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August 2022 Archive

    1. Riot officially appoints Andrei Van Roon as head of League studios
    2. Sprocket Games raises $5 million
    3. Making CD-i games in 2022
    4. Brace Yourself Games launches publishing division
    5. Dire Wolf Digital acquires Fandom tabletop maker Cortex
    6. Why Quantic Dream sold up after 25 years
    7. Sony and Tencent acquire stakes in FromSoftware
    8. NetEase acquires Quantic Dream as first European studio
    1. Dragalia Lost has been removed from stores and will shutdown this November
    2. Facebook Gaming to shutter app this October
    3. Earning wishlists on Steam: A case study
    4. rebrands to Super Good Games
    5. Warner Bros and Rocksteady launch training program for underrepresented developers
    6. The hidden pressure behind PowerWash Simulator
    7. Google Play Games launches beta in select territories
    8. Lawsuit over Fortnite dance dismissed by court
    9. Saints Row reboot debuts at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    10. Over 265,000 people attended Gamescom 2022
    1. Neowiz's Lies of P leads the 2022 Gamescom Awards
    2. Wild Arms and Shadow Hearts devs launching dual Kickstarter
    3. The vice president of Meta's VR social platform has left the company
    4. Sony acquires Savage Game Studios
    1. Devcom Developer Conference 2022 pulls in a record 3,500 participants
    2. The Awesome Indie Showcase spotlighted indies gracing 2022 and beyond
    3. Build a Rocket Boy mishandles blockchain questions | This Week in Business
    4. Embracer finalizes purchase of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal
    5. The PS5’s price hike is a sign of things to come | Opinion
    6. TinyBuild acquires Bossa Studios IPs for $3m
    1. GameStop to increase the wages of store employees
    2. Xbox: TV key to taking cloud gaming mainstream
    3. Everybody hates Zynga | 10 Years Ago This Month
    4. Bandai Namco: M&As are "affecting some of the smaller publishers in their capacity to access the best studios"
    5. Microids launches music label
    6. Ex-Disney and EA staff unveil new studio to tackle climate change
    7. Sony raising PS5 price in Europe, UK, Japan and more due to economic pressures and inflation
    1. Future Games Show saw release dates for Supermassive's The Devil In Me and more
    2. A Little to the Left dev: "I want people to reimagine the mundane as something with hidden potential"
    3. Denuvo unveils anti-emulation technology for the Nintendo Switch
    4. Everywhere developer has been hiring a blockchain team
    5. Creative Enterprise backs GI Live: London
    6. How do Europe's gamers compare to America's?
    7. Smash Bros game director launches game design YouTube channel
    8. Starbreeze still running at a loss, net sales down in Q2
    9. PQube Games accused of exploiting developer's heritage for funding
    10. Horizon Forbidden West spends third week on top | UK Boxed Charts
    11. "For a mainstream product like The Lord of the Rings, you want to do retail"
    12. Reflecting on Gamescom Opening Night Live | Podcast
    1. Rogue Games shifts to four-day work week
    2. GTA’s Leslie Benzies returns at Gamescom with Everywhere
    3. Ex-Bethesda vet forms Something Wicked
    4. Destiny 2 launches on Epic Games Store
    5. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak sells 4 million units globally
    6. Saints Row | Critical Consensus
    7. ZeniMax's Rich Lambert: Leaders must "manage our expectations" to avoid crunch
    8. Devcom participant banned over sexual harassment allegations
    9. Project Cars and Project Cars 2 to be delisted soon
    10. UN: There’s no "free pass" for the games industry when it comes to green efforts
    11. Knights of the Old Republic remake passed from Aspyr to Saber
    12. Microsoft reportedly paid $600k to put Cooking Simulator on Game Pass
    13. Legal claim filed against Sony over 30% store cut
    14. Judge rejects AimJunkies request to dismiss Bungie lawsuit
    15. 20 lessons from 20 years
    1. MultiVersus reaches 20m players
    2. This year's Game Awards are set for December 8
    3. Sony is producing a Gravity Rush movie
    4. Sony is reportedly developing a Days Gone live-action adaptation
    5. Broadening Saints Row's humour to expand its audience
    6. Nintendo to reduce Switch packaging size by 20%
    7. Defining limits for loot boxes: "We need to understand the pressures we're putting into games"
    8. Sega working on films for Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone
    9. Spider-Man Remastered is PlayStation's biggest PC launch in the UK
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    11. Nicolas Bouvier is appointed as senior art director for Timi Studios | Jobs Roundup: August 2022
    12. Women in Games publishes guide with aims of advancing gender equality
    13. How games studios can navigate the UK’s immigration system
    1. Communications Workers of America files new labor practice charge against Activision Blizzard
    2. Twitch amassed 1.7bn hours watched during July
    3. Hiro Capital and 1Up Ventures invest $3.4m in Atom Switch
    4. Fortnite and the contemporary pop culture slurry | This Week in Business
    5. US gaming revenue fell 9% to $4.2bn during July, says NPD
    6. Cult of the Lamb sells 1m copies in first week
    7. Unease over Unity’s future threatens an industry pillar | Opinion
    8. Blizzard confirms no loot boxes in Diablo IV
    1. Aonic purchases marketing company Exmox for nearly $100m
    2. Room 8 unveils mobile games division, Solid Bash
    3. Tencent sees Q2 revenue dip due to "post-pandemic digestion period"
    4. Nexus Mods bans user for Spider-Man mod removing Pride flags
    5. Embracer net sales up 107% for Q1
    6. In The Sims 4, representation is a journey, not a destination
    7. Embracer to acquire Lord of the Rings IP, Tripwire, Limited Run and more
    1. Asmodee Digital rebrands to Twin Sails Interactive
    2. From demo to debut: Turning a game jam project into a full release
    3. Persia and its Controversial Prince: How the series has influenced Iranian developers
    4. Paradox launches new publishing label Paradox Arc
    5. Little Orpheus arriving next month following delay around Ukraine war
    1. Nintendo of America contractors describe sexual harassment, 'frat house' environment
    2. Riot Games: There is no significant gap in pay for women or underrepresented minorities
    3. Just one month left to enter Best Places To Work Awards Canada
    4. Team Asobi: “We want our games to feel like they’re made in Japan”
    5. How Riders Republic mobilized its players for the first digital climate march
    6. Deliver Us Mars delayed to February 2023
    7. Germany market report: 2021 was a record year as spending nears €10bn
    8. Alone in the Dark reboot and new South Park game headline THQ Nordic showcase
    1. Pokémon Company to donate $25m to support youth organizations
    2. Disney and Marvel continue games push with standalone showcase event
    3. Microsoft: PS4 sold twice as much as the Xbox One during last console cycle
    4. Two Point Campus is second in the class | UK Boxed Charts
    5. Private Division to publish Weta Workshop's Lord of the Rings game
    6. Rumbleverse marks a new era for Iron Galaxy
    7. Unity rejects AppLovin merger offer
    8. Monster Hunter Rise takes No.1 with 217,000 copies sold | Japan Monthly Charts
    9. A beginner's guide to approaching influencers
    10. Spider-Man is second-biggest PlayStation PC launch so far
    11. Activision wants all Blizzard Albany employees working on Diablo to vote on unionisation
    1. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment delays Hogwarts Legacy to February 2023
    2. Loss leaders of the pack | This Week in Business
    3. Virtuos opens new studio in Kuala Lumpur
    4. AimJunkies subpoenas Valve to fight Bungie copyright accusations
    5. Overwatch 2 is less a sequel, more a business model relaunch | Opinion
    6. More than 25 publishers and investors join GI Live: London
    7. Video game sales drop in July as release schedule dries up | European Monthly Report
    8. PUBG gets 80,000 new players daily since going free-to-play
    9. NetEase hires veteran Capcom producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi
    1. Unity pens deal that will aid US defense, homeland security, and intelligence
    2. Microsoft: Xbox-exclusive Call of Duty "would simply not be profitable"
    3. Whitethorn Games and the art of cultivating slow gaming
    4. What should you charge for your indie game?
    5. Games studios and streamers raise £400k for Make-A-Wish UK
    6. Soedesco acquires Superlumen
    1. Nintendo of America receives its second labor complaint of the year
    2. Microsoft accuses Sony of paying devs to stay off Game Pass
    3. Study finds Chinese youth playing less in wake of restrictions
    4. Unity revenues up modestly as losses mount in Q2
    5. PS5 edges ahead of Xbox Series X and S and F1 22 holds pole position | UK Monthly Charts
    6. Spin Master purchases game studio Nørdlight
    7. Overwatch dropping paid loot boxes this month
    8. 5% of H1 2022 games jobs were entry level
    9. Writing for Games, Part Two: The experts' advice
    10. EA extends exclusivity on NFL esports
    11. Is Sony right to be worried about Call of Duty?
    12. Bulkhead ends relationship with Square Enix
    13. Thunderful CEO steps down as publisher reports $2m H1 loss
    14. David Braben to step down as CEO of Frontier
    15. Roblox posts Q2 losses of $176.4m as bookings continue to decline
    1. Nexon revenues jump in Q2
    2. Unity sets up joint venture in China
    3. Why less than 1% of Netflix subscribers downloading games is "not a bad start"
    4. The third Sonic the Hedgehog movie is set to release in 2024
    5. Writing for Games, Part One: A brief history
    6. AppLovin offers to merge with Unity
    7. Product Madness' free-to-play mobile incubator to seek "exceptional new game concepts"
    8. V Rising sells 2.5m copies
    9. Rare Studio Head Craig Duncan to keynote GI Live: London
    10. Gamescom aims to unite three global events with B2B community app
    1. Bandai Namco and Wayfarer Studios to produce a Pac-Man film
    2. Take-Two's Q1 shaped by Zynga acquisition, recession
    3. Guilty Gear Strive ships over 1 million copies worldwide
    4. Video games music at the BBC Proms: "It was only a matter of time"
    5. Horizon: Forbidden West takes No.1 back | UK Boxed Charts
    6. Call of Duty pulls DLC after plagiarism accusation
    7. A flat start to the fiscal year | Podcast
    8. Are video games really more expensive?
    9. Court dismisses "factually baseless" Call of Duty lawsuit against Activision Blizzard
    10. Activision debuts Call of Duty: Next showcase on September 15
    1. Square Enix Q1 sales decline by 15%
    2. Is Activision Blizzard in a rough patch or a longer decline? | This Week in Business
    3. Sega posts gains on light release slate
    4. Single-player games deserve more than lip service | Opinion
    5. Xbox testing new multiple user Game Pass plan
    6. Jam City lays off 17% of workforce
    7. Bandai Namco's game sales up 55% year-on-year during Q1 FY2023
    1. Study finds that Belgium's loot box ban isn't being enforced
    2. Nier: Automata for the people | Why I Love
    3. Tencent reportedly looking to raise stake in Ubisoft
    4. Koch Media rebrands as Plaion to "acknowledge who we truly are"
    5. Activision Blizzard accused of fighting against Albany union
    6. Navigating early access: legal and practical considerations
    7. The 2022 UK Best Places To Work Awards winners have been revealed
    8. Tencent and Logitech team up for new handheld cloud console
    9. Indonesia blocks Valve, Epic Games and more for failing to comply with new regulations
    10. Bandai Namco, Sega and Square Enix join GI Live: London 2022
    1. DDM: Gaming investments reached $4.8bn during Q2
    2. Blizzard and NetEase cancel World of Warcraft mobile game
    3. Supermassive on Nordisk acquisition: “We’re still independent but with more muscle”
    4. Royelles: "The future of the metaverse is female"
    5. Unity reportedly looking to separate China unit from main business
    6. Andrew Wilson: "I don't think we could be in a stronger position as a standalone company"
    7. Keywords Studios acquires Mighty Games
    8. Games And Online Harassment Hotline launches hate raid protection resource
    9. Nintendo Q1 sales fall 4.7% to $2.3bn, Switch sales down 23%
    10. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is the biggest Xeno game launch in the UK so far | UK Boxed Charts
    1. FIFA and F1 drive EA to Q1 growth
    2. Google Play adds new rules on interstitial ads
    3. Creature feature: An expert’s guide to making memorable monsters
    4. Digital game purchases in Germany rose to 59% in 2021
    5. Pixel Federation players plant 86,000 trees as part of Green Game Jam
    6. Steam publishes new graphical asset guidelines, restricting text use
    7. Our Machinery scraps game engine, asks developers to delete source code
    8. Valve and Xbox to speak to indie developers at GI Live: London
    1. Diablo Immortal launch can't save Activision Blizzard's Q2
    2. Sony says Microsoft’s ownership of Call of Duty could influence console buyers in the future
    3. Moo Yu on finding the heart in game development
    4. Sony scrapping PS5 accolades this autumn due to lack of use
    5. MGM loses Tomb Raider film rights, bidding war begins
    6. Why InnoGames decided to open up about pay
    7. Sony: Revamped PlayStation Plus and increased PS5 supply key to offsetting decline
    8. Diablo Immortal jumps to 30m players
    9. PlayerUnknown Productions hires David Polfeldt
    10. CD Projekt Red alumni launch new studio Dark Passenger