All publications for 12.08.2021
Nine Inch Nails guitarist and Spec: Ops designer start ‘arthouse’ game studio EYES OUT
There is a new “arthouse game development studio” called EYES OUT. It was founded by Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck and veteran game designer Cory Davis. The team is already working on its first title, which will be a cosmic horror game.
Blizzard fires 3 key devs amid scandal, Apex Legends game designer leaves Respawn over bigoted posts
Blizzard and Respawn Entertainment lost a few key developers yesterday. The list includes Diablo IV lead designer, who reportedly was involved in an ongoing harassment scandal, and Apex Legends game designer, who was fired after his bigoted posts from 2007 have resurfaced.
Raccoon Logic faces criticism for mostly white male staff, causing debate on diversity in games industry
Raccoon Logic is a new studio formed by games industry veterans and former Typhoon Studios employees. The company’s first group photo, however, caused controversy, with people criticizing the studio for the mostly white male staff and the lack of diversity.
US senators challenge Google’s and Apple’s power over app distribution
A bipartisan bill was announced on Wednesday that can potentially reshape the business practices dominating the mobile distribution market. If passed, it will allow developers to add third-party payment systems to apps and inform users about discounts outside of stores. The bill has already been supported by Epic Games.
Xsolla former employee on layoffs and Agapitov’s character: “It’s like a small cult of personality, Perm style”
An employee who has ended up among dozens of people fired from Xsolla has discussed the scandal surrounding the company. He spoke about the controversial rating system, the layoffs, and founder Aleksandr Agapitov’s personality.