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World of Warcraft general manager John Hight leaves Blizzard ‘to explore new opportunities and challenges’

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The World of Warcraft team and Blizzard at large has seen another one of its long-standing senior devs leave the company. After 12 years,...

Activision opens a new studio in Poland for work on ‘narrative-based and genre-defining AAA franchise’

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Apparently Microsoft subsidiary Activision thinks now is a good time to open a new studio and put together a team to develop an entirely...
Less elf than hoped.

Square-Enix confirms that layoffs are coming to US and EU employees in June

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Yesterday we reported on Square-Enix's first quarter outlook for 2024, in which it announced among other things that it plans to "rebuild its ...

Lightforge Games halts social RPG production, downsizes to a skeleton crew

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Over the past few years we've been reporting on Lightforge Games, a development studio that entered our general genre radar for snapping up former...

Game devs are concerned about the sustainability of live-service titles

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It certainly feels like live service is being tacked on to many recent game releases (whether it makes sense or not), which of course...
GTA Online

Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive lays off 600 employees and axes game projects

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The wave of job cuts flooding the games industry doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon, as this time around Grand Theft Auto...

Former Blizzard boss Mike Ybarra thinks players should be able to tip developers for their work

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Now that former Blizzard president Mike Ybarra has free time on his hands, he's apparently spending some of it pondering how to make our...
Nope, not letting this one go.

Ubisoft inists its AI-powered NPC tech will be used only if valuable to creatives

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When Ubisoft debuted new generative AI NPC tech at GDC this year, it made a lot of promises that it would gather industry feedback...

Jeff Strain shuts down Possibility Space studio via email, blaming internal leaks to the press

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Jeff Strain, the owner of Prytania Media, has elected to shut down another of his company's sub-studios. This time it's Possibility Space that has...

Microsoft’s Phil Spencer admits massive layoffs were due in part to gaming’s ‘lack of growth’

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Ever since Microsoft announced a wave of layoffs that would affect 1,900 people - over 800 of whom work for Activision-Blizzard - the officially...

Jeff Strain’s Crop Circle Games studio shuts down abruptly following employee furloughs

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Over the past couple of years we've been keeping a general eye on the opening of Crop Circle Games, a new indie studio formed...

Ubisoft debuts AI NPC prototypes at GDC, and it went about as well as you’d expect

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Ubisoft looks to be once more chasing the latest buzzword-scented tech trend. After the studio tried and failed to make NFTs work, it's now...
big storm

Blizzard is laying off over 126 people from its support center in Ireland

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The massive culling of 1,900 workers by Microsoft looks to have had a significant global impact, as Ireland's minister for foreign affairs Michéal Martin...
WHOOPS

FTC files a complaint against Microsoft following Activision Blizzard layoffs

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When Microsoft outlined its plans for what would happen following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, one of the things that the company stated was...
DO YOU NOT LOVE US?!

Former Activision-Blizzard exec files lawsuit that alleges the studio fired him for being old and white

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Discrimination can certainly take a wide assortment of forms, but the culture that has been fostered within Activision-Blizzard has mostly been one that threatens...

Chinese government fires media official over announced gaming rules proposal that battered the market

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The last few weeks saw the Chinese games industry turn into a tinderbox thanks to an announced draft of new restrictions on gaming in...

Xbox announces plans for AI-based gamedev tools that generate game dialogue and quests ‘at scale’

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The invasion of generative AI text and large language model (LLM) tools like ChatGPT into game development and design has gotten the backing of...
Oh good.

The ESA is no longer working with ReedPop for the theoretical next E3 event

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Well, if you were dreading the possibility of E3 coming back in 2024 under ReedPop's direction, you no longer have to worry about that....
Nope.

Valve confirms blocking games featuring AI-generated assets on Steam is primarily about copyright law

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Most of the time when AI art generators are heralded by game studios and publishers, one of the first questions people begin to ask...

ESA claims it is ‘currently having conversations’ about E3 in 2024 and 2025

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With E3 officially dead for this year, many are likely assuming that the Entertainment Software Association's marquee show is completely dead. This presumption was...

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