November 2021 Archive

    1. Jeaneane Falkler appointed president of Technicolor Games | Jobs Roundup
    2. Report: 53% of game writers have experienced or seen bullying at work
    3. Fawzi Mesmar joins Ubisoft as VP of editorial
    4. Nintendo updates policies to increase push for diversity
    5. Why Jagex is helping a RuneScape player make an idle game based on its flagship RPG
    6. Hiring to address diversity
    7. Farming Simulator 22 breaks series records with 1.5m sold in first week
    8. Africa Games Week pushed back to 2022
    9. Mainframe Industries raises €20m for "cloud-native MMO"
    10. Pokémon Unite named the best game at Google Play awards
    1. Zordix acquires Maximum Games for $42m
    2. CD Projekt sales up but GOG struggles
    3. Why didn't people buy Call of Duty this year? | GI Asks
    4. How to place virtual objects in the real world convincingly
    5. Steam reaches record-breaking 27 million concurrent users
    6. Nordisk acquires Flashbulb Games
    1. Mario Kart 8 returns to No.1 as Nintendo Switch rules Black Friday | UK Boxed Charts
    1. ReedPop restructures editorial leadership team
    2. Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope named Game of the Year at TIGA Awards 2021
    3. Pass the gravy, it's time to give thanks | This Week in Business
    4. Finding a publisher in a pandemic: How to stand out in a sea of Zoom calls and digital events
    5. Epic Games adds retro cloud gaming service Antstream Arcade to store
    6. Tencent expands global publishing team with new marketing director
    7. Dragon Age senior creative director leaves BioWare
    8. Game remasters must respect creative history, not just make a fast buck | Opinion
    1. Report: PUBG: New State brings in $2.6m in first week
    2. Sponsored: Free white paper on growing your mobile business beyond the app stores
    3. Meet the therapist making a 'therapeutic psychedelic trip through your smartphone'
    4. Roblox 101: Adopt Me developer's tips on finding success
    5. Moon Active lands $300m in funding
    6. Roblox suing banned player for fraud and breach of contract
    7. Government suspends Tencent from updating or launching apps in China
    8. Waysun takes majority share of Boss Bunny
    9. The biggest Pokémon game launches in UK history | UK Time Tunnel
    10. Psygnosis and Imagine Software co-founder David Lawson has died
    11. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes become second biggest Switch launch in Japan
    1. Polymega adds N64 emulation module
    2. StreamElements announces 2021 Creator Diversity Program recipients
    3. Enthusiast Gaming acquires U.GG parent company in $45m deal
    4. GameStop's head in the clouds | 10 Years Ago This Month
    5. Atari invests in Anstream, may buy MobyGames
    6. How Solar Ash took Heart Machine out of its comfort zone
    7. EA releases console set-up guide as part of parental awareness campaign
    8. Zynga VP of global communications Sarah Ross dies
    9. Indie publisher Plug In Digital raises $75m in Series B
    10. Lawsuit accuses Sony Interactive Entertainment of gender discrimination
    1. ESA on Activision Blizzard: “Harassment must never be tolerated”
    2. Epic Games acquires Harmonix
    3. Ayzenberg Group forms publisher A List Games
    4. Microids opens new studio in China
    5. North Carolina establishes fund to attract esports events
    6. Miniclip at 20: "I think the console experience was an abject failure for us"
    7. "We challenged our team to make FIFA on the water": Dovetail's Bassmaster dream
    8. Pocket Burger Games raises $1 million in funding round
    9. TinyBuild acquires Versus Evil and Red Cerberus in $31.3m deal
    10. Netflix hires VP of game studios
    11. Activision Blizzard creates Workplace Responsibility Committee
    12. Nintendo's Doug Bowser comments on "distressing" Activision reports, calls on ESA to strengthen stance
    13. 4Players redefines in-game voice ready for the metaverse
    14. Niantic raises $300m at a $9bn valuation for "real-world metaverse"
    1. Sub-Saharan African gamers have grown from 77m to 186m in six years
    2. Ghost Gaming acquires One Percent
    3. Report: Video game hardware to reach $135bn by 2026
    4. 'Why should indie developers be a jack of all trades?'
    5. Frontier lowers revenue expectations after slow start for Jurassic World Evolution 2
    6. Kojima Productions launches new film, TV and music division
    7. Five things you need to consider when starting a games studio
    8. Star Citizen crowdfunding passes $400m milestone
    9. Arcane: League of Legends renewed for second season
    10. Judge dismisses Wolfire's antitrust lawsuit against Valve
    11. Bobby Kotick reportedly considering resignation if workplace issues aren't fixed "with speed"
    1. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl is the second biggest boxed game launch of 2021 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Girls Who Code ends partnership with Activision Blizzard
    2. Nintendo partners with Panda Global to launch Super Smash Bros. circuit
    3. Rockstar apologises for technical issues in GTA Definitive Edition
    4. Survey: 82% of people's work output was up or stayed the same working from home
    5. Streamlabs accused of plagiarism
    6. Has Bobby Kotick learned anything? | This Week in Business
    7. UK government to make all use of mobile phones while driving illegal
    8. Hideo Kojima: The making of a video game auteur
    9. PlayStation 5 owners prefer boxed games to downloads
    10. Forza Horizon 5 breaks Xbox and Game Pass launch records
    11. Leaf Mobile to join London Stock Exchange
    12. Kotick's poor decision-making has only deepened Activision Blizzard's crisis | Opinion
    13. More than 1,300 Activision Blizzard staff and contractors request Kotick's exit
    14. Sponsored: The power of in-game voice chat
    15. Nordisk Games takes majority stake in Star Stable
    1. Aristocrat Digital rebrands to Pixel United
    2. IndieBI raises $3m in funding round
    3. Phil Spencer "evaluating" Xbox relationship with Activision Blizzard following Kotick allegations
    4. Ubisoft renews theme park ambitions with first Ubisoft Entertainment Center in 2025
    5. Games industry PR veteran Jonathan Fargher dies aged 46
    6. Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic plots new studios following major Tencent investment
    7. 2021 delays show pandemic's biggest impact on games
    8. Phil Spencer calls for industry to work on 'legal emulation'
    9. GTA modding group fights back against Take-Two takedown
    10. Embracer games sales up 89%, group expecting 37 M&A within 12 months
    11. Activision staff question whether zero tolerance policy applies to Kotick
    1. Group of Activision Blizzard shareholders call for Kotick's exit
    2. Sony's Jim Ryan critical of Activision Blizzard response to Kotick report
    3. DreamCraft raises $10m in Series A funding round
    4. Blizzard's Oneal contests her co-lead's explanation of pay disparity
    5. One Special Day 2021 raises record-breaking $800,000
    6. Phil Spencer says some NFT games feel "more exploitive than about entertainment"
    7. New World Interactive: How IMS server operations enable greater cost management
    8. Essential design features to help PC and console games succeed on mobile
    9. UK competition watchdog starts in-depth investigation of Nvidia's Arm acquisition
    10. Saints Row delayed to August 2022
    11. Deathloop and Ratchet & Clank dominate Game Awards 2021 nominations
    12. Ampere: Xbox Series S outselling Series X in key markets
    1. Ubisoft opens fourth Quebec studio
    2. Xbox Studios' Cox on ethical monetization: "Design to reduce regret"
    3. Activision Blizzard board gives Kotick a vote of confidence
    4. Activision Blizzard employee group calls for Kotick's ouster
    5. Dubit raises $8m in funding round
    6. Report: Activision Blizzard's Kotick knew of sexual misconduct issues for years
    7. Report: Cloud gaming to surpass $13.5bn by 2026
    8. Giving up the Ghostrunner
    9. Microsoft pledges to fix word filter in Forza Horizon 5
    10. Looking back at 20 years of Xbox | Podcast
    11. Million Victories raises $3m in Series A funding
    12. What to consider when making the leap from AAA to indie
    13. Sponsored: Check out Improbable's latest free white paper on service-based games management
    14. The Elder Scrolls 6 confirmed as Xbox and PC exclusive
    15. Thunderful acquires Early Morning Studio
    16. Genshin Impact developer MiHoYo opens new Montreal studio
    1. Twitch viewership increases 19% year-over-year for October
    2. Xbox's big nostalgia moment is still to come | Opinion
    3. Forza Horizon 5 crosses the line at No.4 | UK Boxed Charts
    4. Private Division acquires developer Roll7
    5. How Xbox is still changing the games industry
    6. How Xbox changed the games industry
    7. Gfinity revenue up 27% year-over-year, losses down 50%
    8. Nvidia CEO expects global chip shortage to last into next year
    9. Sumo Group pledges to become carbon neutral by 2025
    1. UK Call of Duty launch sales down 40% year-on-year
    1. Metaverse apps to generate over $3bn in 2022 - App Annie
    2. Remedy announces new studio in Sweden
    3. Dragon Ball Fighterz sells over 8 million units
    4. Assassin's Creed writer and narrative director returns to Ubisoft
    5. US game spending grows 16% to $4.6bn in October, says NPD | US monthly charts
    6. Let's look at Facebook's Meta trademark | This Week in Business
    7. Hadi raises $5m in funding to create casual mobile games
    8. Battlefield 2042 | Critical Consensus
    9. Remedy profit plummets as Control royalties decline
    10. Activision apologies for disrespectful use of Quran in Call of Duty: Vanguard
    11. Starbreeze net sales up to almost $4m
    12. Unity's Weta acquisition doesn't need the Metaverse to make sense | Opinion
    13. Digital Bros revenue drops 36% due to lack of new releases
    1. Playdate delayed to early next year
    2. Far Cry dev Dan Hay leaving Ubisoft
    3. Report: Tencent acquires majority stake in Ninjala studio parent
    4. The legacy of Grand Theft Auto 3: Grown-up video games and a template for the open world
    5. Four things we've learned from the Digital Foundry developer series
    6. How to grow a work-for-hire business
    7. Riot Games donates $10k each to 30 non-profit organisations
    8. Tencent international revenue up, China's regulations limit domestic growth
    9. Sony reportedly cuts PS5 targets for the year amidst component shortages
    10. Apple denied delay on App Store changes
    1. Valve delays Steam Deck
    2. Miniclip appoints Saad Choudri as CEO
    3. Analyzing an indie F2P success on Steam
    4. Edgegap raises $7m in Series A funding
    5. Nintendo Switch back at No.1 after OLED launch | UK Monthly Charts
    6. Playtertainment raises $5m in funding round
    7. What does Zynga see in blockchain?
    8. Sony launches PlayStation Direct stores in Germany and the UK
    9. Activision Blizzard contractors granted better salary and PTO
    10. Unity acquires VFX platform Weta for $1.6bn
    11. Forza Horizon 5's launch day was biggest ever for Xbox Game Studios
    12. Cloud Imperium to open Manchester studio
    13. Why we're still buying Skyrim | Podcast
    1. Nexon reports mobile game revenue down 44% for Q3
    2. Swedish games industry makes $3.8bn in 2020 while workforce grows
    3. Roblox revenues surpass $500m in Q3, bookings up 28%
    4. Denuvo DRM renders legitimate games temporarily unplayable
    5. 2K acquires Elite3D
    6. AudioMob raises $14m in Series A funding
    7. Q-Games acquires The Tomorrow Children IP from Sony
    8. Bringing League of Legends to life: Secret Cinema's first games experience
    9. Why you should attend WN Seattle and North America Online '21 this month
    10. Zynga reports revenues of $705m in Q3
    11. Call of Duty is No.1 but physical sales continue to slow | UK Boxed Charts
    12. Deathloop director Dinga Bakaba now head of Arkane Lyon
    1. Sega Sammy lowers sales forecast slightly despite gains in first half
    2. Zynga hires a VP of blockchain gaming
    3. Niantic begins licensing its AR tech
    4. VR to be a $51bn market by 2030, says GlobalData
    5. Revealed: Just who are the best games companies to work for in Canada?
    6. Call of Duty: Vanguard | Critical Consensus
    7. Mod.io raises $26m in Series A funding
    8. Watch the GamesIndustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards Canada right here
    9. Arkane Lyon director on leaving violent stealth for children's educational games
    10. Should you grow your games company? Four questions to help you decide
    11. A Better Ubisoft calls for public support in new petition
    12. Final Fantasy 14 Endwalker expansion delayed to December 7
    13. Metal Gear Solid titles temporarily pulled from digital stores
    14. Ubisoft increases pay at Canadian studios to provide "competitive employer offer"
    1. Atari loses case against Redbubble
    2. Gaming investment, M&A activity continue tracking well above 2020
    3. Annapurna names Nathan Gary as president
    4. Meta Company alleges Facebook infringed upon its name
    5. Has Call of Duty finally peaked? | This Week in Business
    6. Why the games industry must play its part in battling climate change | Opinion
    7. Nintendo to open new store in Osaka
    8. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened makes $228 million in two months
    9. Slight dip for Square Enix as net sales suffer in comparison to Final Fantasy 7 Remake launch
    10. Devolver Digital acquires Dodge Roll, Nerial and Firefly Studios
    11. Baseless NFT hype hits a crescendo - but play-to-earn is worth watching | Opinion
    12. Nintendo Switch sales down 34% in H1, total units sold hit 92.8 million
    1. EA Sports delays PGA Tour
    2. EA CEO weighs in on FIFA and NFTs
    3. Forza Horizon 5 | Critical Consensus
    4. Robot Teddy acquisition and new investment arm make Thunderful "a 360-degree" games firm
    5. Take-Two CEO down on metaverse, but a 'big believer' in NFTs
    6. Sony's Vita trademark partly revoked for non-use in EU
    7. Square Enix president says Marvel's Avengers had a "disappointing outcome"
    8. Devolver Digital valued at $950m as it floats on London Stock Exchange
    9. Google allows third party payment systems in South Korea
    1. EA Sports, Apex Legends push EA's second quarter up sharply
    2. Armor Games shares four-day work week findings
    3. Midnight Suns delayed to back half of 2022
    4. League of Legends esports remains unprofitable - report
    5. "Surely you can do better than this" | Podcast
    6. Three community-led ways to promote equity and make better games
    7. Keywords opens new studio in Canada
    8. Square Enix removes paid XP boosts from Marvel's Avengers
    9. Glitch's Moonrise Fund backs first three studios
    1. Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 delayed
    2. Jen Oneal leaves Activision Blizzard
    3. King, Blizzard push Activision Blizzard to Q3 growth
    4. Netflix launches a streaming service of games
    5. Gamigo reports that it has reached carbon neutrality
    6. Niantic to shut down Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in 2022
    7. Insomniac's Ted Price: Games studios must break the habit of brute-forcing through problems
    8. How to get a job in the games industry
    9. Beamable raises over $10m in funding
    10. Statespace acquires ProGuides
    11. Gaming arm Nuverse one of six pillars in reorganised ByteDance
    12. Switch production reportedly drops 20% due to supply shortages
    13. Roblox devs Splash raises $20m in series A
    14. Temple Running the gamut of brand extensions
    15. Tencent targets AAA with TiMi Studios' Honor of Kings: World
    1. Mobile game developers are finding big success on AppGallery, and so can you
    2. How to get a job as a game programmer
    3. Sega and Microsoft exploring cloud partnership to boost Sonic publisher's development
    4. League of Legends: Wild Rift generates over $150m
    5. PAX South cancelled "for the foreseeable future"
    6. Roblox blames "subtle bug" for three-day outage
    7. A Better Ubisoft group says publisher "offers nothing more than assurance"
    8. Guardians of the Galaxy and Mario Party can't defeat FIFA | UK Boxed Charts
    9. Fortnite China shutting down after three years
    10. US national security panel investigating Tencent's Sumo acquisition
    11. Skydance New Media to work on narrative-driven Marvel game
    12. GameStop COO leaves after just seven months
    13. Nintendo shuts two North America offices