In The News
Electronic Arts put out a statement on the Jacksonville, Fla. Madden shooting last night. It will make “a $1 million contribution to support the victims of last Sunday’s events.” There will also be a charity livestream Sept. 6 with more details incoming.
The Championship Series will return, according to Matt Marcou. “The following is certain: the Madden NFL Championship Series will return. We love this game and this community. We are confident…”
Nintendo squashed Pokémon Essentials, The Verge’s Patricia Hernandez reports. “It was the biggest resource for making Pokémon fan games.”
Gamescom attendance broke another record at “370,000 total attendees from 114 different countries, up 15,000 from 2017’s then-record-breaking 355,000,” Gamasutra’s Alissa McAloon reports.
Bethesda’s Pete Hines would like to remind fans “replayable” is banned at the studio. “‘We have a joke in the office. I have banned the word replayable because that’s not a feature. Every game is replayable. Tetris is replayable. Every game can be replayed from the beginning. That’s not unique. That’s not a feature,’” he told IGN’s Lucy O’Brien.
PEGI is adding “warnings about in-game purchases to boxed games in the coming months,” GI.biz’s James Batchelor reports. The new graphic shows a hand holding a credit card.
Partnerships & Sponsorships:
Square Enix and Tencent are partnering to create a “new AAA IP,” Batchelor writes. There are “plans to co-develop blockbuster new games franchises from scratch as well as potentially licence existing intellectual properties to each other.”
ESP Gaming and Stadium are partnering “to create original esports programming,” TEO’s Trent Murray reports.
Fnatic and Florpad are partnering, Esports Insider’s Adam Fitch writes. “Florpad is a subsidiary of Irootfor, a private equity firm endemic to esports.”
Snickers returned as a Rocket League Championship Series partner, Fitch reports.
Epics “acquired a license for a line of compLexity cards,” Murray reports.
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