January 2022 Archive

    1. The New York Times acquires Wordle
    2. Discord launches PlayStation integration
    3. Aggro Crab condemns Team 17 over NFTs
    4. Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming averaged 653 million hours of weekly viewership during 2021
    5. PlayStation: Bungie deal is about multiplatform, live-service games
    6. Sony buying Bungie for $3.6 billion
    7. Hiro Metaverse Acquisitions to float on London Stock Exchange
    8. Ant Workshop receives seven-figure investment
    9. The ESA's SOPA Opera | 10 Years Ago This Month
    10. Analysing the major mobile game design and feature trends in 2021
    11. Taking the right steps to prepare for a successful multiplayer launch
    12. Team17 unveils MetaWorms NFTs
    13. Rebellion receives funding from HSBC, opens new HQ
    14. Hutch agrees to six-month four-day work week trial
    15. EU court overturns Intel €1.06bn anti-trust fine
    16. EGX Birmingham postponed to 2023
    1. Huge launch sales for Pokémon Legends: Arceus in the UK | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Roblox developers and creators earned over $500m in Robux during 2021
    2. Will Raven devs have their QA teammates' backs? | This Week in Business
    3. Nexters buys three mobile studios for a combined $100m
    4. Ubisoft: Gamers "don't get" what NFTs could do for them
    5. Sega exits the arcade business after 56 years
    6. An introduction to machine translation for localisation
    7. 35 US states file antitrust case against Apple in support of Epic
    8. Halo Infinite is a trial balloon for Game Pass' future | Opinion
    9. Rocky Road raises $2.5m for mobile MMO
    1. CWA calls for SEC to investigate Activision Blizzard disclosures
    2. Ubisoft to shutdown Hyper Scape
    3. Ed Boon to join AIAS Hall of Fame
    4. Parent plea prompts Hello Games to re-release Joe Danger
    5. Microsoft to update agreements for Xbox subscription services
    6. The Epic Games Store generated $840m in consumer spending during 2021
    7. Pokémon Legends: Arceus | Critical Consensus
    8. SpecialEffect launches DevKit
    9. How Garena Free Fire plans to stand out from the battle royale crowd
    10. Steam Deck orders open February 25
    11. Old games, FIFA and Switch dominated Europe in 2021 | European Market Report
    12. Investigation into Ubisoft Singapore concludes misconduct reports are handled appropriately
    1. Deutsche Telekom to shutdown MagentaGaming
    2. Will Activision Blizzard change Xbox? | Podcast
    3. Epic Games to expand with a new studio in Poland
    4. Why would you launch a bleeping FMV game in 2022?
    5. Blizzard Entertainment announces new survival game IP
    6. Capcom revenue jumps 35% to $774m
    7. New studio Social First raises $2.5m
    8. Becoming the next Sega and Eidos: The transformation of Curve Games
    9. Tencent joins Exit Plan Games' third investment round
    10. Virtuos acquires Volmi Games
    11. Nvidia reportedly could abandon Arm acquisition
    12. Raven unionisation plans continue without Activision Blizzard recognition
    13. Microsoft gaming revenues up 8% in Q2
    1. Apogee Entertainment receives $5m investment
    2. Frost Giant Studios raises $25m in Series A funding round
    3. Psyonix on pivoting to mobile with Rocket League Sideswipe
    4. EA announces three more Star Wars games
    5. Farming Simulator 22 sells 3m units globally
    6. Ian Livingstone: My Vision for Games in 2022 | Playable Futures
    7. Raven Software announces structural changes among staff
    8. Riot Games sues developer over League of Legends clone
    9. Tracing the past, present, and future of game cinematics
    1. Savvy Gaming Group purchases ESL Gaming and FaceIt
    2. Unity acquires Ziva Dynamics
    3. Outerverse publisher says NFT scammers targeted its game
    4. How Project Zomboid made 23x its normal sales numbers
    5. New developer and publisher New Tales forms
    6. Legal trends for the games industry in 2022 | Opinion
    7. Kwalee acquires Tictales
    8. Game designer Zach Ford dies
    9. Player sued by Roblox banned by court order
    10. Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi and NetEase form new studio
    11. Raven QA strike ends following unionisation vote
    1. Call of Duty QA workers vote to unionize
    2. How do you learn from failures that succeed? | This Week in Business
    3. It Takes Two wins big at Arab Game Awards
    4. Buying Activision Blizzard is the industry's biggest gamble | Opinion
    5. Stillfront acquires 6Waves for $201m
    6. Blizzard reiterates commitment to cultural change
    1. Sony expects Activision games to stay multiplatform due to "contractual agreements"
    2. Renee Gittins to step down as IGDA executive director
    3. Interpret: 56% of Xbox, PlayStation, PC users are interested in earning NFTs
    4. GDC survey takes dev temperature on studio toxicity unions, blockchain, more
    5. TT Games employees report crunch, bullying at Lego studio
    6. Newzoo: Mobile game revenue generated $93.2bn in 2021
    7. Super Rare Games launches indie publishing label Super Rare Originals
    8. Rainbow Six Extraction | Critical Consensus
    9. How Firestoke wants to redefine publishing, one non-violent game at a time
    10. Gamigo forms new launch department in publishing expansion
    11. Kotick: Overwatch, Diablo delays affected Activision Blizzard stock price more than abuse scandal
    1. Anders Maiqvist of Thunderful to step down as CFO
    2. Activision Blizzard tells SEC it's unaware of employee strike
    3. Take-Two's Zynga takeover | Podcast
    4. Unanswered questions about Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal | Opinion
    5. "The deal that will change the industry forever": Analysts on Microsoft's Activision acquisition
    6. Former Firaxis art director Greg Foertsch unveils new studio, Bit Reactor
    7. Kotick expected to leave Activision Blizzard after Microsoft deal closes
    8. Microsoft acquisition "does not change the goals" of ABK Workers Alliance
    9. Satya Nadella: Building a better culture at Activision Blizzard will require "significant work"
    1. Games Industry Africa: South Africa games revenue reached $290m in 2021
    2. British Esports Association to open Sunderland campus
    3. Dream Games raises $255m at $2.75bn valuation
    4. 2021 sets record for US games spending at $60.4bn | US Annual Report
    5. Xbox's Activision Blizzard is about more than beating Sony | Opinion
    6. NDreams opens new studio for AAA VR games
    7. Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard
    8. Developer of earlier Wordle app sees install surge, donates proceeds to charity
    9. TIGA: 70% of UK games firms optimistic about current climate
    10. Game Music Festival moving to London in 2022
    11. 36 million games and 3.4 million consoles sold in the UK in 2021 | UK Annual Report
    12. Activision Blizzard confirms 37 people "fired or pushed out" in wake of lawsuit
    13. Meta under FTC investigation over anti-competitive practices
    14. Subway Surfers: Lessons from the world's most downloaded game
    15. Spyke Games raises $55 million
    16. Kabam Games names new CEO
    1. Minecraft for Nintendo Switch takes No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    2. How to secure funding for your indie game
    3. EGX Birmingham tickets now on sale
    4. Pandemic removed from digital storefronts at “request of publisher”
    5. UK High Court approves Tencent's Sumo acquisition
    6. Awesome Games Done Quick raises record $3.4m
    7. 2022 is shaping up to be one of video games' biggest ever years | Opinion
    1. Obituary: Paul McLaughlin
    2. Ziggurat acquires over 80 retro titles in deal with Rainbow Arts
    3. Individuals linked to alleged Twitch Turkish money laundering ring arrested
    4. Mod.io crosses 300m creator downloads
    5. What do we expect to see in 2022? | Podcast
    6. Sensor Tower: US consumer spending on mobile action games was $967m in 2021
    7. Take-Two-Zynga is a very big deal, but is it a good one? | This Week in Business
    8. Black Game Developers Fund on rebranding, evolving, and expanding
    9. Nintendo warns of fake Japanese homepage
    10. Lawsuit against Valve over CS:GO skin gambling dismissed
    11. Sony pulling PlayStation Now cards from retail stores
    12. Forte acquires N3twork platform to bolster blockchain development
    13. Final Fantasy 14 back on sale from January 25
    14. Unit sales are only one factor in the sequel equation | Opinion
    15. Top games CEO compensation totaled $842m in 2020
    1. Team17 acquires Astragon for €75m
    2. Krafton sues Apple, Google, Garena over Free Fire
    3. Ratchet & Clank leads 2022 DICE Awards with nine noms including GOTY
    4. Riot Games commits $2m to SoLa Impact's I CAN Foundation
    5. Wondernaut's Luiz Sampaio on breaking into games
    6. Clear goals and organic paths: The Arkane guide to player agency
    7. Armor Games adopts four-day work week permanently
    8. M&A activity reached $85bn value in 2021
    9. New fund Bright Gambit launches to support "overlooked" game devs
    10. Microsoft confirms Xbox One production ended in 2020
    11. Yahaha Studios raises $50m to fuel metaverse development
    12. Airnow acquires Lab Cave
    13. FIFA and NBA lead PlayStation's official 2021 downloads charts
    14. Atsushi Inaba takes over Platinum Games as president and CEO
    15. Thunderful hires PlayStation's Kathrin Strangfeld as it reorganises leadership
    1. Apple takes down Wordle clones from App Store
    2. Digital Schoolhouse receives £75,000 funding
    3. Stalker 2 delayed to December
    4. Frontier sees net loss of £1.7m
    5. Humble rolls all subscription tiers into one membership option
    6. Sony reportedly ramping up PS4 production, disputes discontinuation rumours
    7. Chinese streaming platform Bilibili to ban violent games
    8. Riot overhauls staff compensation, expands Queue Dodge system for leavers
    9. Xbox Series S and X hits 1m UK sales in strong December | UK Monthly Charts
    10. Phil Spencer says Xbox supply "as big as it's ever been" despite chip shortages
    11. Inscryption sells one million copies
    12. App Annie: Mobile games consumer spending reached $116bn in 2021
    1. Deathloop leads 2022 GDC awards with six nominations including GOTY
    2. Razer removes N95 grade from Zephyr mask marketing
    3. Yogscast Jingle Jam 2021 raises £3.3 million for charity
    4. Lego delays Overwatch 2 set over Activision Blizzard harassment scandal
    5. Launching a VR game these days is "A perfect storm of shit"
    6. Sega opens new studio in Sapporo
    7. Take-Two acquires Zynga
    8. Strauss Zelnick: Zynga's contrasting culture is a benefit, not a challenge, for Take-Two
    9. Ubisoft appoints new Rainbow Six Siege creative director
    10. App Store spending passes $260bn since launch
    1. Twitter reports gaming posts up 14% year-over-year in 2021
    2. Apple Arcade breaks free-to-play, but not how you'd think | Opinion
    3. Capcom permanently bans Robson "robinho" Oliveira from all tournaments
    4. Rust sells over 12m copies
    5. GameStop reportedly launching NFT and cryptocurrency marketplace this year
    6. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt markets worth $1.76bn in 2021
    7. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe retains No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Unpacking and Inscryption lead 2022 IGF Awards nominations
    2. Square Enix's New Year's Convolution | This Week in Business
    3. Halo Infinite writer Aaron Linde joins Riot R&D | Jobs Roundup
    4. Sir Ian Livingstone: The first Knight of the nerds
    5. Ubisoft veteran writer and narrative designer Russell Lees has died
    6. Roblox removes Chinese app, plans to rebuild it
    7. BioWare adopts hybrid remote/office model
    1. ESA cancels in-person E3 2022
    2. Report: Mobile RPGs generated $18.5b globally in 2020
    3. Beyond Good & Evil | Why I Love
    4. Sensor Tower: European mobile game spending generated $11bn in 2021
    5. Just Add Water founder Stewart Gilray dies at 51
    6. Nintendo Switch sold over 5m units in Japan last year
    7. UK games market down 3.3% to £4.2bn in 2021
    8. UK Games Fund awards grants to 12 independent studios
    9. Team 17 acquires Hell Let Loose IP and indie publisher The Label
    10. Konami unveils Castlevania 35th anniversary NFT collection
    11. Raven Software strike continues as staff report no response from Activision management
    1. Ubisoft bringing subscription service to Xbox
    2. Nexon invests $400m into Russo Brothers' production company AGBO
    3. What happens to gaming in 2022? Analysts offer their predictions
    4. Dead by Daylight devs to remove Leatherface survivor masks feature
    5. Ken Levine accused of berating employees, mismanagement
    6. Playground Games co-founder Gavin Raeburn departs
    7. Looking ahead at UK games regulation in 2022
    8. Ghost of Tsushima has sold 8m units worldwide
    9. PlayStation VR 2 has 4K display, eye-tracking and headset feedback
    10. Activision files lawsuit against cheat provider
    1. Four of Steam's best-selling games of 2021 were new releases
    2. Around 14,000 studios in China shut down amid ongoing licensing freeze
    3. Nintendo reveals top-selling indie games of 2021
    4. EA memorializes John Madden
    5. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot sells 4.5m units
    6. Resident Evil Village and It Takes Two among winners at 2021 Steam Awards
    7. Unpacking foley design in video games
    8. Apple is first company to reach $3 trillion market cap
    9. Samsung unveils smart TV gaming hub
    10. Square Enix president says blockchain will be a "major strategic theme" in 2022
    11. Nintendo Switch OLED to launch in China next week
    12. Shin Megami Tensei V has sold over 800,000 units worldwide
    13. Roblox founder reportedly exploiting tax break loophole
    1. FIFA and Mario Kart end 2021 at the top | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Ian Livingstone knighted in 2022 New Years Honours list