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Activision Blizzard faces class action for 'misleading' investors in lead up to DFEH lawsuit  
by Alissa McAloon [08.03.21]
The class action argues that Activision Blizzard filed multiple quarterly reports that failed to mention the significance of ongoing government investigations that were later made known via the State of California's lawsuit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard walkout organizers publicly reject Kotick's response  
by Bryant Francis [08.03.21]
Activision Blizzard employees have shared an open letter publicly rebuking CEO Bobby Kotick's response to employee concerns, and criticizing the decision to hire WilmerHale to audit the game company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Multiplayer tech developer Exit Games nets $50 million from esports platform Skillz  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
Mobile exports platform Skillz has sunk $50 million into synchronous multiplayer gaming technology developer, Exit Games, as part of a new strategic partnership.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Blizzard president and HR exec depart after staff protests, harassment lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
Update: Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack is leaving the company to "pursue new opportunities." His departure was closely followed by that of Sr. People Officer Jesse Meschuk.
Business/Marketing

Second Life developer Linden Lab will ban gacha mechanics later this month  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
Second Life developer Linden Lab will no longer allow content creators to utilize 'gacha' mechanics to sell items.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent to impose new restrictions after online gaming branded 'spiritual opium' in China  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
Tencent will further restrict how young children engage with its games after Chinese state media described online gaming as 'spiritual opium.'
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Netmarble acquires SpinX Games for $2.19 billion to expand into social casino genre  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
South Korean publisher Netmarble has fully-acquired mobile casino game developer SpinX Games for $2.19 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

In-game spending on Take-Two games jumped 15 percent during Q1 2022  
by Bryant Francis [08.02.21]
During its Q1 earnings presentation today, Take-Two announced a slight increase on GAAP net revenue boosted by a 15 percent jump on in-game spending over last year in the company’s 2022 first quarter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to estimate Steam video game sales in 2021  
by Gamasutra Community [08.02.21]
This article lays out a way of estimating how many units any Steam game has sold. It's updating the well-known Boxleiter method using the largest dataset to date.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Niantic names director of developer relations ahead of Lightship ARDK launch  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic has appointed Oculus veteran Dan Morris as its new director of developer relations.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Plarium acquires Finnish mobile studio Futureplay to diversify game portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
Mobile and PC game company Plarium has agreed to acquire Finnish mobile studio Futureplay for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft and Bungie file lawsuit against cheat software developer Ring-1  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
"Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and on that basis allege, that the Cheating Software has been downloaded and used by Destiny 2 and Rainbow Six Siege players thousands of times."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Riot opening new Shanghai studio to 'double down' on development in China  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
"In China, we have a lot of passionate players for League of Legends and Riot Games. There's a reason we would like to double down in China and continue to invest here."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blizzard vet and Undead Labs founder urges employees, industry to unionize 2
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