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Haydn Taylor, Staff Writer

Haydn joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2017 having previously worked as a regional journalist, and a political campaigns manager before that. He is also one of the UK's foremost Sonic the Hedgehog apologists.

Recent articles by Haydn Taylor

Rovio's value halves following investor exodus

Angry Birds developer cites spiralling user acquisition cost for profit forecast shortfall

By Haydn Taylor

Rhode Island politician proposes violent game tax

10% sales tax on M-rated games would pay for mental health and counselling resources in schools

By Haydn Taylor

Overwatch: Building an esport from the ground up

At the DICE Summit, Mike Morhaime, Nate Nazer, and Kim Phan discussed the publisher's approach to establishing Overwatch as a top flight esport

By Haydn Taylor

Newzoo lays down ten key factors that will determine the growth of esports

"Crunch time for esports as it enters adolescence," says market intelligence firm

By Haydn Taylor

Global esports revenue projected to reach $905.6m in 2018

Total esports audience to surpass 380 million this year

By Haydn Taylor

Fire Emblem Heroes generates five times more revenue in its first year than Super Mario Run

Nintendo's third mobile game grosses $295 million in year-one, but falls well short of Pokémon Go

By Haydn Taylor

BBG Entertainment acquires First Star Software name and licensing rights

Deal includes rights to multiple First Star titles including Astro Chase and Boulder Dash

By Haydn Taylor

Mobile dev Small Giant Games secures $41m investment ten months after first release

"Small Giant Games ticks all the boxes for the kind of companies the team wants to support," says EQT Ventures

By Haydn Taylor

Banned Twitch streamer files lawsuit against platform for loss of earnings and "reputational harm"

James "Phantoml0rd" Varga argues he was never given adequate explanation for the ban

By Haydn Taylor

InnoGames reports revenue growth of 24% last year, up to €161.5m

Ten years of consecutive growth for German mobile publisher and developer

By Haydn Taylor

Significant downsizing at CI Games despite profitable 2017

Studio announces layoffs along with news that Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 broke one million sales

By Haydn Taylor

Unity assimilates ProBuilder and Polybrush

Tool creators brought on board as part of deal

By Haydn Taylor

ESA opposes potential DMCA rule change aimed at preserving abandoned online games

"Preservation of online video games is now critical,” says Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment

By Haydn Taylor

Gree VR Fund invests $18.3m into 17 augmented and virtual reality startups

San Francisco-based venture capital fund re-brands to reflect commitment beyond just virtual reality

By Haydn Taylor

Report: 69% of consumers find cosmetic microtransactions acceptable

Only 6% of consumers never spend money on microtransactions

By Haydn Taylor

Mafia III developer Hangar 13 hit by redundancies

Cutbacks "to ensure that the studio's resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans," says publisher 2K games

By Haydn Taylor

Virtual reality plant breeding game Seed wins $150,000 Developing Beyond prize fund

Developer All Seeing Eye secures unanimous support from judging panel at inaugural contest final

By Haydn Taylor

Hawaii proposes landmark legislation against loot boxes

UPDATE: State representative who previously declared legislation a "slippery slope" affirms support for efforts toward regulating loot boxes; expects more states to follow Hawaii's lead

By Haydn Taylor

Kakao Games secures $131m from five investors

Tencent and Bluehole among the five companies to invest in South Korean developer

By Haydn Taylor

27% of Brits have purchased 18-rated games while still underage

While still underage, 65% of millennials have played an 18-rated video game and 35% bought one

By Haydn Taylor

Starbreeze Studios report pre-tax loss of $22.2m for 2017

New share issue worth $29.9 million to keep company afloat until release of delayed Walking Dead title

By Haydn Taylor

Bandai Namco opens two virtual reality arcades in south England

Plans to further expand the operation across the UK throughout 2018

By Haydn Taylor

Chatterbox secures €325,000 to develop games for instant messenging platforms

"We are at the sweet spot of casual gaming and messaging - both mega trends of this decade", says Chatterbox CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Channel 4 announces retro games mini-series starring Rob Beckett

Four-part series will see stand-up comic and other celebrity guest exploring the history of video games

By Haydn Taylor

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