2023

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Bobby Kotick to leave Activision Blizzard next week

Game Developer

Kotick's tenure at Activision Blizzard saw it become one of video games' biggest publishers, along with it (and himself) the subject of numerous recent controversies.

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PlayStation will not delete Discovery TV shows after all

GamesIndustry.biz

PlayStation will no longer be removing over 1,300 Discovery TV shows from its platform next month. Sony had previously announced that users will not be able to watch Discovery content on PlayStation from December 31, even if they had already purchased it. However, the firm now says that due to an 'updated licensing agreement' with Warner Bros -- which owns the Discovery brand -- consumers will now be able to access their previously purchased shows 'for at least the next 30 months'.

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China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization The Chinese government have just announced new regulations that will have a MASSIVE impact on the world of game development. It immediately resulted in huge stock market losses for China’s two largest gaming companies Tencent and NetEase. The announcement is a crackdown on “gacha” style monetization strategies, loot boxes and … China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization Read More The post Chi

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Unity’s Trap

Tom Francis

Last week, Unity announced that they will soon start charging developers $0.20 each time their games are installed, past certain (high) thresholds. This came as a surprise to me and a few thousand other developers who chose Unity, invested in it, and paid for it in large part because they told us they wouldn’t take any of our revenue. The reaction has been huge, but it’s not clear yet if Unity will make it right.

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Unity plan pricing and packaging updates

Unity Blog

In January 2024, Unity will introduce a new Unity Runtime Fee based on game installs. Prior to this, Unity subscription plans will add cloud-based asset storage, Unity DevOps tools, and AI at runtime at no additional cost.

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Bayard Wu

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Bayard Wu Bayard Wu is a freelance illustrator and concept artist currently working in the video game industry. Bayard studied animation at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Link: Portfolio | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram All images © Bayard Wu or their respective copyright holder.

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MCV/DEVELOP’s 30 Under 30 2023

Game Development News

This year’s 30 Under 30, where we put the spotlight on the best and brightest young talent in the industry that the industry has to offer - MCV/DEVELOP

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Bandcamp employees accuse CEO and Epic Games of union busting

Game Developer

As Bandcamp employees are attempting to have their union recognized by the NLRB, they're also shining a light on alleged actions to stop the union by its CEO and parent company.

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Sega of America employees announce multi-department union

Game Developer

The Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS) is both the Sonic the Hedgehog developer's first-ever union, and also the United States' first game developer union to cover multiple staff departments.

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The ascent of Indian video game development

Game Developer

Indian video game development seems to be displaying more and more potential and exposure; we spoke to three different developers based in India about their current projects and their own experiences.

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CMA decries EU's Microsoft-Activision approval, stands by rejection

Game Developer

The CMA thinks its fellow regulator made the wrong call in giving Microsoft permission to merge with Activision Blizzard, and reasserted its own decision to block it.

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Epic Games cuts almost half of Bandcamp pre-Songtradr sale

Game Developer

Update : A spokesperson for Epic Games clarified to Game Developer that the Bandcamp layoffs aren't new, but part of Epic's previously announced reductions.

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CWA rescinds three Unfair Labor Practice charges against Activision Blizzard

Game Developer

The labor union has withdrawn some Unfair Labor Practice charges against the Call of Duty publisher, but feels Kotick is "undermining this productive process.

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Obituary: Bob Smith, Atari 2600 programmer, has passed away

Game Developer

Smith was a programmer at Atari during the 1980s and worked on a number of titles such as Star Wars: The Arcade Game and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.

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Unity apologizes to devs, reveals updated Runtime Fee policy

Game Developer

Unity's updated Runtime Fee will no longer apply to games made on Unity Personal, and will only apply beginning with the next LTS version of Unity.

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Suda51 on 25 years of making strange masterpieces at Grasshopper Manufacture

Game Developer

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO and game designer Goichi “Suda51” Suda dishes on 25 years of toilet humor, ultraviolence, and his love for Takashi Miike.

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Behind the effort to honor forgotten game industry figures

Game Developer

Today we all know the names of video game industry legends like Jerry Lawson and Mabel Addis. But what kind of work did it take to preserve their legacies?

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Obituary: Delphine Software founder Paul de Senneville died at age 89

Game Developer

In his brief time with video games, de Senneville formed two game development studios and partnered with publishers such as Interlay and Electronic Arts.

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Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield headline Steam's 2023 bestsellers

Game Developer

Like 2022 before it, Valve's list of best-sellers for 2023 feature the year's biggest titles and games that have have been around for a year or longer.

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Embracer has conducted layoffs at Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics

Game Developer

Embracer continues to enact layoffs at its various subsidiaries, with the newest round said to be hitting various departments at Crystal Dynamics.

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Ex-Escapist staff launch new games media website Second Wind

Game Developer

Less than a day after resigning from The Escapist, Yahtzee Croshaw and ex-EiC Nick Calandra have established a new site to pick up where they left off.

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QA staff at Xbox support dev Experis successfully vote to unionize

Game Developer

Despite alleged anti-union behavior from management, the QA team at Experis Game Solutions formed their union and are now drawing up a contract.

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Fallout creator Tim Cain on his past and future as a gay game developer

Game Developer

Tim Cain, lead designer and programmer of InterPlay's first two Fallout games, released a video on his time in the game industry as a gay man.

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Unity's Just Not Into You, Indie Developer

Game Developer

How can you trust a business partner that will radically change the terms not only of your future relationship, but your existing one as well?

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Godot Engine launches funding initiative to fuel long-term growth

Game Developer

The engine maker hopes its new development fund will give it more financial freedom and ensure it keeps up with the growing scale of its project.

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Square Enix closes out 2023 fiscal year with financial dips across the board

Game Developer

Square Enix starts 2023 off on a down note, with financial dips across its various divisions and its premium games not performing to expectations.

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Activision Blizzard planning to end full remote work

Game Developer

Update : A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard confirmed employees would have to return to the office for three days per week starting in April.

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CMA puts interim ban on Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger

Game Developer

Time is running out on Microsoft's merger with Activision Blizzard, and the CMA's newest move puts the two developers further on the backfoot.

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Unity CEO and president John Riccitiello is leaving the company

Game Developer

Longtime video game industry CEO John Riccitiello—a source of frequent controversy at the companies he's helmed—is leaving Unity.

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Unity wants to rebuild trust, but one major Runtime Fee claim doesn't add up

Game Developer

Unity appears to have quietly backtracked over how it intends to handle subscription service fees, and that's a cause for concern.

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Something Wicked Games snaps up former Starfield lead quest designer Will Shen

Game Developer

The former Bethesda Softworks quest designer is now the lead content designer on Something Wicked Games' upcoming game Wyrdsong.

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Saints Row developer Volition has been shut down

Game Developer

Volition, developer of the Saints Row and Red Faction franchises, is no more after its parent company Embracer chose to close the studio.

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Ways to inclusively design fat characters in games

Game Developer

Developers from all kinds of backgrounds discuss their processes for including fat characters and expanding body diversity in their games.

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Q&A with Blizzard leadership on return-to-office, bonuses leaves devs fuming

Game Developer

Comments made by Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra during a company town hall reportedly outraged developers and cratered morale.