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Haydn Taylor, Senior Staff Writer

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

Recent articles by Haydn Taylor

Standing on the shoulders of Riot Grrrl: Story Juice and punk feminism in games

“When you can't see your stories and perspectives in an industry, then you have to put them there,” says studio founder Dr Hannah Wood

By Haydn Taylor

A lawyer's perspective on the industry's abuse problem

Toxic family notions, favoritism and lack of regulation all lead to abuse, says legal expert Siobhán Crawford

By Haydn Taylor

Tranzfuser in the time of Coronavirus

The pandemic throws up barriers and opportunities for the 27 graduate teams chasing UK Games Fund finance

By Haydn Taylor

PUBG Corporation invests $10m in venture capital firm

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds developer "looking to foster the next generation of video game developers around the world"

By Haydn Taylor

Game companies have claimed £444m in UK tax relief since 2014

1,375 games have claimed VGTR over the last six years, with UK expenditure reaching £3.7 billion

By Haydn Taylor

Paradox posts record Q2 revenue and profits

"We leave an operational as well as financially successful quarter behind us," says CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Tencent profits soar amid COVID-19 pandemic

Second quarter results testify to the "diligence of our teams and resilience of our business model" says Tencent CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Tim Sweeney: Apple has "gone crazy" over rev share approach

"Apple has no right to take any percent of any company's revenue just because they made the phone people use to access the stuff," says Epic Games founder

By Haydn Taylor

Loot boxes should be a consumer protection matter not a gambling one, says EU report

EU lacks authority to regulate gambling across member states but could tackle "problematic design features" from a different perspective

By Haydn Taylor

Google blocks anti-fascist game for containing references to Nazis

"Stores and platforms have to deal with hateful content, if reviewers took a closer look at Attentat 1942 for just a moment, they would find out we are not that," says developer

By Haydn Taylor

GDC Survey: One third of game businesses suffering decline amid COVID-19 pandemic

Decline is offset by similar numbers seeing business improve, but 25% of developers have been hit financially

By Haydn Taylor

Moderating the "marketplace of ideas" with user-made gaming platform Core

Manticore Games co-founder Frédéric Descamps discusses challenges and potential with new platform that promises to be YouTube of gaming

By Haydn Taylor

Huuuge Games acquires Dutch advertising startup

Mobile developer now has 11 international offices and over 600 staff

By Haydn Taylor

Researchers criticise whiteboard technical tests

Software engineer hiring practice discriminates against women, suggests study

By Haydn Taylor

Traplight closes €8m investment round

Finnish mobile dev to focus on live-service development of latest title, Battle Legion

By Haydn Taylor

EA developing an addiction to executive overpay, says investment group

CtW Investment Group launches shareholder campaign against publisher, highlights "complete fallacy" of above-ordinary compensation as a motivator

By Haydn Taylor

Former Bungie boss says deal with Activision "not a marriage made in heaven at all"

"We knew it was a risk right from the get go, and it turned out to be exactly as bad as we thought it to be," says Marty O'Donnell

By Haydn Taylor

Since launching four years ago today, Pokémon Go has grossed $3.6bn

Despite global lockdown, Niantic's location-based mobile game is on track for another record year

By Haydn Taylor

Naughty Dog condemns abusive fan response to The Last of Us 2

Creative director Neil Druckman and voice actor Laura Bailey receive death threats and abuse over game's narrative decisions

By Haydn Taylor

Overcoming the "ugly necessity" of scaling back inactive teams

Matchmaking platform SupplyDrop aims to connect studios that have too many developers with those that have too few

By Haydn Taylor

Confederate flag and other "notorious iconography" banned in Forza

Anti-police brutality phrases such as a ACAB and FTP also banned

By Haydn Taylor

Global games market value to reach $159bn in 2020

Revenue and audience growth booms in Africa, Middle East, and Latin America

By Haydn Taylor

Ubisoft and Insomniac face allegations over mistreatment of women

Update: "We must do better," says Ubisoft, hires external consultants to clean house

By Haydn Taylor

Twitch will issue permanent suspensions to abusers on its platform

Investigation is ongoing as Twitch takes additional steps to combat abuse and hate within its communities

By Haydn Taylor

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