The promise fulfilled

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker media tour: An interview with Naoki Yoshida

One of the things that I've always respected about Naoki Yoshida as a director and producer is that the man is clearly deeply involved...

NCsoft Korea’s office literally turns away employees who have worked too many hours

It's not too terribly often we get the opportunity to report on gaming companies doing the right thing by its employees (even if it...
I blew things up!

Apex Legends studio Respawn projects a firm anti-crunch stance

"We don't do crunch here" is the "ethically sourced whale blubber" label of the games industry -- and it's one label that Apex Legends'...
It's not working.

Don’t look now but Cyberpunk 2077 just got delayed for at least the third time, now to December

I know you're all going to be super surprised, but CD Projekt has gone back on claims that it would not delay Cyberpunk 2077...
Oh, this... keeps my feelings where they were before, really.

CD Projekt Red goes back on its word regarding Cyberpunk 2077 crunch

Crunch -- the period of development time where studios enact overtime to get a product ready to ship -- is a controversial and harmful...
I blew things up!

Apex Legends boss addresses developers suffering work-from-home burnout and crunch

The Apex Legends subreddit had a little tire fire this past Friday as a result of a Glassdoor review of developer Respawn Entertainment that...

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed yet again, now to November 19

Back in January, we covered the news that Cyberpunk 2077 aka Keanu Online was being delayed from its April release date to September. Now,...

The push for games industry unionization expands with new initiative from major US union CWA

Unionization pushes have become a big discussion across the games industry for the last several years. The tipping point might just have been the...
Nothing really changes.

EA Spouse was 15 years ago, and not much has changed in games development

When it arrived back in 2004, EA Spouse felt like a wakeup call. But now it's easy to mark how long it has been...

ZeniMax and Bungie are part of a joint effort to fight against gamedev crunch

People are becoming more and more aware of the abusive mill game developers are being ground against in order to release the titles we...

CD Projekt Red weighs in on crunch as Cyberpunk 2077 development gears up

Development crunch is a hot-button topic in the gaming industry these days, and the latest studio to take a stance on the matter is...

Another crunch-ridden game studio exposed: This time it’s Fortnite’s Epic Games

"Crunch" was surely the gaming industry word of the year in 2018, thanks to a massive backlash over horrible working conditions at some Rockstar...

Massively OP’s 2018 Awards: Biggest MMO Industry Disappointment of 2018

Massively Overpowered's end-of-the-year 2018 awards continue today with our award for Biggest MMO Industry Disappointment, which was awarded to the sad death of Marvel Heroes last...

‘Tenno Against Crunch’: Warframe players urge devs not to overwork on updates

Here's a feel-good story to cap off your Veteran's Day whether you're stuck working or not: Warframe players on Reddit last week begged Digital...

Red Dead Redemption 2 posts a record-breaking weekend while possibly sneaking in a crunch reference

It's hardly a surprise that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a successful game, but let's just quantify that by noting that the game is...

More Rockstar devs speak up on crunch as Red Dead Redemption 2 official launch trailer drops

Rockstar is trying to get the Red Dead Redemption 2 narrative back on track this week after one of the company bosses casually humble-bragged...
I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road until I get a poncho.

Rockstar boasts of 100-hour work weeks on Red Dead Redemption 2

If you're looking forward to Red Dead Redemption 2, we can hardly blame you as it seems like half of the civilized world is...
What we do

The ESA claims crunch issues in the industry have been declining over the past decade

Crunch - the act of putting in way too much overtime to get a video game completed and out the door - is a...

Here’s how Netmarble’s fighting crunch after multiple developer deaths

Last year, Netmarble came under fire from South Korean authorities following the death of a game developer under its banner. Korea Workers' Compensation and...

MMO Business Roundup: EA Spouse 14 years later, PUBG poaching from Riot, and Funcom financials

Welcome back to another edition of our informal business roundup, where we wedge all the fun MMO industry tidbits that pile up in our...