Report: Activision tries to block Blizzard Albany’s union, spending ‘hundreds of thousands’ on union-busting firm
A group of employees at Blizzard Albany, formerly Vicarious Visions, have accused Activation of preventing their unionization efforts. The Diablo IV developers say the company has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to deny their labor rights.
Electronic Arts reports growth in revenue and profit, says it is in ‘incredible position’ as standalone company
Electronic Arts has released its financial report for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30. The company also noted that it has no consolidation plans and aims to become the “largest standalone independent developer and publisher” globally.
Former Massive MD David Polfeldt joins PlayerUnknown Productions to create ‘successful studio culture’
David Polfeldt has found a new role four months after his departure from Ubisoft. The games industry veteran is now a senior advisor at PlayerUnknown Productions, a studio started by PUBG creator Brendan Greene.
Steam, Epic Games Store, and more blocked in Indonesia due to non-compliance with local regulations
Last week, the Indonesian government banned several online platforms, including Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin. It happened after the companies failed to comply with a new registration requirement.
India blocks Krafton’s Battlegrounds Mobile India over national security concerns
Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), a separate version of PUBG Mobile, has been banned in India due to its data sharing in China. This came after Krafton announced its plans to increase its investments in the country’s games market.
Prospector: a casual yet complex survival game by Jacob Farny, a solo dev who wants players to author their own story
Jacob Farny, founder of one-man studio Loonworks Games, has opened up about his sci-fi simulation / base-building game Prospector. We discussed his love for the genre, the challenges of solo development, and his desire to create stress-free experiences that allow players to author their own story.
Former Assassin’s Creed director found new job at Tencent after his controversial departure from Ubisoft
Ashraf Ismail stepped down from a top position at Ubisoft in 2020 following allegations of misconduct. However, it’s been revealed that he quickly managed to find a new job at one of Tencent’s subsidiaries.
Taking 50% of revenue for ‘nothing’? Indie devs and publishers debate on predatory deals and other pitfalls
Some say a game can’t become a commercial hit without a good publisher, while others claim that developers can survive and break through without signing “predatory contracts.” Here is what different industry professionals think about this age-old problem.