Curve Digital sees indie action title The Ascent as ‘AAA competitor’ after it generates $5 million
Despite some mixed reviews from critics, players met The Ascent with generally positive reviews. And the game has already surpassed $5 million in revenue, which is a record for publisher Curve Digital.
Xsolla fires 150 employees using big data and AI analysis, CEO’s letter causes controversy
Russian payment services company Xsolla has fired 150 employees at once. What caused controversy wasn’t the staff reduction itself but the CEO’s letter, in which he tried to explain the reason behind this decision.
Activision Blizzard August 3 update: Blizzard HR head Jesse Meschuk fired, ABK Workers Alliance speaks against law firm WilmerHale, class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of investors, execs delete their Twitter accounts
Report: Tencent to acquire King’s Bounty developer 1C Entertainment
Tencent is continuing its acquisition spree, with the latest report claiming that the Chinese company is ready to buy 1C Entertainment. The Russian-founded and Poland-based company is best known for reinventing the iconic King’s Bounty series.
Playrix to support charities in four countries as part of its $115K nonprofit contest
Mobile publisher Playrix has announced the results of its annual nonprofit contest, which lets employees request finances for a charity of their choice. The company allocated a total of $115,000 for this initiative.
J. Allen Brack stepping down as Blizzard Entertainment president amid ongoing harassment scandal
Gaming deals activity in H1 2021: “4x growth vs. H1’20 on all fronts”
Misogyny tax, whistleblowing controversy, and other news in Activision Blizzard ongoing scandal
There is still a lot going on around Activision Blizzard. In our latest round-up, we report on Frances Townsend blocking her own employees on Twitter, a story about the so-called “misogyny tax” against the company, and a former Diablo developer urging to create unions.
Video Game Insights on Steam games released in 2021: “a reasonable proxy” for units sold is 30 times game’s total reviews
Panic sells over 20,000 Playdate handhelds for indie games in less than 20 minutes
On July 29, Panic opened pre-orders for Playdate, a handheld device for indie games fitted with a crank. It has been making a buzz for its design and cute look for a while. And it seems that the hype was justified, as it took less than 20 minutes to sell over 20,000 units.
Developers discuss NDAs and working on several cancelled AAA games in row
A redditor posted a story about the cancellation of a AAA game they’ve been working on for a few years. The thread went viral, with other users sharing their own experiences of developing high-budget projects and being shackled by different NDAs.
Activision Blizzard hires union-busting law firm, confirms firing WoW creative director for misconduct
We continue to share and update the timeline of the ongoing Activation Blizzard story. In the latest news, the company finally confirmed the reason for firing the former World of Warcraft creative director. Activision Blizzard also hired a famous law firm known for preventing employees from creating unions. Meanwhile, Ubisoft employees, who also stepped up amid the scandal, responded to their company’s comments regarding harassment problems.