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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

Magic Leap's lawsuit against competitor Nreal thrown out of court

"From the beginning we've firmly stated that Magic Leap's claims against Nreal are meritless," says Nreal founder

By Haydn Taylor

Class action lawsuit brought against Apple over loot boxes

Loot boxes are indisputably gambling under California law, argues 100-member lawsuit

By Haydn Taylor

Valve looks to stem tide of racist bots in Team Fortress 2

After months of inaction, Valve quietly works to "mitigate the use of new and free accounts for abusive purposes"

By Haydn Taylor

New mobile publisher ChargeUp Games looks to shake up the "broken model"

Mobile Games Partners and Digital Development Management partner to establish "new breed" of mobile publisher

By Haydn Taylor

New Zealand games industry shrunk 9% in 2019

Rebound expected as next gen console releases loom and subscription service revenue climbs

By Haydn Taylor

The chicanery of Penguin Cretins

Valve maintains its signature silence as wayward developers code-swap games on Steam, leaving users frustrated and confused

By Haydn Taylor

Ziggurat Interactive acquires BloodRayne and other Majesco licenses

Retro publisher working with BloodRayne dev to revive franchise

By Haydn Taylor

Riot Games exec Ron Johnson resigns following inflammatory George Floyd Facebook post

Johnson exercised "really poor judgement" says Riot CEO Nicolo Laurent

By Haydn Taylor

Luckbox closes $3.8m investment round

Esports betting platform prepares to go public after turnover increases 13 times since March

By Haydn Taylor

Eight startups join season five of Ubisoft Entrepreneurs Lab

Blockchain remains key focus of gaming giant's efforts to "transform the entertainment industry"

Activision Blizzard shareholders upset over CEO Bobby Kotick's compensation

Publisher defends Kotick's pay despite his “apparent failure” to meet performance targets

By Haydn Taylor

Nintendo of America's third-party relations manager steps down

Kirk Scott leaves Nintendo after five years to work with underrepresented indie developers

By Haydn Taylor

Playrix acquires Croatian PC developer Cateia Games

Cateia shifts to mobile development, rebranded Playrix Croatia

By Haydn Taylor

LootLocker raises $250,000 seed fund

Gaming technology startup attracts investment from across Swedish game scene

By Haydn Taylor

Zynga to acquire Toon Blast developer for $1.8bn

Acquisition of Peak Games expected to increase Zynga's global audience by 60%

By Haydn Taylor

Games industry speaks out in support of black communities amid violence in US

Microsoft, Sony, and Riot Games among those advocating for the unheard as riots and police brutality rock US cities

By Haydn Taylor

NetEase to open secondary listing on Hong Kong stock exchange

Update: New listing approved, Chinese publisher reportedly hopes to raise $3 billion

By Haydn Taylor

CS:GO tournament victors banned for cheating

Eagle-eyed viewers catch cheaters after technical issue left flaw in tournament's anti-cheat measures

By Haydn Taylor

Denuvo security software removed from Doom Eternal and Metro Exodus

Despite speculation, removal of Anti-Cheat and Anti-Tamper was not in response to performance issues

By Haydn Taylor

Dontnod Entertainment opens new Canadian studio

Life is Strange developer alludes to new projects at its first international studio

By Haydn Taylor

Mobile gaming sees record weekly downloads amid COVID-19 lockdown

Average weekly installs reached 1.2 billion as downloads increase by 35% from January to March 4

By Haydn Taylor

HTC co-founder reveals new VR headset and social platform

Priced at $599, Mova headset offers hand-tracking and 5G while social platform Manova makes big promises

By Haydn Taylor

Nvidia launches opt-in process for GeForce Now

Hardware manufacturer responds after multiple game companies pulled their catalogues from its streaming service

By Haydn Taylor

African mobile startup Carry1st raises $2.5m

Latest funding round brings total investment to $4 million in startup's bid to develop African games industry

By Haydn Taylor

Slovakian games industry has nearly doubled in size since 2016

Fledgling sector expected to turnover €55 million in 2020

By Haydn Taylor

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