Nintendo Switch hardware sales pass 129 million units
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Nintendo Switch hardware sales pass 129 million units

In the fast-paced world of video games, where competition is fierce, few consoles have managed to capture the imagination of gamers and remain firmly at the top. However, the versatile hybrid gaming platform from the iconic Japanese company has proven to be an exceptional phenomenon as Nintendo Switch hardware sales continue to prove strong. Recently,…

Relic Entertainment layoffs hit 121 employees
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Relic Entertainment layoffs hit 121 employees

Sega and Relic Entertainment announced the layoffs. We got word today that another game studio was hit with layoffs. The Relic Entertainment layoffs affect 121 employees at its studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Relic Entertainment was founded way back in 1997. The studio is well known for its work on real-time strategy games on…

Epic Games Store now has a self-publishing option
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Epic Games Store now has a self-publishing option

However, they will have to comply with certain aspects to be approved. Steam continues to position itself as the largest online video game platform on the Internet. With more than 50k registered games in its history, the only real competition that Valve’s store may have is the Epic Games Store. That may change though as…

DICE Awards 2022 Nominees Revealed
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DICE Awards 2022 Nominees Revealed

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the DICE Awards 2022 nominees for its 26th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. This year’s peer-juried awards show is co-hosted by Greg Miller (Kinda Funny Games) and Stella Chung (IGN). The DICE Awards 2022 nominees include 61 games that were released in 2022. Sony’s God of War: Ragnarök leads the…

Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai announces semi-retirement
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Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai announces semi-retirement

The creator of Kirby and Super Smash Bros. says he is about to hang up his gloves. We have not realized that the years in the video game industry have passed. On the one hand, we have seen how far the industry has come. But on the other hand, there is a harsh reality that…

Blizzard Albany QA team latest in game industry to unionize
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Blizzard Albany QA team latest in game industry to unionize

The move is the latest labor-related defeat for Activision Blizzard. The Quality Assurance team at Blizzard Albany just voted to unionize. According to Gamesindustry.biz, the vote tally was 14 in favor and none against. Another vote was disqualified while three others were challenged due to mail delays. Activision Blizzard had pushed for a studio-wide vote….

Scottish Games Awards Nominees Announced
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Scottish Games Awards Nominees Announced

The first-ever Scottish Games Awards has announced its long list of nominees. The Scottish Games Awards celebrate the best games and talent in Scotland. The awards are set to take place at the Malmaison in Dundee on October 27, bringing together a wide range of disciplines and specialties from across gaming. The winners will be announced…

PS5 hardware sales top 2 million in the UK
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PS5 hardware sales top 2 million in the UK

Sony’s next-gen PS5 console is on-pace with PS3 but lagging PS4. The PlayStation 5 just topped 2 million consoles sold in the United Kingdom. It reached this milestone in 98 weeks, which is the same amount of time that it took PS3 to reach 2 million units sold. “Given the stock problems surrounding PS5 it…

Sony buys stake in Elden Ring developer From Software
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Sony buys stake in Elden Ring developer From Software

In the fight for who has more development studios, Sony gets a stake in the creators of the Soulsborne genre. Purchases, purchases, and more purchases of video game developers. Throughout 2022, the development studio market has had a lot of movement – from Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard to Embracer Group buying Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal,…

Sony expands PlayStation Studios with Savage Game Studios acquisition
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Sony expands PlayStation Studios with Savage Game Studios acquisition

Savage Game Studios joins PlayStation Studios. Sony announced today that it acquired Savage Game Studios. The purchase is to bolster the company’s newly created PlayStation Studios Mobile Division. The Mobile Division will “operate independently from our console development and focus on innovative, on-the-go experiences based on new and existing PlayStation IP.” Here’s the statement from…

Embracer Group now owns Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, Tomb Raider, and more
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Embracer Group now owns Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, Tomb Raider, and more

Embracer Group has completed its acquisition of three studios from Square Enix along with a number of major IPs including Tomb Raider and Deus Ex. It’s official. Square Enix has officially sold off Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montréal, Square Enix Montréal. The sale also includes major IPs like Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and more…

Amazon may buy Electronic Arts
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Amazon may buy Electronic Arts

USA Today released important information today that allegedly violated the publisher’s standards. It is no secret that many companies have shown interest in buying Electronic Arts. The video game giant, after several years full of disappointments, is hanging on by a thread. Therefore, companies such as Apple and Disney, among others, have shown their interest…

Team Asobi Director Nicolas Doucet seeks to surprise us with their next game
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Team Asobi Director Nicolas Doucet seeks to surprise us with their next game

The creators of Astro’s Playroom are looking to outdo themselves with their new title for the PlayStation 5. Nowadays, gamers have betas, alphas, early access, and more opportunities to try games before they are released. But in the past, only demos were available. Demos allowed us to test games and consoles. In fact, PlayStation is…

Venezuelan university UCAB bets big on esports education
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Venezuelan university UCAB bets big on esports education

Courses, esports competitions, and the possibility of creating careers associated with gaming has come with the new announcement of UCAB’s Gaming Hub. As we have commented here at Game Freaks 365, the past of the video game industry in Venezuela has been complicated. The complicated economic situation of the country has deprived many Venezuelans of…

Activision Blizzard fighting unionization effort at Diablo IV developer
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Activision Blizzard fighting unionization effort at Diablo IV developer

Activision continues to make headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Despite Microsoft apparently hoping to put the kibosh on Activision’s union-busting efforts – Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion – the publisher is carrying on. This time they are fighting a unionization drive at Blizzard Albany. Kotaku reports: Nearly two months after…

Scottish Games Week announces keynote speakers Graeme Devine and Houston Howard
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Scottish Games Week announces keynote speakers Graeme Devine and Houston Howard

The first two keynote speakers were just announced for the first ever Scottish Games Week. Industry leader and former id Software designer Graeme Devine and leading transmedia author Houston Howard are the Scottish Games Week keynote speakers. Howard is the author of You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Story: The 21st Century Survival Guide To Not…

Former Eidos Montreal exec describes Square Enix takeover as ‘train wreck in slow motion’
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Former Eidos Montreal exec describes Square Enix takeover as ‘train wreck in slow motion’

According to an insider, the relationship between Eidos and Square Enix was rocky from the start. Earlier this year, the industry was stunned to learn that Embracer Group bought AAA studios as well as the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, and Thief IPs from Square Enix. Less shocking than the sale itself was the bargain basement…

ModDB celebrates 20th anniversary as modding community
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ModDB celebrates 20th anniversary as modding community

The modding community ModDB just turned 20. The oldest mod distribution and hosting platform is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. Founded on July 20, 2002, ModDB has been the go-to for modders for two decades now as the ultimate modding community. “Twenty years ago, Scott Reismanis founded ModDB as a destination for creators to share…