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MMO Business Roundup: Unity clings to AI, Apple appeals again, Embracer restructures

Business doesn't take a break, and so neither must we. Except for holiday breaks. But then those also can get busy because studios sometimes...

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

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

Among Us is getting its own animated TV series sometime in the future

There isn't a lot of story to be told in the greater scheme of the multiplayer deceive-em-up Among Us, but apparently there's enough meat...

One of the lead devs for Star Wars The Old Republic confirms his move to the Broadsword team

At this point, everyone has all but full-out confirmed that Star Wars: The Old Republic is changing hands from BioWare to Broadsword. This open...

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

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...

Reddit CEO remains unfazed by blackout protests, calls organizing moderators ‘landed gentry’

This week saw a pretty significant lashing out from the vast majority of Reddit, as multiple subreddits, including several that serve MMORPG communities, went...

Electronic Arts SEC filing expresses concern over the potential impact of unionization and AI regulation

In what can only be absorbed as a bid to take its awful corporation crown back from other major contenders, statements from Electronic Arts...

Microsoft is reportedly considering pulling Activision out of the UK market over regulatory block

The locking of horns between Microsoft and the UK's Competition and Markets Authority over Microsoft's billion-dollar acquisition of Activision-Blizzard appears to be reaching a...
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South Korea approves merger of Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard as both companies continue to fight UK regulators

There has been another plodding step forward in Microsoft's billion-dollar buyout of Activision-Blizzard, as reports from Korea Xbox News have now confirmed that South...

NCsoft West restructures as NC America, with shared CM for Lineage II, Aion, and Blade & Soul

Back in February, we reported on a wave of layoffs that struck NCsoft West, which saw 20% of its workforce handed their walking papers...

Microsoft’s buyout of Activision-Blizzard gets full clearance from China

Microsoft has cleared yet another hurdle in its slow subsumption of Activision-Blizzard, as China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has completed its investigation of...

CD Projekt Red lays off employees working on a multiplayer version of The Witcher as a result of a ‘new framework’

This story will need a bit of a primer before we get into the details of the headline, so let's review: Last October, CD...

Square-Enix FY2022: Revenues decline as company remains ‘aggressive’ on blockchain

We continue with the near-endless march of financial reports out of gaming companies in May, and this one is another biggie, as Square-Enix has...

UK government body issues order that blocks Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard from ‘acquiring an interest’ in each other

Despite the multi-billion dollar deal between Activision-Blizzard and Microsoft slowly making forward movement in multiple smaller markets and potentially one very large market, the...

Electronic Arts ends 2023 fiscal year with $7.4B in revenue, talks up investment in ‘games as a platform’

The numbers are in for Electronic Arts' fourth quarter and its overall 2023 fiscal year, and by all accounts, the behemoth is still behemoth-sized....
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Pokemon Go pushes back against ‘incorrect’ estimates that its revenue has dropped this year

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is a private company, which means that it doesn't share its quarterly financial reports with anyone since it's not being...
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Idea Fabrik, the company behind Hero Engine and The Repopulation, disappears from the internet

The beginning of this year saw a sad but perhaps unsurprising development for the Kickstarted sci-fi sandbox MMO The Repopulation when the workers contracted...
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Appellate court reaffirms Apple’s store is not monopolist but must still allow third-party purchasing options

The three year-long legal fight between Apple and Epic finally made another step forward yesterday, but since it has been that long, allow us...

World of Warcraft producer claims Blizzard is bleeding talent and creating ‘crisis maps’ for feature releases

It would appear that another bout of brain drain is afflicting Blizzard as a whole and World of Warcraft in specific. One of the...

Nexon formally files a copyright infringement lawsuit against Dark and Darker studio Ironmace

Considering the very public back-and-forth between Nexon and Dark and Darker developer Ironmace, this development seems like a foregone conclusion, but it is now...