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"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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Report finds gamers face more harassment online

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A new survey by the Anti-Defamation League finds that those who play online games are encountering an increasing amount of harassment as part of their experience.

Why it matters: The study found that the level of harassment reported by adults increased for the third year in a row. And, measuring players ages 13–17 for the first time, the ADL said three out of five young people experienced harassment.

Video game sales skyrocket to record highs

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U.S. video game sales in August hit a record $4.4 billion, proving that the bump in gaming seen during the pandemic last year wasn't a passing trend.

The details: It was a huge month for hardware, which the NPD Group reports hit $329 million, the best August sales number since 2008.

"Deathloop" extends Microsoft's streak of well-reviewed games

"Deathloop." Image: Arkane/Microsoft

Rave reviews for this week's time-traveling assassination game "Deathloop" officially make it a trend: Microsoft is finally on a streak of producing terrific games.

Why it matters: Game quality has been an issue for Microsoft for years, while console rivals Nintendo and Sony have flexed their ability to repeatedly make Game of the Year contenders.

Ina Fried, author of Login
Sep 13, 2021 - Technology

Epic may not benefit from Apple's App Store changes

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"Fortnite" creator Epic Games' Apple lawsuit failed to level the walls of the App Store, though it did leave some cracks in Apple's fortress.

Yes, but: The modest changes Apple now has to make are more likely to benefit other iOS developers than to help Epic itself, unless the game-maker backs down from an all-or-nothing approach.

Epic asks Apple to allow "Fortnite" to return in South Korea

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Epic Games says it "intends" to re-release its popular "Fortnite" battle royale game on iPhones and iPads in South Korea, citing the country's new law involving in-app purchases.

Why it matters: Epic's plan, announced tonight via a Tweet, would allow it to achieve one of its key goals in its ongoing fight with Apple, at least in one country.

Sony shows the PS5’s future

"God of War: Ragnarok." Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment

Sony’s 40-minute showcase of upcoming PlayStation games was highlighted by reveals of big Marvel superhero surprises and the first gameplay of a "God of War" sequel.

Why it matters: Sony hasn’t run a major gaming showcase in over a year — due to COVID-19 and a de-emphasis on the E3 trade show — but filled Thursday afternoon's event with major announcements.

Dontnod shifts to permanent work-from-home policy

"Life Is Strange." Image: Dontnod Entertainment

Dontnod, the developer behind "Life Is Strange" and "Tell Me Why," will allow employees in its Paris and Montreal studios to decide if they'd like to work from the office or their homes.

Why it matters: Embracing remote work reduces industry gatekeeping and grants workers more control over their careers.

A developer's four-day workweek

"Bugsnax." Image: Young Horses

Bugsnax developer Young Horses is permanently altering its workweeks to only four days in an effort to create a healthier work-life balance at its studio.

Why it matters: The video game industry is known for intense crunch, but moving away from even 40-hour workweeks is proof that model doesn't need to be the norm.

Ubisoft names Igor Manceau as new creative boss

"Riders Republic." Image: Ubisoft

Gaming giant Ubisoft has appointed Igor Manceau as its new chief creative officer, more than a year after that position was vacated amid a company-wide misconduct scandal.

Why it matters: Ubisoft has been trying to convey a sense of lessons learned, as it attempts to right a company rocked by scandal and, just before that, a spate of underperforming games.

Tripwire CEO out after tweeting support of Texas abortion law

Tripwire's latest game, "Maneater." Screenshot: Tripwire Interactive

The head of Georgia-based game development studio Tripwire Interactive parted ways with the company Monday, two days after tweeting his support for Texas’ new abortion ban.

Why it matters: Tripwire CEO John Gibson's support of a law critics are calling "draconian" and dangerous sparked instant outrage.

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