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Embracer Group talks up aspirations for AI tool integration with a ‘human-centric approach’

Embrace Group would like gamers to remember that it's still pretty villainous. The company's annual report for 2024 is out, and among its colorfully...

Valve faces an $838M UK lawsuit that accuses Steam of overcharging consumers and monopolizing prices

That's right, it looks like another legal firm is hoping to take a big meaty swing at Valve's enormous and probably jowly face: The...

‘I have to run a sustainable business’ – Microsoft’s Phil Spencer addresses layoffs and studio shutdowns

Some new statements out of Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer during this year's IGN Live gaming presentation can be absorbed as either admission of the...

Twitch eliminates its safety advisory council after just four years of operation

How long does it take for Amazon and Twitch to believe that people will forget about improving safety and security on the streaming platform?...

Mike Morhaime’s Dreamhaven game studios open playtest sign-ups for their upcoming games

Back in 2020 we got wind of Mike Morhaime's return to the games industry after leaving Blizzard thanks to the formation of Dreamhaven, a...

Lawsuit accuses Activision and Facebook of partial blame in deadly 2022 school mass shooting

The 2022 mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is one of the most shameful events in the US...

Helldivers 2 CEO steps down into a lead developer role and outlines his general vision for improvements

The name of Johan Pilestedt has been one of the more memorable ones for fans of Helldivers 2, particularly for his candid level of...

For Science: Fandom’s survey shows a majority of gamers play to unwind and de-stress

I know you'll all be shocked to learn that people play games to have fun and chill out, but in the current industry, sometimes...

MMO Business Roundup: Nexon’s Q1 2024, Microsoft’s AI fiddling, XDefiant’s monetization

Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! This time around, we've got only one first quarter report to...

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

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

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 ...

MMO Business Roundup: Krafton and Roblox post Q1 2024 gains while Unity bleeds nearly $300M

Welcome back to another quick roundup of some MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news! And this time around, it's the Oops! All Q1 Reports edition!...

Square-Enix Q1 2024: Profits plummet as it promises to ‘reboot and awaken’

The opening quarter of the 2024 fiscal year indeed isn't a good one for Square-Enix. Shortly after the company warned investors of "extraordinary losses"...

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

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...
The monolith.

IGDA survey casts a light on game devs’ impressions of industry diversity, job satisfaction, and crunch culture

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has put together the 2023 version of its game developer satisfaction survey, which continues to take the temperature...
It's not a good game, Beavis.

‘Evergreen titles and robust content pipelines reign supreme,’ says games industry firm Newzoo

We conveniently had a community discussion on the meaning of old-school when it comes to MMOs earlier this week, so consider that required reading...

Square-Enix tells investors to expect $140M in ‘extraordinary losses’ this quarter

We're about to start getting Q1 financial reports across the games industry, but the teaser from Square-Enix isn't exactly exuding confidence that it'll be...

IGN Live joins a long list of games industry events filling the June E3 hype void

The death of E3 has left quite a spring and summer hype vacuum for the games industry to try to fill - and Geoff...

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

It certainly feels like live service is being tacked on to many recent game releases (whether it makes sense or not), which of course...
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Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive lays off 600 employees and axes game projects

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...