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July 2024 Archive

    1. Warner Bros. acquires MultiVersus developer, Player First Games
    2. Netflix has 80+ games in development and plans to release "about one new title per month"
    3. SAG-AFTRA is ready to strike if game companies don't "come to the table with a deal" to protect jobs against AI
    4. "It needs to feel like a roller coaster of trauma" – How The Chinese Room crafted Still Wakes The Deep
    5. Are your staff paid enough?
    6. Why there's no market for AAA mobile games | GI Microcast
    7. EA Sports College Football 25 sold 2.2m $100 copies with early access
    8. Honor of Kings surpasses 50m downloads in a month outside of China | News-in-brief
    9. Almost 250 Bethesda Game Studios developers unionise
    10. Microsoft decries FTC's "misleading" claims of "degraded" Game Pass
    11. Twitch reinstates Donald Trump's account
    1. Making Horizon: Zero Dawn suitable for eight-year-olds
    2. Japan's mobile game installs and spending rose in Q1 2024
    3. Startup raises $16m for generative AI behaviour engine
    4. FTC criticises Xbox Game Pass price increases
    5. New Develop North conference launches this November
    6. It's not just the price tag: premium games don't fit on mobile | Opinion
    7. Halo TV series cancelled after two seasons
    1. Blizzard's John Hight and former Bungie COO Holly Barbacovi join Hasbro
    2. Kickstarter's new head of games is Exploding Kittens Inc.'s Maggie Clayton
    3. Pacific Drives tops 600,000 sales globally
    4. Xsolla acquires leading LFG company, LF.Group
    5. Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm lays off mobile team
    6. Ubisoft outperform targets as back-catalogue, digital, and bookings all increase in Q1 24-25
    7. GoldenEye and Perfect Dark artist Brett Jones has died
    8. New studio Blue Scarab raises $7m in funding round
    9. How a surprise launch and fortunate timing helped Gray Zone Warfare top Steam
    10. Report: 82% of US gamers made an in-game purchase in freemium titles in 2023
    11. European game sales down just 1.6% during the first half of 2024 | European Monthly Charts
    12. EA adds further monetisation to EA Sports FC 25
    13. Sega reaches settlement against staff member's harasser
    1. Lawsuit paperwork reveals Valve employs around 350 people – and less than 100 work for Steam
    2. Koei Tecmo settles copyright dispute with Youzu out of court
    3. How can the UK games industry solve its skills shortage?
    4. IGDA challenges US Patent office over requirement for applicants' addresses
    5. Microsoft reportedly shuts down one of its DEI teams
    6. One month left to enter the 2024 UK Best Places To Work Awards
    1. New social media app Dusk plans to "reimagine social multiplayer gaming for the mobile generation"
    2. Saber Interactive and Focus Entertainment "disheartened" by Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 leak
    3. Scotland's largest VFX company, Axis, shuts down
    4. Nintendo Switch moves 1m units during H1 2024 | Japan Monthly Charts
    5. Echo Chunk raises $1.4 million in funding round
    6. Report: Resident Evil 7 on iOS has earned Capcom $28,140 since launch
    7. Gfinity Digital Media affected by layoffs
    8. The GamesIndustry.biz Summer Party 2024 in pictures
    9. "I just dropped them an email" – How a small studio won over Netflix to make a Queen's Gambit game
    10. Why is Xbox increasing the price of Game Pass? | Microcast
    1. UK video game sales fall almost 30% in the first half of 2024
    2. The Finals developer apologises to Xbox players as latest patch is delayed on Microsoft consoles
    3. Murky Divers hits 100,000 sales in less than a month | News-in-brief
    4. Genshin Impact's own voice talent denounce MiHoYo's "whitewashing" portrayal of new character designs
    5. GAME reportedly ending sale of physical currency cards
    6. Gamescom Latam's plan to double in size for year two
    7. Just three weeks left to join the UK games industry salary benchmarking project
    8. Speak to 300 games industry HR professionals and leaders at this September's HR Summit
    9. Terraria has sold over 58m copies to date | News-in-brief
    10. Grand Games raises $3m in funding round
    11. The First Descendant hits 10m players | News-in-brief
    12. Inaugural Esports Olympic Games to be held in Saudi Arabia
    1. Shuhei Yoshida and Greg Rice share the secrets behind what makes a great game
    2. Nintendo accused of miscrediting external developers
    3. Techland moving "most roles" to on-site or hybrid model
    4. The First Descendant to be updated following claims of similarities with Destiny 2
    1. Embracer secures new 600m revolving credit facility
    2. Tencent is shutting down its free-to-play shooter Synced after just a year
    3. Price hike shows Xbox is determined to make Game Pass work | Opinion
    4. GAME reportedly dropping in-store pre-orders next month
    5. New indie publishing and investment firm First Break Labs forms
    6. "Small number of roles" face potential redundancies at Splash Damage
    7. Capcom, Shawn Layden confirmed for Gamescom Asia 2024
    8. Baldur's Gate 3 and Alan Wake 2 lead Develop Star Awards winners
    9. Stellar Blade developer Shift Up raises $320m in IPO
    1. Microsoft relinquishes non-voting observer seat on OpenAI board
    2. Rogue Company developer removes all Dr Disrespect content
    3. Network N Media website The Loadout has shut down
    4. Series Entertainment acquires mobile game studio Pixelberry Studios
    5. Star Wars Outlaws remains IGN's most wishlisted game of 2024 | IGN June Wishlist Chart
    6. Felicity Games raises $700,000
    7. Double Fine: "Simple choices can have profound impact" on accessibility
    8. Sony Music, Aniplex, and Pocketpair form Palworld Entertainment
    9. Xbox increases Game Pass prices, introduces new tier
    10. Star Wars Outlaws began life in a café at E3
    11. ASA rules Golf Clash ad misled around loot boxes disclosure
    1. Roblox launches new range of analytical tools for developers
    2. Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin tops 2m copies sold | News-in-brief
    3. Voice-controlled game developer Volley closes Series C fundraising with $55m
    4. Minecraft, Candy Crush and Goat Simulator among games that represent Sweden's cultural heritage
    5. Kristian Segerstrale: Cross-platform, not new platforms, will drive growth
    6. Elden Ring sales jump 467% on Shadow of the Erdtree release I UK Monthly Charts
    7. Pokémon Sleep earns $100m in first year revenue
    8. Trends shaping the mobile gaming industry in 2024
    9. Respawn changes Apex Legends battle pass pricing
    1. Former Piranha Bytes devs form Pithead Studio
    2. US game spending fell 6% in May | US Monthly Charts
    3. Paradox Interactive delays Cities Skylines 2 console version for a third time
    4. Zenless Zone Zero tops 50m downloads worldwide | News-in-brief
    5. Manor Lords publisher says devs should not be "forced to run on a treadmill until their mental health breaks"
    6. Embracer-owned studio Piranha Bytes has been shut down
    7. Levelling up healthcare: Understanding games' life-changing medical potential | Playable Futures
    8. Brightmine: UK games industry's gender pay gap is 17.1%
    9. Blumhouse Games is more than a year ahead of schedule
    10. Kotaku Australia to shut down
    11. Summer Games Done Quick 2024 raises $2.5m | News-in-brief
    12. Apple approves Epic Games Store for iOS after rejecting it twice
    13. Ubisoft to discuss neurodiversity at the GamesIndustry.biz HR Summit
    1. Nintendo adopts wait-and-see on generative AI | Opinion
    2. Everything we learned from GI Sprint
    3. Kwalee makes minority investment in Devolver Digital
    4. Gamescom Latam and smart game delays | Microcast
    5. Sporty Group acquires Sociable Soccer
    6. Network N lays off eight from games marketing agency Project N
    7. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs film has started filming
    8. PlayStation to attend Tokyo Game Show 2024
    1. Adult Swim delists four more indie games, stating developers are "not available" to take over as publisher
    2. Nintendo says AI "can be more creative", but "also recognises that it has issues"
    3. Keywords Studios reaches ?2.2bn acquisition agreement with Swedish investment company EQT
    4. Hilmar Pétursson: Making CCP tech open source will enable Eve Online to live forever
    5. Squad Busters reaches $24m in first month revenue
    6. Niko Partners: 62% of China PC players spending more on games than last year
    7. Four ways AI and cloud can make game dev easier (and one thing they can't do) | GI Sprint
    8. Gen AI platform Bitmagic raises $4m in funding round
    9. Skillz suing Voodoo for unlawful conduct and false advertising
    1. EA is "sunsetting" three last-gen Battlefield games | News-in-brief
    2. Guilty Gear Strive reaches 3m players worldwide | News-in-brief
    3. Surgent Studios cuts jobs months after launch of debut title Tales of Kenzera: Zau
    4. Nintendo sues two Switch pirates for "substantial and irreparable harm"
    5. Daybreak acquires Singularity 6
    6. It's not too late to enter the 2024 UK Best Places To Work Awards
    7. Which Not-E3 show was the most effective at showcasing games?
    8. BeReal hit with layoffs following Voodoo acquisition
    9. Cloud Imperium Games ordered to compensate former staff in disability discrimination case
    10. Gamurs Group reportedly lays off unknown number of staff
    11. SNK opens Singapore office | News-in-brief
    1. Nintendo aims to avoid scalping of Switch successor by meeting console demand
    2. Minimum Studios becomes Capcom subsidiary
    3. Life without layoffs, or why they are an avoidable part of game development | GI Sprint
    4. Indie publisher Mystic Forge raises 2m in funding
    5. Chants of Sennaar takes top prize at inaugural Gamescom Latam Awards
    6. Arc System Works opens European branch | News-in-brief
    7. World of Tanks Blitz passes $1bn in lifetime revenue | News-in-brief
    8. Why are Japanese developers not undergoing mass layoffs?
    9. Ubisoft Toronto affected by layoffs
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