Activision Blizzard recognizes Raven QA testers’ union, pledges to begin “good faith negotiations”
A few weeks after a group of testers at Raven Software voted to form a union, it was officially recognized by Activision Blizzard. The company’s CEO Bobby Kotick has also promised to begin negotiations with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Call of Duty franchise surpasses $30 billion in lifetime revenue, with its sales topping 425 million units
Following the presentation of Modern Warfare II, Activision Blizzard has shared some stats on the Call of Duty series. It’s been revealed that the franchise has surpassed $30 billion in lifetime revenue.
Tencent to launch new global version of Honor of Kings as China still holds freeze on its games
Tencent will roll out a new global version of its biggest hit Honor of Kings. The announcement comes amid ongoing regulatory pressure in China, as no new games from Tencent have been approved by the government in 11 months.
Former Arkane Lyon director joins French indie studio ZeDrimeTim to make Inside-inspired platformer Darwin’s Paradox
Romuald Capron, the former studio director of Arkane Lyon, has joined new Paris-based indie studio ZeDrimeTim. The team is now working on its debut game Darwin’s Paradox, a platformer influenced by 50s science fiction.
Diablo Immortal becomes lowest-rated Blizzard game by players, while its revenue tops $6 million
Players have been ripping Diablo Immortal apart, dropping its user score on Metacritic to near-zero values. It is now the lowest-rated Blizzard game ever, excluding remasters and other rereleases. However, the title continues to generate money on mobile.
Rebel Wolves’ Konrad Tomaszkiewicz on making “Holy Grail” of RPGs and The Witcher parallels
The Witcher 3 game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz has shared first details about an upcoming dark fantasy RPG from his new studio Rebel Wolves. The team wants to stay relatively small and offer a unique experience to players.
New Valve patent aims at improving Steam recommendations by creating video compilations for users
Valve has filed a new patent describing a feature that might potentially improve Steam recommendations. The proposed technology is supposed to create video compilations for users based on their preferences.
Mobile publisher Gismart shifts to remote-first work model, creating new hubs around employees
Gismart has announced its shift towards a remote-first work model, meaning that its staff will now be able to work from any location. The mobile publisher will also open special hubs across Europe at the convenience of its employees.
PlayStation expects to almost quadruple its PC revenue this year, investing more in mobile and live service titles
PlayStation has shared its plans and growth strategy during its latest business briefing. The company plans to significantly increase its PC and mobile revenue, while also investing more in live service games.
Halo Infinite head of design Jerry Hook leaves 343 Industries following other high-profile departures
Jerry Hook, who has two decades of experience both at 343 Industries and Microsoft, has announced his departure from his role as Halo Infinite design lead. This follows a couple of other high-profile devs leaving the studio earlier this year.