Apple Arcade former head of content reportedly becomes new VP of PlayStation’s mobile division
PlayStation Studios seems to have a new head of its mobile division, Nicola Sebastiani, who previously was the content head of Apple Arcade. The appointment is in line with Sony’s plans to bring more IPs to mobile.
Things get complicated in Activision Blizzard harassment scandal, as DFEH and EEOC oppose each other
Soon after California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) objected to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) planned settlement with Activision Blizzard, the EEOC filed its own opposition. This conflict will probably make the whole situation even more complicated.
Apple appeals Epic Games ruling, saying that third-party payment systems might harm users and devs
Apple has taken the next step in its long-lasting legal battle with Epic Games. The company filed a notice of appeal against California’s court ruling, saying that the upcoming changes in the App Store policy might be harmful both for iOS users and developers.
Tencent becomes Bloober Team’s largest shareholder by acquiring 22% of its shares for $19.5 million
Tencent continues to invest in Western developers by acquiring 21.97% of Bloober Team shares for PLN 77.6 million ($19.5 million). The deal makes the Chinese tech giant the biggest shareholder of the Polish studio.
Crystal Dynamics adds XP boosts in Marvel’s Avengers, breaking previous promises
Marvel’s Avengers now offers more in-game purchases to players, including XP and resource-collecting boosts. The new monetization elements have been added to the game, although Crystal Dynamics previously stated that IAPs wouldn’t affect gameplay.
Nacon acquires 100% of Ishtar Games and creates new indie label
French publisher Nacon announced that it has acquired 100% of the Ishtar Games studio. This deal will also include the launch of the new Ishtar label, which will “develop the creation and marketing of high-potential “independent” games.”
Aggro Crab Games praised for its publishing deal offering 100% share to developer unless game hits 10K sales
Small studio Aggro Crab Games has become a publisher of indie horror Subway Midnight, saying it won’t take any fees from its creator unless the game hits 10,000 sales. This unusual decision received praise from other developers.
MY.GAMES Venture Capital invests $3 million in three new studios
MY.GAMES Venture Capital, the investment arm of MY.GAMES, has invested in three studios: VOX, Tworogue Games, and Wideview Games. The total investments in the three studios amounted to around $3 million. In all three deals, MGVC acquired minority stakes in the studios with options to purchase control later.
Eidos Montreal becomes first AAA studio to adopt four-day workweek, hoping to eliminate unnecessary time
Eidos Montreal has announced its decision to shift to a four-day workweek. The company hopes that it will increase efficiency. The new schedule won’t affect the salaries or working conditions of employees.
Dutch antitrust regulator finds Apple app store payment policies anti-competitive
Following the investigation launched in 2019, the Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) found that Apple has been abusing its market power by forcing devs to use its in-app payment system. The authority, however, has not yet published its decision, which is currently under legal review.