Stadia’s Sudden Shutdown Blindsided Staff, Devs, And Bungie

Photo: Hulton Archive / Stringer / Kotaku (Getty Images) Few thought Google’s troubled streaming service, Stadia, might ever become a dominant player in the gaming industry, but almost no one expected it to shut down so abruptly, including the company’s own employees. Stadia VP Phil Harrison, fast becoming the grim reaper of new gaming initiatives, … Read more

Genshin Impact Devs Reveal Boss That’s Killed The Most Players

Image: HoYoverse Yesterday, the developers of Genshin Impact posted the latest edition of the RPG’s online newsletter, which usually details fun statistics about the behaviors and experiences of its massive playerbase. Usually, they’re fun facts such as the number of times players have drowned, or the number of players who have maxed out the game’s … Read more

You Are Not Ready For The Lewd Card Game That Kirby Devs Banned

Haven’t you always wanted to play a card game featuring Kirby’s Chef Kawasaki wearing a series of microscopic bikinis? Me neither, but for a brief shining window this month, you theoretically could thanks to a Japanese fan creating an M-rated card game that delivered exactly that. But that’s all in the past as Kirby rights-holder … Read more

Overwatch 2 Devs Spent A Year Making Genji’s Customizable Mythic Skin – Exclusive Interview

Overwatch 2 introduces a bevy of new characters, maps, and modes when it launches early next week. However, the most significant change arriving alongside the sequel’s new free-to-play format is a Battle Pass. The pass’ free track allows players to unlock a new support character named Kiriko, while its premium track – which costs $10 or 1,000 Overwatch … Read more

Xbox Launches Project Amplify To Support Young Black Game Devs

Image: Xbox To cap off National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week, Xbox announced “Project Amplify,” an outreach program to help the next generation of Black game developers begin charting their career paths within the industry. In a blog post from Xbox, the company announced it will have a panel at Revolt Summit 2022, an … Read more

Apex Legends Devs Are Sick Of Players Harassing Them

Respawn Entertainment took to Twitter this week with a statement condemning the “increased harassment” its employees have faced over the variety of issues plaguing the popular battle royale shooter Apex Legends. In the statement, Respawn said that while it “loves hearing feedback” from the community, attacking developers isn’t healthy constructive criticism. The studio continued, saying … Read more

Shipbreaker Devs Join A Labor Union

Screenshot: Focus Entertainment The support studio that worked on Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Crossfire Legion, and Secret Ponchos has voted to form a union with The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). Anemone Hug provides creative, technical, and business services for both AAA and indie studios. They were founded in Vancouver in 2015 and are now … Read more