Indie studio accuses Kalashnikov of stealing shotgun design and illegally granting Escape From Tarkov rights to use it
Ward B, an indie studio that is now developing sci-fi shooter Oceanic, has accused Russian weapon manufacturer Kalashnikov of stealing its design. The developer claims that the company copied one of the game’s guns for its new shotgun.
Call of Duty: Warzone developers protest layoffs of contract testers who were promised promotions
Last week, Activision Blizzard laid off about a third of the Raven Software QA team, although they had been previously promised promotions. It resulted in a walkout organized by workers, who want all layoffs to be reversed.
Insider: Battlefield 2042 reportedly sells over 4 million copies in first week
While Battlefield 2042 had many technical problems at launch and got negative reviews from players, the game still might be doing great in terms of sales. According to a new report, the shooter reached 4.23 million units sold in its first week.
Apple still considers collecting fees from IAPs even if developers use third-party payment systems
Although Apple will have to let developers add links to third-party payment systems, it still has Plan B on how to collect commission. The company considers charging fees even if a transaction is made outside the App Store.
Valve ‘making big investments’ in new VR headsets and games, according to Gabe Newell
Back in May, Gabe Newell had a talk with high school students in Auckland, New Zealand. Fast forward to December, a short clip from this meeting, in which he opened up about Valve’s plans in the AR/VR area, appeared online.
6 state treasurers consider voting against reelection of Activision Blizzard board members
Activision Blizzard is now facing new financial pressure amid its ongoing harassment scandal. 6 treasurers from the states that own a stake in the company expressed their concerns, calling to vote against the reelection of the publisher’s board.
Copyright God Mode: Is Russian law ready to combat cheat codes in video games?
Fortnite introduces Party Worlds as Epic Games continues its shift towards metaverse
Epic Games has added new social experiences to Fortnite. Party Worlds allow players to hang out and participate in different activities together. This concept aligns with the company’s strategy to build its own metaverse.
Take-Two filed dozens of trademark complaints against It Takes Two and other brands over 1.5 years
Take-Two Interactive has been actively monitoring the usage of specific words by other brands for more than a year and a half. However, Take-Two is not the only game company that files such complaints on a regular basis.
Farming Simulator 22 reaches record-breaking 1.5 million copies sold in first week
Farming Simulator 22 has become Giants Software’s first self-published release, and it is already showing strong numbers. The game reached 1.5 million units sold in its first week, breaking the series’ previous record.
CD Projekt to restructure GOG team in wake of $2.2 million losses, focusing on its DRM-free philosophy
CD Projekt has shared its plans for GOG’s future in the wake of the store’s net losses. The company wants to restructure a division, moving some of its employees to the game development team. GOG’s concept will also go back to the roots, focusing on offering DRM-free games.
Cyberpunk 2077 sees 540% boost in YouTube views, while game’s total sales remain undisclosed
Players have definitely warmed up to Cyberpunk 2077 in the wake of the latest discounts. The game came back to the lists of best-selling titles on PC, and its views on YouTube jumped by 540% over the last week. CD Projekt itself, however, still doesn’t disclose the Cyberpunk 2077 sales.
On (not) mentioning devs in game credits: “It’s just a testament to how much you respect your employees”
Game companies might have their own reasons to not include certain employees in the credits. We asked developers what they think of the problem. Should studios include every employee in the credits, or can they act according to their internal policies?
Nordisk Games snaps up Trailmakers creator Flashbulb Games for undisclosed sum
Nordisk Games has announced an acquisition of Flashbulb Games, which is best known for developing sandbox racing game Trailmakers. While the exact sum of the deal remains undisclosed, it can amount to several hundred million Danish Kroner.