MMO Business Roundup: CDPR’s misery, Gamestonk revives, Riot’s Game Changers

Plus: Console shortages and esports tragedy

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

Console shortages: You probably saw all kinds of headlines this week about how President Biden is hard at work on important business, like… preventing shortages of video game console devices. Wait, what? As it happens, that’s not really the Biden administration’s core goal here; in fact, the president has issued an executive order to review multiple supply chains, including “semiconductor chips, rare earth minerals, pharmaceuticals, and large-capacity batteries for electric vehicles.” Consoles, of course, are affected.

CDPR: It sounds like CD Projekt Red’s misery over the nasty hack-and-ransom earlier this month is much worse than we thought. Not only was the source code for multiple games stolen and apparently sold when CDPR refused to negotiate with the thieves, but according to a new Bloomberg report, the situation has become a “nightmare” for employees, who had to freeze their own personal accounts in case they were compromised and send their computers to IT to scan for malware. As for the game itself, CDPR says that it’ll have to delay patch 1.2 in order to deal with the cyberattack. Expect it now in the back half of March.

Gamestonk: Yes, a Gamestop stock rally is happening all over again, with after-hours trading shooting up to $170 per share overnight, though the stock is falling once again this morning. Obviously, it’s not a smart idea to get involved in this rally, which appears to have begun after Gamestop’s CFO announced he’d be stepping down in March.

Riot Games: Riot has introduced VCT Game Changers, “a new program which will supplement the competitive season by creating new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalized genders within VALORANT esports.” Readers will recall that Riot leadership has been at the center of multiple sexual harassment and discrimination scandals over the last few years and is the subject of multiple lawsuits over the situation, so it’s certainly an interesting flex to see the company attempting to clean up its image using esports.

Call of Duty: Finally, we end on a horrifying note as multiple outlets are reporting that female Call of Duty esports player was killed by a fellow pro gamer. According to GI.biz’s piece, the murderer, who allegedly created a violent manifesto, filmed his crime, which he says he planned for two weeks, then sent the footage to his teammates and ultimately surrendered to police. We have no words, only sympathies for the victim and her friends and family.

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Bruno Brito

The CoD situation is horrifying indeed, but for those who find solace in retribution…well, they will find here: This kid is absolutely fucked.

The brazilian prison situation as it is right now is that most of the prison system is controled by criminal factions. When any kid joins, basically they’re threatened to join one of the factions and get involved into a war that has nothing to do with them or die in prison.

So, considering this kid clearly has all the makings of a psychopath ( down to the damn cliche speech, a fucking book, and video ), he’ll be tossed like a ragdoll inside some of the worst structured prisons to ever exist. He clearly has no regards for his fellows, which means he’s unreliable, and he thinks little of his betters. He’ll be destroyed inside that hellhole.

And…well, can’t say i have much sympathy.

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Peregrine Falcon

You just described the prisons in America, and I suspect most of the rest of the world.

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Bruno Brito

Not really. Criminal factions in america are not national in the scale they are in Brazil, where they control huge slices of the state’s capitals. The US main issue with prisons come from a for-profit mindset, which made private prisons terrible places. The police lost control of the criminal factions here a long time ago.

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Greaterdivinity

Learning that personal info was compromised in the hack…seriously, holy hell. CDPR’s gonna be recovering from that for a while, and I hope their employees identities are secure.

And what little I can tell of Gamestonk it seems to be WSB cannibalizing itself? Folks frantically selling, others holding and buying more…this is too much stupidity for me.

And on similar but unrelated news: Fry’s Electronics isn’t surviving the pandemic. Basically like a Microcenter/general nerd haven of hardware and all kinds of tech goodies and whatnot, all in a giant warehouse. Spent many, many, many hours hanging out there, picking up parts, buying random games, and just generally being a loser who thinks hanging out at the electronics store is cool.

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Leo

with Fry’s, I am kind of amazed they lasted this long. The last time I went (right before pandemic) the shelves were half empty, the food area closed, very few employees, and just one cash register open. I read online similar stories from other people. Maybe in some places they were thriving but from what I read there were many surprised they were still open.

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, I went to the store near me late last year looking for replacement speakers and seeing the empty store floored me. Maybe 5-6 employees working (where there’d normally be dozens), maybe 15 people in the giant store (usually like…I dunno, 100?), almost all the more expensive hardware/peripherals were gone, the shelves were mostly empty…I was hoping cutting back on their retail presence so much and shifting to more digital would have helped see them through this.

Retail, especially for stuff like hardware where you can easily get it online, is getting gutted hard during this pandemic : (