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8th July 2021

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Brendan Sinclair, Managing Editor

Brendan joined GamesIndustry International in 2012. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he was previously senior news editor at CBS-owned GameSpot in the US.

Recent articles by Brendan Sinclair

Facebook acquires Downpour Interactive

Developer of Early Access military shooter Onward joins Oculus Studios, will continue supporting non-Oculus VR platforms

By Brendan Sinclair

Ubisoft hostage hoaxer continued to call in fake reports - Report

La Presse says November call was followed by similar fake reports in December and January; caller wanted to ban a Rainbow Six player

By Brendan Sinclair

Epic acquires ArtStation

Unreal Engine maker picks up artist portfolio, job posting and marketplace site, cuts storefront's standard fees from 30% to 12%

By Brendan Sinclair

MTG loses money in Q1 despite greater revenues

ESL Gaming parent company doesn't expect a significant return to live esports events until 2022

By Brendan Sinclair

66% of gamers more likely to play socially responsible games

Survey finds just 9% have a negative reaction to the idea of games promoting environmental sustainability, championing marginalized communities

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft lowers its share for Microsoft Store PC game sales

Starting August 1, platform holder will take 12% of PC game revenues, down from the current 30%

By Brendan Sinclair

Scavengers is a showcase for Midwinter first, SpatialOS second

As cloud-powered shooter debuts in Early Access, CEO Josh Holmes says studio's focus was "purely on how to make a great game" instead of maximizing potential of cloud computing

By Brendan Sinclair

GDC Survey: 44% of developers have had their game delayed by COVID-19

2021 State of the Industry Survey finds 67% of developers say their own performance has been maintained or improved while working from home

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft game revenues up 50% in Q3

Continued Xbox Series X|S demand pushes hardware sales up 232% as Xbox content and services jump 34%

By Brendan Sinclair

Blind Squirrel on balancing work-for-hire with original ambitions

After 11 years, the studio behind remasters of BioShock and Mass Effect is calling its own shots with Drifters Loot the Galaxy

By Brendan Sinclair

Leaked EA document says FIFA 21 is driving people to loot boxes

Presentation deck says "FUT is the cornerstone and we are doing everything we can to drive players there"; publisher says that's taken out of context

By Brendan Sinclair

Attitudes of Days Gone by | This Week in Business

There's nothing wrong with waiting for a sale or playing a game given away as part of a subscription service

By Brendan Sinclair

CD Projekt refunded around 30,000 Cyberpunk 2077 copies

Developer reports relatively few customers took it up on offer of a refund for game that sold 13.7 million copies in launch month

By Brendan Sinclair

Epic Games Store adds Itch.io app

Fortnite maker will let users shop from indie storefront without taking a cut of revenues; other third-party apps also added

By Brendan Sinclair

Post-IPO, PlaySide looks to call more of its own shots

Australian studio's TJ Munusamy talks about balancing work-for-hire and original IP while moving into the licensing business

By Brendan Sinclair

Call of Duty franchise hits 400m full-game sales

Activision confirms latest milestone reached by the military shooter series, which debuted in 2003

Focus Home Interactive acquires Streum On Studio

Publisher buys the creators of its Space Hulk and Necromunda Warhammer 40,000 games, reports full year revenues up 20%

By Brendan Sinclair

Call of Duty: Warzone hits 100 million players

Activision's free-to-play first-person shooter spin-off reaches milestone 13 months after launch

Discord ends acquisition talks with Microsoft - Report

Wall Street Journal says chat service has fielded offers from at least three suitors, but would prefer to stay independent for now

By Brendan Sinclair

Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

Overwatch game director and 19-year veteran of the studio steps down; Aaron Keller to take over role

By Brendan Sinclair

Microsoft's ID@Azure pitches cloud services to indies

Program offers free access to dev tools and case studies to use Microsoft's cloud tech on all platforms and engines

By Brendan Sinclair

Scott Miller on relaunching Apogee Entertainment as indie publisher

Founder of original Duke Nukem developer talks about the company's latest incarnation and its strategy for cherry-picking diamonds in the rough

By Brendan Sinclair

Sony backtracks on shutting down PS3, Vita digital stores

SIE's Jim Ryan says "It's clear that we made the wrong decision here," confirms the PSP storefront will still close as planned

By Brendan Sinclair

The uncomfortable reality of benefiting from a pandemic | This Week in Business

Monthly NPD sales reports underscore how COVID-19 reversed a declining trend in US game spending

By Brendan Sinclair

US game spending up 18% to $5.6 billion in March, says NPD

Monster Hunter Rise and Outriders debut in second and third as sales tracker reports overall US game spending sees 13th straight month of year-over-year growth

By Brendan Sinclair

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