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Hellblade reaches profitability after 500,000 sales

Ninja Theory’s experimental psychological action title Hellblade has now reached 500k units sold. That figure means the game has proved profitable, validating the studio’s decision to release a shorter, cheaper game than you’d typically find in the genre, but with a level of quality you’d expect from a premium title. …

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Gazillion staff reportedly sacked as Marvel Heroes closure is accelerated

It seems as if Marvel Heroes will close a month ahead of schedule and that its developer Gazillion has been shut down. The game’s termination was announced last week, at which time it was claimed that it would continue to operate until the end of the year. Now multiple reports, …

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Belgium Gaming Commission says loot boxes ARE gambling and wants them banned in Europe

Governments from both sides of the Atlantic have said they intend to take down video games loot boxes. PC Gamer reports that after declaring it was investigating loot boxes last week, the Belgium Gaming Commission has decided that they ARE a form of gambling. Furthermore, as a form of gambling …

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Analyst says gamers are ‘undercharged’ and EA should increase Battlefront 2 prices

In an almost admirable act of overt trolling, one US analyst has argued that EA’s decision to temporarily halt microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront 2 was a mistake. “The handling of the launch by EA has been poor,” KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Evan Wingren, as reported by CNBC. “Despite this, …

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EA adjusts progression in Need for Speed Payback following microtransaction criticism

Such is the scale of the Star Wars Battlefront 2 outcry that another quieter controversy surrounding microtransactions in EA’s Need for Speed Payback has slipped under a lot of people’s radars. The game entered the UK charts at No.4 last week but this week dropped all the way to 11th. …

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CD Projekt calms fears about Cyberpunk 2077 monetisation

The Witcher developer CD Projekt has spoken out to quell concerns about the possible use of a ‘games-as-a-service’ model in upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. “Worry not,” the studio said in a reply on Twitter. “When thinking CP2077, think nothing less than The Witcher 3 — huge single player, open world, …

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