January 2021 Archive

    1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons returns to No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. AMD expects PC and next-gen chip shortages through first half of 2021
    1. GameStop stock story won't have a happy ending | This Week in Business
    2. Amazon is reportedly spending nearly $500 million a year on its video game division
    3. Over 50 percent of esports followers likely to bet on esports in the US - Survey
    4. Game firms acknowledged by Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ inclusivity
    5. Rime pairs accessible gameplay with relatable loss | Why I Love
    6. Brawl Stars is Supercell's fourth title to pass $1bn in lifetime revenue
    7. Navigating the new normal: Studio culture in the time of COVID
    8. CD Projekt's stock soars after Elon Musk tweets about Cyberpunk
    9. Robinhood denies automatically selling users' GameStop shares
    10. WeTest: The one-stop platform for all your quality assurance needs
    11. Iam8bit, Moon Studios and Skybound Games raise $58,000 for Rainforest Trust
    12. How can Xbox encourage consumers to 'swim upstream'? | Opinion
    13. Ninja Theory halts updates for new IP Bleeding Edge
    1. Epic Games Store's 160 million users spent over $700m in 2020
    2. Robinhood blocking purchase of GameStop stock
    3. The Five Games of Jesper Kyd | Podcast
    4. Apple sets "early spring" rollout for iOS privacy changes
    5. Rovio shuts down Hatch
    6. Australian developer revenues raise 29% to $140m
    7. Netflix and Legendary partner on Tomb Raider series
    8. Digital drives Capcom sales to $622m
    9. Hedge fund Melvin Capital pulls out of GameStop trading
    10. Games Education Summit returns as virtual event
    11. Discord bans WallStreetBets for hateful conduct amid GameStop stock surge
    12. Piracy: Does it matter?
    1. GameStop stock up 135% in 24 hours, Biden administration "monitoring the situation"
    2. Scavengers suspends co-founder Simon Darveau
    3. Tencent acquires minority stake in Dontnod
    4. Activision Blizzard says interviewing diverse candidates for every opening "unworkable"
    5. Rony Abovitz launches interactive storytelling start-up
    6. EA launches new Skate studio
    7. PlayStation leads the nominations at the D.I.C.E. Awards
    8. The rise of Fall Guys and how Mediatonic plans to take it higher
    9. European Commission called to investigate into Joy-Con drift
    10. Hitman 3 recoups project costs in under a week
    11. Valve on trial for allegedly infringing controller patents
    12. Ludo AI game creation platform now in open beta
    13. US Court dismisses Wargaming lawsuit against former employees
    14. GameStop shares continue to soar following Elon Musk tweet
    15. Xbox Series X|S launches help push Microsoft gaming revenue up 51%
    16. How India's shifting political climate is influencing local game development
    1. Jagex disputes Plutos Sama's claims of ownership
    2. MAGFest executive director resigns after accusations of abusive behavior
    3. Deep Rock Galactic sells 2 million copies
    4. DualShockers acquired by GRV Media
    5. PSVR 2 could be the hottest VR headset yet | Patent Trawling
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    7. MegaDev secures $1.9m for PC cheat platform Plitch
    8. Dealing with delays: A guide to production optimization and crisis management
    9. Hyrule Warriors drives record Q3 for Koei Tecmo
    10. Konami restructuring internal departments, has not dissolved games development teams
    1. Star Wars Battlefront 2 free promo gets more than 19m players
    2. GameStop stock soars, craters, closes up
    3. Scavengers Studio creative director accused of belittling, screaming at, groping employees
    4. Games projects raised $23m on Kickstarter in 2020
    5. Imvu receives $35m investment
    6. The Pokémon Company takes measures against Sword and Shield hackers
    7. The plight of experimental indies | Podcast
    8. Jagex sold to Carlyle Group
    9. Can the games industry keep its COVID customers?
    10. Azerion fully acquires Habbo Hotel developer Sulake
    1. Hitman 3 surpasses its predecessor to claim No.1 | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Xbox U-turns on Gold subscription price hike after fan backlash
    1. Was the Cyberpunk 2077 launch a perfect storm? | This Week in Business
    2. Tencent acquires majority stake in Klei Entertainment
    3. GameStop share price reaches record high amid Reddit-driven short squeeze
    4. Cyberpunk 2077's launch month sets digital sales record despite refunds
    5. Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard
    6. Huuuge ambitions: How a $300m IPO will make the Polish mobile studio last forever
    7. Apple reportedly planning VR headset for next year
    8. Microsoft raises the price of Xbox Live Gold
    9. Codemasters directors to vote in favour of EA bid
    10. Using player-avatar relations to make more engaging and successful games
    11. Uncharted movie delayed to 2022
    12. Tencent made record number of games M&A deals in 2020
    13. Dead by Daylight studio apologises following developer comments about colourblind mode
    14. Nacon acquires Big Ant Studios for €35m
    15. Developers should be wary of the IPO's siren call | Opinion
    1. Switch expanding the console market, says Interpret
    2. PlayVS expands to Canada with GameSeta acquisition
    3. Pokémon Crystal keeps us interested by telling us less | Why I Love
    4. Sagard NewGen acquires minority stake in Asobo Studio
    5. Prepare for 2021 with new gaming audience insights
    6. FIFA 21 was Europe's best-selling boxed game in 2020
    7. Québec law firm files latest Nintendo Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit
    8. Rival Peak reaches 22m views
    9. Capcom raises forecasts thanks to growing digital sales
    10. Team17 acquires Golf With Your Friends for £12m
    11. What a Wipeout spiritual successor can teach investors about games
    12. Twitch permanently bans Trump, will update policy after Capitol siege
    1. Peter Moore joins Unity as SVP and GM of sports and live entertainment
    2. Hitman 3 | Critical Consensus
    3. EU fines Valve and five publishers €7.8m for geo-blocking practices
    4. Playtech sells YoYo Games to Opera for $10m
    5. GAME details efforts to prevent PS5 scalpers
    6. How MTG's acquisition will fuel Hutch's race to No.1
    1. Mobile gaming saw surge of new players in 2020
    2. Miniclip acquires Online Soccer Manager studio Gamebasics
    3. Bohemia Interactive sold 5.7m units of software in 2020
    4. Leyline: "We don't care about the money -- we want to make the world better"
    5. Oxenfree dev: "Making a decision is just as important as the quality of the decision"
    6. IPO plans value Krafton at up to $27bn
    7. Nintendo opens corporate and investor relations Twitter account
    8. CD Projekt faces a second class-action lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077
    1. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Blockbuster IP | Podcast
    2. CD Projekt Red exec disputes Cyberpunk 2077 demo were "almost entirely fake"
    3. Scott Pilgrim physical edition sells 45,000 copies in three days
    4. IO Interactive assures Hitman 3 players will not have to repurchase previous entries
    5. How to localize a game video: A checklist for developers
    6. Tomonobu Itagaki establishes new studio
    7. Savage Game Studios raises $4.4m
    1. Nintendo continues to prop up UK games retail | UK Boxed Charts
    1. 2020 sees record US games spending at $56.9bn | US Annual Report
    2. YouTube channel GameXplain accused of overworking and underpaying staff
    3. Celebrating one year of GamesIndustry.biz Academy
    4. UK Games Careers Week debuts March 26th, 2021
    5. 2K international boss Murray Pannell departs
    6. Epic Games takes legal action against Apple and Google in UK
    7. Ubisoft's Riders Republic delayed to "later this year"
    8. 505 Games acquires Infinity Plus Two
    9. Games investments reached $33.6bn in 2020
    10. Nintendo Switch accounted for 87% of consoles sold in Japan last year | Japan Annual Report
    11. Activision Blizzard employees donate $1.6m to charity
    12. Playtika IPO raises $1.88bn
    13. The triumph of mobile core games heralds a demographic shift | Opinion
    14. Nintendo and GTA 5 come top in big year for Australia game sales | Australia Annual Report
    1. The return of Peter Moore
    2. US environmental organisation warns against Xbox Series X, PS5 energy consumption
    3. Chinese Switch sales expose a failure to counter the import market | Opinion
    4. Nintendo blocks videos by Game & Watch hacker
    5. The post-war road trip adventure of Yoan Fanise
    6. Super Nintendo World opening on "indefinite hiatus"
    7. Kuato raises £4.5m, expands to VR
    1. CD Projekt apologizes again for Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles
    2. Steam saw 21% more games sold in 2020
    3. Hogwarts Legacy delayed to 2022
    4. Glitch CEO launches early stage Moonrise Fund
    5. GameFly introduces movies-only subscription
    6. Lucasfilm and Ubisoft partner on Star Wars game
    7. Newzoo sees mobile marketing upheaval in 2021
    8. What we learned from PlayStation Vita | Podcast
    9. Turtle Beach acquires Neat Microphones
    10. Tencent confirms 1m Nintendo Switch shipments in China
    11. Take-Two withdraws bid for Codemasters following EA offer of $1.2bn
    12. Payload Studios launches incubator for underrepresented developers
    13. Admix expands into the US and EMEA
    14. How to enable cross-progression between generations and platforms
    15. Core gamers generated 66% of mobile revenues in 2020
    1. ESA PAC to pause political contributions following insurrection at US Capitol
    2. Streamer TheGrefg breaks Twitch peak concurrent viewership records
    3. Bethesda lands Indiana Jones license
    4. What does 2021 hold for the African games industry?
    5. B/HI acquired by Dolphin Entertainment
    6. Genvid targets "a huge opportunity for game developers" with Rival Peak
    7. GI 100 | Game Changers
    8. Capcom security breach compromised personal data of 16,415 people
    9. Riot Games and Bungie file joint lawsuit against cheatmakers
    10. Dangen Entertainment settles dispute with Protoculture Games
    1. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts has sold over one million copies
    2. Twitter says gaming posts up 75% in 2020
    3. Lucasfilm re-establishes Lucasfilm Games as home for all its gaming titles
    4. Twitch, Facebook see best months for viewership yet in December
    5. The end of Flash: What legacy will it leave behind?
    6. GameStop holiday sales down 3.1% in 2020
    7. Kwalee donates 100% of Teacher Simulator's UK profits for a week to FareShare
    8. IronSource acquires Soomla
    9. Check out our special podcast on in-game advertising with Facebook Audience Network
    10. Maximum safety, minimum cost: How to launch your game on a new platform
    11. Polish competition watchdog investigating Cyberpunk 2077
    12. POC in Play co-founder forms Studio AC Games to create diverse titles
    13. Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 raises $2.75m
    14. 43 million games sold in the UK in 2020 | UK Annual Report
    1. Nintendo Switch dominates Top Ten as lockdown boosts game sales | UK Boxed Charts
    1. Squanch CEO Tanya Watson steps down
    1. What will a post-pandemic games industry look like? | This Week in Business
    2. Kamini Tiwari joins Humble as VP of social impact | Jobs Roundup
    3. Bublar Group acquires Plotagon for $1.86m
    4. The future is digital -- right?
    5. FTC wary of Apple and Google "squeezing developers"
    6. Federal Trade Commission orders Tapjoy to better police fraudulent advertising
    7. Tilt Five appoints chief operating officer and chief business officer
    8. Forget power fantasies: pandemic-era players crave companionship | Opinion
    1. Epic acquires Rad Game Tools
    2. Twitch suspends Trump account following insurrection at US Capitol
    3. Playtika launches IPO, looks to raise as much as $1.6b
    4. The Game Developer's Playlist: The Evil Within 2 with Xalavier Nelson Jr. | Podcast
    5. Handheld hardships | 10 Years Ago This Month
    6. Number of mobile gamers increased 50% in the UK due to COVID-19
    7. Peter Moore: FIFA Ultimate Team is a "long way" from gambling
    8. UK competition regulator to investigate Nvidia's takeover of Arm
    9. Twitch pulls Pogchamp emote over link to Capitol siege supporter
    10. How to bring blockbuster brands to the gaming world
    11. Roblox to go public through direct listing, not IPO
    1. Amazon's 2020 gaming best-sellers again led by gift cards, Switch games
    2. Pixelles launches BIPOC Creator Program
    3. People Can Fly, Square Enix delay Outriders to April 1
    4. Koei Tecmo says it will sue over bootleg Dead or Alive video
    5. The SpongeBob SquarePants effect: Why THQ Nordic is doubling down on licenses
    6. Europeans say price-tag, discounts are most important when choosing games
    7. Digital games spending reached $127 billion in 2020
    8. Call of Duty: Mobile makes $14m in first week in China
    9. Netflix ending Wii U, 3DS support on June 30
    10. Honor of Kings foresees a borderless, mobile future
    1. The Sinking City returns to stores as Nacon wins first decision in legal dispute
    2. Minecraft Earth shutting down
    3. A closer look at Raw Fury's publishing contract
    4. Niantic acquires community gaming platform Mayhem
    5. PS4 Pro and most other models discontinued in Japan
    6. ITV invests in Roshambo Live team for TV pilot
    7. Tencent and Huawei resolve revenue share dispute
    8. Rust reaches new peak concurrent user count seven years after debut
    9. Analysing the major mobile game design and feature trends of 2020
    10. Nintendo acquires Next Level Games
    11. Sony to launch PlayStation 5 in India in February
    1. Google employees announce union open to all Alphabet workers
    2. Football Manager 2021 fastest in franchise history to move 1m copies
    3. Epic Games acquires shopping mall for new headquarters
    4. Where do we go from here? Analysts give 2021 predictions
    5. Koei Tecmo's sites offline following cyber attack
    6. Apple removes 39,000 games from China store in biggest single-day takedown
    7. How to map social media to your marketing funnel
    8. Microsoft calls for Xbox drift lawsuit to be handled by arbitration
    9. Fall Guys, Doom and Cyberpunk represent 2020 in Steam's top earners of the year
    10. CD Projekt facing class-action suit over Cyberpunk 2077
    1. Animal Crossing: New Horizons ends 2020 at the top | UK Boxed Charts