Sony, Sega and WarnerMedia claim millions in UK tax relief
Under UK’s Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) system, game developers can claim back up to 20% of some production costs. Warner Media, which owns Rocksteady (Batman: Arkham series) and Traveller’s Tales (the Lego games), used the policy to claim up to £60m in corporation tax relief. Sony claimed around £30m, while Sega received a £20m tax reduction.
Valve adds X-ray scanner for loot boxes in French CS: GO
The French version of CS: GO now has an X-ray feature that allows users to scan loot boxes and see their contents before making a purchase. You would think Valve is making the lootbox mechanic less exploitative, but not it’s not quite as straightforward.
Playrix: Creating levels and elements for match-3 games
How do you make new elements in a match-3 game? And how do you create levels and work with analytics? Aleksandr Shilyaev, lead game designer at Playrix, explains how the studio addressed these challenges while working on its hit title Gardenscapes.
Developers concerned over Google Play Pass royalty system
Following the launch of its mobile subscription service, Google said: “Developers earn a royalty that incorporates time subscribers spend in their app and captures how users value all types of content (from weather apps to epic endless runners).” That language alerted some developers as it seemingly resembles how Spotify and the likes of it pay artists. Under the pay-per-stream model used by Spotify, musicians get paid based on how many plays their songs gets. So…