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Studio MayDay rebrands as Riffraff Games after Tencent investment

Chinese megacorp secures minority ownership of New Zealand-based studio

By James Batchelor

Frvr raises $76m to expand casual games platform

Investment will go towards securing "high quality" titles for its portfolio

By Marie Dealessandri

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Kowloon Nights passes $150m revenue

Development fund reaches milestone across 14 titles in just five years

Games industry rallies behind Ukraine in face of Russian invasion

Update: EA removes teams from Russia and Belarus from its esports programs

By GamesIndustry Staff

Mods specialist Overwolf acquires server monetisation firm Tebex for $29m

Companies share common goal of "ensuring [in-game] creators get paid for their hard work"

By Marie Dealessandri

Tencent becomes majority investor in Rime developer Tequila Works

Fresh funding will be used to develop more original IP after work finishes on League of Legends spin-off

By James Batchelor

Microsoft, EA, among companies urging Texas to drop anti-trans directive

Governor's order to investigate parents helping trans kids receive gender-affirming healthcare as child abusers "goes against the values of our companies"

By Brendan Sinclair

Russia has reportedly legalised piracy in the face of economic sanctions

Change in laws potentially undermines the wave of major games firms that have cut off the market

By James Batchelor

The industry's response to the invasion of Ukraine | Podcast

Latest episode available to download now, also discusses Epic's acquisition of Bandcamp

By GamesIndustry Staff

Can Dreams teach you how to become a game developer?

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy explores how Media Molecule's creation platform breaks down the fundamentals of game design and can help you get a career in games

By Marie Dealessandri

Third round of Makers Fund raises $500 million to invest in games startups

Organisation readies largest fund yet, has previously invested in more than 90 companies

By James Batchelor

Report: Eight women join gender discrimination lawsuit against PlayStation

A plaintiff told Axios that "I believe Sony is not equipped to appropriately handle toxic environments"

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Games firms opposing Russia are cutting off a $3.4bn market

Analysts help us contextualise the impact of sales bans by Microsoft, EA, Take-Two and more

By James Batchelor

Nintendo delays Advance Wars remake indefinitely amid Ukraine invasion

Switch strategy game had already been pushed back to Advance Wars, on hold until further notice

By James Batchelor

Trio of Activision Blizzard shareholders reportedly under investigation

Three businessmen with links to Bobby Kotick bought $108 million worth of shares four days before Microsoft acquisition

By Marie Dealessandri

Sanctions prevent Twitch from paying Russian streamers

Streaming site is asking content creators to provide alternative payment details, will pay missed income when restrictions lift

By James Batchelor

Take-Two halts sales, marketing and more in Russia and Belarus

Company behind Grand Theft Auto 5, the third most played game in Russia, expresses support for Ukraine

By James Batchelor

Class action lawsuit over NBA 2K loot boxes accuses Take-Two of “unfair, deceptive and unlawful practices”

Plaintiff claims monetisation model “psychologically distances” players from the real impact of their purchase

By James Batchelor

Epic Games ceases commerce with Russia but keeps communication open

Fortnite firm is the latest in a growing line of publishers to take a stance against invasion of Ukraine

By James Batchelor

Russian Nintendo eshop put in maintenance mode amid wave of firms cutting all sales

Nintendo attributes halting of digital game sales to issue with payment processing

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard is the latest company to cut off Russian market

Call of Duty and Candy Crush firm is also doubling employee donations to relief efforts, has raised over $300,000 so far

By James Batchelor

Activision Blizzard sued by family of employee who committed suicide

Complaint says sexual harassment played a role, accuses publisher of not fully cooperating with police investigation

By Brendan Sinclair

Activision Blizzard failed to meet requirement for women board members

Publisher had more than three years to meet three-woman minimum on board of directors, blames noncompliance on Microsoft acquisition talks

By Brendan Sinclair

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