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Japanese regulator clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no substantial harm to competition
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reviewed Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the regulator, the $68.7 billion deal won’t reduce competition in the market.
Japanese developer COLOPL announces monthly allowance for all employees to offset impact of inflation
COLOPL, best known for its mobile free-to-play RPG White Cat Project, has decided to help its employees cope with global price hikes. The company will start providing a monthly allowance throughout the year.
CD Projekt Red runs its first Kickstarter campaign. It’s for The Witcher: Ronin manga. And some concept-testing?
CD Projekt Red has launched its first Kickstarter campaign. The publisher is raising money to release a hard copy collector’s edition manga set in an ancient-Japanese-inspired world where monster slayer Geralt trails the mythical Lady of Snow Yuki Onna.
Nintendo directors get total payout of $6.9 million, which is still modest compared to Western executives
Nintendo had a successful financial year, thanks to strong performance of Nintendo Switch and games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Of course, the company’s three directors got huge bonuses, which are still quite small compared to the ones received by Western top managers.
GameRefinery releases its Q1 2021 report: RPGs’ market share declines in China and Japan, while Shooters rise in China
GameRefinery released its quarterly snapshot report for Q1 2021. The report looks at the iOS market in the US, China, and Japan as a whole, including genre and publisher market share, player motivations, and shifts in market trends.
Silent Hill creator teams up with other industry legends to form Bokeh Game Studio
Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama joined forces with game designer Junya Okura (Gravity Rush, Siren) and game designer / producer Kazunobu Sato (The Last Guardian, Siren). The trio announced a new studio called Bokeh Game Studio.
Supercell must pay $8.5 million for infringing Gree’s patents
A federal jury in Marshall, Texas, ruled that Supercell’s titles like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Brawl Stars infringe four patents held in the US by Japanese studio Gree. Supercell will now have to pay $8.5 million in royalties to Gree.
App Store critisized in Japan over inconsistent enforcement of its own guidelines
Apple has come under fire in Japan. Dozens of local developers have criticized the App Store’s policies. Now the tech giant will be investigated by Japan’s antitrust regulator. Surprisingly, it’s not about Apple’s 30% commission.