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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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UK-based esports orgs and businesses raised a record £42m in funding in 2020 according to new report

UK-based esports organisations, startups and scaleup companies raised £42m in 2020, making it a record year for UK esports startups in terms of both the value and number of deals.  That’s according to new research published this week by Here East, the tech and innovation campus in London, and Beauhurst, a UK database for fast-growth companies. The pair claim to have analysed all investment data for British esports since 2011. Growing UK esports businesses have raised £138m over the last ten years, and the research has found that 61% (£85m) of that investment was secured in the last two years.  Continue…

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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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Williams board approves plan to invest millions of pounds in esports, expects to double number of dedicated esports staff year-on-year

British Formula One motor racing team Williams has spoken of its plans to invest heavily in esports over the coming years. This will involve branching into new esports titles and growing the number of dedicated esports staff on its team. Steven English, head of esports at Williams Racing, told Esports News UK: “The board of our company recently approved a new esports business plan, which is investing in millions over the next five years and beyond.” Williams entered esports three years ago in sim racing, and now has its sights set beyond that. Continue reading Williams board approves plan to…

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Blast win a trio of trophies at new UK-based esports business awards show GameFace

Esports tournament organiser Blast won a hat trick of trophies at the inaugural GameFace Awards ceremony last week, which was held online. GameFace is a new business-oriented esports awards show, aiming to ‘make heroes out of the people behind esports organisations and to connect them to global brands’. The ceremony celebrated everything from the best social media and internal events teams to the best partnership activations and tournament experiences. Blast took home trophies for Best Internal Social Media Team, Best Live Event Production and Best Partnership Activation for its work with watch brand TW Steel. Continue reading Blast win a…

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Fnatic Network streamer programme reports ‘industry-first’ 50/50 equal gender split

Fnatic, the London-based global esports organisation, is championing diversity among its content creators after reporting a 50/50 gender split in its grassroots programme, Fnatic Network.  This means that of the 52 streamers signed up to this programme – which celebrates its first full year of operation today – 26 are male and 26 are female. Fnatic says this is an industry first. Fnatic Network is a content creator academy that aims to scout and engage with top streamers and take them through a three-tiered programme, which can ultimately lead them to a contract with Fnatic or another org. Continue reading Fnatic Network streamer…

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Top UK orgs including Excel, Fnatic, London Royal Ravens and more form UK Esports Team Committee: ‘The aim is to bring teams together to lift UK esports as a whole’

For transparency: Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco was hired on a freelance basis by British Esports to help edit the UKETC press release A new independent not-for-profit committee consisting of leading UK esports teams has formed, supported by the British Esports Association, ‘to help progress and grow the UK esports industry to become more globally recognised’. The UK Esports Team Committee (UKETC) says it will act as a collective voice of UK teams in wider industry discussions, representing their views and interests to the wider UK esports and video games industries and to Government, and to encourage professionalism within…

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Codemasters leadership resign four months after EA’s acquisition

By Dom Peppiatt 7 July 2021 11:01 GMT EA has announced that Codemasters‘ CEO Frank Sagnier and CFO Rashid Varachia are stepping down following the publisher’s acquisition of the studio earlier in the year.The duo will leave Codemasters at the end of July. As per a statement released by EA, the duo’s departure was always part of the overall plan regarding the takeover, but things have been sped up due to the speed at which the British racing game group has been integrated into EA’s wider company structure following the completion of EA’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Codemasters back in February 2021.“Since joining…

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Pokemon Go has raked in over $5 billion in five years

By Dom Peppiatt 6 July 2021 11:15 GMT Happy birthday, Pokemon Go! Today, on the mobile sensation’s fifth birthday, it’s been revealed that the game has raked in an impressive $5 billion in revenue.As per a new report from Sensor Tower, the iOS and Android game developed by Niantic has recorded a ridiculous amount of revenue during the half-decade since it first launched.Initially hitting handheld devices in 2016, the game has generated – on average – $1 billion per year (though, of course, there are ebbs and flows). That’s what 632 million downloads can do for you!$1.9 billion of the game’s…

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Metro Exodus developer 4A Games is hiring staff to work on a new IP

By Dom Peppiatt 5 July 2021 20:02 GMT It looks like developer 4A Games is working on a new game in a new triple-A IP, alongside Metro 4, as per new job listings.A selection of new job listings from 4A Games’ careers page (via PSU) suggests that the studio is hard at work on a new ‘triple-A IP’. One of the openings at the studio is for a senior game designer, so it seems likely that the game is still in the early stages of development of “a new AAA IP by the makers of the Metro series”.But what will…

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Esports News UK and Alpha Beta PC enter long-term partnership

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve teamed up with system builder Alpha Beta PC. Esports News UK has entered into a 12-month partnership with Alpha Beta PC, which will see the PC hardware specialist sponsor Esports News UK’s new hardware corner. This section of the website will feature the latest PC hardware news, reviews and product information, as well as business tips, monthly interviews and Q&As with the experts at Alpha Beta PC, giving Esports News UK readers the lowdown on PC gear ideal for competitive gaming, from motherboards to mice and more. Continue reading Esports News UK and Alpha…

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Esports Insider announces the return of its ESI Digital Summer 2021 conference and start-up investment competition The Clutch

B2B esports events and media company Esports Insider has announced the return of the ESI Digital Summer conference on September 8th and 9th 2021. Esports News UK is once again a media partner for the event, which will bring together industry leaders in esports, sports and global brands to discuss and debate investment, esports ecosystems, education and more. ESI Digital Summer will have more than 60 speakers, 400 attendees and more than 16 hours of live content across two days, and is also offering networking opportunities for all attendees. Continue reading Esports Insider announces the return of its ESI Digital…

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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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Course Corrections: What lessons can be learnt from Staffordshire University and the UK’s first esports degree?

Four years ago this month, Staffordshire University announced it had become the first UK university to offer a degree in esports. The course got underway in September 2018 and now its first batch of students are about to graduate – but not all of them are happy. Some have aired their grievances around the quality of course content, management and esports knowledge of certain lecturers, while others have taken a more positive outlook and spoken of the course’s benefits. Continue reading Course Corrections: What lessons can be learnt from Staffordshire University and the UK’s first esports degree?

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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…