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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 1
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 3
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, 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

Ubisoft will transition to a hybrid work system after the pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
Recently appointed chief people officer Anika Grant said the majority of Ubisoft staff will be given the opportunity to balance home and office work via a hybrid system.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

62 percent of UK adults played online games during the pandemic, says UK regulator 1
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
The number of people playing online games in the UK rose during the pandemic, according to a report from UK communications regulator Ofcom. 
Business/Marketing

The Itch bundle for Palestinian Aid has passed its $500K fundraising goal 1
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
The Itch-hosted Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $500,000.
Business/Marketing

Coffee Talk creator Toge Productions is offering funding to devs in Southeast Asia  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
Coffee Talk developer Toge Productions has launched the Toge Game Fund Initiative to help developers from Southeast Asia secure funding for their game projects.
Production, Business/Marketing

Here's how closed captioning will work at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.08.21]
Find out how closed captioning will work at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Phoenix Games nabs stake in Midoki along with rights to mobile RPG Knighthood  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.21]
Mobile game collective Phoenix Games has acquired a minority stake in UK mobile studio Midoki. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing