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EA Roasted For Dunking On Single-Player Games After Everything It’s Done


It’s been a while since Electronic Arts was the video game villain of the moment, but on Thursday the FIFA publisher sucked up all the oxygen in the room thanks to a bad joke made even worse by the company’s cutthroat history. If there’s one mega gaming company out there who shouldn’t have been...

Xbox Head Defends Bethesda In Wake Of Crunch Allegations


At an all-hands meeting on Thursday, Xbox addressed the growing employee concerns about labor conditions at Bethesda Game Studios and its parent company, ZeniMax. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, said he was “confident” that the studio was not crunching, and that it was “unfair” to attribute...

Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers Of Very Cool Video Games


On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivalled in indie...

Overwatch 2 Will Replace The Original, Making It Unplayable In October


If you had a sneaking suspicion that Blizzard’s currently in-beta hero shooter Overwatch 2 would affect the 2016 original in some way, you were absolutely correct. It turns out that when the upcoming sequel drops on October 4, it will straight-up replace Overwatch, rendering that now seven-year-old...

Bobby Kotick Is Staying On Activision Blizzard's Board, Ew


Just yesterday, Activision Blizzard shareholders voted to approve a report looking into the company’s anti-harassment efforts. While the company itself is “carefully considering” that, stockholders also gave the green light to the Board of Directors nominees, which included shitty CEO Bobby Kotick....

Call Of Duty Cheaters Are Getting Their Guns Taken Away


Call of Duty is plagued with cheaters, but Activision’s Team Ricochet is always developing new tools to stop bad actors from exploiting Vanguard and Warzone to cheat. Now, Ricochet has implemented another anti-cheat measure as part of its “mitigation toolbox” that steals cheaters’ guns right from...

Diablo Immortal's China Release Delayed Following Social Media Silencing


Diablo Immortal has been one of the more hotly contested releases of 2022, receiving the lowest ever user score on Metacritic, while simultaneously receiving eight million downloads and making over $24,000,000 in its first two weeks. However, according to a report by Reuters, the announcement of...

Let’s Put EA CEO’s $20 Million Payout In Context


The CEO of Madden maker Electronic Arts is set to rake in $19.8 million in total compensation for his company’s strong performance in 2021. That’s about half of what it was for 2020 after EA’s Board of Directors cracked down on exorbitant bonuses in the face of shareholder backlash, but still...

Activision Blizzard Clears Itself Of Any Wrongdoing


Nearly year after an explosive lawsuit by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing kicked off a firestorm of sexual harassment and discrimination allegations at Activision Blizzard, a Board of Directors working group investigating the company has released its findings. Led by...

Amid Thin 2022, Microsoft Says 50 Games Coming To Xbox Over The Next Year


Six months into the year, Xbox’s release calendar is looking slim. Fresh off the heels of an absolutely banger 2021, Microsoft hasn’t released a single first-party tentpole in 2022. But that’s all set to change, Microsoft assured viewers today during its big splashy marketing showcase about...

Activision Blizzard Recognizes QA Workers' Union


Bobby Kotick announced today that Activision Blizzard will recognize Raven Software’s union of quality assurance testers. He promised that “we will engage in good faith negotiations to enter into a collective bargaining agreement” with Communications Workers of America.Read more

Let's All Exploit The Exploitative Games


There is, and should be, a huge amount of discussion and debate regarding the exploitative nature of so many practices in modern video games. From gacha and lootboxes to in-app purchases and meaningless cosmetics, right up to the recent idiocy regarding NFTs, both game players and the gaming press...

Call of Duty Returns To Steam At The Premium Price Of $70


After five years away, Call of Duty will be coming back to digital storefront Steam with the upcoming release of Modern Warfare 2, the latest in the super-popular shooter franchise. However, be prepared to spend a bit more this year, as MW2 on PC will now cost $70. Read more

Dragon Age QA Workers Votes Unanimously To Form Labor Union


This morning, quality assurance testers on Dragon Age: Dreadwolf unanimously voted to form Canada’s first video game labor union. They filed the motion on April 20, and the election concluded 16-0 in favor of unionizing. This came after the devs mounted an organized campaign focused on bad pay...

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