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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...

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

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,...

‘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...

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...

Walmart now has a digital storefront for real-world goods operating from inside of Roblox

Buying things online from Walmart's website? Like some kind of boomer? That's so last decade. If you want to take your digital Walmart shopping...

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...
GTA Online

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...

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

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

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