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Xbox U-turns on Gold subscription price hike after fan backlash

Free-to-play games will also no-longer required Gold subscription

By Christopher Dring

Was the Cyberpunk 2077 launch a perfect storm? | This Week in Business

Given how common the causes behind the game's problems are, it's amazing we don't see more high-profile debacles

By Brendan Sinclair

Tencent acquires majority stake in Klei Entertainment

Don't Starve developer will retain "full autonomy of creative and operations"

By Eric Van Allen

Cyberpunk 2077's launch month sets digital sales record despite refunds

SuperData reports $12 billion in digital spending for December, a new high mark for monthly total revenue

By Eric Van Allen

Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard

Long-time Activision Publishing studio will be "fully dedicated" to Blizzard titles going forward; former studio head Jen Oneal promoted to Blizzard leadership's team

By Brendan Sinclair

Huuuge ambitions: How a $300m IPO will make the Polish mobile studio last forever

CEO and founder Anton Gauffin details his plans to "build and buy" his way to success in the market

By James Batchelor

Apple reportedly planning VR headset for next year

Bloomberg says iPhone maker is planning to launch a niche stand-alone VR device in preparation for a more mainstream AR play

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft raises the price of Xbox Live Gold

One- and three-month Gold memberships will be $1 and $5 more expensive respectively

Codemasters directors to vote in favour of EA bid

If shareholders approve the deal, it will be sanctioned on February 16

By Marie Dealessandri

Using player-avatar relations to make more engaging and successful games

Avatars can be the key to offering more intense and satisfying game experiences, and inspiring loyalty among players

By Hugo Aranzaes

Uncharted movie delayed to 2022

Ongoing impact of pandemic pushes Nathan Drake's cinematic debut back to February

By James Batchelor

Tencent made record number of games M&A deals in 2020

Chinese giant invested in 31 companies, three times more than the year before

By James Batchelor

Dead by Daylight studio apologises following developer comments about colourblind mode

The employee said it was "getting very boring" to be hearing someone "blabbing about colourblind mode all the time"

By Marie Dealessandri

Nacon acquires Big Ant Studios for €35m

French publisher aims to become market leader for rugby, tennis and cricket games with purchase of Australian studio

By James Batchelor

Developers should be wary of the IPO's siren call | Opinion

As CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk woes turn legal, developers with an eye on the stock market should think carefully about doing business under that level of scrutiny

By Rob Fahey

Switch expanding the console market, says Interpret

Consumer insights firm notes large uptick last year in Switch owners who don't have any other consoles

By Brendan Sinclair

PlayVS expands to Canada with GameSeta acquisition

The high school and college esports league will partner with BC School Sports

By Marie Dealessandri

Pokémon Crystal keeps us interested by telling us less | Why I Love

Ocean's Heart developer Max Mraz digs into the enduring mysteries of the classic Pokémon adventure

By Max Mraz

Sagard NewGen acquires minority stake in Asobo Studio

The Flight Simulator developer opened its capital to "support its growth, while preserving its strategic and creative autonomy"

By Marie Dealessandri

FIFA 21 was Europe's best-selling boxed game in 2020

Nintendo rounds out the top three with Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

By James Batchelor

Québec law firm files latest Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit

Lambert Avocat seeking compensation for all Québec consumers who bought Switch controllers since August 2017

By James Batchelor

Rival Peak reaches 22m views

600,000 unique viewers have interacted with the game/reality TV show hybrid

By Marie Dealessandri

Capcom raises forecasts thanks to growing digital sales

Solid performance for Resident Evil 3 and strong orders for Monster Hunter Rise delivering better-than-expected year

By James Batchelor

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