John Carmack: “Minecraft and Fortnite are closer to the metaverse than anything Facebook has built”
id Software co-founder and Oculus consulting CTO John Carmack has shared his thoughts on the metaverse. He thinks that Facebook is far from realizing the idea behind it, citing Fortnite and Minecraft as better examples.
213 Chinese game companies vow to self-regulate and fight addiction with things like facial recognition
In the wake of the latest restrictions, more than 200 game companies in China have pledged to self-regulate the industry and cooperate with the government. They will use different methods to fight gaming addiction among minors, including facial recognition.
ADL urges ESRB to rate ‘extremism’ and toxicity of community in online games
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on the ESRB to include new metrics on toxicity and “extremism” in online games. The organization thinks that it will help players and parents make informed decisions about titles with potentially harmful content.
miHoYo partners with Tencent, which reportedly agreed to reduce fees for Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact has been finally released on Tencent’s Android store. According to the latest reports, miHoYo reached a cooperation with the Chinese tech giant. It includes not only different promotional activities but also a reduced commission.
Developers share their impressions of Steam Deck: “Honestly a bit of a game-changer for me”
As first developers got their Steam Deck dev kits, they started to share their impressions of Valve’s portable PC. And most reactions are positive, with games industry professionals praising the device’s performance.
SNKRX dev compares its average playtime to other roguelites, with Slay the Spire being absolute leader
Roguelites usually have huge replayability, as their gameplay loop motivates players to come back to them over and over again. Indie developer a327ex, who created SNKRX, decided to compare his game’s playtime stats to similar titles on Steam.
Blizzard staff exodus continues as Overwatch 2 executive producer announces his departure
Chacko Sonny will leave Blizzard Entertainment this Friday. He is best known as an executive producer of Overwatch 2. However, there is reportedly no connection between Sonny’s departure and the ongoing scandal.
Embracer Group snaps up QA studio Bytex known for working on games like SnowRunner and World War Z
Embracer has acquired another studio through its subsidiary Saber Interactive. The Swedish holding company now has a 100% stake in Russian studio Bytex. The financial terms of the deal, however, remain undisclosed.
China’s police arrest 469 scammers who pretended to be women and tricked men into spending money on games
Over 300 police officers have carried out a massive raid to arrest 469 online scammers in China. They tricked men across the country into spending real money on games by pretending to be female players.
SEC launches investigation into Activision Blizzard, subpoenas Bobby Kotick
Activision Blizzard is now facing another investigation in the wake of the ongoing scandal. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has subpoenaed the company, including its CEO Bobby Kotick, to find how the publisher handled the allegations of discrimination and harassment.
Netflix secretly developing VR game Eden Unearthed for Oculus Quest
Netflix has released a free-to-play VR game called Eden Unearthed for Oculus Quest. The game is available through App Lab, rather than through the Oculus Store, meaning the title hasn’t gone through the full Oculus review process and could be experimental or still in development.