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Ubisoft CEO responds to open letter from employees, but group says “few points seem to have been addressed”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has responded to an open letter published by employees earlier this week, and his response hasn’t gone down as well as hoped with those who work at the company.Earlier this week, over 500 (now over 1,000) current and former Ubisoft staff members signed an open letter to the company, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver proper change after last year’s scandal involving members of upper management.In response, company CEO Yves Guillemot sent a mail to employees, reiterating previous statements made after the scandal broke, stating that the company has made “important progress” over the past…

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Ubisoft employees criticize company’s “empty promises” following last year’s allegations

Nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter as they stand in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver meaningful change after last year’s allegations.As the ongoing fallout to the explosive Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter showing support to workers walking out of the Activision Blizzard campus in protest of their management’s response to claims made against the company.Addressing Activision Blizzard staff, Ubisoft staff’s open letter (which was shared by Axios reporter Stephen Totilo on Twitter) states: “We hear you and want to loudly declare our solidarity with you….

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Activision Blizzard being investigated by shareholders amid shares slump

By Dom Peppiatt 28 July 2021 10:06 GMT In the wake of ongoing controversies surrounding Activision Blizzard‘s sexual harassment lawsuit, shareholders are investigating the company as its stocks start to slump.Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP is investigating Activision Blizzard to determine whether certain Activision officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and breached their fiduciary duties to the company, according to a note shared on BusinessWire.Pre-market stats suggest the shares are starting to rally – albeit slightly – but overall, Activision Blizzard stocks have dropped by as much as 7% on Tuesday as the legal mess…

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Production on World of Warcraft apparently halted because of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit

By Dom Peppiatt 26 July 2021 20:31 GMT According to a senior developer at Activision Blizzard, practically all work on World of Warcraft has been halted by a lawsuit regarding sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Last week, following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture.Now, World of Warcraft senior system designer Jeff Hamilton has taken to Twitter to note that very little work on the game is currently underway as Activision Blizzard responds to the situation…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected to get a bigger stash and much more thanks to feedback

By Dom Peppiatt 14 July 2021 10:19 GMT Blizzard Entertainment will be making some substantial changes to Diablo 2: Resurrected following feedback it received during the game’s technical alpha.If you played the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha back when it kicked off in April and gave Blizzard some feedback on your experiences, chances are you’ve shaped a better final product.Blizzard has posted a very in-depth look at the various player reactions to the technical alpha and has detailed what changes it will make to the game before it hits PC and consoles in September. One of the most notable updates is the…

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Summer Games Done Quick raises over $2.9m for charity

By Dom Peppiatt 12 July 2021 20:28 GMT This year’s Summer Games Done Quick has raised a grand total of $2.9m for Doctors Without Borders – or Médecins Sans Frontières – over the course of a week.The annual event has been another massive success, with the final figure coming in at over $2,904,585 from over 40,000 donations over the course of the marathon. The GDQ team dropped a huge $250,000 into the tracker towards the end of the marathon (raised from money from sponsors, Twitch subscriptions and other miscellaneous amounts) pushing the total up to over $2.5 million at the…

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It looks like we’re getting a Final Fantasy 14 cookbook later this year

Yep, you read that right. It looks like Insight Editions will be publishing a cookbook titled The Ultimate Final Fantasy 14 Cookbook, which will include various recipes inspired by the in-game world of Eorzea.Thanks to the eagle eyes of Wario64 on Twitter (via Siliconera), we’ve had an early peek at an as-yet-unannounced Final Fantasy 14 cookbook. The Simon & Schuster listing is still live, though it’s been altered from Wario64’s initial screenshot and now simply refers to a “licensed video game cookbook” instead of a Final Fantasy 14 one, specifically.As per Wario64’s screenshots, the book will include a foreword written by game director Naoki Yoshida, and it’ll…

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epic.LAN epic33 esports winners recap: Org-less team NoPoaching takes first place in Valorant

Last weekend the latest epic.LAN took place – a hybrid event featuring a mix of online elements plus a physical venue. Dom Sacco provides a quick recap of the esports winners. Epic33 took place from July 1st to 4th 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Coventry, and as usual, a number of esports tournaments got underway. There were three main tournaments – in Valorant, CSGO and StarCraft 2 – plus a number of community tournaments in the likes of F1, Fall Guys, Uno, Brawlhalla and more. Continue reading epic.LAN epic33 esports winners recap: Org-less team NoPoaching takes first…

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Rainbow Six Siege community reacts to Outbreak skin packs returning without the game mode

Some previously limited-time skins are returning to Rainbow Six Siege – and the community has had a mixed reaction to the news. Ubisoft announced today via the official Rainbow Six Twitter page that Outbreak Packs will be returning to the game this week (July 6th to July 13th 2021). Outbreak was a limited-time co-op game mode that launched back in early 2018, as part of the Operation Chimera expansion, and saw players clear through waves of enemies infected by an alien parasite. Continue reading Rainbow Six Siege community reacts to Outbreak skin packs returning without the game mode

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As Valve suffers setbacks with Sweden, could the Dota 2 International head to the UK in the future? We ask talent, fans and members of the UK esports community for their thoughts

This week, Valve announced that Dota 2’s biggest annual esports event – The International (TI) – may not take place in Stockholm, Sweden, as planned, due to complications with the Swedish government and sports bodies making it difficult for esports talent to secure visas. Valve is now ‘looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe’ to host TI10 this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate it. So, Esports News UK asks, what about the UK? Continue reading As Valve suffers setbacks with Sweden, could the Dota 2 International head to the UK in the future? We ask…

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PSA: Don’t buy Destiny 2’s Spicy Ramen emblem, it’ll be free in July

By Dom Peppiatt 21 June 2021 20:33 GMT You may have seen a special Spicy Ramen emblem in Destiny 2 doing the rounds online this week, but don’t buy it from chancers on social media – it’ll be free next month.Spicy Ramen has become something of a thing in the Destiny 2 community, as you may remember from the impromptu memorial shrine to Destiny’s Cayde-6 outside E3 2018. It once was a useless token that lived in your inventory, but it became a symbol to honor Cayde-6, voiced by Nathan Fillion, who died in-game when he caught a bullet from Uldren Sov.Dataminers unveiled a special Spicy Ramen…

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Sony ‘supports and encourages cross-play’, says it’ll be more common in future

Sony has resolved to continue allowing cross-play on the PlayStation platform in the months and years to come.In an interview with Axios, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, has said that Sony wants more cross-platform multiplayer in games going forward and praises the way crossplay has worked so far for the company.“We support and encourage cross-play,” he says, speaking of the popularity cross-platform gaming has enjoyed in games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Rocket League, Minecraft, and more besides.As per Ryan, the “number will continue to grow” as more games make the leap from closed player ecosystems to more connected…

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E3 2021’s PC Gaming Show set for Sunday, June 13

By Dom Peppiatt 7 June 2021 20:32 GMT Future has announced that the PC Gaming Show, now an E3 staple, will be taking place on Sunday, June 13 at 2:30pm PST / 5:30pm EST / 10.30pm BST.The event will be broadcasting from Los Angeles during the E3 weekend and will boast 39 new trailers, game announcements, and interviews to audiences around the world.“PC gaming retains its position as the world’s most vibrant gaming platform,” says PC Gamer Global Editor-in-Chief Evan Lahti. “The PC’s library of weird, innovative, and genre-pushing games grows every week. The PC Gaming Show is about shining a bright…

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Nintendo plans to open its own Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan by 2024

By Dom Peppiatt 2 June 2021 10:25 GMT Nintendo has announced plans to open the Nintendo Gallery museum in Japan which will be aimed at showcasing the company’s philosophy and design mentality to the public.As per the iconic Japanese developer, the planned gallery is “a way to share Nintendo’s product development history and philosophy” with anyone eager to learn. The grand opening is set to take place sometime in March 2024.Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa announced these plans in a Japanese press release over on the Nintendo site. The museum will be built on the Nintendo Uji Ogura Plant and its land in…

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Rockstar Games has created its own record label, CircoLoco Records

By Dom Peppiatt 24 May 2021 20:55 GMT Rockstar Games has announced CircoLoco Records, a new record label the developer is creating in with the dance party and club promoter of the same name.Rockstar wants in on the music industry, and it’s using the Ibiza club culture icon CircoLoco to help breakthrough into the scene. Rockstar and CircoLoco are teaming up to form CircoLoco Records and the company’s first EP is hitting shelves on June 4.From then on, we’ll see another EP launch every week until July 9, when the compilation album Monday Dreamin’ will be released in full. You can…