MMO Business Roundup: GDC 2021, Netmarble, NYCC, voice actors, Gamescom, Steam’s autumn festival


Welcome back to another roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news!

GDC 2021: Fresh off the digital GDC Summer 2020, Informa Tech announced that its 2021 event will be a hybrid event, offering in-person content in San Francisco and online content too, from July 19th through July 23rd. It looks as if this will be a permanent change to the conference, meaning it will always offer digital content going forward.

Netmarble: Netmarble issued its second quarter 2020 earnings yesterday, and it’s doing well indeed, with $568.2 million in total sales – that’s a 30% increase compared to this quarter last year and 28% increase over last quarter.

NYCC: New York Comic Con finally admitted that its 2020 physical event in New York City will not run as planned. Instead, it’s opening up the New York Comic Con Metaverse event digitally from October 8th through 11th.

Steam: Valve announced that it’s hosting yet another online game festival: The Autumn edition will run from October 7th to 13th. “The Steam Game Festival is a great opportunity to get your demo out in front of a large audience before your game launches,” Valve says. “Much like we did with The Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, there will be options to participate in additional features, including live streams and developer Q&As.”

SAG-AFTRA: The voice actors guild, which includes voice actors across the video game sphere, have enacted changes to its health care plan that will effectively reduce coverage for some of its members and increase premiums for others. As the union actors’ petition notes, the changes coming mid-pandemic seems particularly brutal.

Gamescom: Finally, we’ve got a little bit of a tease for what the digital Gamescom will look like this month.


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