All publications for 06.10.2021
Report: Subway Surfers and other mobile games use sneaky ways to collect personal data in post-IDFA world
It looks like mobile game developers found a way to bypass Apple’s privacy rules and identify users even if they said no to tracking their data. They still collect information that might be used for digital fingerprinting.
Sharon Fisher on harassment and toxic behaviour in video games: “The old-fashioned approach to moderation needs to be re-thought”
Just over a month ago, Unity bought AI-driven audio analysis platform OTO to fight toxic behavior in multiplayer games. A month before that, Discord acquired Sentropy, a company behind AI-powered software to detect and remove online harassment. We sat down with Utopia Analytics‘ Sharon Fisher, a veteran in the games moderation space, to discuss the challenges the industry is facing in its quest to make the gaming environment safer.
Amazon’s unreleased Steam competitor Vapor unveiled in massive leak
Twitch has been hacked by an anonymous leaker, who revealed its source code, streamers’ payout information, and other data. The leak also includes information about a project codenamed Vapor, which seems to be an in-development Steam competitor.
Report: Game companies made record-breaking 844 deals worth $71 billion in 2021 so far
Unprecedented consolidation of the games market continues. According to the latest report by Drake Star Partners, game companies have already raised $71 billion in 844 deals so far this year, which is double the full dollar amount from 2020.
Romuald Capron leaves Arkane Studios after 16 years: “I’m letting the studio in very good hands”
Arkane Lyon studio director Romuald Capron has announced his departure from the company, saying that it was a hard decision to make and promising to keep on helping other great developers. He worked at the studio for 16 years.