PUBG Mobile returns to India as new game with more than 20 million pre-registered users
Nine months after being banned in India, PUBG Mobile has become available for download again. The game is now called Battlegrounds Mobile India. Prior to its Android release, it gained over 20 million pre-registrations on Google Play in just two weeks.
Program announced for WN Eastern Europe
WN Eastern Europe kicks off July 1. The hybrid conference will include over 3,500 attendees, representing companies like Activision Blizzard, Raw Fury, Unity, Crazy Panda, Belka Games, and Adjust. The organizers have announced the official program both for the online and offline parts of the event.
“First letter S, last letter L”: fans link Abandoned to new Silent Hill from Hideo Kojima in 2021’s most elaborate conspiracy theory
Mysterious indie studio Blue Box continues to generate fan theories around its upcoming PS5 horror game code-named Abandoned. The latest messages from the developers prompted fans to speculate that the game might be a new Silent Hill installment.
Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon retires after receiving threats for his political views
Scott Cawthon announced his retirement from the games industry amid the controversy surrounding his political views. The developer got doxed for supporting Republican candidates like Donald Trump, with people also threatening his pregnant wife.
Disney open to working with indie developers on games based on its franchises
During its E3 showcase, Microsoft revealed that a new expansion for Sea of Thieves will be based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And it looks like Disney also has plans to collaborate with other developers on bringing more of its IPs to video games.
Ryan Sumo on creating marketplace for game design documents and publishers learning from movie studios
There is a practice in the movie industry when authors sell so-called “options” to the rights of their stories. Squeaky Wheel CEO Ryan Sumo has explained how game companies could adopt the same approach, so game designers could see more of their ideas come to life.
BioWare new general manager Gary McKay previously worked on FIFA series, fans have concerns
Gary McKay has officially become the new general manager of BioWare. He started his career at Electronic Arts and was also development director of the FIFA series. Despite his experience in the games industry and promises to create big story-driven RPGs, some fans weren’t happy about McKay stepping in as new studio head.
Guilty Gear: Strive takes over Steam chart, debuting both in 1st and 3rd place
There are a lot of changes on the list of the best-selling titles on Steam this week. Guilty Gear: Strive, the latest installment in the famous series of fighting games, has become a new chart-topper, with Battlefield 2042 also debuting in the top-5.
Super Rare Games’ George Perkins on publishing physical-only titles: “We can really de-risk the whole commercial element for developers”
Hackers only needed $10 and cookies to hack Electronic Arts and steal 780 GB of data
After a group of hackers stole a whopping amount of data from Electronic Arts, it’s been reported how exactly they managed to find a breach in the system. The list of stolen information includes the source code of FIFA 21.
Key points from Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart reviews: “A slick roller coaster with a nonsense plot”
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, a new PlayStation 5 exclusive, was officially released on June 11. The game got 89/100 on Metacritic, based on almost 100 reviews. Critics praised Rift Apart for its visuals and the usage of new technologies but said that it’s almost the same old action-adventure when it comes to gameplay.
Raw Fury head Johan Toresson criticizes E3 with furious rant: “Don’t sit around in the same bars”
Games conferences and shows like E3 have been receiving criticism for years. The latest person to voice their issues with old formats is Raw Fury head Johan Toresson who urged developers and publishers to stop spending money on big events.
Studio behind PUBG Mobile abandons 6-day workweek, preventing employees from working past 9:00 PM
Chinese tech companies have very strict working rules, with many employees having to work six days a week, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. However, Tencent-owned studio Lightspeed & Quantum, known for developing PUBG Mobile, decided to make a few changes to this system.
Music labels sue Roblox for at least $200 million over copyright violation
Roblox allows its players to add virtual players into their games to listen to music. That, however, didn’t sit well with major music labels who accused the company of causing the loss of profit. They are now demanding at least $200 million in damages.