GDC Whispers: Phil Harrison Has Left Microsoft

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GII reports that Phil Harrison has quietly left Microsoft, though executives within the company attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week have refrained from providing confirmation or commenting on it. When asked by Eurogamer about rumors that Harrison had left Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that "he couldn't say anything about that."

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Report: BioWare's 'Shadow Realms' Has Been Canceled

February 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

BioWare's four vs. one narrative-driven experimental game project has been canceled according to this Game Informer report. The title, which was in development at BioWare's Austin, Texas studio was officially announced at Gamescom in August of last year, and the media was given some hands-on time with it shortly thereafter. GI says that its reporting is based on multiple sources close to the situation.

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Cybersecurity Firm Says Russian Hackers May Have Been Involved in Sony Pictures Hack

February 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report on Computer Business Review suggests that it might have been hackers from Russia - and not anyone associated with the North Korean government - who hacked Sony Pictures.

According to cybersecurity firm Taia Global, Sony employees in Russia, India and Asia were spear-phishing emails containing a PDF and remote access trojan (RAT). This allowed hackers from Russia to gain access Sony Pictures Entertainment's networks.

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Report: Activision Abandons Two Trademarks

December 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Activision Publishing has cancelled (or abandoned) two trademarks, according to a report on Games Cabin. The first is a trademark for Radical Entertainment's catch-phrase "Play, Work, Live, Breathe, Games." The company, which Activision acquired in 2005, is best known for developing Scarface: The World Is Yours, Crash: Mind over Mutant, Prototype, and other titles. Currently the studio serves as a support team for Activision.

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Report: Samsung Smart TVs Will Be Able To Use PlayStation Now Without a Playstation Device

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this CNET report, Samsung's line of Internet-ready high definition smart TVs will be able stream game content from Sony PlayStation Now streaming service sometime in the first half of 2015. CNET says that Samsung and Sony might make an announcement about it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and that the compatibility with Samsung TVs will be supported in both the United States and Canada.

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Report: Microsoft Working On Its Own Game Streaming Technology

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).

Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.

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Report: Xbox One Beats PS4 on Black Friday

December 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to analyst firm Infoscout, the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 on Black Friday at retail. The firm claims that Microsoft's lower price point of around $50 gave the Xbox One an edge: it had 53 percent of total spend at retail, compared to the PS4's 31 percent. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, according to the firm.

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Report: Majesco in Financial Trouble

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Gamasutra report, Majesco and its indie publishing label Midnight City are in serious financial trouble. According to sources "inside and outside the company" and several SEC filings by the company in the last week, Majesco is having financial trouble and has laid off some of its staff.

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Avalanche: 'Just Cause 3' Is Not Free-To-Play

November 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday as Just Cause 3 was introduced to the world through some leaked screenshots, many came to the conclusion that the next game in the series would be free-to-play and contain microtransactions. Luckily it turns out that none of that is true according to developer Avalanche Studios. Christofer Sundberg, the co-founder of Sweden-based developer Avalanche Studios said that those leaked screenshots were very old.

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'Hatred' Developer Creative Destruction Denies Accusations That Some Studio Members Are 'Neo Nazis'

October 20, 2014 - James Fudge

On Friday a story by F*ck No Videogames alleged that the some of the developers behind the "mass murder" action game Hatred might be tied to extremist groups in Poland. Another report from Player Attack reiterates these allegations and expands on much of the information contained in the first report.

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Michael Pachter Predicts Retail Victory for Xbox One in September

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, the Xbox One outsold the PS4 at retail during the month of September. According to GamesBeat, the outspoken analyst estimates that Microsoft sold 325,000 new Xbox Ones at U.S. retail last month, while Sony sold 250,000 PS4s.

If Pachter's estimates hold up (retail numbers for the month of September will be released on Thursday), September will be the very first month since launch that the Xbox One has beaten the PS4 at retail.

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Unity CTO Denies Sale Rumors

October 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite reports that popular game development suite Unity is up for sale, the company says that it currently has no plans on losing its independence.

"We have no plan to sell Unity," said co-founder and CTO Joachim Ante in a new post on the official Unity forums.

Ante's response relates to a rumor that first surfaced on CNET last week.

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Report: Unity Courting Buyers

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

CNET is reporting that the makers of the popular game development suite Unity are "gearing up for a sale." One of those suitors, according to "people familiar with the matter," is Google, and the company supposedly had talks with at least "one would-be buyer in recent months."

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Report: Over 100K Xbox One Consoles Sold in China So Far

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in 17173 (as translated by Kotaku). Microsoft has sold over 100,000 Xbox One consoles in the first week of release in China. Those numbers come from Shanghai Media Group Vice President Zhang Dazhong, as detailed by 17173.

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Report: Xbox One Beats Out PS4 in UK

September 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An MCV report claims that - according to information it received from an anonymous retail source - Xbox One sales jumped 155 percent week-on-week to beat out the PS4 in the United Kingdom. This, the source claims, was due to a price cut for the Xbox One in the region and the release of FIFA 15, which managed to top the UK video game software charts during the week in question.

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Does RetroN 5's Software Borrow Liberally From Open-Sourced Emulator Programs?

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This Imgur! page suggests that the code powering Hyperkin's RetroN 5 borrows liberally from several open sourced emulators. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 is an all-in-one console system that lets consumers play games for NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, & Game Boy Advance. It features enhanced resolutions, HDMI output, improved sound, screenshot capture capabilities, and the ability to create and load saves states on demand.

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Report: Oculus Rift Beta Retail Units Pegged for Summer 2015 Launch

September 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TechRadar reports that a consumer grade version of the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift will launch in the summer of 2015 in limited beta. Citing "multiple sources with knowledge of the matter," TechRadar claims that the virtual reality headset and software maker will roll out the retail-ready version of the headset in waves, with the first batch shipping in April 2015.

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Report: Ouya in Acquisition and Investment Talks

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to what GamesBeat describes as "a credible source who is close to the matter," Ouya is in preliminary talks about a possible acquisition or investment in the company.

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Report: TRC Family Media Considering Laying Off 90 Percent of Workforce

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sources speaking to GamesIndustry International are telling the publication that Malta-based development studio TRC Family Media is in serious financial trouble. According to multiple sources inside the company, TRC's financial situation is so dire that it has told employees that 90 percent of the company's work force may be laid off.

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Rumor: Activision in Talks to Buy Take-Two

September 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International talks to two financial analysts who closely watch the video games industry sector about what they make of rumors that Activision could possibly acquire Take-Two. This rumor began circulating over the weekend after Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, sent a note to investors on Friday claiming that the two companies were engaged in what he categorized an "emerging romance."

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CONFIRMED: Amazon, Not Google, Buying Twitch

August 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.

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Report: Xbox One Will Soon Offer 24-Hour Game Trials

August 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Who needs a demo when you can allow consumers to play a game for an extended amount of time and turn that experience into an actual purchase? According to this Reddit screen grab after the latest Xbox One system update, Microsoft is trying out 24-hour trials with a select few game titles.

Max The Curse of Brotherhood was one of the titles available to download under the label entitled Free Play Day with Gold.

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Report: Microsoft Layoffs Will Hit Xbox Division

July 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft is planning to cut a number of jobs in its Xbox division as part of an overall restructuring plan. Two anonymous sources familiar with the situation have told Bloomberg that overall cuts could end up being the biggest number of layoffs since 2009 when the company laid off 5,800 employees.

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Report: 'Homefront: The Revolution' Game Director Leaves Crytek UK

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The rumors continue to mount that Crytek UK is in bad shape financially and morale is getting lower and lower. Today's news won't help; according to Kotaku, Homefront: The Revolution's game director has now left the company.

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Microsoft Denies Report it is Killing Off Xbox One's Ability to Double as a 'Dev Kit'

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has denied a report coming from Digital Spy claiming that the company planned on canning the Xbox One's ability to double as a development kit for developers who want to create games for Xbox One. The report is based on comments made by the Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller, who said the company has no plans to implement the previously announced feature.

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Ken Levine: 'BioShock Infinite' Is Not Coming to PS Vita

July 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

People have been talking about the possibility of a PS Vita version of BioShock Infinite for awhile, and while there was some hope in the past that Sony and 2K Games would make it happen, Irrational Games founder and series creator Ken Levine finally delivered the closing statement on the issue today on Twitter.

Levine, whose Irrational Games Studio was shut down in favor of operating a smaller studio under the auspices of 2K Games earlier this year, said that Sony and 2K Games just couldn't put a deal together for the latest BioShock game.

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Koch Media Denies Reports That It Is 'For Sale'

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Koch Media, the publisher responsible for Deep Silver - who publishes Dead Island and owns Saints Row maker Volition - has denied reports in a German paper that the company is up for sale.

German business newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Koch Media has brought in investment bank UBS to the company to find a suitable buyer, with multiple sources claiming a sale was in the works.

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Report: 'Murdered: Soul Suspect' Developer Airtight Games Shut Down

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A recent visit to the Redmond, Washington offices of Airtight Games by GeekWire revealed a startling find: the company seems to have gone out of business. According to the GeekWire report, the publication visited the offices yesterday to find it closed and a sign on the door advertising a "blow out sale" on the equipment inside.

Subsequent attempts to reach the studio have gone unanswered. In April the studio laid off 14 employees as part of what it called "necessary restructuring."

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Report: Crytek UK Departures Could Put Homefront: The Revolution Development in Jeopardy

June 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Eurogamer notes that the recent series of staff departures may put the ongoing development of the sequel to Homefront in serious jeopardy. Yesterday Kotaku reported that Free Radical Design co-founder Karl Hilton had left his role at Crytek UK as managing director. Company records "seen" by Eurogamer show that he left Crytek UK on May 28.

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Crytek Denies Rumors That It Is 'Close to Bankruptcy'

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Crysis series and CryEngine middleware developer Crytek has denied a report in German publication Gamestar alleging that the company is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The GameStar report alleges that the Frankfurt, Germany based company was in serious financial trouble after its Xbox One launch title Ryse failed.

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Andrew EisenPM - Yep, that's the one.03/06/2015 - 12:53am
TechnogeekBest case, it was some marketing douchebag who thought they could pander to both sides at once.03/06/2015 - 12:49am
TechnogeekAlso, this was the mistake tweet: http://i.imgur.com/4eLWNHx.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:48am
TechnogeekBecause nothing says "open, diverse gaming community" like buddying up with Breitbart.03/06/2015 - 12:47am
Papa MidnightAndrew Eisen, I believe this is the picture that you seek: http://i.imgur.com/Gdk60pa.jpg03/06/2015 - 12:30am
Papa MidnightSurely, Goth_Skunk, you say that in jest?03/06/2015 - 12:28am
prh99Craig R. Cause quite a few of them are not, they're bullies with different politics.03/06/2015 - 12:23am
MechaTama31What was the "mistake" tweet?03/06/2015 - 12:18am
MechaCrashWhatever you say, Goth.03/06/2015 - 12:02am
E. Zachary KnightGoth, they could have fooled me.03/05/2015 - 11:16pm
Goth_SkunkI don't understand. GamerGate supports an open, diverse gaming community for all as well. Google's statement is contradictory.03/05/2015 - 10:59pm
TechnogeekAnd as far as the Card thing went, I basically balanced it out personal guilt-wise by donating an amount equal to the Shadow Complex purchase price to the ACLU.03/05/2015 - 9:44pm
TechnogeekWelp, look like the Gerberghazi crowd is going to have to use Bing now. https://twitter.com/googlecloud/status/57365320825126093003/05/2015 - 9:42pm
Goth_SkunkAhh! I misinterpreted your statement about being left with almost every game in existence. I interpreted it as 'If you boycott games he's been involved with, you're boycotting almost all of them.'03/05/2015 - 9:31pm
Andrew EisenGoth - Card has been involved with only a small handful of games so if one were to boycott games for his involvement, they wouldn't be missing out on many games.03/05/2015 - 9:29pm
Goth_Skunk@Craig: Only if you're not interested in seeing it end.03/05/2015 - 9:27pm
Craig R.Instead of calling people the "anti gamergate faction", you could just call them "sane"03/05/2015 - 9:23pm
Goth_SkunkWhat do you mean 'almost every game in existence'? Card is a writer, not a game developer.03/05/2015 - 9:18pm
Andrew EisenBut I too wonder how many people who cry boycott actually follow through. I vaguely remember a few years ago a bunch of people boycotting one of the CoD games and were all found playing it on Steam.03/05/2015 - 7:53pm
Andrew EisenAn interesting quandary but not equivalent as boycotting games that Card was involved with leaves you with... well, almost every game in existence.03/05/2015 - 7:51pm
 

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