February 2023 Archive

    1. Report: EA lays off 200 Apex Legends QA testers
    2. The National Videogame Museum team gets locked out by landlord
    3. Ampere Analysis: Console market dipped to $56.2bn in 2022
    4. Investigation finds Nordic Game likely violated discrimination law
    5. How do you monetize Minesweeper?
    6. Bigmode's journey, from YouTubers to publishers
    7. The Crew franchise has reached 40m players | News-in-brief
    8. Report: Beyond Good and Evil 2 developer Ubisoft Montpellier faces labour investigation
    9. Netflix working on stop-motion Pokémon series | News-in-brief
    10. Jo Twist steps down as UKIE CEO
    1. Indielab unveils UK-wide games accelerator program
    2. Four new releases fail to top Hogwarts Legacy | UK Boxed Charts
    3. Key licensing tips from working with big brands
    4. What kind of studio does Electric Saint want to be?
    5. Sons of the Forest sells 2m in 24 hours | News-in-brief
    6. Unity posts first profitable quarter on non-GAAP basis, expects to be profitable in 2023
    7. Cyanide apologises for Blood Bowl 3 server issues, responds to other player concerns
    1. Nintendo will not be present at E3 2023
    2. 2023 will reportedly see another Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
    3. Series X|S disparities behind Baldur's Gate 3 MIA on Xbox
    4. The future of talent pipelines into games | Playable Futures Podcast
    5. Rovio gives fans the bird | This Week in Business
    6. Deathloop has hit 5m players | News-in-brief
    7. WB Games reports year-on-year decline ahead of Hogwarts Legacy's $850m success
    8. Microsoft in Brussels: Sound and fury, signifying nothing | Opinion
    9. Embracer strikes deal with New Line and Warner Bros for new Lord of the Rings films | News-in-brief
    10. Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarok sweep the board at 2023 DICE Awards
    1. Ukraine seeks to remove Atomic Heart from game stores
    2. Ironmace denies reports it stole Dark and Darker code, assets
    3. GDC Awards to honor Mabel Addis, John Romero
    4. What does a wave of closures mean for live service games?
    5. EA DICE is building a new single-player team for a future Battlefield game
    6. Behaviour Interactive acquires SockMonkey Studios
    7. Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins joins Gamesquare, leads new incubator Ninja Labs
    8. The Treasury gave £197m in tax breaks to game studios last year – let’s use some for skills | Opinion
    9. Did Microsoft do enough to convince Europe to let them buy Activision Blizzard? | Opinion
    10. Tango Gameworks' founder Shinji Mikami to leave the studio
    11. Why Microsoft's claim that it has 20% market share in Europe vs PlayStation's 80% was accurate
    1. Bungie seeks $6.7m default judgment in case against LaviCheats
    2. PS4 reveal signals a new generation | 10 Years Ago This Month
    3. Genshin Impact publisher takes legal action against leakers
    4. PlayStation VR 2 | Critical Consensus
    5. Thunderful's full-year profits rise to $106.3m
    6. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Friends & Family plan adds six countries | News-in-brief
    7. Rovio delists original Angry Birds due to impact on free-to-play games
    8. Elden Ring has sold 20m copies worldwide | News-in-brief
    9. Thunderful Group acquires Say No! More developer Studio Fizbin
    1. Activision staffers learn of December data breach months later
    2. Owlchemy's Andrew Eiche has been named CEO
    3. Microsoft signs deal with Nvidia, but is 'not close' to deal with Sony over Activision Blizzard
    4. As it happened: Microsoft's Activision Blizzard press conference in Brussels
    5. Production firm Blumhouse unveils new gaming division
    6. Microsoft increases the cost of Xbox Series S|X units in Sweden
    7. Phil Elliott to become CEO of Modern Wolf
    8. Why I Love: Alisia Dragoon
    9. Bungie wins $4.3m in arbitration case against AimJunkies
    10. Patrice Désilets and his lifelong obsession with time
    11. CWA asks European Commission to approve Microsoft-Activision merger
    12. Microsoft, Nintendo sign ten-year Call of Duty deal, more Xbox games to follow
    1. Hogwarts Legacy scores second week at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    2. Ubisoft confirmed for E3 2023
    3. Gaming deals since 2020 over $115bn
    4. A crash course in designing clothes in games
    5. Download this free ebook on how going direct to players can generate more mobile game sales
    6. Supernova Capital acquires Mi-Clos Studio and Little Red Dog Games
    7. Tencent leads $10m funding round for fitness gaming dev Quell
    8. Ampere Analysis: UK console, PC and mobile games revenue declined in 2022
    1. Sega to increase Japan-based employee salaries by 30%
    2. Blizzard president sends a message | This Week in Business
    3. 2K promotes Heather Hazen to studio head of Firaxis Games
    4. Saudi Arabia increases stake in Nintendo
    5. What would a Game Pass dominated landscape look like? | Opinion
    6. Embracer sales up 128% during Q3, but organic growth down
    7. Respawn alumni form Wildlight Entertainment
    8. Robot Teddy announces slate of leadership appointments
    1. Savvy Games Groups invests $265m in Chinese esports firm VSPO
    2. Ubisoft emphasizing predictability after downgrading targets
    3. A group of industry professionals unveil the Gamedev Fund
    4. 2022 gaming deals totalled $51.5 billion
    5. Game Changers | Professor Jim Huntley
    6. Telltale raises $8m from Hiro Capital and Skybound
    7. Three Xbox rivals believe the Activision Blizzard merger would harm competition
    8. Xbox launches its 'carbon aware' function | News-in-brief
    9. Starbreeze almost halved its loss in 2022 but didn't re-establish profit
    10. Xbox: "We want to build on the potential we’re seeing in India"
    11. Deep Rock Galactic developer launches Ghost Ship Publishing
    1. Roblox reports a nearly $1bn net loss during 2022
    2. How to design autistic-friendly games
    3. Jeff Minter on making a respectful cover
    4. Atomic Heart composer Mick Gordon donating fee to Ukrainian aid
    5. Microsoft to attend hearing with EU regulator on February 21
    1. Bayonetta 3 sells 1m copies | News-in-brief
    2. Activision, Blizzard mandate partial return to office
    3. The potential and perils of generative AI
    4. Dead Island 2's launch pulled forward a week | News-in-brief
    5. China games trade body calls for more restrictions on minors playing video games
    6. Epic files appeal in India to push for third-party app stores on Google Play
    7. PS5 sales jump 200% across Europe last month | European Monthly Charts
    1. Chinese regulators hand out 87 new video game licenses in February
    2. US game spending down 5% to $4.3bn in January, says NPD | US monthly charts
    3. Microsoft confirms Game Pass cannibalizes sales
    4. Original Metroid Prime developers omitted from Remastered credits
    5. Kotick will reportedly remain as Activision CEO if Microsoft deal falls through
    6. EA reportedly seeking £488m deal with Premier League for post-FIFA football games
    7. Hogwarts Legacy is the biggest Harry Potter game launch of all time | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Jobs Roundup: February 2023 | JumpButton Studio hires Jay-Ann Lopez as COO
    2. Why Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal shouldn't go through, and why it will | This Week in Business
    3. Marketing tips to have a successful Early Access phase
    4. PS5 sales surge in January, but game sales fall | UK Monthly Charts
    5. Nexon hits "record revenue" in 2022 but net income down 11%
    6. Sony says Microsoft's demands in FTC case about Activision acquisition are "obvious harassment"
    1. Harnessing modern multiplayer with Unity Gaming Services
    2. Jason Avent's Hardball Games raises $5.2m in seed funding round
    3. Game Changers | Ladell Smith, Auroch Digital
    4. It's time to kill the Nintendo Direct | Opinion
    5. Zelda, Pikmin 4 and Game Boy headline Nintendo Direct
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will cost $70
    1. Krafton sees full-year sales, profit dip
    2. Analysts see CMA objection to Activision Blizzard acquisition as a sign deal will go through
    3. Snapser raises $2.6m in seed funding round
    4. Ex-Mediatonic, Flavourworks devs found Electric Saint
    5. World of Warcraft removing Twitter functionality - News-in-brief
    6. Ex-Ubisoft devs lead Krafton's new AAA studio in Montreal
    7. I will survive: Resilience strategies for game studios
    8. Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard could harm gamers, says UK regulator
    9. Fingersoft implementing six-hour working day
    10. Nintendo to increase wages 10% despite lowered forecast
    11. Kotick on Microsoft ABK acquisition: "The FTC, CMA and EU don't know our industry"
    1. Screen Australia puts $1m behind 11 games
    2. Latent Technology secures $2.1m in a pre-seed funding round
    3. Apple: CMA remedies for cloud gaming on iOS are "plainly inappropriate and unreasonable"
    4. Strauss Zelnick: AI will raise the bar, but won't make a better Grand Theft Auto
    5. Nintendo's financials slightly down to $9.8bn as hardware dips
    6. Microsoft reportedly expecting CMA to oppose ABK acquisition
    7. Zordix launches Maximum Entertainment and restructures its studio organisation
    1. Overwatch 2 helps Activision Blizzard rake in record Q4 bookings
    2. Take-Two misses sales guidance, downgrades forecast again
    3. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences to honor Tim Schafer | News-in-brief
    4. Maximum Games lands $30m credit line
    5. Netease launches global remote studio Spliced
    6. Rovio enters preliminary proposals with potential buyers
    7. CrossfireX will shut down in May
    8. Game Changers | Elina Tyynelä, Neogames Finland
    9. Assassin's Creed Valhalla wins best game soundtrack at Grammys
    10. FIFA 23 and God of War Ragnarok reclaim top two positions | UK Boxed Charts
    11. US court dismissed Joy-Con drift lawsuit
    12. EA Originals: "We are moving away from niche"
    13. PlayStation reaffirms support for Turkey as Sony closes local office
    1. EU issues Microsoft with antitrust warning over Activision Blizzard acquisition
    2. Konami's nine-months net sales see a 5.5% boost as it amasses $1.7bn
    3. Activision Blizzard agrees to $35m settlement with SEC following investigation
    4. Kadokawa: Elden Ring drove games sector revenue to an increase of 123% in Q3
    5. The potential of PSVR 2 | Podcast
    6. Square Enix sees an 6.6% drop for the past nine months as it pulls in $2bn
    7. What's going on with EA on mobile? | This Week In Business
    8. Turtle Rock to stop supporting Back 4 Blood | News-in-brief
    9. Phoenix Labs regains independence after management buyout
    10. Knockout City to shut down in June
    1. Google to provide developers alternative user payment options in India
    2. Tilting Point to cut 14% of its global staff
    3. God of War Ragnarok drives $9.6bn quarter for PlayStation
    4. USC Games reveals its first Gerald A. Lawson Fund recipients
    5. Meta's VR division lost nearly $14bn in 2022
    6. EA Music and Berklee College of Music offering 'next-gen' scholarship
    7. Dying Light franchise has sold 30m copies | News-in-Brief
    8. NCsoft West lays off 20% of staff
    9. Sony promotes CFO Hiroki Totoki to president and COO
    10. Why I Love the Game Industry (an Ode to "The Last Lecture")
    11. US government calls for changes to iOS and Android, says Apple and Google block innovation
    12. Dwarf Fortress made $7.23 million in January | News-in-brief
    1. Unit 2 Games to shutter Crayta
    2. Sony is closing the door on its PlayStation Plus Collection
    3. GitHub founder Chris Wanstrath unveils Null Games
    4. Swedish Games Industry says the country's games sector may be short 25,000 devs in 2031
    5. God of War Ragnarok moves 11m units
    6. Iron Galaxy and Epic Games to sunset Rumbleverse
    7. A crash course in porting your game to mobile
    8. Wayfinder Games and the ex-DICE devs trying to shake up RPGs
    9. Around 40 Ubisoft Paris staff attended strike for better working conditions
    10. EA profits up 13% in Q3 to $1.3 billion
    11. 343 layoffs affected 95, including top directors
    12. Keywords acquires US PR firm Fortyseven Communications