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December 2023 Archive

    1. Insomniac Games victim of ransomware hack
    2. Versus Evil shuts down
    3. Epic Games Store to host blockchain games rated Adults Only
    4. China to ban some monetization and engagement tactics in games
    5. Jill Braff named head of studio for Bethesda and ZeniMax
    6. Tearing up the pea patch | This Year in Business
    7. GTA 6 hacker receives indefinite hospital order
    8. Firewall studio First Contact shuts down
    1. Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows Mixed Reality
    2. Consumer spending on VR content dipped by 10% in 2023
    3. PlayStation will not delete Discovery TV shows after all
    4. EA Sports FC 24 is Christmas No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    5. Newzoo maintains 2023 market value prediction at $184bn
    6. How TV network AMC is seeking to support overlooked indies
    1. Bobby Kotick stepping down as CEO of Activision Blizzard next week
    2. A poor job of Riot control | 10 Years Ago This Month
    3. California state's Activision Blizzard lawsuit ends with $55m settlement
    4. PS5 sales hit 50 million worldwide
    5. presents... The Year In Numbers 2023
    6. Google to pay $700 million in antitrust settlement against US state attorneys
    7. Jingle Jam has raised £25m since starting in 2011 | News-in-brief
    1. Twitch sees a 3% decrease in viewership for November
    2. Big publishers forced to innovate through M&A, says Daglow
    3. is in the doghouse again | Creature Comforts
    4. Activision Blizzard to end hybrid work for QA employees
    5. New Zealand games industry grew 7% to $270.9 million in 2023
    6. Unfolding the heart of games with Paper Trail
    7. Sea of Stars reaches 4m players | News-in-brief
    1. Tencent closes shop on Team Kaiju
    2. 3D Realms and Slipgate Ironworks reportedly see layoffs
    3. Australian games sector amasses AU$345.5m in revenue
    4. Why does EA's internal engine Frostbite have a public-facing brand?
    5. James McCaffrey, the voice of Max Payne has died
    6. Games of the Year 2023 | Podcast
    7. CMA to restart cloud gaming probe in January
    8. What is the games industry looking forward to in 2024?
    9. Godus, Godus Wars removed from Steam
    10. Embracer extends credit and loan agreements amid ongoing restructure
    11. Materia Music acquires video game record label Boss Battle Records
    12. Keywords acquires The Multiplayer Group from Improbable for £76.5m
    1. Ubisoft pulls over The Crew
    2. Human Fall Flat ships 50m units | News-in-brief
    3. Downsizing of Ukrainian games market continued in 2023 after Russia invasion
    4. China games market revenue sees 13% bump
    5. End of an E3ra | This Week in Business
    6. 2023's great games were a backdrop for industry failure | Opinion
    7. Xbox Games Pass comes to Meta Quest
    8. The Game Awards reached 118m views | News-in-brief
    9. Alan Wake 2 | Games of the Year 2023
    10. Naughty Dog cancels The Last Of Us Online
    1. Stephen Totilo launches Game File
    2. Barnyard Games secures $3.4m in seed funding round
    3. Kojima Productions and A24 to adapt live-action Death Stranding movie
    4. E3 is dead. Now what?
    5. MyGamez closes €1.5m in new funding round
    6. Niko Partners: Asia and MENA spending $78.5bn on in-game purchases in 2023
    7. Thunderful shakes up leadership team
    8. Game sales dip but PS5 drives console market up 60% | European Monthly Charts
    9. Baldur's Gate 3 | Games of the Year 2023
    10. Netflix has 90 games in development | News-in-brief
    1. Hasbro says it will cut nearly 1,100 positions
    2. ESA CEO says ending E3 was based on shifting industry needs
    3. November game spending slides 7% | US Monthly Charts
    4. Bomb Rush Cyberfunk | Games of the Year 2023
    5. 2023 in review | Podcast
    6. Epic's win over Google "spells trouble for app stores"
    7. Midwest Games appoints Alyssa Walles as COO
    8. Free Radical Design closes its doors
    1. Apple names Honkai: Star Rail as iPhone's Game of the Year
    2. Microsoft may enter new markets with ad-supported game streaming
    3. E3 officially abandoned by the ESA
    4. Allstar raises $12 million in Seed A funding round
    5. Pokémon-themed amusement park to open in Tokyo
    6. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom | Games of the Year 2023
    7. Grand Theft Auto 6 breaks YouTube records
    8. Building House Flipper 2 from the ground up
    9. Epic Games wins antitrust trial against Google | Epic vs Google
    1. Nintendo continues run as top publisher | Japan Monthly Charts
    2. ZeniMax strikes tentative deal with union on AI
    3. Fntastic closes days after The Day Before launches on Early Access
    4. Call of Duty couldn't stop video game sales dipping in November | UK Monthly Charts
    5. From GTA to TGA | Microcast
    6. Ustwo's ongoing efforts to support staff's mental health
    7. Pikmin 4 | Games of the Year 2023
    8. Hogwarts Legacy leads Google's most searched games of 2023 | News-in-brief
    9. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora debuts at No.5 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. This year's Game Awards sees an increase of title announcements
    2. Huge console sales deliver record Black Friday for UK games retail
    3. Microsoft to convert contractor group to unionized full-timers
    4. Game studio Triple Topping is now bankrupt
    5. Where to get illegally pirated games | This Week in Business
    6. Hideo Kojima's OD, Marvel's Blade and new Monster Hunter led The Game Awards 2023 reveals
    7. Lego Fortnite is first step towards Epic and Lego's kid-friendly metaverse
    8. Baldur's Gate 3 shadow drops on Xbox following parity issues
    9. Video games in 2024: Eager anticipation, or just treading water?
    10. Baldur's Gate 3 sweeps The Game Awards 2023
    1. CWA issues union guidelines for AI in the workplace
    2. THQ Nordic delays Alone In The Dark reboot | News-in-brief
    3. Rovio closes Studio Lumi
    4. The industry will rally soon, says RallyHere head
    5. Nintendo Live 2024 Tokyo cancelled due to threats against staff
    6. Sony will reportedly take over Bungie if it doesn't meet financial targets
    7. Playdigious and DotEmu co-founder launches mobile distributor StoreRider
    8. FTC appeals to block already-completed Microsoft-Activision deal
    9. The UK's best-selling Grand Theft Auto games | UK Time Tunnel
    1. GameStop posts lower sales, reduced losses
    2. Steve Escalante to exit from Versus Evil
    3. With GTA 6 not due until 2025, what will drive games in 2024?
    4. Report: US predicted to account for 40% of growth in mobile gaming revenue in 2024
    5. GTA 6 reveal gains viewers faster than any game trailer in history
    6. Bandai Namco to open three more stores in UK
    7. Twitch to cease operations in South Korea next year
    1. League of Geeks: "We'll fight till the last breath"
    2. Loot box State of Play 2023: A global update on regulation
    3. GTA 6 trailer leak spoiled the biggest video game moment in a decade | Opinion
    4. Black Friday aftermath sees sales dip at retail | UK Boxed Charts
    5. Discover how companies can protect children in online games this week
    6. TinyBuild lowers revenue forecasts, settles legal dispute with Versus Evil
    7. EA lays off Codemasters staff
    8. Insurgency developer New World Interactive affected by layoffs
    9. Grand Theft Auto 6 launching in 2025
    10. The African games industry in numbers
    1. Hearst Newspapers acquires Puzzmo
    2. Game Pass would fare better on PC and mobile than PlayStation and Nintendo | Microcast
    3. Can I Play That maker and volunteer team launch Game Content Triggers Database
    4. Three considerations for improving diverse game narratives and characters
    5. Sony removing purchased Discovery TV shows from PlayStation Store
    6. Experis Game Solutions staff vote to unionise
    7. Epic explains why it hasn't sued Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft over 30% fee | Epic vs Google
    8. Game Pass not coming to PlayStation or Switch, says Phil Spencer
    1. Bandai Namco denies using AI in the latest Naruto title
    2. Phoenix Labs lays off 34 staff
    3. EA open sources photosensitivity analysis technology
    4. Honkai: Star Rail named Google Play's best game of 2023
    5. Speakerhats off to Atari | This Week in Business
    6. Activision Blizzard planned to open "Steam of mobile" store | Epic vs Google
    7. "The African audience has become global"
    8. CD Projekt resolves dispute with investors over Cyberpunk 2077 launch issues
    9. You shall not (Game) Pass | Opinion
    10. Xbox working with unknown partners on mobile store, says Phil Spencer
    11. Krafton and NetEase settle PUBG, Knives Out dispute
    12. Games for Change unveils new program to support underrepresented creators in mobile games