All publications of the author Evgeny Obedkov
Among Us devs accuse Epic Games of ripping off map for Fortnite Impostors mode
This week, Epic Games introduced the new Impostors mode for Fortnite. If the mode’s name sounds familiar, that’s because Epic clearly drew inspiration from Among Us. Turns out, it’s not just the name. InnerSloth also found a lot of similarities between the original map of their game and the Impostors map in the famous battle royale.
Outriders maker People Can Fly saw no royalties from Square Enix
People Can Fly should have started to receive money from Outriders. That is, if the game’s revenue has already covered production and promotion costs. However, the studio still hasn’t seen its royalties from publisher Square Enix, although it previously highlighted the title’s success at launch.
Anonymous spreadsheet shows salaries in game development industry, with top earner making over $1 million a year
A huge anonymous spreadsheet has been compiled that shows gamedev salaries. The list includes data shared by devs from the US, Canada, and other countries. And it should help people “get paid what they deserve.”
Film about PUBG-like game released in China to good reviews, but Krafton considering legal actions
Biubiubiu (硬汉枪神) is a new Chinese film about a streamer who forms an esports team with his friends. A video game presented in the movie is very similar to PUBG. That’s why Krafton is now considering legal actions against its creators.
Indie developer on exploitative terms of publishing contracts: “It’s the industry that’s failing devs”
Imagine you are an indie developer who has been offered about half a million by a publisher. Sounds good, right? But what if the terms of this contract are so exploitative that it might be dangerous to sign it.
No More Robots reached $12 million in revenue in 12 months without releasing new games
Indie publisher No More Robots celebrated its 4th anniversary last week. Its founder Mike Rose shared a few milestones the company reached in the last 12 months. It turned out that it generated $12 million, although it didn’t release a single new game during that period.
Nexon CEO drops truth bomb on crunch and unrealistic release dates in front of investors
Investors always want to see release dates of upcoming games, often putting additional pressure on developers. However, Nexon CEO Owen Mahoney addressed the issue with a speech that some might find an almost perfect response.
Phil Spencer on games accessibility and console wars: “There isn’t one business model to rule them all”
Xbox Head Phil Spencer has shared his thoughts on the current state and future of the games industry. He opened up about the importance of UGC content, meaninglessness of console wars, and breaking down entry barriers into gaming.
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.
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.
Journey to the Savage Planet devs open new Tencent-backed studio, securing game rights from Google
Developers from Typhoon Studios, known for Journey to the Savage Planet, have started new studio Raccoon Logic. On top of that, the industry veterans managed to secure the IP rights for their main title from Google.