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October 2023 Archive

    1. Ubisoft's Chief People Officer Anika Grant to leave next month
    2. Embark Studios says that The Finals uses recorded voice and AI work
    3. 2023 sees more than two dozen games score 90 and up on Metacritic
    4. Five Nights at Freddy's film pulls in $80m domestically
    5. What the hell is going on with video games? | Analysis
    6. Israeli government's graphic Gaza conflict ads appear in family-friendly mobile games
    7. Atari to acquire Digital Eclipse in $20m deal
    8. Pole to Win expanding by opening new office in Brazil
    9. UK games sector primed for growth despite 2023 challenges | Opinion
    10. Playing for the Planet issues new guidelines to reduce carbon impact
    1. Midwest Games secures $3m in funding
    2. Rovio Q3 revenue dips by 6%
    3. Nintendo patent details a handheld that splits into two
    4. Guild Esports pens investment deal to earn up to £1m
    5. Video game preservation: Is the industry torching its own legacy?
    6. Xbox will block unauthorized third-party controllers
    7. Disney Dreamlight Valley to become paid game after early access
    8. Super Mario Wonder takes No.1 spot from Spider-Man 2 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Jobs Roundup: October 2023 | Technicolor Games hires Paul Houlders as global head of art
    2. Connie Booth exits Sony after 34 years
    3. Why is Trust and Safety so hard? | This Week in Business
    4. Sociable Soccer's Jon Hare says real player names are "vital" as studio secures FIFPRO licence
    5. Microsoft joins the publishing top table | Opinion
    6. Sarah Bond promoted to Xbox president amid leadership changes
    7. Sony expects boost in PS5 sales now supply chain issues have finally been resolved
    1. Ubisoft's H1 sees a 14% revenue bump
    2. Insomniac Games to patch Spider-Man 2 flag mix-up
    3. Meta's VR division revenue down 26% in Q3
    4. Embracer-owned Digic to lay off 35 employees
    5. Street Fighter 6 drives record H1 results for Capcom's games division
    6. P.T. draws maximum fear from minimal scope | Why I Love
    7. Die Gute Fabrik and the necessity to tackle climate inaction
    8. Super Mario Bros Wonder is now the fastest-selling Mario game in Europe | News-in-brief
    9. Valve dropping Turkish and Argentinian currencies on Steam
    10. Lords of the Fallen was CI Games' most expensive project at $66m
    11. The Outer Worlds reaches 5m copies sold | News-in-brief
    1. Harmony Games raises $3m in seed funding round
    2. Nintendo to roll out new community tournament guidelines
    3. Nintendo details more aggressive social media guidelines
    4. Growing Indigenous worlds in games
    5. UK games jobs vacancies reaches three-year low
    6. Artisan Studios to open new studio in Saudi Arabia
    7. Starfield and Game Pass drive record Q1 gaming revenues for Microsoft
    8. Being an effective people manager in the games industry
    9. Nintendo pulls drink driving game from digital store due to PEGI 3+ rating
    1. James Schmalz steps down as CEO of Digital Extremes
    2. Dead Cells moves 5 million units in China | News-in-brief
    3. Media Molecule to reduce workforce
    4. How to successfully run a remote studio, and make it last
    5. Over 12% of French games studios report sales above €10m
    6. Roblox China affected by layoffs
    7. Microsoft drops Game Pass growth target for CEO compensation
    8. Fallout TV series to release in April 2024
    1. Experis Game Solutions staff are pursuing unionization
    2. Report: Less than 1% of Netflix's total subscribers play games daily
    3. Lords of the Fallen sells one million titles | News-in-brief
    4. Among Us maker InnerSloth donates to relief efforts for Palestine
    5. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 moves over 2.5 million copies | News-in-brief
    6. Spider-Man 2 beats Super Mario Bros Wonder to No.1 | UK Physical Charts
    7. PlayStation's Visual Arts studio hit with layoffs
    1. Noodle Cat Games raises $12m in Series A funding round
    2. Bowser: Nintendo doesn't have unions due to employee satisfaction
    3. Activision Blizzard goes into the black box | This Week in Business
    4. Netflix's beta for cloud gaming expands to the US | News-in-brief
    5. GameSquare acquires Faze Clan
    6. Super Mario Bros Wonder | Critical Consensus
    7. What did Microsoft want from Starfield? | Opinion
    8. London Games Festival returns next April
    9. Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo console sales jumped 44% in September | UK Monthly Charts
    10. Wave of departures at Six to Start, including Adrian Hon
    1. Phil Spencer says Call of Duty exclusivity deals are done
    2. Devolver Digital donates to Palestinian relief
    3. Ubisoft names Montreal as its new North American production hub
    4. Monster Hunter Now hits 10m downloads
    5. Swedish games industry worth €3.1bn in 2022
    6. Starfield helps boost US games revenue 10% in September | US Monthly Charts
    7. Are your game monetisation techniques going to remain legal?
    8. Console and PC game sales fall in Europe during September | European Monthly Charts
    1. Report: 53% of devs say toxic behavior has worsened in past year
    2. Zen Studios reportedly cuts staff by 32
    3. Peter Molyneux is returning to his roots
    4. Everybody makes mistakes | 10 Years Ago This Month
    5. UK subscription provider EE expands its gaming services
    6. King and EA vets form The Experimentation Group
    7. The UK games industry pays juniors more but seniors less than other tech sectors
    8. Roblox mandates partial return to office by next summer
    1. Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive to split in 2024
    2. SEA-6 PC and mobile games market projected to hit $6bn in 2023
    3. Revealed: The 2023 Best Places To Work Awards US winners
    4. Activision made a secret deal for gun product placement in Call of Duty
    5. Keeping Devolver’s spirit through challenging times
    6. Square Enix's trust in Powerwash Simulator studio paved the way for crossover DLC
    7. Work With Indies donating 100% of revenue to help Palestine
    8. GamesAid raises over £23,000 at EGX 2023
    9. Frontier to lay off unknown number of staff in organisational review
    10. Bandcamp dismisses 50% of its staff amid Epic Games mass layoffs
    11. Lies of P sells 1m units | News-in-brief
    12. Lords of the Fallen debuts at No.4 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Analogue's reimagining of the N64 to launch in 2024
    2. Epic Games incentivizes developers to release older titles on its digital store
    3. So, Microsoft now owns Activision Blizzard. How will this affect the rest of the industry?
    4. Something Wicked Games appoints Will Shen as lead content designer
    5. Pete Hines leaving Bethesda
    6. SIDE acquires Vibe Avenue
    7. Avalanche Studios to open Montreal office
    8. International Olympic Committee announce plans for Olympic Esports Games
    9. Microsoft reiterates labour neutrality agreement following ABK acquisition
    10. Metacore Games snaps up animation studio Piñata
    11. Minecraft has sold over 300m copies worldwide | News-in-brief
    1. Riccitiello's exit a rare bit of accountability | This Week in Business
    2. Activision Blizzard is officially part of Microsoft
    3. Arma 3 footage used to spread misinformation about Israel-Palestine
    4. Unity's crisis is much bigger than John Riccitiello | Opinion
    5. Finally, the Microsoft/Activision Blizzard acquisition saga is over. Now the work begins | Opinion
    6. Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard: The road to approval
    7. Microsoft cleared to acquire Activision Blizzard as UK grants approval
    1. India games market projected to generate $868m in 2023
    2. Navigating the storm: Lessons learned from the mobile market's downturn
    3. Alien: Blackout to go offline this month | News-in-brief
    4. Fragbite to acquire Fall Damage
    5. Paradox to write down Lamplighters League costs, confirms layoffs at Harebrained Schemes
    6. Modified Microsoft/ABK deal will reportedly avoid further EU probe
    1. Space Rock Games secures $900,000 in funding
    2. Implicit Conversions sets up new Canada base
    3. Xsolla acquires Lightstream, Rainmaker, and Api.Stream
    4. Team17 layoffs could hit one-third of company
    5. Making Assassin's Creed Mirage culturally and linguistically relevant
    6. How to be a great leader at a games company – without going bananas
    7. British Esports responds to backlash over Saudi esports partnership
    8. Myth of Empires legal dispute over allegedly stolen Ark: Survival Evolved source code now settled
    9. Modern Times Group acquires majority stake in Snowprint Studios
    10. Tencent, Apple, Nintendo, Ubisoft made most improvement on carbon reduction last year
    11. Video Games Tax Relief has triggered £2.4bn in UK economic growth since 2014
    12. Disney reportedly looking to acquire major publisher like EA
    1. Fast Travel Games secures $4m in new investment round
    2. Redesigned PS5 arrives next month
    3. Virtuos Studios shutters Calypte after a year
    4. CD Projekt Red spent over $60m to develop Phantom Liberty
    5. Taking one for the team you've been kicked out of | Last Week in Business
    6. Metacore expands with new studio in Germany
    7. Report: Children spend €39 on in-game content monthly
    8. Assassin's Creed Mirage fails to dethrone EA Sports FC 24 | UK Boxed Charts
    9. Pikmin 4 holds at No.1 for the third consecutive month | Japan Monthly Charts
    10. Activision Blizzard expects to add games to Game Pass next year
    1. John Riccitiello retires as Unity CEO after nine years
    2. Here's everything the team is doing at EGX 2023
    3. Dredge shores up one million units sold
    4. Ubisoft says it's "on the right path" to recover from "misconduct crisis"
    5. Here's the full Investment Summit London 2023 line-up
    6. EA Sports FC pulls in 11 million users during debut week
    7. Over 6,000 games industry jobs lost in 2023 so far
    8. Over 100 Avalanche Studios staff unionise
    9. CD Projekt staff form union for Polish developers
    1. An allergy to transparency | This Week in Business
    2. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII's combat system | Why I Love
    3. Pixel Gun 3D mobile has generated $200m in bookings | News-in-brief
    4. Sony Pictures Core coming to PlayStation | News-in-brief
    5. Microsoft reportedly aiming to complete Activision Blizzard acquisition next week
    6. Epic Games to increase Unreal prices for non-game developers
    7. Resident Evil Village on iOS makes cases both for and against cloud streaming | Opinion
    8. Telltale Games lays off staff in response to "current market conditions"
    1. Nearly 6,800 current and former Sony employees' information exposed in a security breach
    2. Former Bungie HR manager sues studio for wrongful termination
    3. iRacing acquires NASCAR console license
    4. What the current wave of layoffs means for the games industry
    5. Cyberpunk 2077 moves 25m copies
    6. Jen Glennon is appointed as Kotaku's new editor-in-chief
    7. The GI Academy Zone at EGX: Full schedule detailed
    8. Housemarque is relocating within Helsinki
    9. Nintendo, TikTok, Yogcast and more join GI Investment Summit London
    10. Keywords Studios' unionised Dragon Age QA team laid off
    1. Studio Sai secures $7m in seed funding
    2. Sad Cat Studios raises $5m investment
    3. Krafton unveils Krafton India Gaming Incubator
    4. What Resident Evil Village on iOS tells us about the future of AAA mobile game development
    5. Blizzard to launch Warcraft Rumble in November | News-in-brief
    6. Hutch Games slapped for loot box disclosure violations
    7. Five former Ubisoft executives arrested after sexual harassment investigation
    8. Stray Gods wins Game of the Year at Australian Game Developer Awards 2023
    9. Nintendo shutting down Wii U and 3DS online multiplayer and services in April 2024
    10. Harnessing the power of player feedback
    11. Former BioWare employees sue for better severance after layoffs
    1. Dang shuts down
    2. Twitch makes another round of layoffs
    3. Naughty Dog reportedly lays off dozens of contractors
    4. Epic Games introducing IARC age ratings for Fortnite Creative Mode content
    5. Inworld AI names advisory board
    6. Pistol Shrimp and the importance of owning what you make
    7. Hatoful Boyfriend dev accuses Epic of unpaid royalties
    8. Puny Human shutting down after client refused to send payments
    9. Batman: Arkham Trilogy on Switch delayed until December 1 | News-in-brief
    10. UK regulator appealing to resume investigation into cloud gaming
    1. Australian government announces new set of funding programs
    2. Monster Hunter Now amasses $14m in player spending
    3. Failbetter, Alexis Kennedy settle their disputes
    4. Team17's Michael Pattison leaves amidst company restructure
    5. Grasshopper Manufacture: 25 years and still hopping
    6. The Best Places To Work UK Awards 2023 in pictures
    7. HR Summit: The event in pictures
    8. Games London’s Game Changer programme heads to GI Investment Summit
    9. EA Sports FC 24 is the UK's second biggest retail launch of 2023 | UK Boxed Charts