In The News
Independent Game Developers Association would like developers to tighten up rules for social media engagement after two Guild Wars 2 writers were fired for a Twitter spat. Find the blog post here.
In an interview with Polygon’s Colin Campbell, fired writer Jessica Price defended herself and pointed blame at ArenaNet President Mike O’Brien: “‘There was zero reason for him to be there. He wanted to vent his anger, and he had the power to command a woman to stand there while…’”
Nintendo plans to release 20 to 30 indie games per week on the Switch, GI.biz’s Rebekah Valentine reports.
THQ Nordic “acquired German developer and publisher HandyGames for an undisclosed price,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports.
Electronic Arts snapped up “Industrial Toys, a creative team that has made a number of ambitious mobile games, for an undisclosed price,” Takahashi writes.
Foundry IV and MGM Resorts expanded their partnership, “including a new tournament series, new game, casino gaming platform, and even a new federation built around ‘new sports,’” TEO’s Ferguson Mitchell reports.
Kotaku Compete is gone, and Richard Lewis doesn’t mind. He’s up with an article on VPEsports titled “The Death Of Compete And Why I Won’t Be In Mourning.”
Per usual, Ninja topped the charts for hours watched on Twitch last week at 6.9 million. Shroud came in 2nd at 2.6 million and tsm_myth in 3rd at 2.1 million, TEO reports.
Miscellaneous Esports News:
Dota 2’s getting a “new semi-professional Dota 2 league: the North America Dota Challengers League,” Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch reports. “The first season of the league will be launched in October following the first Valve Minor qualifier.”
OpTic Gaming continues to expand “with an announcement that it has entered the Latin American esports market,” Fitch writes. “Picking up the former roster of Ronin Esports, OpTic Gaming now has a second Gears of War team and it consists of Mexican players.”
Another Hearthstone Tavern Talk is up. Check it out here.
Hearthstone posted “Hearthstone: Announcing The Boomsday Project (enGB).”