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  • Report: Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo to Skip E3 2023

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    Report: Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo to Skip E3 2023

    E3's big return sounds like it's more of a dud.

    In September 2022, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that E3 was returning. Not only was it returning, but it would be the show's first in-person event in four years.

    Now, we're learning that none of the three major console makers will have any sort of presence at the trade show. Sony and Nintendo not having a presence probably isn't too surprising. Those two companies had already started to do their...
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  • Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

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    Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

    Employees across several Microsoft owned studios were just let go from the company.

    Microsoft announced plans to layoff 10,000 employees, a decision that CEO Satya Nadella calls "difficult but necessary." A statement issued to employees, made public by Microsoft, does not go into detail just how many departments are being impacted. However, we do know that the Xbox division at Microsoft did not come away unscathed.

    Several studios under Xbox were impacted by...
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  • ZeniMax Employees Vote to Form Union

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    ZeniMax Employees Vote to Form Union

    The union has already been recognized by Microsoft.

    A supermajority of quality assurance (QA) workers at ZeniMax just voted to approve the creation of the ZeniMax Workers United/Communications Workers of America. This makes it the first video game studio union under Microsoft. It also makes it the current largest union of video game workers in the United States.

    The official voting period ran from December 2 through December 31, 2022. Organization to create the union were...
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  • Call of Duty Players are Suing to Stop Microsoft from Buying Activision Blizzard

    The Gamers™ are rising up.

    About two weeks back, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that they have filed a lawsuit in an effort to block the $69 billion (USD) acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. Yesterday, a new lawsuit was filed in an effort to stop this acquisition, this time by a group of Call of Duty players, or "video gamers" as the suit refers to them.

    This new lawsuit is a private consumer complaint from 10 players. The suit claims...
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  • Phil Spencer Proclaims Sony Wants to 'Grow by Making Xbox Smaller'

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    Phil Spencer Proclaims Sony Wants to 'Grow by Making Xbox Smaller'

    Back, the console wars are.

    Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer says that PlayStation wants to "protect their dominance on console." He continues on to say, "the way they grow is by making Xbox smaller." These statements by Spencer were said on the Second Request podcast.

    Spencer says that Sony just wants to retain its console dominance by opposing Xbox's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. His full statement can be seen here.



    Spencer...
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  • FTC Really Wants to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

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    FTC Really Wants to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

    The FTC just filed a complaint to stop the acquisition.

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States of America (USA) just filed a new complaint today that aims to block Microsoft's $69 billion (USD) acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This complaint is essentially a lawsuit, or a legal block, that will place at least a temporary stop to the acquisition being approved until such a point that this complaint is settled. This news comes in an email that the FTC sent to me this...
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  • Microsoft Offers 10-Year Commitment to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo

    Microsoft Offers 10-Year Commitment to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo

    This commitment will start with the Nintendo Switch.

    As the day came to a close on December 6, Xbox head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to announce a "10-year commitment" to bring Call of Duty games to Nintendo platforms. This commitment would begin with bringing titles to the Nintendo Switch. This would, of course, depend on whether or not the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard is approved.

    Curiously, Spencer also revealed that they are making an identical...
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  • Microsoft to Increases Prices of First-Party Games to $70 in 2023

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    Microsoft to Increases Prices of First-Party Games to $70 in 2023

    Microsoft was one of the last of the major hold-outs.

    Microsoft says that the price of first-party titles released in 2023 will move from $60 to $70 (USD). This is specifically for games built for the Xbox Series X|S and includes titles such as Starfield, Redfall, and the upcoming Forza Motorsport. Microsoft is one of the last of the major studios to hold off on raising the prices of their first-party titles to $70. Sony started pushing the new $70 norm about two years ago. Other studios...
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  • Microsoft Offers Sony a 10 Year Deal to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

    The reveal comes as the Microsoft-Activision deal faces harsh scrutiny.

    The $69 billion (USD) deal that would see Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard is still very much the focus of intense scrutiny from several of the world's regulation authorities. Apparently, one of the big issues that this regulators have is with the idea that Microsoft will pull several long-running multi-platform titles from those non-Microsoft platforms. Obviously, the Call of Duty franchise is one of the...
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  • Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

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    Microsoft Pauses Windows 11 22H2 Rollout Due to Game Stutters

    The 22H2 update may result in "lower than expected performance" or stuttering in games.

    In early October, Microsoft publicly released the 22H2 update for Windows 11. This update brought several new features to the operating system, the return of several features common to Windows that were common in older versions, and several bug fixes. Unfortunately for those that play video games, which is probably you if you're reading this, it also introduced several performance issues....
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  • Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

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    Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Ross will be replaced by Pierre Hintze as the new studio lead.

    Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today, citing "a family medical issue" as the main reason for her departure. Ross has been the lead at 343 Industries and the Halo franchise for the past 15 years, having worked at Microsoft and Xbox for 28 years.

    In her Twitter post, Ross says she originally intended to leave following the Winter update's release for Halo Infinite. She also says that she is "incredibly...
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  • Xbox Announces Elite 2 Core Controller

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    Xbox Announces Elite 2 Core Controller

    Cheaper than the Elite Series 2 but still feature packed.

    Microsoft announced a new Xbox controller today that they're calling the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 CORE (or Elite 2 Core for short). This new controller is based off of the rather pricey Xbox Elite Series 2 controller but will be cheaper and will include fewer features than the Elite 2 but more features than the basic controller. As such, the Elite 2 Core is priced at $129.99 (USD). In comparison, the Elite Series...
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  • Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

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    Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

    Cross-platform play also confirmed for these Activision Blizzard titles.

    Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took not to the Xbox Wire page but rather to the official Microsoft Blog to talk about some of the changes and concerns over Microsoft's potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In the blog, Spencer tries to put to bed fears that long-standing multi-platform titles like Call of Duty would suddenly become Xbox exclusive.

    In the blog post, Spencer also says that franchises...
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  • Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

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    Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

    Xbox is back at Gamescom with some new games and returning favorites.

    Microsoft revealed their big Gamescom lineup and schedule today, which seemingly includes a six-hour long livestream. The "Xbox Booth @ gamescom Live Stream" will take place on Thursday, August 25 from 5AM - 11AM (PT).

    This stream will include various developer interviews and some gameplay footage. Xbox has not indicated that there will be any new announcements made during this stream, so keep...
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  • As Complaints Grow, Mojang Says They Won't Back Down from Minecraft's New Reporting System

    The new system will let players report chat messages in multiplayer games, even in private servers.

    A new user reporting system was just added to a pre-release build of Minecraft that has large swaths of the community crying foul. As part of this week's 1.19.1 update to Minecraft, this new reporting system allows players both on private, self-hosted servers and Mojang-hosted servers to flag inappropriate chat messages. These messages will then, allegedly, be reviewed by Mojang and...
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