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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

EA, Activision Blizzard, and Valve found in breach of Belgian gambling laws

Loot boxes in FIFA 18, Overwatch, and CS:GO violate gambling legislation, says Belgian Gaming Commission

By Haydn Taylor

Unpatchable hardware exploit leaves Nintendo facing security nightmare

Hackers get Linux running on Switch but Nvidia Tegra X1 flaw opens the gates to modders and cheats in Nintendo's online games

By Haydn Taylor

Strong first quarter Xbox One sales offset March hardware spending slump

Total consumer spend down 11 per cent in March, but up by 15 per cent for the year

By Haydn Taylor

How Space Ape eschewed convention to make its most profitable game

Simon Hade and Nicolas Boulay discuss growing Fastlane: Road to Revenge from $5,000 ad revenue a day to $45,000 in four months

By Haydn Taylor

Jobs roundup: Hearthstone game director Ben Brode parts ways with Blizzard

Meanwhile, Universal names new senior vice president of games and former Tomb Raider boss joins Xbox leadership team

By Haydn Taylor

Microsoft accused of 'egregious and wilful' patent infringement

Terminal Reality and Infernal Technologies file lawsuit against tech giant for infringing patent with multiple games

By Haydn Taylor

First major PUBG tournament launches this summer with $2m prize pool on the line

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Global Invitational set to take place this year in Berlin, Germany

By Haydn Taylor

Fortnite streamer peaks at 667,000 concurrent viewers, breaking own record

Las Vegas Esports Arena inaugural event becomes record-breaking Twitch stream

By Haydn Taylor

British Games Institute announces 20 new board members

Organisation calls for the games industry to help govern its programmes

By Haydn Taylor

Netherlands pushes for EU-wide loot box legislation

Loot box ruling from Dutch government body could set precedent in Europe against certain iterations of the mechanic

By Haydn Taylor

Dontnod plotting IPO on Euronext Growth

Life is Strange developer registers with AMF as it prepares to go public

By Haydn Taylor

Ubisoft launches second season of start-up incubator program

"Ubisoft is proud of its roots and has not forgotten that its very own adventure began as a start-up," says program sponsor

By Haydn Taylor

Tencent dominates $22 billion games deals market over last 12 months

Chinese tech giant directly involved with 40 per cent of all money invested in games company funding rounds

By Haydn Taylor

Loot boxes in leading games violate Dutch gambling legislation

Developers have eight weeks to change their look box mechanics or face prohibition

By Haydn Taylor

Fortnite breaks $25 million in first month on mobile

Revenue could pass $500 million this year, Sensor Tower suggests

By Haydn Taylor

Smilegate to close Berlin office just over a year after it opened

Crossfire developer shuts down European base as part of new business strategy

By Haydn Taylor

Twitch takes 82% of viewership hours for the top streaming titles in Q1

Esports content generated 11 per cent of all viewership hours across Twitch and YouTube

By Haydn Taylor

Counter-Strike pro player suspended over racist comment

Remarks "went beyond something being a genuine joke" says Faceit Pro League rep

By Haydn Taylor

YouTube tackling creator monetisation issues new pilot scheme

Self certification "will make the monetisation process much smoother with fewer false positive demonetisations," says YouTube CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Spending on games up by 13% among US iPhone users

Games account for largest share of apps installed on average user's device

By Haydn Taylor

Unikrn sets up cryptocurrency esports betting platform with acquisition of ChallengeMe.gg

“This is a big deal for me, for Unikrn and, honestly, for the entire gaming ecosystem,” says Unikrn CEO

By Haydn Taylor

BetaDwarf receives investment of undisclosed amount from London Venture Partners

Funds will be focused into establishing games as a service strategy ahead of Minion Masters launch

By Haydn Taylor

Iron Harvest most successful video game Kickstarter in nearly a year

King Art Games' crowdfunded project the first to break $1 million in 2018

By Haydn Taylor

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