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Ubisoft executives fined a combined $1.2 million for insider trading :(((

When news broke last month that five Ubisoft executives were accused of insider trading by a French stock market regulation committee, things didn't look bright for those men. They offloaded some of their shares of Ubisoft in the weeks befo...   read

 
 
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The Ubisoft and Vivendi drama heats up a little more

The fears of many people who follow the games industry might become a reality as Vivendi Entertainment now owns 25 percent of Ubisoft. As we reported a few months ago, once Vivendi acquires 30 percent of the company, it will be required by ...   read

 
 
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Five Ubisoft executives have been accused of insider trading

Some Ubisoft executives have found themselves in a precarious position after a French stock market regulation committee has accused them of insider trading. Now they're left to prove that they didn't offload company shares with knowledge th...   read

 
 
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RIP Vine, died sucking its own dick

Twitter is shutting down Vine, the video-sharing app it paid $30 million for in October of 2012, just four months after Vine was founded. It was a good app, sometimes.   read

 
 
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Bethesda's 'everyone experiences [our games] at the same time' policy is wildly inconsistent

So as you may have heard, Bethesda recently went public with their "we won't send out early copies" policy. This is something that many of us writers have been expecting since they took that route with Doom, so it doesn't come as a big surp...   read

 
 
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Bethesda 'values media reviews' by making sure you won't see them before release

Earlier today, Bethesda's Global Content Lead Gary Steinman issued a statement through their website about a change in how the company will handle media reviews moving forward. Bethesda will no longer provide copies of its games to rev...   read

 
 
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Writers' strike v2? Voice actors ordered to strike on Friday

[Update: I was informed by Sam Singer, representing the video game industry along with Scott J. Witlin, that the reported $100/hour minimum pay is incorrect. Rather, "the maximum voice session is 4 hours at $825, the minimum per hour rate i...   read

 
 
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Report: Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has closed

It seems that United Front Games, the developer behind Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Modnation Racers, and LittleBigPlanet Karting, has closed its doors in Vancouver, Canada with reports that all employees were let go some...   read

 
 
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Today in Tencent acquisitions: Clash of Clans

Let's take stock of Tencent's current lineup, shall we? The Chinese megacorporation currently owns Riot Games and games outlet/guide database Zam.com, has sizable investments in Paradox Interactive and Epic Games, and has previously wo...   read

 
 
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Studies show our large, unemployed sons are playing hella video games to feel better

Young, "less-educated" (which apparently includes people with associate's degrees; gotta keep tricking kids into going into $50,000 in debt for the Bachelor's), able-bodied men are apparently still not working, or not working full-time, in ...   read

 
 


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The Sims boss is now in charge of Mass Effect developer BioWare

Mega-publisher Electronic Arts issued "an organizational update" yesterday announcing the formation of EA Worldwide Studios, a "central studios organization led by Patrick Söderlund," who was the head of EA Studios for the past three y...   read

 
 
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Interplay is selling off Earthworm Jim, Freespace, and more

When I think of Interplay, I think of the Earthworm Jim series, but that isn't a thought I've had in a long while. There just isn't much happening there unless you're simply rebuying the original games, and the same could be said of most of...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go loses over 10 million daily players

Pokemon Go made record profits in its first month, but the reason King sold for $6 billion, for example, wasn't Candy Crush's first month (a paltry $25 million earned to Go's $200 million), but sustained engagement.  After peaking 2-3 ...   read

 
 
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Pokemon Go had a record $200 million first month

While Activision would come to purchase Candy Crush Developer King for about six billion dollars, King's crown jewel "only" made $25 million in its first month of release back in 2014. Usurping Candy Crush was this year's Clash Royale (~$12...   read

 
 
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Overwatch leads Activision Blizzard to a record-breaking second quarter

Overwatch has added quite the exclamation point to Activision Blizzard's financial statement. The publisher just released its most recent investors' report, and the success of Blizzard's multiplayer shooter has led to record revenues f...   read

 
 
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Pokevision creator's open letter to Niantic about Pokemon Go tracking

A tracking bug that upset one of Pokemon Go's prized features -- knowing how close nearby monsters were, so you could go get them -- led to the rise of Pokevision, a service that displayed Pokemon location in real-time in lieu of the game b...   read

 
 
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No criminal charges to be filed in 38 Studios case

No charges will be filed against Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning company 38 Studios or former Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation officials, the state's Attorney General Peter Kilman and State Police Colonel Steven O'Donnel announce...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft says Nintendo NX is 'really great,' will woo 'casual players'

Ooh boy, lotta ways to take statements Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot made in yesterday's earnings call regarding Nintendo's still-scantly-detailed console just eight months away. "On the NX, what we have seen is really great," Guillemot said....   read

 
 
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Vivendi buys even more stake in Ubisoft, says it's not eyeing a takeover

It's a saga that's almost a year old at this point, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Vivendi's on the warpath to buy as much stake in Ubisoft as it possibly can; Ubisoft's just trying to stand its ground. Another chapter to that story...   read

 
 
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Sex sim pulling in over $40,000 per month canceled over developer drama

Breeding Season, a Harvest Moon-esque simulator with large-breasted cowgirls (like half-cow, not someone who makes uncomfortable Facebook posts about Obama's birth certificate), has been canceled after a messy spat between the art director...   read

 
 
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Remember when Uncharted 3 tried to sell you Subway?

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End serves as a weird hanger-on to the Uncharted trilogy housed on the PS3. We could've left it at that, even "that" was the disappointing Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception -- especially if Uncharted 4 is meant to serve ...   read

 
 
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Warner Bros. settles FTC charges over deceptive Shadow of Mordor sponsored videos

As part of its promotional push for 2014's Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. paid online influencers "tens of thousands of dollars" to produce positive videos about the game that were collectively viewed upwards of 5.5 million t...   read

 
 
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Ubisoft attempts to shuffle chairs as Vivendi looms for a takeover

Ubisoft has announced today that two independent directors have been nominated as board members for the company, for approval in September. The individuals are Frédérique Dame and Florence Naviner, the former of which was...   read

 
 
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Arc System Works opens new office in South Korea

Arc System Works, the Yokohama-based studio best known for fighters like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, is expanding its operations with a new "Asia Branch" located in Seoul, South Korea. The satellite office opened today and will be providing t...   read

 
 
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The near-finished Daredevil game that Marvel quashed

As part of the superhero boom in the early 2000s that saw Marvel selling off movie rights to its pajama-wearing characters and saw Colin Farrell kill a man with a paper clip, there was meant to be a Daredevil: The Man Without Fear game. It...   read

 
 
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