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Square-Enix’s latest financials show a decrease in sales and profits for the past nine months

The latest financial report for Square-Enix is out for the prior nine months of operation, and it's not a great report for the company....
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GDC’s sixth annual State of the Industry report shows VR down, Steam down, and unionizing up

The sixth annual GDC State of the Industry report is an interesting barometer of development; rather than focusing on analysts, it focuses on surveys...
Of course, you can argue that the lack of BfA is actually a positive.

China’s third round of game approvals still omits Tencent and NetEase

There are a lot of game companies in China, but Tencent and NetEase are the two titans with huge stables of titles, numerous online...
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Nexon founder’s controlling shares in the company are now officially up for sale

Remember how Nexon's founder and 98.64% share holder Kim Jung-ju made it clear early this month that he was looking into selling his controlling...
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Electronic Arts cancels its untitled open-world Star Wars game

Remember that open-world Star Wars game that Electronic Arts' Vancouver studio was working on after the company closed down the previous studio that had...
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China is approving games again, but none of them is from Tencent or Netease

After nearly a year of being frozen, China's approval process for games lurched into life once more in December, with 80 titles approved in...
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Blizzard’s corporate culture is becoming much more cost-focused with stronger Activision influence

Let's start with the good news here. According to the most recent article covering Blizzard's ongoing corporate culture shifts on Kotaku, the studio's shifts...

Netmarble’s appeal over deceptive lockbox practices has been dismissed

Even South Korea is getting mighty tired of lockboxes... or at least, tired of scuzzy business practices associated with them. Netmarble had been fined...
The man with the scars.

Superdata founder Joost van Dreunen sees dark days ahead for the game industry

If you'd like to remain optimistic about the future of the video game industry, you may not like what Superdata founder Joost van Dreunen...

Perfect World Entertainment confirms Steam China deal

Earlier this year, we reported on the surprise announcement that Perfect World Entertainment was in talks with Valve to bring Steam into China. It's...
Well, that's something.

Lost Ark is rumored to start Chinese beta testing soon

The mess that has been the Chinese game industry shutdown is affecting every corner of the world, but it's not really a shock that...
Mean elf.

Activision draws heat over ignoring accessibility requirements as its stock continues tumbling

It's safe to say that Activision Blizzard took a bit of a drubbing after BlizzCon (you could read all about it on your cell...
He's not even supposed to be here today.

Tencent is pulling back its marketing budget in response to China’s ongoing game freeze

Tencent has not been weathering the Chinese game block very well. Sure, the company has been doing its best, but a 28% stock drop...

Visionary Realms is hiring more staff to develop throwback MMORPG Pantheon

Good news for fans of old-school development or those looking for a career in that field, as Visionary Realms is hiring once again. While...
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Tencent is restructuring amidst continued Chinese game industry woes

Tencent is having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad year so far. Sure, its problems began when Monster Hunter World had to get...
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Activision knows the power of cross-play, but it will need some time to implement it

Blizzard is very familiar with the advantages of cross-platform play, because Hearthstone exists and does quite well for it with exactly that. But there...

ROKH’s developers outline the finances of the game and how little money it made

The survival sandbox ROKH suspended development back in July, and fans have questions about why. It's easy to look at the early access title...
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Here’s what’s going on with China’s video game approval process in simple terms

We all know that China is a big and expanding market for video games, and you probably know that this year has seen a...
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China’s delays on video game licenses may last another 4-6 months

It's been a bit of a rough go for games in China recently; Monster Hunter World was the first massively popular game we watched...
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Roblox secures another $150 million in funding

Consider this your regularly scheduled reminder that Roblox makes money and also serves as an attractive investment for making more money. Yes, the company...