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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

Epic apologises following release of re-skinned cosmetic item

Players refunded after complaints that new battle pet is nearly indistinguishable from previously released one

By Haydn Taylor

Bloodborne composer co-founds new audio production company

The Audio Hive roster includes veterans from The Witcher 3, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption II

By Haydn Taylor

Pre-tax earnings more than double at Stillfront Group in Q2

Group posts $49.9 million revenue and $15.9 million earnings

By Haydn Taylor

Ustwo: Giving creativity the attention it deserves

Ustwo Games' CCO and CEO discuss how to not lose creative people to business meetings

By Haydn Taylor

Industry veterans launch payment platform for esport tournament winnings

"We want to help publishers and organisers to be more efficient by removing their hands-on time expediting the payments," says Prize Payments CEO

By Haydn Taylor

Xbox considers multi-platform options for some first-party studios

First-party studio boss Matt Booty says decision will be case-by-case

By Haydn Taylor

Industry veterans launch hyper casual development outfit JaffaJam

New Zealand-based studio looks to "perfect the way free-to-play games are made and monetised"

By Haydn Taylor

Dr. Mario World continues to lag after first month

Mobile puzzler falls well-below bar set by previous Nintendo titles

By Haydn Taylor

Sharkmob on balancing social responsibility against revenue

"It's not only about taking social responsibility, it's also about the team being proud of what they make," says CEO Fredrik Rundqvist

By Haydn Taylor

NetEase revenue and profit up in Q2 following strong international performance

"We will continue exploring overseas market opportunities and growing our games business on a global scale," says CEO

By Haydn Taylor

VR streaming platform Vreal shuts down and lays off staff

"We were definitely ahead of our time," says virtual reality startup

By Haydn Taylor

NetEase reveals plans for $700m esports stadium in Shanghai

Stadium to feature game development, team building, and training facilities

By Haydn Taylor

Niche developer offers game to schools for free

Stray Fawn Studio encourages teachers to get in touch for free classroom codes

By Haydn Taylor

The flawed Kinder Egg defence

The University of Adelaide's Dr Daniel King on what his "Unfair Play" academic study reveals about the industry's monetisation practices

By Haydn Taylor

Over half of Chinese consumers prefer free-to-play or ad-monetised games over premium

Research from Mintegral and Newzoo breaks down mobile gaming habits in China

By Haydn Taylor

Automaton Games enters administration

Update: Improbable offers to match former employees with open positions at SpatialOS developer

By Haydn Taylor

Capcom profits up 50.8% thanks to "highly profitable" digital downloads

Japanese publisher increases focus on esports as it restructures unprofitable arcade business

By Haydn Taylor

Modern Pick Entertainment to acquire "substantial" stake in Slightly Mad Studios

European publisher says dev "fits perfectly" with non-violent esports mission

By Haydn Taylor

SpecialEffect announces One Special Day 2019

Over 50 game companies join global fundraising effort for players with disabilities

By Haydn Taylor

Sega Sammy operating income up 246.6% this quarter

Entertainment segment drives huge year-on-year profit increase

By Haydn Taylor

Nintendo quarterly profits down 10% despite rising Switch sales

Annual profits up around 40% as Switch falls just shy of two year sale-projection with 36.9 million units sold

By Haydn Taylor

Rockstar hasn't paid UK corporation tax in ten years, claims investigative think tank

Grand Theft Auto V developer also issued claims worth over 42 million in Video Game Tax Relief

By Haydn Taylor

Bulkhead Interactive announces $650,000 investment into esports

Battalion 1944 dev expands esports offering and suggests more future investment

By Haydn Taylor

British Gambling Commission: Industry should be "proactively dealing" with skin betting

Loot boxes still aren't gambling, says BGC, but concerns raised over similarities and companies that fail to police secondary markets

By Haydn Taylor

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