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  • Multiple Layoffs Hit Planetside 2 Studio Daybreak Games

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    Multiple Layoffs Hit Planetside 2 Studio Daybreak Games

    Layoffs are the result of a company "realignment."

    Multiple employees have been laid off from Daybreak Games. These layoffs occured at the end of the week last week and have seemingly impacted every department within the company. The San Diego-based studio is responsible for games such as Planetside 2, H1Z1, and the newly launched Planetside Arena.

    Planetside Arena went into Early Access just this past month, but so far the reception has been tepid, at best, for the F2P battle arena game. Even now, less than one month since release,...
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  • Several Game Devs Publicly Accused of Sexual Assault (Updated)

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    Several Game Devs Publicly Accused of Sexual Assault (Updated)

    More may still be named.

    Update (August 28, 2019 at 9PM): As assumed yesterday when this story initially went up, there are indeed other people being named for gross behavior including but not limited to sexual assault.

    Today, accusations were publicly shared against Alexis Kennedy, Ken Wong, and Ben Judd.

    Kennedy is the co-founder of Failbetter Games (Sunless Sea). He has long since left the studio. ...
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    Last edited by Shawn Zipay; 08-28-2019, 08:02 PM.

  • E3 Event Organizers Leak Personal Information of Over 2,000 Journalists

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    E3 Event Organizers Leak Personal Information of Over 2,000 Journalists

    The full list includes personal information for journalists, editors, and content creators.

    The E3 website was home to an open secret for who knows how long now. On the site was a spreadsheet that contained the contact information, phone numbers, and personal addresses for over 2,000 game journalists, editors, and even some content creators. This spreadsheet, and all of the information it included, was publically accessible on the official E3 Expo site.

    E3 is run and operated by the Entertainment Software Association or ESA for short. Since being...
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  • Rockstar Games Accused of Abusing Tax Laws

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    Rockstar Games Accused of Abusing Tax Laws

    Go easy on them, they're a small upstart!

    TaxWatch, a UK-based "investigative think tank," just published a report that accuses Rockstar Games of dodging corporate taxes while also taking advantage of millions of pounds worth of tax credits. That is to say, TaxWatch says that Rockstar finagled their profits in a way that keeps its UK-based studios reporting very small figures in order to keep claiming those tax credits, while simultaneously reporting higher than normal profits for the US-based locations.

    It's kind of like what happens...
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  • QC Games and Breach Shutting Down Just Three Months After Release

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    QC Games and Breach Shutting Down Just Three Months After Release


    QC Games, the development studio that released Breach just this past January into Steam Early Access, is now shutting down. The announcement came earlier today via a developer update on the Breach website.

    Breach was a 4v1 action-RPG. Players could make and customize their own characters with a variety of customizable abilities. These characters would face off against a "Veil Demon" that was either controlled by the AI or by other players. The game was going to transition to being free-to-play once it left Early Access, but it looks like...
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  • EA Laid Off 350 Employees Today

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    EA Laid Off 350 Employees Today


    This morning, it was reported that Electronic Arts has laid off 350 people from a number of departments. According to Kotaku, the areas that were hardest hit today were marketing and publishing. An internal email from EA's Andrew Wilson, also obtained by Kotaku, says that the decision to "streamline decision-making" in these departments began last year. This move also seems to include a push to improve customer support and close offices in Russia and Japan.



    A statement from EA was issued following the reveal of the layoffs....
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  • Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


    This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

    Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard,...
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  • Telltale Games Reportedly Laid Off Most Employees Today (Updated)

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    Telltale Games Reportedly Laid Off Most Employees Today (Updated)

    Reports started to come in that Telltale Games, the development studio behind adventure titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, was hit with a huge number of layoffs today.

    The studio, which has been actively developing and releasing The Walking Dead: The Final Season, is reportedly down to just 25 employees. In early to mid-2017, over 300 people were said to be employed at the studio. And to those who may be confused, I'm not talking about 25% of the staff remaining. I'm talking about just 25 individuals. The first episode of The Walk...
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  • Nielsen Acquires SuperData Research to Broaden Digital Game Sales Data

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    Nielsen Acquires SuperData Research to Broaden Digital Game Sales Data

    Nielsen, the company that already tracks what shows you're watching, wants to broaden its horizons a bit. Today, they finalized the acquisition of SuperData Research in order to track digital game sales and eSports. This acquisition will bolster their Nielsen Games and Nielsen Esports divisions. Nielsen is often very useful for various production companies to see what consumers are watching or purchasing. It helps them to see and understand various market trends. That kind of stuff is pretty damn useful to companies in all sorts of fields, including gaming. ...
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  • OnRush Devs at Codemasters Hit with Layoffs

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    OnRush Devs at Codemasters Hit with Layoffs

    Codemasters has reportedly laid off a number of employees from the OnRush development team after it was widely reported that sales have been adequate at best.

    The team was previously known as Evolution Studios. They were acquired by Codemasters in 2016 after being dropped by their previous owner, Sony. While working as Evolution Studios, the studio created the often delayed but fairly well-reviewed Driveclub. They were also the team that brought the world the MotorStorm extreme racing titles. Of those laid off, was OnRush director and primary face of the...
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  • Cliff Bleszinksi Announces Closure of Boss Key Productions

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    Cliff Bleszinksi Announces Closure of Boss Key Productions

    Mere minutes ago, Boss Key Productions founder Cliff Bleszinski just announced that they have closed down and are "effectively no more."

    This comes roughly one month after the release of their super early access battle royale game, Radical Heights and the ending of active development on LawBreakers.

    Bleszinski issued this statement via Twitter.
    As of today, Boss Key Productions is effectively no more. Four years ago I set out to make a world class video game studio and I hired some of the best talent in the videogame industry. T
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  • Cliff Bleszinksi Announces Closure of Boss Key Productions

    Mere minutes ago, Boss Key Productions founder Cliff Bleszinski just announced that they have closed down and are "effectively no more."...
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  • Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

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    Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

    It is being reported that development studio Hangar 13 has been hit with a significant number of layoffs today. The only title developed by Hangar 13 was Mafia III, which was released back in 2016. In 2017, 2K Czech was merged with Hangar 13.

    2K confirmed the news today in a statement issued to Kotaku.
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  • Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 Hit by Significant Layoffs

    It is being reported that development studio Hangar 13 has been hit with a significant number of layoffs today. The only title developed by Hangar...
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  • Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

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    Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

    This week, Capcom confirmed that roughly 30% of their Vancouver studio were laid off due to a restructuring. This confirmation was provided to Kotaku after rumors started swirling that layoffs were happening. This restructuring seems to have impacted the company in a number of ways, most notably with the cancellation of an unannounced project and the reduction in scope for the next Dead Rising game.
    Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30% of the studio, as part of its regular periodic assessment of upcoming projects
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