All publications for 23.08.2021
Supercell launches open beta of co-op builder Everdale, its first new IP since Brawl Stars
Everdale, co-op builder set in a fantasy world and developed by Supercell, has just been released in soft launch. If the game survives until the global release, it will become the first new IP from the Finnish company since 2017.
China approves new strict data privacy law as it continues to regulate cyberspace
Starting November 1, a new data privacy law will take effect in China. It will compel tech companies to collect less information to protect online users. They also should have a special person in charge of personal data protection.
Leyou Technologies that Tencent bought for $1.3 billion turned into ‘satellite studio’
Last year, Tencent acquired Chinese holding company Leyou Technologies, which owns IPs like Warframe and Gears Tactics, for $1.3 billion. Following the acquisition, Leyou became a “satellite studio” due to the mass exodus of employees and a few cancelled projects.
Call of Duty: Vanguard trailer omits Activision branding. Publisher cites creative reasons
Last week, Activision debuted Call of Duty: Vanguard with a trailer that for the first time in the series’ history ran with the slate “Call of Duty presents.” No mention of Activision. Nor did the video feature the publisher’s logo. The only reference to Activision is made in tiny print in the legally required copyright part at the very end of the video. Could it be that that the company is trying to disassociate its best-selling series from the workplace harassment and discrimination scandal haunting Activision Blizzard over the last several weeks?