July 2022 Archive

    1. Twitch viewership fell as Facebook Gaming rose in June
    2. Valve shortens Steam Deck wait times
    3. Nintendo Switch manufacturing partner reports supply chain struggles
    4. Meta versus FTC with a VR monopoly at stake | This Week in Business
    5. Xbox revenues slide as 2022’s sparse release schedule bites | Opinion
    6. Government blocks Krafton's India-only version of PUBG
    7. Fired Ubisoft director Ashraf Ismail now working for Tencent
    8. PlayStation’s Q1 revenues dip by 2% to $4.5 billion amid sales decline, increasing costs
    9. MTV VMAs adds awards category for best virtual concert in a video game
    1. Vox Media fires 39 staffers across company due to economic uncertainty
    2. Talent company Loaded announces new consultancy business and production studio Open World
    3. Bungie planning ‘reduced communications’ with players following harassment
    4. Ubisoft’s Lisa Opie on leaving TV to help fix the games industry
    5. The industry catches Ouya fever | 10 Years Ago This Month
    6. Diablo Immortal generates $100m in lifetime revenue
    7. Concept Ventures launches $60m pre-seed fund for UK gaming ventures
    8. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake delayed indefinitely
    9. University of Oxford study says playing video games doesn’t affect your mental wellbeing
    10. How viral marketing and cultural history propelled The Wagadu Chronicles
    11. ADL studies hate, harassment on Minecraft servers
    12. FTC objects to Meta purchase of Within
    13. Leaked documents show Roblox agreement plans in China
    14. Star Wars: Hunters delayed to 2023
    15. Microsoft Q4 gaming revenues decline, but Game Pass grows
    16. Rockstar devs report improvements to crunch culture and a GTA that doesn't “punch down”
    17. GI Live: London returns to EGX in September
    1. Capcom revenue declines 48% to $184m for Q1 2022
    2. Meta Quest 2 price going up $100
    3. Wizards of the Coast opens new Austin-based studio, Skeleton Key
    4. Reginald Cash, CEO of 3BlackDot, purchases company valued at $87m
    5. Best Places To Work Canada returns: Enter today
    6. Square Enix's Western studios were a "train wreck in slow motion"
    7. Supermassive Games' top three rules for narrative-driven horror
    8. Global video games market predicted to hit $197bn in 2022
    9. More than 1,000 women to receive share of Riot Games' $100m gender discrimination settlement
    10. 3Division donates $28,000 to Ukrainian Red Cross
    11. Ubisoft shuts down rumour that it's cancelling Roller Champions
    1. Lord of the Rings: Gollum delayed "by a few months"
    2. Takao Yamane joins Platinum Games as chief business officer | Jobs Roundup: July 2022
    3. If indie games are underreported, mobile games must be invisible | Opinion
    4. Indie studio Tender Claws to unionise
    5. Revolutionising the farming genre with mechs: "Big robots don't have to fight Godzilla to be cool"
    6. Diablo Immortal reaches 20m installs
    7. Neopets breach allegedly compromises 69m accounts
    8. New look GamesIndustry.biz launches this week
    1. League of Legends: Wild Rift has amassed $500m in global revenue
    2. Robert Alan Koeneke, creator of The Dungeons of Moria, has passed away
    3. The heat is on | This Week In Business
    4. Twitch rolls out shared ban tool for streamers
    5. British Film Institute opens applications for the UK Global Screen Fund
    6. Chinese market declines for first time in 14 years
    7. Opera and GameMaker launch free mobile web games publishing platform
    8. Third-party NFTs in games are the latest unethical twist from Web3 | Opinion
    9. ESA revenue dropped $10 million in E3 2020's absence
    10. Ubisoft sales down 9.8% in Q1 2022
    1. Activision Blizzard staffers protest in support of employee abortion rights
    2. Mattel hires Mike DeLaet as its new global head of digital gaming
    3. FIFA 23 will exclude Russian teams
    4. Jagex buys Pipeworks in first acquisiton and is "looking to do more"
    5. Are forums a thing of the past, or your game's most valuable resource?
    6. Elden Ring, Pokémon Legends: Arceus drove European sales during the first half of 2022
    7. Watch the 2022 UK GamesIndustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards
    8. GamesIndustry.biz 20th Anniversary Party in pictures
    9. PlayStation to drop customer support via Twitter
    10. Leslie Benzies' studio hires former Evolution, Ubisoft, NCsoft talent
    1. Minecraft rejects NFTs and blockchain to ensure "a safe and inclusive experience"
    2. Naughty Dog alum Bruce Straley announces Wildflower Interactive studio
    3. Google to allow alternative payment systems for non-gaming apps
    4. Discord integrates voice chat into Xbox consoles
    5. Faze Clan goes live on NASDAQ
    6. Why Zachtronics is shutting down for good this time
    7. A beginner's guide to making your game accessible
    8. Nekcom raises $8m, opens new US studio
    9. Bungie sues Destiny 2 player for cheating, threatening employees online
    10. Valve warns Steam Deck will 'throttle performance' in heatwave
    11. Electronic Arts restructures technology team as CTO prepares to depart
    12. HoYoverse opens new HQ in Singapore
    1. Take-Two issues statement of support for staff affected by Roe vs Wade reversal
    2. A group of Blizzard Albany staffers file for union election with the NLRB
    3. Screen Australia's Games: Expansion Pack fund to donate AU $4m to game creators
    4. InnoGames shares salary transparency report as "a matter of fairness"
    5. The art of debate-provoking choices in As Dusk Falls
    6. The LEGO Group's vision for building better digital playgrounds | Playable Futures
    7. Wii U, 3DS shops will close on March 27, 2023
    8. Court dismisses class-action antitrust lawsuit against PlayStation Store
    9. Obsidian's Grounded picked up for TV series
    10. Hacker attempts to extort Roblox with stolen documents
    11. Former Halo Infinite head of design to lead new NetEase studio
    1. Games for Change awards Dot's Home 2022 Game of the Year
    2. PlayStation continues esports expansion with Repeat.gg acquisition
    3. Russian tech giants in talks to create a national game engine
    4. What it takes to be a great game producer
    5. Rare pays tribute to Robert Ashby
    6. The games industry is given one more shot to fix its loot box problem | Opinion
    7. Amazon Prime Day boosts Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga back at the top | UK Boxed Charts
    8. Unity's Riccitiello promises to “do better” after comments on devs and monetisation
    1. UK Government demands games companies protect children from loot boxes, but stops short of legislation
    1. Sony's purchase of Bungie is now finalized
    2. Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima has sold nearly 10m units globally
    3. Unity: IronSource malware came from “bad actors who abused the platform”
    4. Unity's $4.4bn malware mistake? | This Week In Business
    5. Embracer has spent $2m on its retro games archive to date
    6. Games spending down 10% to $26.3bn in H1 2022 | US monthly charts
    7. Digital Bros forms Hook: an indie publisher with AAA resources
    8. PC market experiences "sharpest decline in nine years"
    9. Unity CEO: Devs who push back against monetisation can be “brilliant” but also “fucking idiots”
    1. Chinese regulators fine Shanghai-based game publisher $163,000
    2. Mobile games earned $41.2bn globally during H1 2022
    3. Nintendo to acquire visual production firm Dynamo Pictures
    4. New PlayStation Stars loyalty rewards scheme launches later this year
    5. Why video games PR needs to change
    6. PlayStation triumphs at Develop:Star Awards 2022
    7. Recruiting games talent from overseas
    8. Resident Evil 2 remake sells 10m
    9. Bungie “committed” to addressing demands for trans-inclusive healthcare
    1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge sells 1m units globally
    2. F1 22 and Mario Strikers deliver big sales numbers across Europe | European Monthly Report
    3. Nintendo Japan formally acknowledges same-sex marriage
    4. 12m sales and counting: What's behind Cities: Skylines' building success?
    5. IronSource to merge with Unity
    6. Bandai Namco attacked by hacker group
    7. Making subscription platforms work | Opinion
    8. Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course reaches 1m units sold
    9. Spotify acquires music trivia game Heardle
    10. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak ships 3m copies
    1. Israeli digital gaming revenue valued at $8.6bn during 2021
    2. During H1 2022 video games were tweeted about 1.5bn times
    3. The Games Fund moves to Miami
    4. Nintendo advises caution when using the Switch as temperatures rise
    5. Andrew Brown named CEO of Universally Speaking
    6. Edge raises $30m in Series A
    7. Xbox: Cloud gaming is a "great alternative" to console, not a replacement
    8. Nintendo confirms new VP of sales, marketing and communications
    9. Nordisk Games acquires Supermassive
    10. PS5, Switch and Xbox Series X and S sales improve in June | UK Monthly Charts
    11. Ubisoft titles pulled from Steam may lock out players who bought them
    1. F1 2022 holds steady at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    2. Jade Raymond's Haven Studio is already inspiring other PlayStation studios - and not just with its game
    3. Xbox Series X|S lifetime sales in Japan double Xbox One figures
    4. It Takes Two sells seven million copies
    5. How to get a job as a marketing director in games
    6. Kojima Productions warns of legal action as Hideo Kojima misidentified as former Japanese prime minister's assassin
    7. Hypercasual games: how to improve retention for your mobile games in the East and West
    1. The Diablo is in the details | This Week in Business
    2. Meta to roll out accounts for Quest headsets next month
    3. Will the EU's new law change the digital landscape? | Opinion
    4. Rockstar winding down Red Dead Online updates to focus on GTA 6
    5. Tencent to shut down WeGame app
    1. GameStop lays off staff across company
    2. Interactive narrative platform Dorian purchases developer Nix Hydra
    3. Playstack and Laser Dog Games to open Playstack Leeds
    4. Tate Multimedia shifts into a third-party game publisher
    5. PAX organiser ReedPop to run E3 2023
    6. How do you solve a problem like E3? | Opinion
    7. Gamescom line-up includes Xbox, Ubisoft, Tencent, 2K Games, and more
    8. Resolution Games acquires Zenz VR, reports record growth
    9. The performance marketing approach to working with influencers
    10. Blackbird on overhauling Crossfire: Legion monetization
    11. Sony removing purchased Studio Canal content from PlayStation libraries
    12. Intellivision “still working on” Amico despite dead trademark confusion
    13. Take-Two issues DMCA takedown against GTA VR modder
    14. Fall Guys reaches 50 million players
    1. A Better ABK calls for staff walkout following Roe vs Wade reversal
    2. BlizzCon to return in 2023
    3. US spending on games to drop 8.7% this year, says NPD
    4. F1 2022 boxed launch sales fall as the franchise pivots to digital | UK Boxed Charts
    5. Hot Wheels Unleashed wins best game at Italian Video Game Awards
    6. God of War Ragnarök to release this November
    7. Forspoken delayed again, now set for January 24
    8. When supporting a non-profit, how do you vet them?
    9. UK regulator investigating Microsoft-Activision Blizzard acquisition
    10. 17 must-see talks at Develop:Brighton 2022
    11. Apple, Google under pressure as EU approves Digital Markets Act
    12. South Africa tightens video game restrictions and classification
    13. Lumi Interactive CEO on making the world (and games) a kinder place
    1. Ubisoft plans Forward event for September 10
    2. Is game preservation a losing battle?
    3. NetEase invests "several million dollars" in Polish VR studio
    4. Itch.io bundle to raise money for abortion funds is now live
    5. Google settles class action lawsuit with $90 million fund
    6. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak has shipped 2m units within first week
    7. Diablo Immortal's first month earnings near $50m
    1. How to get your indie game noticed
    2. The Green Game Jam: Can video games save the planet?
    3. Salary transparency project shows discrepancy across UK games wages
    4. Sega to match staff donations to non-profits “supporting reproductive rights”
    5. Six political parties campaign for loot boxes ban in the Netherlands
    6. Summer Games Done Quick raises over $3 million
    1. Bethesda staff criticize leadership over lack of action after Roe vs Wade reversal
    2. Analysts: “The games industry is not going anywhere” in the face of a recession
    3. Nintendo launches Wild Care service in Japan
    4. Xbox launches Samsung TV app to play games without a console
    5. Booty's bad calls | This Week in Business
    6. Social Chain to lay off around 35 editorial and publishing staff
    7. In praise of the second screen | Opinion
    8. Bandai Namco and Ilca partner to form Bandai Namco Aces
    9. GamesAid names six partner charities for 2022/23
    10. AppLovin and Adjust lay off 12% of their workforce