Epic Games Re-Files Google Antitrust Lawsuit, Reveals Google’s Plans To Buy Them

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Over the past year or so, we’ve been keeping tabs on the still ongoing Epic Games vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit. But if you’ll remember, Epic Games also filed a similar lawsuit against Google for the same reason: pulling Fortnite from their storefront after Epic Games surreptitiously introduced a direct payment button within the mobile app. We haven’t covered this lawsuit [...]

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Focus Home Interactive Acquires French Retro-Style Game Developer Dotemu

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French video game developer and publisher Focus Home Interactive has acquired Paris-based developer Dotemu, a studio that specializes in retro-style games such as Streets of Rage 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, and Metal Slug Tactics. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Focus bought out 77.5% of its fellow French studio’s shares for €38.5 million, or roughly $45.5 million. Dotemu will also [...]

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Activision Blizzard Employees Attest To ‘Frat Boy’ Culture And Harassment In New Exposé

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Activision Blizzard continues to feel the backlash of the ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit as Bloomberg publishes a new exposé with firsthand accounts from former and current employees of the company. These employees further attested to the fact that the executives themselves were a party to the alleged frat boy culture and incidents of sexual harassment within the company. [...]

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Sega Sammy Reports Q2 2021 Earnings - Phantasy Star Online 2 Hits $910M in Lifetime Sales

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Sega Sammy reported their Q2 2021 earnings report today with total revenue coming in at 59,447 million yen for the quarter ($450M). More interestingly though, the company continues to break down their top performing games. The top 3 revenue generating titles for the company were as follows: Project SEKAI COLORFUL STAGE! feat. Hatsune Miku, Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis, [...]

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Apex Legends Averaged 13 Million Weekly Active Players During Season 9 (Likely More than ALL Blizzard Games Combined)

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Electronic Arts published their Q2, 2021 earnings report yesterday and in it they disclosed that Apex Legends, their hit battle royale game, averaged 13 million weekly active players during Season 9. The game also broke a new record for peak daily players, but a specific concurrent number wasn't disclosed. Just to put that 13 million "weekly active players" number into [...]

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J. Allen Brack And Head Of HR Jesse Meschuk Leave Activision Blizzard Amid Controversial Lawsuit

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Blizzard Entertainment President J. Allen Brack has left the company “to pursue new opportunities” amid the controversial sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard by the state of California. The announcement was made in a press release welcoming Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra as the new co-leaders of the company the morning of yesterday’s Q2 2021 investor report. [...]

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Tencent Stock Crashes ~6% After Chinese Government Calls Gaming "Spiritual Opium"

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Tencent, one of the largest tech companies in the world, crashed ~6% (after being down nearly 11% earlier in the day) after Chinese media connected to the government referred to video games as "spiritual opium" in a scathing article about youth gaming addiction. Tencent's stock crashed in response in fear of greater regulation or a total crackdown on gaming. Other [...]

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Take-Two Interactive Reports Earnings - GTA V Sold Over 150 Million Copies Since Launch

Take-Two Interactive Software, the giant gaming company behind the hit Grand Theft Auto franchise, reported earnings today for the quarter ended June 30 (April-June). Revenues came in at $813M with net income (profit) coming in at $152.3M. While these headline numbers are impressive, what surprised me was that a whopping 70% of these revenues came from "recurrent consumer spending". This [...]

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