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Blizzard vet and Undead Labs founder urges employees, industry to unionize  
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
Former Blizzard employee, ArenaNet co-founder, and Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain has written an open letter to his employees and the game industry at large, urging them to unionize.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More stories from Activision Blizzard emerge in days after walkout  
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
A number of current and former Activision Blizzard employees have been sharing their stories publicly since Wednesday's walkout and protest.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft staff claim publisher has 'sidelined' their demands and 'continues to protect known offenders'  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
"Ubisoft continues to protect and promote known offenders and their allies. We see management continuing to avoid this issue."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is pulling Forza Motorsport 7 from sale after less than four years 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Forza Motorsport 7 has reached 'end of life' status and will be pulled from sale on the Microsoft Store on September 15, 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

VR company nDreams opens fully-remote development studio to diversify portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
VR game company nDreams has opened a second development studio called nDreams Studio Orbital. 
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Panic managed to sell 20,000 Playdates in under 20 minutes 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Panic sold 20,000 of its quirky crank-laden Playdate consoles in under 20 minutes after opening pre-orders yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook blocks Road 96 ad for being 'political messaging' 2
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Road 96 developer Yoan Fanise has told Axios that Facebook rejected an advertisement for his team's upcoming game, on the grounds it contained "political messaging."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve's response to Wolfire lawsuit: Deal with it 5
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Updated: Valve has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Wolfire that alleged the company had created a monopoly with Steam, and was not earning its 30 percent cut on game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PS5 software beta will finally let some console owners expand their SSD storage  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Sony is finally getting ready to let PlayStation 5 owners upgrade their SSD storage, although it seems the SSD requirements themselves will be rather specific.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.21]
Who are the 'creators who aren’t full-time game devs' making popular games and mods for game creation platforms? We explore game discovery by talking to them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Former SEGA president Kenji Matsubara is the new CEO of SNK  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
SNK Corporation has named former Sega and Zynga Japan president Kenji Matsubara as its new CEO.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic to rescind Pokemon Go bans after players are wrongly accused of cheating  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Niantic is working to remedy an issue that has caused a number of Pokemon Go players to be hit with false bans.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft staff back Activision Blizzard protests, decry 'ingrained culture of abusive behavior'  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
"By choosing profit over our security, you are literally toying with our lives. We should not have to choose between work and our safety."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil Village and digital sales help Capcom deliver record Q1 net sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
First quarter net sales reached record levels at Capcom thanks to new releases like Resident Evil Village and bumper digital sales.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Solidarity and tension on display during employee walkout at Blizzard HQ 3
by Bryant Francis [07.28.21]
At the employee walkout at Blizzard's Headquarters in Irvine, CA we saw equal amounts of solidarity and exhaustion among participating employees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: GDC 2021 Wrapup - The Best Slides of the Event  
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.21]
For every GDC, Chris Zukowski recaps the conference not by the best talks but by the best slides so that you can get back to making your games and not watching talks. Here's the latest roundup.
Design, Business/Marketing

Sony, Infinity Ward alumni launch new studio That's No Moon with Smilegate backing  
by Bryant Francis [07.28.21]
A number of Southern California game developers have launched a new triple-A studio called That's No Moon with a $100 million investment from Korean publisher Smilegate.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft devs promise renewed focus on inclusivity 3
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
A surprise statement from the World of Warcraft team promises both to work for inclusivity in the workplace and promises changes inside the MMORPG starting today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Microsoft blames declining Xbox game and service revenue on third-party games  
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
Microsoft's Q4 results are light on game numbers, but the company says that its video game-related revenue rose, while Xbox content and services revenue dropped from 2020.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard employees to walk out in support of lawsuit 1
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
Updated: A number of Activision Blizzard employees will stop work on Wednesday and protest in front of Blizzard's campus after a lawsuit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing