Twitch appears to have a significant culture problem. The streaming platform is being accused of rampant sexual misconduct, racism and more throughout their offices. In a report from Bredan Sinclair of gamesindustry.biz, more than 16 current and former employees share their stories from past and present. “Twitch repeatedly swept accounts of harassment and abuse under the rug: sexual, verbal, physical abuse, and racism. And not just my own. It took place in the office. At events. In meetings and behind closed doors. It was rampant and unavoidable…”
Sneaky sneaky, Microsoft. How do you make sure that Xbox Games Pass ends up on the iOS store without having to bend to Apple’s insane App store policies? You don’t use the App store. Microsoft has reportedly come up with a “direct browser-based solution.” “We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Spencer told employees, according to two people with direct knowledge of his comments. Apple products are one of the last major holdouts for platforms compatible with Game Pass, but Microsoft clearly is looking to rectify the situation. Ashley Stewart from Business Insider has the full story.
Amazon is…not great at making video games. It sounds mean to say, but has unfortunately been proven true too many times. Amazon is one of the biggest corporations in the world, and they have reportedly thrown millions of dollars at their game development division. They made their own engine, acquired successful studios and have tried their hand at developing multiple AAA titles. Cecilia D’Anastasio at Wired writes an incredibly in depth piece about the story of Amazon’s game development studios.