme
    5. Riot releases royalty-free album for streamers
    6. PlayStation's spending spree is radically different to Xbox's | Opinion
    7. Game deals for H1 2021 almost double total 2020 investments
    8. EA and Hi-Rez partner with in-game advertising platform
    9. Mario Golf retains No.1 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild returns to Top Ten | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Buzz Capital invests in Fundamentally Games and Dream Harvest
    2. Twitter turmoil for Sony | This Week In Business
    3. How Super Rare Shorts aims to fuel small developers with physical-only launches
    4. Brenda Romero's tips for building your personal brand
    5. MTG acquires PlaySimple in $510m deal
    6. Rockstar's Dan Houser reportedly founds new studio Absurd Ventures In Games
    7. Humble Bundle will no longer let users donate 100% to charity
    8. Layoffs at Love Island developer Fusebox Games as it shifts to co-development
    9. Sony's PS Plus missteps risk the PS5's consumer image | Opinion
    10. Facebook Gaming's cloud service has 1.5m monthly players
    11. Team17 acquires educational games studio StoryToys for $26.5m
    1. Nintendo denies claims of forced labour in supply chain
    2. Sony acquires Nixxes Software
    3. Take-Two acquires facial animation firm Dynamixyz
    4. Understanding and supporting neurodiversity in the workplace
    5. VR studio Fast Travel Games raises over $4m
    6. Singularity 6 raises $30m to fund debut MMO game
    7. The Last of Us: Part 2 is better for not giving players what they want | Why I Love
    8. Mobile gamers have spent nearly $45bn in 2021 so far
    9. Welcome to Get A Job In Games month
    10. Drop Fake raises $9m in seed funding
    11. Esports organisation Gamesquare acquires Complexity Gaming