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June 2023 Archive

    1. Samsung unveils Game Portal | News-in-brief
    2. Football Manager studio head rebuffs PlayStation's claim that Game Pass is "value destructive"
    3. Roblox's absence on PlayStation was due to concerns for minors
    4. TinyBuild sees stock dive after H1 2023 report says it performed "below expectations"
    5. Daedalic halting internal game dev, laying off 25 employees
    6. Ubisoft announces new blockchain game
    7. Yager Development to close up shop on The Cycle: Frontier
    8. Here come clown feet | This Week in Business
    9. Canada regulator says Microsoft-Activision deal "likely" to harm competition
    10. Sega is not open to acquisitions, following speculation around Microsoft bid
    11. The future of mobile | Playable Futures Podcast
    12. Redaction errors reveal the economics of exclusivity | Opinion
    13. Everything we learned from the Microsoft vs FTC hearing
    1. Scriptic raises $5.7m in seed funding round
    2. Green Game Jam raises $600,000 this year
    3. UK court blocks request to delay CMA and Microsoft trial
    4. Pokémon Go maker to close LA studio
    5. Dino Patti's mission to trigger the indie multiplayer revolution
    6. Tencent leads's Top Publisher Awards 2023 for the global mobile market
    7. Scopely acquires Tag Games
    8. Unity drops AI partner after accusations it stole assets
    9. Is the FTC vs Microsoft hearing over yet? | Microcast
    10. Player Two PR sets up indie publishing label Mooncat Games
    11. Final Fantasy 16 has sold 3m units | News-in-brief
    12. How to set up an internship program as a games studio
    13. Among Us is getting an animated TV series | News-in-brief
    14. HR Summit details mental health, leadership and education sessions
    1. The Last of Us Part 2 and Horizon Forbidden West cost Sony over $200m to develop each
    2. Michiel Bakker to exit as Ginx TV CEO
    3. Nintendo wants consumers to "smoothly transition" to next-gen console
    4. Australian officials issue new recommendations to combat online gambling
    5. Football Manager 24 is the "end of an era" as FM25 switches to Unity
    6. EA CTO: AI will never replace "top talent"
    7. Unity unveils AI tools Unity Muse and Unity Sentis
    8. Sony's Jim Ryan discusses cloud gaming, Call of Duty and Starfield in court
    9. The how and why of Apex Legends' first trans character
    10. EA to move Star Wars: The Old Republic from BioWare
    11. Hi-Rez Studios restructure results in layoffs
    12. E3 2021 set the ESA back $6m
    13. Latest Devcom 2023 speakers include Ron Gilbert, Respawn, EA DICE and more
    1. GOG's Yazuka series release omits key developer credits
    2. Bethesda's Starfield will launch with a disc-based physical edition
    3. Callisto Protocol update restores omitted developers to credits
    4. US game spending gets a 12% bump in May | US Monthly Charts
    5. Embracer must focus on quality not quantity if it wants its bets to pay off | Opinion
    6. CD Projekt: "We need to fix the relationship with our players"
    7. Over half of Scavengers Studio laid off
    8. Publishing and analytics services firm SuperScale raises $5.4m
    1. Report: Perfect Dark still in pre-production, still years from launch
    2. Meta unveils Meta Quest+ subscription service
    3. Dinosaur Polo Club and the big task of creating Mini games
    4. Jobs Roundup: June 2023 | Annika Suni is hired as CFO of Fingersoft
    5. Google reportedly testing feature to play games on YouTube
    6. Final Fantasy 16 is the fifth biggest UK boxed launch of 2023 (so far) | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Activision to sunset the original Call of Duty: Warzone
    2. Nexters rebrands to GDEV
    3. Finland games industry disappointed by new immigration reforms
    4. Games will need a radical rethink to work in AR | This Week in Business
    5. Bungie to pay and credit artist whose work was featured in a Destiny 2 scene
    6. Nintendo Direct introduces the Switch's "sunset slate" | Opinion
    7. IIDEA unveils Italian Video Game Awards 2023 nominees
    8. E3 2024 and 2025 have not been cancelled, still in discussions
    1. Activision Blizzard demanded special treatment to keep Call of Duty on Xbox
    2. BAFTA announces 2023 Young Game Designers competition winners
    3. Indie games: who buys what, and why?
    4. Activision Blizzard shareholders vote against union policy
    5. New studio Red Rover Interactive's plan to drive "breakout growth" for survival games
    6. Retro games return to the GI Summer Party
    7. Lumikai's second games fund will pour $50m into Indian developers
    8. Black Game Developer Fund promises $1m in fourth year
    9. How to effectively use social media as a hiring tool
    1. Twitch pulls in 1.76bn hours in viewership during May
    2. Xbox Series X to get a new price tag
    3. Roblox allows users to create games for players ages 17 and up
    4. Capcom has sold nearly 500m game units in its 40-year history
    5. Super Mario Bros Wonder leads Nintendo's 2023 lineup
    6. All In! Games ends publishing operations
    7. Xbox is waiting for an audience before it expands into AR/VR
    8. The Lesser of one 'Evil'
    9. Men need to speak up against toxicity targeting women – and on their own behalf | Opinion
    10. Australian games tax breaks bill officially approved
    11. FTC asks court to prevent Microsoft closing Activision Blizzard deal early
    12. California judge denies gamer lawsuit a preliminary injunction against Microsoft ABK acquisition
    13. Twitch introduces new content classification labels
    14. Immortals of Aveum delayed to August 22 | News-in-brief
    1. EA realigns into EA Sports and EA Entertainment divisions
    2. Study: 47% of gamers play on multiple platforms
    3. Star Wars, mobile and free-to-play: Ubisoft's bid to transform its business
    4. AI game maker Versed raises €1.6m in pre-seed funding
    5. Broken Sword writer Steve Ince announces retirement
    6. The highs and lows of Summer Game Fest 2023 | Podcast
    7. F1 23 settles for second place as Zelda reclaims No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    8. Ghostwire Tokyo reaches 5m players | News-in-brief
    9. Geoff Keighley acknowledges lack of diversity at Summer Game Fest
    10. A tale of classified documents and online platforms: How to comply with new EU rules
    1. PlayStation mobile head departs
    2. New gaming hub in Senegal gets €300,000 in funding
    3. GAME: We will be the last man standing in physical video games
    4. US games and esports market worth $54bn in 2022
    1. Activision Blizzard says collective bargaining is a human right | This Week in Business
    2. Don't Nod veteran Abrial da Costa named CEO of Playdigious
    3. The future of women in games | Playable Futures Podcast
    4. Diablo Immortal made $525 million during its first year | News-in-brief
    5. FF16's demo is a masterclass in pre-launch marketing | Opinion
    6. Krafton launches new studio Relu Games
    7. Twitch introduces 70/30 revenue split in new Partner Plus program
    8. Microsoft studios no longer developing for Xbox One
    1. Dan Houser launches Absurd Ventures
    2. Kiloo Games shutting down
    3. Our favourite indie games from the 2023 summer games showcases
    4. Games industry 2023 Pride Month round up
    5. A night at Tokyo Indies
    6. Summer Game Fest was a good media event, but where does it go from here? | Opinion
    7. Million Victories raises $6.5 million
    1. PlayStation confident in PS Plus strategy as it readies PS5 game streaming
    2. Phantom Liberty director says CD Projekt Red has "a very healthy work-life balance right now"
    3. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom sold 1.5m boxed copies in Japan in May | Japan Monthly Charts
    4. "Microsoft had already loaded Sony's gun" | 10 Years Ago This Month
    5. Another class action lawsuit accuses FunPlus of false advertising
    6. UK Games Fund to receive £5m increase
    1. Ubisoft looks Forward, Embracer scales back | Microcast
    2. Death to meetings: Rethinking teamwork in remote game development
    3. Capcom delays Pragmata again | News-in-brief
    4. Leadership changes at Embracer as group restructures
    5. Embracer announces restructuring program, studio closures expected
    6. Diablo 4 made over $666 million in global sell-through in five days | News-in-brief
    1. Ubisoft Forward: Star Wars due in 2024, Avatar on December 7
    2. Summer Party returns to Brighton July 12th
    3. After 13 years, Remedy's dream of Alan Wake 2 is real – and it's really going for it
    4. Is Xbox's vision finally coming together? | Microcast
    5. Playdigious opens new publishing arm
    6. Team17 opens Cover 6 Studios to co-develop Hell Let Loose
    7. OTK launches publishing label Mad Mushroom
    8. Activision Blizzard permitted to join Microsoft's appeal against UK regulator
    1. We've turned a corner with our games, says Xbox
    2. Xbox: We will do $1bn on PC this year
    3. What crisis? Xbox plays its hand, and it's impressive | Opinion
    4. Fable and Star Wars Outlaws headline Xbox Games Showcase
    5. Diablo 4 ends Zelda's four-week stay at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Sony skips out on Gamescom
    2. Improbable sells off defense subsidiary
    3. GameStop is doomed, water is wet, and other observations | This Week in Business
    4. Apple, Epic seeks re-examination of April's antitrust decision
    5. In defence of the cosmetic whales | Opinion
    6. Did Summer Game Fest 2023 deliver? | Microcast
    7. EGX 2023 tickets now on sale
    8. Quantic Dream unveils indie publishing label Spotlight
    9. Nintendo Switch sales up 39% across Europe in May | European Monthly Charts
    10. Media Indie Exchange LA showcase cancelled last minute
    1. Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, new Prince of Persia bookend Summer Game Fest
    2. Bob Rice, Four Bars Intertainment CEO, has died
    3. Apple's Game Porting Toolkit aims to make Windows game porting easier
    4. Twitch rolls back ad guideline updates
    5. GameStop CEO terminated as retailer posts further losses
    6. Resident Evil Village reaches 8m units sold | News-in-brief
    7. College football players urged to boycott EA Sports game over low pay
    8. Why is someone making a sequel to a forgotten Japan-only Dreamcast game?
    9. Octopath Traveler 2 sells one million units | News-in-brief
    1. Summer games showcase 2023: All the events, all the details
    2. Develop:Brighton 2023 Early Bird offer ends tomorrow
    3. Inverse lays off staff
    4. What is Savvy Games Group and how is it trying to change Saudi Arabia's image?
    5. China's games market reached $45.5bn in 2022
    6. Working as a mental health first aider in games
    1. Apple's AR headset suffers from a lack of vision | Opinion
    2. Diablo 4 is now Blizzard's fastest-selling game of all time
    3. Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda dominated May | UK Monthly Charts
    4. Kabam on crossing over to PCs
    5. Marvel Snap, Railbound, Resident Evil Village among Apple Design Awards winners
    6. FTC fines Microsoft $20m for illegally collecting children's personal information
    7. Team17 names new CEO
    8. Street Fighter series has now sold over 50m units | News-in-brief
    1. Apple unveils Vision Pro AR headset
    2. Summer Games Done Quick 2023 raises $2.2m
    3. Can cloud gaming change the industry? | Podcast
    4. From Dead Cells to reinventing retro IP: The untold story of Evil Empire
    5. Why Square Enix Collective keeps quiet about publishing PowerWash Simulator
    6. Sony CEO: Cloud gaming's "technical difficulties are high"
    7. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom fends off Street Fighter 6 to retain No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    8. The Game Band shuts down Blaseball, lays off staff
    1. Nintendo ramps down Russia eShop
    2. EA Sports partners with Nike to put NFTs in upcoming titles
    3. The law is whatever Nintendo says it is | This Week in Business
    4. Jobs Roundup: May 2023 | John Beech is named creative director of Media Molecule
    5. EA reportedly lays off two thirds of Firemonkeys Studio
    6. Do players now value performance over graphical realism? | Opinion
    7. Nintendo parts ways with controversial Russian CEO
    8. Epic tweaks engagement payout metrics in Fortnite
    9. The UK's biggest games student event returns to EGX in October
    1. Thierry Platon unveils Ukiyo Games Studio | News-in-brief
    2. The Video Standards Council is now the Games Rating Authority
    3. Redfall devs cite unclear direction, high turnover, low headcount for game's shortcomings
    4. Meta Quest 3 launches this fall at $499
    5. Activision Blizzard tallies harassment reports, punishments
    6. CD Projekt Red will lay off remaining 30 members of Gwent team
    7. Why BAFTA is changing the way its games awards work
    8. CD Projekt Red alumni create new studio Blank
    9. Bigger than wool: New Zealand’s journey to make video games its most famous export
    10. Kirby support studio Vanpool shut down