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The unlikely success of “Outer Wilds”
The unlikely success of “Outer Wilds”

"Outer Wilds” is part of a broader trend of time-loop games.

Sep 27, 2021 - Technology
"Free Guy" gives new hope for video game movies

Good news is springing from gaming movies.

Aug 16, 2021 - Technology
Exclusive: Sony’s PlayStation boss moves past console wars

Ryan talks PS5 shortages, mobile, the Cyberpunk delisting and more.

Jun 11, 2021 - Technology
Meet the Black developers making your new favorite games

Its Black Voices in Gaming Freshman Class highlights developers with games coming out through 2022.

May 20, 2021 - Technology
Game developers break silence around salaries

The hashtag #GameDevPaidMe has reemerged as game developers fight for better working conditions.

May 10, 2021 - Technology
The inevitability of mobile gaming, like it or not

"Call of Duty Mobile," released in 2019, has reached 500 million downloads worldwide.

May 5, 2021 - Technology

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Game developers not interested in NFTs, survey finds

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NFTs remain a contentious topic for developers, according to the State of the Game Industry survey, with a majority claiming their companies aren't interested at all.

The details: The survey states that 72% of respondents related to cryptocurrency and 70% of respondents related to NFTs have no interest in either.

Most video game companies not addressing toxicity, survey finds

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Employees say most video game companies are not addressing misconduct and toxicity directly with their employees, according to a new survey.

Driving the news: Games Developers Conference (GDC) organizers released their 10th edition of the State of the Game Industry on Thursday, an annual survey that takes the temperature of developers across the industry.

Activision’s uncertain esports future

Overwatch League action. Screenshot: Activision Blizzard

Microsoft and Activision executives said plenty about the so-called metaverse as they promoted yesterday’s planned video game mega-deal, but little about another recent gaming buzzword: esports.

Why it matters: Esports may be big, but Activision’s portion of it hasn't dominated the way its Call of Duty games have in the traditional gaming marketplace.

Investors concerned about golden parachute if Activision boss leaves

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

An activist investor group that previously called on Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to resign is now raising concerns about the executive’s golden parachute, should he exit the company.

Why it matters: Microsoft’s plans to buy Activision Blizzard for $70 billion may alter the consequences coming to Kotick, who has led the company for three decades.

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Jan 18, 2022 - Economy & Business

$69 billion sale to Microsoft could boost Activision Blizzard's tattered image

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick in July 2019. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Microsoft’s $69 billion deal to buy Activision Blizzard sets the stage for the gaming giant to remove its sexual misconduct scandal from the spotlight, business ethicists say.

Why it matters: Mergers and acquisitions come with cultural shake-ups — and that’s precisely what Activision needs.

A museum of virtual lockpicks

Museum of Mechanics: Lockpicking showcasing the lockpicking system from Thief 4. Screenshot: Dim Bulb Games

An unusual new PC game this week features more than two dozen recreations of other games’ approaches to virtual lockpicking.

Driving the news: Museum of Mechanics: Lockpicking, which can be completed in about 30 minutes, lets players move through a virtual museum where each exhibit is a playable lockpicking system.

Activision seeks Call of Duty cheatmakers' real names

"Call of Duty Vanguard." Image: Activision Blizzard

Activision is asking a California court to allow it to subpoena 15 companies, including Twitter, Reddit, Google, Paypal, Discord and Coinbase, to find out the names of 15 people it says are involved in the sale of Call of Duty cheats.

Why it matters: Game companies are getting increasingly aggressive in their fight to stop rampant cheating in multiplayer games.

2021 was "landmark year" for video game dealmakers

Borderlands 3 from Gearbox, a studio purchased in February for $1.3 billion. Screenshot: Gearbox

There were more than 1,100 acquisitions, investments and other financial deals in the games industry in 2021, making it a “landmark year for gaming,” according to a new report by industry tracker Drake Star.

Why it matters: Gaming’s COVID-driven player boom in 2020 was followed by an investment boom a year later, resulting in an industry flush with people who want it to thrive.

Xbox head takes lukewarm stance on Activision allegations

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Microsoft isn't interested in "virtue-shaming" other companies, including Activision Blizzard, according to Xbox head Phil Spencer, who says "Xbox’s history is not spotless."

Driving the news: The New York Times published an interview with Spencer that includes talk about Activision Blizzard's ongoing harassment and abuse scandal.

Horizon Forbidden West leaks weeks ahead of release

An official still from Horizon Forbidden West. Image courtesy of Sony

An early build of Guerrilla Games' highly anticipated Horizon Forbidden West has reportedly leaked online ahead of the game's release next month.

Why it matters: Horizon Forbidden West is one of the year's most anticipated games and a huge exclusive for Sony's PlayStation.

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