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Project Boston was Activision-Blizzard’s attempt to create a ‘Steam of mobile’ games store

The point of the Epic v. Google antitrust lawsuit is ostensibly about whether Google is holding a monopoly that prevents competitors like Epic from...

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

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

Nitrado CEO claims ARK Survival Ascended ‘would never have existed’ without its $4M loan

The twisty, tangled, muddy mess between Nitrado, ARK: Survival Ascended publisher Snail Games, and the wider business of private server hosting continues to present...

Modders declare petition victory as ARK Survival Ascended team lifts server hosting exclusivity restrictions

Remember when ARK developer Studio Wildcard announced a seven-year partnership with Nitrado for private server rental for the just-released ARK: Survival Ascended, which ended...

Myth of Empires resolves ARK Survival Evolved copyright lawsuit, paving the way for its return

Who here had "Myth of Empires resolves its legal woes to the point it gets to re-release" on their 2023 bingo card? We certainly...

Microsoft eyes October 13 completion date for its Activision-Blizzard buyout

Microsoft appears to be fairly certain that its multi-billion dollar acquisition of Activision-Blizzard will go through, as a company source reports that it's looking...

Former Ubisoft execs and employees were detained by French police over sexual misconduct allegations

It looks as if the French authorities are moving against Ubisoft employees who were among those accused in the studio's wide-reaching sexual misconduct exposé....

SAG-AFTRA members overwhelmingly vote in favor of a video game voice actors strike

Over the past few months, Hollywood has been ground to a halt as voice actors and screenwriters hit the picket lines to fight against...

Roblox sheds 30 ‘talent acquisition’ employees as part of a company plan to improve its profits

We've reported numerous times how the company that runs Roblox has continually seen revenue rise but profits plummet as it outspends those earnings to...

UK government body ‘opens the door’ for Microsoft’s buyout of Activision-Blizzard in preliminary approval

The long shoving match between Microsoft and the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) looks to be nearing its final stretch. The CMA has...

Square-Enix sees $2B in stock value disappear and its team management scrutinized

The home of Final Fantasy has been sailing some rocky fiscal seas recently. As multiple outlets reported this past week, Square-Enix has seen its...

Unity’s runtime fee scheme sees game devs shut off Unity ads and employees turn in resignations

The tire fire of Unity's decision to impose "runtime fees" on studios that use the engine continues to burn bright and hot. Game developers...

SAG-AFTRA union prepares for a second strike over video gaming’s use of AI and low wages

The SAG-AFTRA union has already stood up to TV and film companies with no apparent resolution in sight, and now it looks as if...
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UK CMA confirms block of Microsoft’s acquisition of ActiBlizz, prompting a restructuring of the deal

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority continues to be a hard hurdle for Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard to clear. As a refresher, the UK government...

Unity Q2 2023: Buyout of ironSource pays off with a YOY revenue increase as net losses continue

The second quarter numbers for Unity are in, and it looks like good news for investors. The company's revenue has reached $533M - an...
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UK regulatory body seeks additional comments regarding the Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard merger

The long-tail process of the UK approving Microsoft's buyout of Activision-Blizzard has made one more step forward. As a reminder, the UK's Competition and...
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The ESRB seeks a COPPA provision to let apps scan children’s faces for age verification

You might have heard the legal disclaimer "ask your parents' permission before going online" in some advertisements aimed at children, which is understandable because...

Ubisoft warns inactive accounts of games library deletion as first quarter sales see a slight dip

You know what's a super great and smart method to get customers to keep coming back to your launcher and storefront? Warning them that...

World of Warcraft’s technical director departs Blizzard after almost 23 years

Blizzard has seen another pillar of the World of Warcraft team depart the studio: Technical Director Monte Krol announced his departure in a tweet this...

The FTC suspends its administrative challenge of the Microsoft Activision-Blizzard merger

It would seem as if the US Federal Trade Commission has read the suggested writing on the wall: The government body has officially withdrawn...