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Hidden Path makes layoffs and pauses development on unnamed RPG

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"In the face of a challenging environment, we now have no choice but to pause development on that project and reduce the company size.

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FTC claims Microsoft contradicted Activision acquisition following mass layoffs

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The Federal Trade Commission has claimed that Microsoft contradicted its intentions during its acquisition of Activision Blizzard when it laid off 1,900 employees from its games division in January. On Wednesday, FTC lawyer Imad Abyad argued in a letter filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that Microsoft said it intended its acquisition of Activision to "operate as a limited-integration studio.

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Composer Yoko Shimomura and game designer Fawzi Mesmar honored At GDCA 2024

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At GDCA 2024, Composer Yoko Shimomura will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and game designer Fawzi Mesmar will receive the Ambassador Award.

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"Make yourself undeniable" ? Black Voices Progress Report

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox This interview is part of GamesIndustry.biz's Black Voices Progress Report, offering insight into the different experiences Black professionals have in the games sector. You can read more about the project and check the other entries on this page. It's no small feat to stay in the industry for 14 years, especially not as a Black developer but Del Walker, currently senior artist at Naughty Dog, has achieved it, building

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Nexon puts faith in The Finals after it surpasses internal projections

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The Finals is only two months old, and Nexon thinks it's got what it takes to be as long-lasting as MapleStory and Dungeon & Fighter.

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Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games

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GameFromScratch.com Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games Disney have just announced they are making a $1.5 Billion dollar investment in Epic Games and announced a massive partnership in both Fortnite and Unreal Engine usage. This is not the first major company to take an investment stake in Epic Games with Sony making a $250M investment back in […] The post Disney Make $1.5B Investment in Epic Games appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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EA Sports FC and The Last of Us Part 2 impress in tough January | UK Monthly Charts

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2.47 million games were sold in January in the UK, a drop of 3% over the same period last year. This is based on GSD data, which tracks all physical game sales, and all digital sales from most major third-party publishers. The sales were led by EA Sports FC 24. EA's previous football game, FIFA 23, also led the charts in January 2023, and EA Sports FC 24 actually had a better January than its predecessor.

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Ubisoft nets solid third quarter growth with late 2023 releases

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Ubisoft's handful of 2023 releases prevented it from having a dud of a third quarter.

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FromSoftware owner acquires Octopath Traveler developer

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FromSoftware's parent company Kadokawa Corporation has bought Octopath Traveler developer Acquire for an undisclosed sum. The Japanese media conglomerate shared the news in its quarterly earnings report published today. "To strengthen the ability to create IP in games as part of our game business strategy, we have made Acquire into a wholly owned subsidiary," it said.

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FromSoftware owner Kadokawa buys Octopath Traveler developer Acquire

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Kadokawa wants to build on the success of Elden Ring by creating more original franchises.

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Powering Hello Kitty’s rise to the top flight of mobile

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Hello Kitty Island Adventure is doing a lot of remarkable work to disprove a dated prejudice about kids games based on licensed brands. It may no longer be remotely fair or accurate, but some still default to assuming that such games are somehow less creatively credible, innovative, or technologically ambitious than equivalent works conceived for an older audience.

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Microsoft layoffs will target Toys for Bob, Sledgehammer Games, and Infinity Ward

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A cascade of WARN notices indicate the job cuts will impact 899 workers in California alone.

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PlateUp's solo dev shares recipe for success

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox A week before the release of his first game, Alastair Janse van Rensburg went on an annual holiday with his family, nervous about the launch and still fixing a last few things. A year before, he had quit a £30,000 per annum job in Oxford as a cybersecurity researcher to concentrate on games development, and his family assured him that, so long as PlateUp made £30,000 in a decent amount of time, the risk had be

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How HAWKED Evolves Extraction Shooters with Treasure Hunts and Puzzles

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This story is about the work that went on behind-the-scenes, learning from feedback, and adapting to create a game that pushes the genre in a new direction.

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Q3 bookings boost makes Ubisoft confident of record year

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Ubisoft has released its financial results for the first nine months of the financial year, showing a slight uptick in net bookings and a drop in revenue – but expects to achieve record full-year net bookings by the end of the current quarter. The publisher's Q3 results were boosted by the release of Assassin's Creed Mirage and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, as well as a sharp rise in bookings from long-running hit

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Persona 3 Reload becomes fastest-selling title in Atlus history

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The remake sold 1 million copies in the space of a week.

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Take-Two cutting costs again as Q3 sales dip 3%

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Take-Two today released its financial results for its third fiscal quarter, covering the three months ended December 31, and while it reported slightly sagging sales and bookings, the company did beat its guidance and posted its smallest quarterly net loss since the May 2022 acquisition of Zynga.

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Voxlands' Steam Next Fest Demo is a Block-buster Success!

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Voxlands' demo dominates: top-played, wishlists soaring, taking Steam Next Fest by storm!

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Stoke Games raises $5.5m for "shooter-adjacent" PvP game

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Stoke Games today announced that it has secured $5.5 million in funding to pursue its debut title, a "shooter-adjacent" PvP game. The newly formed, 14-person independent studio was co-founded by product director Veigar Bouius and creative director Jon Diesta, both of whom spent much of the past few years at Player First Games working on Multiversus.

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New Update ‘Gadgets My Way’ Unveiled for Slime Rancher 2

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The latest content update introduces a transformative gadgets system, offering players total freedom in gadget placement and interaction, encouraging them to unleash their creativity across Rainbow Island - now available for Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC.

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Report underscores how little investment goes to women-led firms

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox In 2021, five women-founded studios received $1.2 million in funding, compared to the $4.1 billion investment male-run studios earned in 2021. That's according to data from research firm PitchBook, as featured in a Polygon report on discrepancies in investment support for marginalized developers.

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Wild Card Football  Takes the Field for Today’s Star-Studded Twitch Rivals Streamer Bowl V: Tailgate Edition Tournament

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Watch pro football stars and popular Twitch streamers compete in arcade football action with $50,000 for charity on the line

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Marble Champions demo out now

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Roll your way through intricate tracks, overcome obstacles, and rely on your skills to triumph over your rivals. Climb divisions, enter tournaments, collect marbles and compete in daily time trials to become the Marble Champion.

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Star Citizen Celebrates Coramor and Red Festival Holiday Events with Free Access to Game and Select Ships Starting Feb. 8

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'Free Fly' event begins today, with five ships available to try out - for free.

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IGDA launches new Incubation Special Interest Group

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The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has announced a new Incubation Special Interest Group (SIG) comprised of over 80 gaming incubators and accelerators from more than 50 countries. Chaired by Sho Sato, co-founder of the indie Game incubator (iGi), the Incubation SIG will provide mentorships, an open-source toolkit, and shared exhibitions.

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BORDER BOTS VR CLEARED FOR ENTRY - LAUNCHES TODAY!

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Paw Print Games’ light-hearted simulation-puzzle VR game is out now on PlayStation®VR2, SteamVR, and Meta Quest 2.

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Krafton gets a 3% sales bump in 2023

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox PUBG publisher Krafton released its full-year financials report, which saw its sales increase by 3%.

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VR Extraction Shooter ‘Ghosts of Tabor’ Reports for Duty on Meta Quest Store

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Developer Combat Waffle set their sights on PlayStation VR2 and Pico later this year

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Hidden Path lays off 44

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Hidden Path Entertainment founder and creative director Michael Austin confirmed on LinkedIn yesterday that the studio has laid off 44 employees, as spotted by Game Developer. The studio's website says it has a team of "over 65" developers. "For over six months, our team at Hidden Path Entertainment has been in numerous active discussions to find replacement funding for an exciting RPG project," Austin said.

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Hop in the Ring with Ed in Street Fighter ™ 6 Starting Feb. 27

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Ed the boxer punches above and below the belt in his attempts to win.

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Room 8 Group finalizes integration of Massive Black and PUGA

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Room 8 Group has completed the integration of PUGA and Massive Black into its studio brand. The services provider aims to streamline work and complete projects with the move.

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SEVEN KNIGHTS IDLE ADVENTURE INTRODUCES FOUR LEGENDARY HEROES INCLUDING RAKSHASA

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Rakshasa leads the charge of the four new heroes.

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Take-Two argues that virtual currencies are "fictions" in bid to dismiss lawsuit

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Take-Two has argued that virtual currencies are "fictions" in its appeal to get a lawsuit dismissed. The company filed a motion to dismiss on February 2, 2024, hitting back at accusations of unlawful business practices related to virtual currencies being non-transferable or refundable once game servers are switched off. As GameFile reported, the firm argued that the virtual currency does not belong to the player in the first place.

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Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal

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GameFromScratch.com Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, the Melodic Mayhem A Comprehensive Audio and Music Bundle is a collection of Sound FX and Music assets specifically designed for games. These assets are from Ovani and include plugins for Godot, Unreal and Unity that enable you to […] The post Humble Sound FX and Music Bundle for Godot, Unity and Unreal appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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