Assassin’s Creed Publisher Could See Tencent Take The Reigns

Assassin's Creed Publisher Could See Tencent Take The Reigns

Image: Ubisoft Tencent appears to be doubling down on its investment in Ubisoft. While it already owns 5 percent of the Assassin’s Creed editor, Reuters now reports the Chinese mega-conglomerate with huge investments throughout the gaming industry has its sights set on becoming Ubisoft’s single biggest shareholder. Its plan for achieving that? Pay double what … Read more

Diablo Devs Say Activision Back To Its Old Union-Busting Tricks

Diablo Devs Say Activision Back To Its Old Union-Busting Tricks

Image: Blizzard Nearly two months after Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick announced the company would finally begin bargaining its first union contract with the Game Workers Alliance at Raven Softwarestaff at Blizzard Albany, currently working on Diablo IV, say the publisher is back to trying to union-bust. They accuse Activision Blizzard of rehiring the law … Read more

Sony Says Call Of Duty Is Essential, Xbox Disagrees

Sony Says Call Of Duty Is Essential, Xbox Disagrees

Image: Activision Microsoft, in a bid to downplay the possible ramifications of its attempted acquisition of Activision to various international regulating agencies, is arguing that the call of duty publisher it’s spending billions of dollars on doesn’t actually produce any games that could be considered “must haves.” Meanwhile, Sony is pushing back and explaining that … Read more

‘Save Minecraft!’ Cry Fans As Mojang Moderates Private Servers

'Save Minecraft!'  Cry Fans As Mojang Moderates Private Servers

Image: Mojang/Microsoft Minecraft is on fire. At least that’s how it currently feels if you follow the fandom on social media or certain message boards. A portion of the community is up in arms following the news that developer Mojang won’t back down from a controversial move to open private servers up to moderation and … Read more

Star Wars Celebration Company ReedPop Taking Over Planning E3

Star Wars Celebration Company ReedPop Taking Over Planning E3

Photo: Mark Ralston (Getty Images) Like the video game with three endings, or the final boss fight that never ends, E3 refuse to die. Now the video game events world is doubling-down on it. ReedPop—organizers of PAX, New York Comic Con, and Star Wars Celebration—announced Thursday it will take over planning the annual summer gaming … Read more

Xbox Game Studios Head Matt Booty Says Bethesda Isn’t Crunching

Xbox Game Studios Head Matt Booty Says Bethesda Isn't Crunching

Photo: Lukas Schulze (Getty Images) At an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Xbox addressed the growing employee concerns about labor conditions at Bethesda Game Studios and its parent company, ZeniMax. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said he was “confident” that the studio was not crunching, and that it was “unfair” to attribute crunch culture … Read more

Destiny And Spider-Man Studios Respond To Court Overturning Roe

Destiny And Spider-Man Studios Respond To Court Overturning Roe

Image: Insomniac Games / Sony On Friday the US Supreme Court made good on a longstanding right-wing threat to overturn Roe v. wadeand with it eradicates the constitutional right to abortion that had existed for nearly 50 years. Now some of gaming’s most well known studios, which had previously been silent, are speaking up about … Read more

343 May Add Microtransactions To Halo: The Master Chief Collection

343 May Add Microtransactions To Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Image: 343 Industries It’s one thing for free-to-play shooter Halo Infinite to have microtransactions. now Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a first-person shooter with a price tag, might see something similar. Perhaps. Developer 343 is still “exploring” a “potential” framework “for the future.” Introducing microtransactions might seem like an odd step for Halo: The Master … Read more

Bobby Kotick Will Stay On Activision Board For Another Year

Bobby Kotick Will Stay On Activision Board For Another Year

Look at this man. How does he keep getting away with it?Photo: Scott Olson (Getty Images) Just yesterday, Activision Blizzard shareholders voted to approve a report looking into the company’s anti-harassment efforts. While the company itself is “carefully considering” that, stockholders also gave the green light to the Board of Directors nominees, which included shitty … Read more

Halo Infinite Game Is Under Fire For Offensive Juneteenth Ape Pin

Halo Infinite Game Is Under Fire For Offensive Juneteenth Ape Pin

The video game developer for Halo Infinite is facing backlash for naming an item meant to honor Juneteenth after an ape. The nameplate color palette commemorating Juneteenth, a federal holiday in the US that marks the emancipation of enslaved people and represents the solidarity and resilience of Black Americans, was named Bonobo, which is a … Read more