Creator of browser game Warzone countersues Activision over Warzone trademark
Warzone.com, the developer of 2017 web-based strategy Warzone, has countersued Activision. Back in April 2021, the publisher filed a complaint with Los Angeles federal court seeking to dismiss the developer’s claims that Activision’s Call of Duty: Warzone infringes Warzone.com’s trademark rights. The developer’s recent filing with the US District Court for the Central District of California asks the court not to dismiss the case.
Activision Blizzard fires 20 employees over discrimination and harassment allegations and hopes to dismantle DFEH’s lawsuit
Since Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard for discrimination and harassment, the company has fired 20 employees and “reprimanded” another 20 to create “a more accountable workplace.”
Educational tours from Assassin’s Creed games to be used across 52 schools in UK
Ubisoft is stepping up its educational partnership with non-profit program Digital Schoolhouse. The publisher is expanding its Discovery Tour, an educational platform allowing users to explore the historical settings of various Assassin’s Creed games.
Raw Fury says it receives over 1500 pitches/year and signs less than 1% of those
Johan Toresson, “Chief Say That Again Officer” at indie publisher Raw Fury, revealed that the company receives at least over 1500 pitches a year, which he called “a modest number.” Of those, Raw Fury typically signs less than one percent.
Blue Box Game Studios receiving death threats over Abandoned
Developer Blue Box Game Studios said it has been receiving death threats for several months now. The last several days, they have been increasing both online and offline, which made the studio consider handing IP addresses, logs and camera footage to the police.
Steam to remove all games with NFTs, according to onboarding rules
Changes were made to the Steamworks Documentation regarding the onboarding process for games. According to the rules, devs can’t distribute “applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs.”
Aeon Must Die! drama continues: IGDA cancels investigation, Focus calls former devs’ claims ‘unsubstantiated’
Although Aeon Must Die! finally came out on October 14, the game is still a subject of controversy. The whole story now looks really tangled, as the IGDA seems to have canceled an investigation despite publisher Focus Entertainment’s previously claiming it has been conducted.
Paradox on almost canceling Bloodlines 2: “We were actually prepared to close the production completely”
The Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 development has been a rollercoaster for a while now. Paradox Interactive has revealed that it was close to canceling the production. Eventually, the company decided to go ahead with development and now hopes that players will love the game.
Journalists discuss what is wrong with game reviews: “SEO rush kills nuanced critique”
There have been a lot of discussions about the relevance of game reviews, as more players find them useless or don’t know how the whole process looks behind the scenes. Even game journalists agree that the whole system should be changed, although no one seems to know the right solution.
ArenaNet co-founder starts new distributed studio Possibility Space with average annual salary of $100K
ArenaNet co-founder Jeff Strain has announced game development studio Possibility Space, which is now working on an announced AAA title. It is made up of former employees of Valve, Ubisoft, Oculus, and other prominent companies.
Former Aeon Must Die! devs release statement ahead of game’s release, disputing Limestone and Focus Home’s IP rights
Mishura Games, which was founded by former Limestone devs, has issued a statement ahead of the Aeon Must Die! release. The studio claims that publisher Focus Entertainment doesn’t have full rights for the IP.
Apple Arcade former head of content reportedly becomes new VP of PlayStation’s mobile division
PlayStation Studios seems to have a new head of its mobile division, Nicola Sebastiani, who previously was the content head of Apple Arcade. The appointment is in line with Sony’s plans to bring more IPs to mobile.