In The News
Really, what would a week be without studio layoffs? Six Foot confirmed layoffs to Game Informer’s Imran Khan. The statement reads, in part, “we regrettably confirm a reduction of about a third of our game dev workforce. We’re continuing to make available the full resources of our company to try to help those affected and their families land on their feet as quickly as possible…”
What’s more, United Kingdom magazines GamesTM and GamesMaster are closing, according to Eurogamer’s Tom Phillips.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s opening weekend “sold more than $500 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days,” according to a press release.
Games-as-a-service has helped EA and Activision grow “by almost $80 billion combined,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports. “Since 2012, EA’s value has risen from $4 billion to $33 billion. Meanwhile, Activision Blizzard has seen its market value soar from $10 billion to over $60 billion in the same period.”
First off, lol at the featured image. Second, “Girls who are heavy gamers are more likely to study a physical STEM degree,” according to findings from University of Surrey’s Dr. Anesa Hosein. “Playing multiplayer games is associated with studying a physical STEM degree … It also found that 100 per cent of girls in the study who were already in PSTEM degrees were identified as gamers.”
Discord updated its terms of service. These changes “will affect any future lawsuits brought about by users, including class-action lawsuits,” GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports.
Maple Story 2 dinged over 1 million downloads since it launched last week.
AP or get out. Wikipedia’s standardizing its “esports” spelling and has dropped the capitalized S.
Interviews: Battlefield V’s Eric Holmes (VentureBeat).
Extra Esports News:
John Peter “TotalBiscuit” Bain will be inducted into the Esports Hall Of Fame at ESL One Hamburg 2018.
DreamHack announced DreamHack Dallas 2019 from May 31 – June 2.
NRG Esports and Qualcomm are partnering to “promote its new ASUS Republic of Gamers-branded smartphone,” TEO’s Trent Murray writes.
G2 Esports and Esport Management are partnering, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports.
Paris-Saint Germain and LGD Gaming expanded their partnership “to further tap into the Chinese esports market,” TEO’s Jack Stewart writes.
Happy birthday Sammuel “bigempct” Hua!