Phil Spencer says Microsoft won’t press pause on acquisitions, comments on Call of Duty future
Xbox head Phil Spencer has opened up about Microsoft’s M&A activity. Despite the latest criticism of Microsoft’s upcoming acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company has no plans to slow down on its investment strategy.
Dambuster Studios HR head opposes crunch, calling it ‘machoismic rubbish’ that has to die
Dambuster Studios, one of Embracer Group’s studios and the developer of Dead Island 2, has taken a public stand against crunch. The company’s HR has explained why this culture should disappear from the games industry forever.
343 Industries exodus continues as Halo technical director David Berger reportedly leaves company
343 Industries continues to lose high-profile talent amid Halo Infinite’s troubled development. The game’s technical director is reportedly leaving the team, just days after the announced departure of the studio’s founder.
Report: some Ubisoft devs refuse to work on Assassin’s Creed Red due to ‘culture of fear’ created by its director
Some Ubisoft Quebec employees are unhappy that creative director Jonathan Dumont has kept his job despite misconduct allegations. He is reportedly the reason they refuse to work on the next Assassin’s Creed game.
Reggie Fils-Aimé: Lack of innovation in large corporations will lead to more devs starting smaller studios
Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has commented on the latest M&A activity in the games industry. He thinks that the acquisition sprees we see from giants like Microsoft and Sony will lead to prominent devs leaving these corporations.
Yves Guillemot on Ubisoft’s future after Tencent deal: “We can do whatever we want”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has opened up Tencent’s recent investment in Guillemot Brothers Ltd. He noted that this deal won’t affect the company’s independence in any way, while also commenting on the latest share price drop.
A Better Ubisoft on company’s progress in improving workplace culture: “A lot of talk and not much walk”
Ubisoft has highlighted new steps it is taking to improve workplace culture. However, A Better Ubisoft group criticized the company for the lack of progress and for not firing people accused of misconduct.
CD Projekt on switching to Unreal Engine 5: “It’s a perfect match for us to use this technology”
CD Projekt has shared some details about its content plans and business operations in the latest earnings call with investors. The company opened up about switching to Unreal Engine 5, the new Witcher saga, and the future of Cyberpunk 2077.
Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics take control of Deus Ex and Tomb Raider IPs from Square Enix
Square Enix has now officially handed rights to some of its Western franchises to Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics. These studios will now be able to make new Tomb Raider and Deus Ex games under Embracer Group.
Sony was Activision Blizzard’s largest customer by revenue in 2020, with Microsoft ranking fourth
When it comes to game sales, Sony remained one of the biggest customers of Activision Blizzard for years. Microsoft, however, has been trailing behind not only PlayStation, but Google and Apple as well.