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Ubisoft debuts its open-world Avatar game, other titles, at Ubisoft Forward  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.21]
Ubisoft showd off its open-world game based on James Cameron's Avatar as well as a number of other new titles at its 2021 Ubisoft Forward press conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Netflix announces Blood Dragon, Splinter Cell animated shows  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
Two Ubisoft properties are being adapted into Netflix animated series: Far Cry: Blood Dragon and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has clocked 20 million players  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
Respawn Entertainment says over 20 million players have played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order across different platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Delisting Cyberpunk was 'in the interest of the PlayStation community'  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan defended the company’s move to delist Cyberpunk 2077 in an interview with Axios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hypercasual publisher Voodoo acquires marketing company Bidshake  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Hypercasual mobile game publisher Voodoo has acquired cross-channel marketing automation platform Bidshake for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Turkish mobile dev Hungri Games nets $1.1 million to open UK studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Turkish mobile developer Hungri Games has raised $1.1 million to expand its game catalog and open a new UK studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Bethesda to scrap Fallout 76 battle royale mode 'Nuclear Winter' as players lose interest  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Bethesda will scrap Fallout 76's battle royale mode 'Nuclear Winter' later this year due to dwindling player interest.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Scavengers reinstates co-founders after investigation into harassment, toxicity  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Scavengers Studio has reinstated CEO Amelie Lamarche and former creative director Simon Darveau following the outcome of an investigation into allegations of harassment and toxicity at the studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Little Orpheus, Genshin Impact and more celebrated at 2021 Apple Design Awards  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
A number of video games have been celebrated at the 2021 Apple Design Awards, which honor excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement in app and game design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Microsoft's future vision sees premium gaming on every screen  
by Gamasutra Community [06.10.21]
Omdia analysts George Jijiashvili and Matthew Bailey summarize Microsoft's latest news about Game Pass and cloud gaming, while highlighting their key takeaways.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ex-Treyarch devs debut new Sony-partnered studio Deviation Games  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
Treyarch veterans Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell have announced the creation of Deviation Games, a new studio making a new game with Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Koch Media debuts new publishing arm: Prime Matter  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
The Matryoshka doll of game publishers under Embracer Group adds a new member: Prime Matter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt says employee data may have leaked in February breach  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
CD Projekt has shared more details about the cyber attack on the studio that took place back in February.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hackers nab source code for Frostbite, FIFA, and other EA tech 2
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
EA has confirmed that hackers have managed to obtain source code for FIFA and the Frostbite Engine after a recent data breach.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft CEO says the company is 'all-in on gaming' and wants to democratize play  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has explained the company as a whole is "all-in on gaming" during an interview with Xbox chief Phil Spencer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Early access colony sim Going Medieval sells 175,000 copies in one week  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Early access colony simulator Going Medieval has sold over 175,000 copies over in one week.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop sales increased by 25.1 percent during the first quarter of 2021  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Net sales increased by 25.1 percent at GameStop during the first fiscal quarter to $1.28 billion from $1.02 billion, according to the company's Q1 financial report. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop lines up Amazon veterans for CEO and CFO roles  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
U.S. game retailer GameStop has named Amazon veterans Matt Furlong and Mike Recupero as its new CEO and CFO, respectively.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Roblox hit with $200 million lawsuit for allegedly using music without permission 1
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
The National Music Publishers' Association is suing Roblox for allegedly using songs from a number of artists without permission.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Investment group: Excessive bonuses render Activision Blizzard CEO's paycut moot  
by Alissa McAloon [06.09.21]
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick took a 50 percent salary reduction for 2021 and 2022, down to $875,000, but the investment group CtW says other provisions in his contract more than make up for the cut.
Business/Marketing