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600 laid off at ZeniMax Galway since 2014

600 laid off at ZeniMax Galway since 2014

A former Bethesda employee, speaking to Develop on condition of anonymity has confirmed the rumoured closure of Zenimax Galway and revealing the full extent of the layoffs.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Dec 21st 2015 at 12:53PM in News
Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the 2015 Christmas No.1

Call of Duty: Black Ops III is the 2015 Christmas No.1

The latest Call of Duty doggedly refuses to abide by the established narrative of decline, with Black Ops III claiming this year’s Christmas No.1 title.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 21st 2015 at 12:46PM in News
Gears of War Ultimate Edition hitting PC in early 2016

Gears of War Ultimate Edition hitting PC in early 2016

We’ve known for a while that Microsoft’s re-jig of Xbox 360 shooter Gears of War was coming to PC. What we don’t know is when it’s coming.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 21st 2015 at 11:54AM in News
Street Fighter's Daigo "The Beast" Umehara Donates Winnings To Scholarship Fund

Street Fighter's Daigo "The Beast" Umehara Donates Winnings To Scholarship Fund

We all know Daigo Umehara for his may achievements in the fighting game scene such as Evo Moment 37, or the moment where he literally parried all of Justin “EG | ...

on Dec 21st 2015 at 11:47AM in News

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Tencent takes full ownership of Riot Games

Tencent takes full ownership of Riot Games

League of Legends developer Riot Games has sold the entirety of its remaining shares to Tencent.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 21st 2015 at 11:06AM in News
Twitter appoints gaming head, esports pros promptly verified

Twitter appoints gaming head, esports pros promptly verified

It was Christmas come early for certain professional esports players on Twitter today as dozens of pros woke up to find that coveted little checkmark next to their account names, ...

on Dec 21st 2015 at 10:45AM in News
DingIt wants in on the streaming sector's riches

DingIt wants in on the streaming sector's riches

In February, DingIt decided to enter the billion-dollar video streaming market. But how can it hope to compete with giants like Twitch and YouTube Gaming? MCV catches up with head ...

on Dec 21st 2015 at 10:33AM in News
Publishers bemoan Black Friday bundle 'lunacy'

Publishers bemoan Black Friday bundle 'lunacy'

Leading UK games publishers says the ‘obsession’ around PS4 and Xbox One bundles over Black Friday will harm game sales.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Dec 21st 2015 at 10:26AM in News

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Azubu CEO on reforming eSports and taking down Twitch

Azubu CEO on reforming eSports and taking down Twitch

Recently, eSports broadcaster Azubu raised $59 million to help build out its brand and take on the world. 

on Dec 21st 2015 at 9:40AM in News
Gran Turismo series exceeds 76m sales

Gran Turismo series exceeds 76m sales

The Gran Turismo franchise has surpassed 76m lifetime sales, developer Polyphony Digital has revealed.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 20th 2015 at 8:17AM in News
Twitter appoints Rodrigo Velloso to new director of game partnerships role

Twitter appoints Rodrigo Velloso to new director of game partnerships role

Google's former director of gaming content for YouTube Rodrigo Velloso has joined Twitter in a similar capacity.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 20th 2015 at 8:15AM in News
Minecraft console edition's 'biggest update ever' hits PlayStation, Xbox platforms

Minecraft console edition's 'biggest update ever' hits PlayStation, Xbox platforms

A major new update for Minecraft's console release has begun rolling out, Mojang has announced.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 20th 2015 at 8:13AM in News

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Jo Bartlett has left Nintendo UK

Jo Bartlett has left Nintendo UK

Nintendo UK’s head of communications and partnerships Jo Bartlett has left the company.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2015 at 4:33PM in News
ZeniMax lays off 300 staff, report claims

ZeniMax lays off 300 staff, report claims

Roughly 300 employees from the Irish branch of ZeniMax Online Studios have apparently lost their jobs.

James Batchelor
by James Batchelor
on Dec 18th 2015 at 1:57PM in News
Now French consumer group is taking Valve to court over pre-owned re-sales

Now French consumer group is taking Valve to court over pre-owned re-sales

First it was Germany and now France is doing its bit to try and force Valve to allow Steam users to re-sell their digital purchases.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2015 at 12:31PM in News
New Homeworld title releasing next month

New Homeworld title releasing next month

Gearbox has announced Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak will be released in just over a month.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2015 at 12:13PM in News

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Rocket League revenues nearing $50m

Rocket League revenues nearing $50m

Developer Psyonix has revealed the staggering success of 2015 hit Rocket League.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2015 at 10:27AM in News
Kojima banned from discussing Konami split

Kojima banned from discussing Konami split

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has revealed that he is ‘contractually forbidden’ from discussing his split with Konami.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 18th 2015 at 10:03AM in News
Revenue for Kickstarter games recovers in 2015 - report

Revenue for Kickstarter games recovers in 2015 - report

Kickstarter games revenue has rebounded from its crash in 2014, according to a new report – though that hasn't equated to more developers seeing success on the crowdfunding platform.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 18th 2015 at 2:56AM in News
The Banner Saga hits consoles next month

The Banner Saga hits consoles next month

The PS4 and Xbox One editions of The Banner Saga are due out next month, Versus Evil has announced.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 18th 2015 at 2:54AM in News
Crytek unveils The Climb as Oculus Rift-exclusive

Crytek unveils The Climb as Oculus Rift-exclusive

Crytek has announced The Climb, a virtual reality rock-climbing game in development exclusively for release on Oculus Rift.

Erik Johnson
by Erik Johnson
on Dec 18th 2015 at 2:52AM in News
PlayStation's Murray Pannell joins 2K as VP of publishing

PlayStation's Murray Pannell joins 2K as VP of publishing

2K Games has hired PlayStation’s UK marketing director.

Christopher Dring
by Christopher Dring
on Dec 17th 2015 at 12:00PM in News
PlayStation VR requires near 'Wii size' processing unit

PlayStation VR requires near 'Wii size' processing unit

Update: The external processing unit has actually been part of the PlayStation VR demo set since the device was first unveiled to the world.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 17th 2015 at 11:31AM in News
World Cyber Arena tournament suffers issues within opening hours, again

World Cyber Arena tournament suffers issues within opening hours, again

The Chinese multi-eSport event World Cyber Arena has suffered massive production delays within the opening hours in a repeat of last year's fiasco.

Chris Higgins
by Chris Higgins
on Dec 17th 2015 at 11:03AM in News
Now Call of Duty: Black Ops III adds upgrade microtransactions

Now Call of Duty: Black Ops III adds upgrade microtransactions

Online shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops III has become the latest premium title to offer in-game upgrades for cash.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Dec 17th 2015 at 9:47AM in News