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Netflix bought the studio that made Oxenfree.

We’re in the early stages of creating a great gaming experience for our members around the world. So we’re excited to announce today Night School Studio is joining Netflix.

BluePoint finally officially acquired by Sony

Reportedly working on something original for their next project, too, not a remake. Will be interesting to see if it’s a new IP, or a sequel to something they’ve worked on before…

Gearbox Software has announced that former chief technology officer Steve Jones will now serve as the new president of Gearbox Software following a leadership shuffle. Gearbox Entertainment co-founder Randy Pitchford will still serve as CEO and President of the Gearbox parent company and shift his focus towards film and TV as the president of the newly-formed Gearbox Studios.

Blech.

This seems interesting.

I could see that being more productive.

Oh, boy. PDX sure is in the news a lot lately…

At least two years of talks about renewing the contract that allows Electronic Arts, through its EA Sports division, to use the organization’s name have hit the wall, according to multiple people close to the negotiations.

The core of the dispute is financial. FIFA is seeking more than double what it currently receives from EA Sports, according to people with knowledge of the talks, a figure that would increase its payout from the series to more than $1 billion for each four-year World Cup cycle.

FIFA would prefer to limit EA’s exclusivity to the narrow parameters around use in a soccer game, most likely in an effort to seek new revenue streams for the rights it would retain. EA Sports, meanwhile, contends the company should be allowed to explore other ventures within its FIFA video game ecosystem, including highlights of actual games, arena video game tournaments and digital products like NFTs.

EA Sports and NFTs. A match made in FIFA.

Sometimes, it’s like they care about the money almost as much as the sport.

Inb4 [current day scandal bullshit headline here]

Glad to see they let us know they are never going to make a game again. Adam jensen was a character from another time.

Except the Guardians of the Galaxy game releasing end of month, but no doubt after that it’s the end of everything.

always online drm. Its going to be shit.

What are you talking about?

Yea I’m a bit lost too.

The founder of Undead Labs has started a new games studio, the lead designer of State of Decay 2 has joined him.

Austin Walker is there too, making the jump to dev.

Not about ‘game developers’, but I had to put this somewhere. $4.5M
Resetera Forum sells out to MOBA network.

Mods are still unpaid, lol.

Jeff Vogel makes a new blog entry, about games and writing

The operational team that runs ResetEra will continue to moderate and engage with the community and work with M.O.B.A. Network on future product development.​

For free!

From MOBA’s press release:

ResetEra.com was founded in 2017 and has grown rapidly with a committed audience. Sales in the last twelve months (up to and including 31 August) amounted to approximately USD 700,000 with an EBITDA margin of approximately 80%. The purchase price amounts to USD 4.55 million and will be paid in cash in two tranches, where USD 3.55 million has been paid upon closing, and USD 1 million will be paid by 31 December 2021.