Ubisoft shares plunge 20% after canceling three games, announcing job cuts, and lowering revenue targets
Ubisoft is going through harsh times as it prepares for a targeted restructuring. This includes cutting costs, layoffs, the cancellation of several games, and lowering revenue targets amid weaker sales and an empty release schedule.
Report: Blizzard enters final stages of negotiations with its new Chinese partner after split with NetEase
Blizzard Entertainment may soon reveal its new partner to operate World of Warcraft and its other games in China. And it looks like it won’t be able to renew a licensing agreement with local tech giant NetEase.
American McGee pays off debt to John Carmack after 25 years: “You’ve always been an inspiration”
Having found success in the 90s, John Carmack helped many people, including game designer American McGee. While most of them chose to forget about the money, the Alice creator eventually managed to pay off his debt.
Videogamedunkey’s Bigmode reveals its first game Animal Well — puzzle platformer by solo dev Billy Basso
Indie publisher Bigmode, established by popular YouTuber videogamedunkey, has revealed its first title, Animal Well. It is a puzzle platformer about surviving in a haunting pixelated world full of different creatures.
Top 2022 Steam games by gross revenue, including Elden Ring, CoD: Modern Warfare II, and Stray
Valve has revealed a list of the highest-grossing Steam games of 2022. Elden Ring, Dying Light 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II were among the leaders by revenue this year, while Raft and Vampire Survivors were one of the most succesful titles released ouf of Early Access.
Ed Boon on how MK vs DCU almost buried Mortal Kombat but helped reboot franchise: “There was an opportunity for two separate games”
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe is not only considered a disappointment by many fans, but also a game that nearly buried one of the most famous fighting series. However, this failure also helped NetherRealm Studios pursue the idea for a much more succesful reboot and return the MK franchise to its brutal roots.
How underage Roblox players getting scammed by other kids through phishing schemes and money laundering
Roblox is especially popular among young players. However, a new investigation digs into how these underage users are being swindled out of thousands of dollars by other children, some as young as 13.
Former Blizzard devs on founding their own studios: “For us to have a chance to build something original is incredibly special”
We have seen a number of new studios started by ex-Blizzard devs over the past couple of years. Here is what some of them say about building their own businesses and making new games outside of one of the inudstry’s most prominent AAA companies.
Blizzard Proletariat workers form new union to seek fair compensation and eliminate mandatory overtime
Blizzard Proletariat, known for its multiplayer action game Spellbreak, has decided to follow in the footsteps of two other Activision Blizzard teams. A group of workers announced a new union to seek fair compensation and other benefits.
Tim Sweeney on AI art: “I don’t want Epic Games to be a company that stifles innovation”
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has commented on the recent AI controversy and artists’ protests. While acknowledging copyright concerns, he noted that ArtStation won’t be banning this content by default, lest it become a gatekeeper that hinders progress.