Steam to remove all games with NFTs, according to onboarding rules
Changes were made to the Steamworks Documentation regarding the onboarding process for games. According to the rules, devs can’t distribute “applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs.”
Aeon Must Die! drama continues: IGDA cancels investigation, Focus calls former devs’ claims ‘unsubstantiated’
Although Aeon Must Die! finally came out on October 14, the game is still a subject of controversy. The whole story now looks really tangled, as the IGDA seems to have canceled an investigation despite publisher Focus Entertainment’s previously claiming it has been conducted.
Paradox on almost canceling Bloodlines 2: “We were actually prepared to close the production completely”
The Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 development has been a rollercoaster for a while now. Paradox Interactive has revealed that it was close to canceling the production. Eventually, the company decided to go ahead with development and now hopes that players will love the game.
Journalists discuss what is wrong with game reviews: “SEO rush kills nuanced critique”
There have been a lot of discussions about the relevance of game reviews, as more players find them useless or don’t know how the whole process looks behind the scenes. Even game journalists agree that the whole system should be changed, although no one seems to know the right solution.
M.O.B.A. Network acquires gaming forum ResetEra.com for $4.5 million
M.O.B.A. Network, which acquires, develops and operates gaming communities, has snapped up gaming forum ResetEra.com for $4.5 million. The company has paid $3.55 million upon closing the deal, with another $1 million to be paid by 31 December 2021.
ArenaNet co-founder starts new distributed studio Possibility Space with average annual salary of $100K
ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain has announced game development studio Possibility Space, which is now working on an announced AAA title. It is made up of former employees of Valve, Ubisoft, Oculus, and other prominent companies.
Former Aeon Must Die! devs release statement ahead of game’s release, disputing Limestone and Focus Home’s IP rights
Mishura Games, which was founded by former Limestone devs, has issued a statement ahead of the Aeon Must Die! release. The studio claims that publisher Focus Entertainment doesn’t have full rights for the IP.
Apple Arcade former head of content reportedly becomes new VP of PlayStation’s mobile division
PlayStation Studios seems to have a new head of its mobile division, Nicola Sebastiani, who previously was the content head of Apple Arcade. The appointment is in line with Sony’s plans to bring more IPs to mobile.
Things get complicated in Activision Blizzard harassment scandal, as DFEH and EEOC oppose each other
Soon after California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) objected to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) planned settlement with Activision Blizzard, the EEOC filed its own opposition. This conflict will probably make the whole situation even more complicated.
Apple appeals Epic Games ruling, saying that third-party payment systems might harm users and devs
Apple has taken the next step in its long-lasting legal battle with Epic Games. The company filed a notice of appeal against California’s court ruling, saying that the upcoming changes in the App Store policy might be harmful both for iOS users and developers.
Tencent becomes Bloober Team’s largest shareholder by acquiring 22% of its shares for $19.5 million
Tencent continues to invest in Western developers by acquiring 21.97% of Bloober Team shares for PLN 77.6 million ($19.5 million). The deal makes the Chinese tech giant the biggest shareholder of the Polish studio.