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Suda 51’s Grasshopper Manufacture, which celebrated its 23rd Anniversary in March, has been acquired by NetEase. According to the studio, the acquisition is a unique opportunity to “rethink the game development and organizational structure” while moving forward and understanding its “own advantages and unique position” as it is presented with new possibilities in game creation.
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Chacko Sonny, executive producer on Overwatch, has announced that he will be leaving Blizzard Entertainment later this week, making him the latest high-profile senior figure to depart the company as its sexual harrassment and discrimination lawsuit continues. Bloomberg has reported that Sonny will leave the company on Friday, September 24. In a message to staff,
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Brendan Greene – perhaps better known by his “PlayerUnknown” moniker – is leaving Krafton Game Union to form PlayerUnknown Productions where he will continue working on other projects away from the famous battle royale. Greene announced Krafton will hold a minority stake in his new Amsterdam-based studio. [embedded content] To see this content please enable
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Solo indie developer Jakefriend, the creative force behind wizard adventure game Scrabdackle, has tweeted an insightful thread about the “exploitative” nature of publisher contracts that are aimed at indie developers, and noted how some of the clauses contain practically “insane” breach-of-contract penalties. Jakefriend noted that they were offered the ludicrous sum outright – and that
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By Sherif Saed17 August 2021 13:01 GMT Ubisoft’s troubled Singapore studio is under fire from local watchdog. Ubisoft Singapore, the studio behind the often delayed Skull & Bones, is under investigation from the country’s watchdog for fair employment practices over discrimination and sexual harassment claims. Watch on YouTube The Straits Times is reporting that The
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By Dom Peppiatt11 August 2021 17:47 GMT Loop Hero, the old-school adventure game from Four Quarters, is coming to Nintendo Switch ‘this holiday’ after setting the world alight on PC earlier this year. Loop Hero, which you may remember attracted over 150,000 players after being out for one day and bringing in over half a million in
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By Sherif Saed9 August 2021 09:12 GMT Take-Two has three more remasters/remakes in the works. In a general presentation following Take-Two‘s Q1 earnings reveal for FY2022, the publisher shared some general highlights about its pipeline over the next two fiscal years. Watch on YouTube Take-Two usually slots its projects into one of four categories: Immersive
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Steve Gaynor, co-founder of The Fullbright Company which developed Gone Home and Tacoma, has stepped back as creative lead and manager over allegations of fostering a work culture detrimental to employees. After reports of Gaynor perpetuating a toxic work environment surfaced via a report from Polygon, Fullbright issued a statement noting that Gaynor stepped away
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 11:34 GMT Diablo Immortal, Blizzard’s mobile take on the iconic RPG franchise, has been delayed until 2022. According to the company’s latest financial call, Diablo Immortal “is now planned for release in the first half of 2022, which will allow [the developer] to add substantial improvements to the whole game,”
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 09:14 GMT Things are getting from bad to worse for Activision Blizzard. Shareholders are now arguing that they were “economically damaged” as a result of company executives intentionally withholding information on the sexual harassment lawsuit. The new class-action complaint follows a two-year investigation conducted by the state of California, and has been filed
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By Dom Peppiatt29 July 2021 11:34 GMT Sony has confirmed that its acquisition of Netherlands-based studio Nixxes Software will help the publisher port more PlayStation games to PC. Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, has confirmed in an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu that the publisher’s acquisition of Nixxes Software was geared
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Nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter as they stand in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver meaningful change after last year’s allegations. As the ongoing fallout to the explosive Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter showing support to workers walking out
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Organizers that planned the Activision Blizzard walkout yesterday have noted that CEO Bobby Kotick’s statement on the sexual harassment lawsuit failed to address their concerns or demands. After Kotick made a statement in response to the harassment and bullying lawsuit that’s been filed against the publisher yesterday, employees involved in the protest have said that
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In the wake of ongoing controversies surrounding Activision Blizzard‘s sexual harassment lawsuit, shareholders are investigating the company as its stocks start to slump. Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP is investigating Activision Blizzard to determine whether certain Activision officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and breached their fiduciary duties to the
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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has issued a public statement in response to the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit that’s been filed against the company. Kotick addressed a message to all employees concerning the lawsuit brought by the state of California over allegations of harassment and bullying last week, and notes that the company’s response could have
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