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Buying Activision Blizzard is the industry's biggest gamble | Opinion

The sheer scale of Microsoft's acquisition shouldn't distract from how risky and difficult it will be - and some major questions won't have answers for years

By Rob Fahey

GDC survey takes dev temperature on studio toxicity unions, blockchain, more

Organizer Katie Stern talks about annual survey results and going forward with March's in-person event

By Brendan Sinclair

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Call of Duty QA workers vote to unionize

78% of Raven Software testers vote to form union, ask Activision Blizzard to voluntarily recognize a group of 34 members

By Brendan Sinclair

How do you learn from failures that succeed? | This Week in Business

Lego Star Wars is a complicated build, ex-BioWare developers dispel the notion of BioWare Magic, and we sift through the chatter around Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal

By Brendan Sinclair

Super Rare Games launches indie publishing label Super Rare Originals

Ryan Brown discusses how company aims to "rebuild the power dynamics in indie publishing to be in the developer's favour"

By Danielle Partis

How Firestoke wants to redefine publishing, one non-violent game at a time

Co-founder Paul Farley discusses how the new UK-based indie publisher aims to fix the developer/publisher relationship

By Marie Dealessandri

It Takes Two wins big at Arab Game Awards

Hazelight Studios' co-op game won six awards, including best game of 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

Unanswered questions about Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal | Opinion

A look at some of the implications and possible knock-on effects of yesterday's massive news

By Brendan Sinclair

"The deal that will change the industry forever": Analysts on Microsoft's Activision acquisition

Experts break down the biggest implications from the record-breaking $68.7 billion deal

By James Batchelor

Stillfront acquires 6Waves for $201m

Update: Company to purchase 100% of the shares in the Hong Kong-based mobile publisher, including Nexon's 34.8% stake

By James Batchelor

Blizzard reiterates commitment to cultural change

Company creates several new roles including new HR and DEI leaders, triples compliance and investigation team

By Marie Dealessandri

Sony expects Activision games to stay multiplatform due to "contractual agreements"

Update: Xbox head confirms to Sony that it will honor all existing deals and intends to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

By Danielle Partis

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Renee Gittins to step down as IGDA executive director

Dr. Jakin Vela to take over as interim director and Rami Ismail joins the board to assist with leadership transition

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Interpret: 56% of Xbox, PlayStation, PC users are interested in earning NFTs

In response to survey, analyst says "gamers just want to be able to participate in this new business and engagement model"

By Jeffrey Rousseau

TT Games employees report crunch, bullying at Lego studio

Current and former staff report 80-100 hour work weeks, planned crunch, mismanagement wasting months of work

By Brendan Sinclair

Newzoo: Mobile game revenue generated $93.2bn in 2021

Report also says that mobile game market was 52% of last year's global consumer spending on gaming

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Gamigo forms new launch department in publishing expansion

Kalypso's Marcus Behrens and ZeniMax's Marc Berekoven join to lead MMO firm's new team

By James Batchelor

Rainbow Six Extraction | Critical Consensus

A fun, co-operative shooter at its core, but ultimately could have just been a Siege expansion

By Danielle Partis

Former Firaxis art director Greg Foertsch unveils new studio, Bit Reactor

XCOM designer discusses how new outfit plans to refresh the strategy genre and rival AAAs

By Danielle Partis

Kotick: Overwatch, Diablo delays affected Activision Blizzard stock price more than abuse scandal

Embattled CEO discusses Microsoft acquisition, visions of reviving Guitar Hero and Skylanders

By James Batchelor

Anders Maiqvist of Thunderful to step down as CFO

He will go on to consult game mergers and acquisitions but will remain in his current position until a replacement is established

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Activision Blizzard tells SEC it's unaware of employee strike

Publisher's filing omits labor action at Raven, also says it faces no legal proceedings that would have a "material adverse effect" despite multiple government agency suits

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Take-Two's Zynga takeover | Podcast

Latest episode available to download now, also discusses how Apple Arcade breaks free-to-play

By GamesIndustry Staff

Kotick expected to leave Activision Blizzard after Microsoft deal closes

WSJ reports that the CEO discussed buying games press outlets to "change the public narrative about the company"

By Danielle Partis

Microsoft acquisition "does not change the goals" of ABK Workers Alliance

Employee group says it "remains committed to fighting for workplace improvements"

By Marie Dealessandri

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