All publications of the author Evgeny Obedkov
Epic Games can’t verify copyright of assets sold on its marketplace, Bleak Faith devs say
Bleak Faith: Forsaken developer Archangel Studios purchased some assets on the Unreal Engine Marketplace that turned out to be a ripoff of Elden Ring animations. Epic Games, however, says it can’t guarantee that third-party sellers own the copyright for their work.
Report: Indie studio Dynasty Loop owes its employees more than $2 million in missed payments
Dynasty Loop, an independent game development studio based in Montreal, is going through turbulent times. Dozens of workers haven’t been paid since the end of 2022, with some of them even locked out of the office.
Tim Sweeney calls Steamworks real problem for games industry: “They have a classic lock-in strategy”
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney continues to push for more transparency and unity across the various game stores. This time, he had some harsh words about Valve’s Steamworks API and how it limits multiplayer features.
Why game demos are key to opening two main marketing doors and boosting visibility, explained by Chris Zukowski
Many indie developers are still hesitant to release demos before launching their games. But the reality is that they are the essential tool for increasing visibility on Steam, so it is simply unwise to neglect it.
More than 100k players got free copy of Figment every day during Steam giveaway
Steam doesn’t give away free games often, but when it does, it is a great way for indie developers to increase their audience. Here are the results achieved by Bedtime Digital Games and its adventure puzzle platformer Figment.
New publishing label Cult Games signs Unpacking and War for the Overworld devs
Cult Games is a new publisher founded by Helen Burnill, who previously worked as commercial director and VP at Fall Guys maker Mediatonic. The company will initially focus on helping established studios like Brightrock Games and Witch Beam build on their success.
Microsoft rejects UK regulator’s divestment proposal. Sony wants CoD to “remain in independent hands”
Microsoft and Sony have responded to the provisional findings of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The main stumbling blocks are the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty and the impact of the Activision Blizzard deal on consoles and subscription services.
Microsoft says only 3% of PlayStation players to switch consoles if Call of Duty becomes Xbox exclusive
The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) overestimates the importance of the Call of Duty franchise, according to Microsoft. The company is now trying to argue that this IP won’t make most PlayStation players switch to Xbox.
How AI-assisted RPG Tales of Syn utilizes Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT to create assets and dialogues
Tales of Syn is an isometric RPG in the style of classic Fallout titles. The twist is how it uses the power of Stable Diffusion and ChatGPT to create game assets, backgrounds, character models, and dialogues.
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty launch: Team Ninja brings innovation to Soulslike formula, along with bag of technical issues
Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty has just launched globally to generally great reviews from critics, but clearly negative reviews from PC players. Here is how Team Ninja’s latest game fits into Koei Tecmo’s portfolio and what sets it apart from the Nioh series.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.