In The News
Acquisitions And Layoffs:
Everyone is getting laid off. Gamigo acquired Trion Worlds which triggered layoffs for “a significant portion of its staff,” Gamasutra’s Alissa McAloon reports. “Trion Worlds declined to comment on the extent of the layoffs itself.”
Fatshark acquired A Sweet Studio AB, Gamasutra’s Emma Kidwell reports. “All nine employees from A Sweet Studio have already moved to the Fatshark office located in Stockholm.”
Bethesda wants y’all to know right now Fallout 76’s beta — which opens today on Xbox One — ain’t going to be sunshine and roses. Here’s a snippet of its cute “Note To Our Fans“: “We know we’re opening everyone up to all new spectacular issues none of us have encountered.”
Unikrn is rolling out its “Isle of Man approved cryptocurrency and fiat live betting service to over 20 nations worldwide,” Esports Insider’s Cody Luongo reports.
In And Out:
John Vignocchi, formerly of Disney Infinity, joined Gearbox Publishing.
Jade Raymond left EA. Samantha Ryan is taking over her responsibilities at the Montreal studio, VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is leaving Facebook, PC Gamer’s Wes Fenlon reports.
Malta’s government is including esports in its 2019 budget, Esports Insider’s Oliver Ring reports. “The Maltese government will look to make an ‘aggressive move to form a cluster for the esports world, which comprises competitive and professional video gaming.’”
Fluffy Fairy Games is rebranding to Kolibri Games, according to a Medium post.
Light Field Lab and Otoy are partnering “to turn the Star Trek Holodeck into a reality,” Takahashi writes. “San Jose, California-based Light Field Lab is making holographic displays that can be assembled from small building blocks into huge 3D image displays while Otoy makes software tools that can be used to fashion highly realistic digital films and games.”
ExceL Esports, Icy Veins and Enthusiast Gaming are partnering for “the exceL World of Warcraft Mythic Dungeon Invitational team exceL’s Angels,” Esports Insider’s David Hollingsworth reports.
Ninja was the 2nd Top Twitch Channel last week at 3.65 million hours watched, TEO reports. Shroud came in 3rd at 2.87 million and tfue in 4th at 2.73 million.
Players’ Lounge started as a pop-up tournament provider at a dive bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn called The Alligator Lounge. The founders were college friends and avid FIFA rivals. They started hosting FIFA tournaments with a MeetUp Group in November 2014. By February 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev and EA Sports hired the company for marketing partnerships.
www.PlayersLounge.co launched February 2016 with Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick’s angel investment and participated in Y Combinator’s Winter 2018 batch.
Do you have a spare quarter? There is $6,000 in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tournaments available Saturday, Oct. 27: $3,000 at 4 p.m. ET on PS4 and $3,000 at 5 p.m. ET on Xbox One. Tournaments cost a quarter to enter — only on Players’ Lounge.
Extra Esports News:
Psyonix and Tespa announced the first live Collegiate Rocket League National Championship to be held Dec. 8 in Arlington, Texas.
Team SoloMid will be swinging by TwitchCon at Booth #132.
IN: AlchemicalKitty and AstroZero36 joined Kinguin as streamers.
Millenium ends its esports team.