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Activision Blizzard sued by California over sexual harassment and bullying allegations

A two-year investigation by the state of California has ended in a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, citing sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture (via Bloomberg Law).The lawsuit alleges that female employees working for the company – who make up roughly 20% of the workforce – are victims of discrimination in terms of unequal pay, sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation.CONTENT WARNINGThe investigation that brought the lawsuit to Activision…

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LinkedIn page suggests Gears of War studio The Coalition is working on a new IP

By Dom Peppiatt 18 July 2021 13:28 GMT The Coalition, the Xbox Games Studio known for developing the modern Gears of War titles, appears to be working on a new IP, a LinkedIn page has suggested.The LinkedIn profile of one of the studio’s level designers seems to reveal that the company has been working on an unannounced “new IP” for the last six months. The page was later edited and the listing removed.The LinkedIn page was initially spotted by Klobrille, who has a good track record at picking game development stories up and posting them to Twitter.We already know that…

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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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Balan Wonderworld director Yuji Naka has departed Square Enix

By Stephany Nunneley 5 June 2021 16:26 GMT Balan Wonderworld director, and Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Yuji Naka is no longer with Square Enix.Naka announced on Twitter today he that was no longer with Square Enix, and had left the company at the end of April. Watch on YouTube“I resigned from Square Enix at the end of April,” Naka said in the tweet (thanks, Gematsu). “While I cannot share the reason right now, I hope to be able to discuss it when the time comes. As for what I’ll do in the future, I’m already 55 years old, so I…

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The Witcher 3’s director resigns from CD Projekt

By Stephany Nunneley 4 May 2021 20:46 GMT The game director for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, has resigned from CD Projekt.News of Tomaszkiewicz’s departure comes from a report on Bloomberg.Watch on YouTubeTomaszkiewicz’s departure was revealed in a company-wide email sent to CD Projekt staff. His departure comes in the wake of an investigation where it was alleged he bullied others in the workplace.The investigation found Tomaszkiewicz was not guilty of the bullying accusations. In the email, he stated he understood a lot of people are “feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me.” He then apologized…

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Activision Blizzard layoffs to occur across European offices

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 20 March 2021 14:11 GMT Activision Blizzard is set to issue another round of layoffs, which will affect its European publishing offices.Right now, a consultation period is in effect at offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.According to GI.biz,  Activision Blizzard is planning to consolidate its European publishing to the UK. The layoffs will not impact any development studios, customer support, or live operations.In a statement sent to GI.biz, Activision said that the lay-offs are due to players increasingly choosing to “connect to games digitally.”“We have shared plans with our teams in Europe…

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Yakuza director Toshihiro Nagoshi is Sega’s next creative director

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 31 January 2021 16:30 GMT Yakuza series director Toshihiro Nagoshi is due to step down as chief creative officer (CCO) of Sega, and will become creative director instead.Nagoshi – who worked as executive director on Yakuza: Like a Dragon – has been a key part of the Yakuza franchise since it first launched back in 2005, and he’s been with Sega since the mid-90s arcade days, too.Nagoshi’s new role (which will formally begin on April 1, 2021) was revealed in an announcement that also confirmed that the company will be making some more wide-reaching changes in…

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Scavengers suspends co-founder following workplace abuse allegations

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:12 GMT After a report exposed a slew of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against the studio, Scavengers has announced it has indefinitely suspended co-founder and creative director Simon Darveau.A report published by GamesIndustry.biz earlier this week outlined a series of grievous misdemeanors enacted by senior staff at the studio, leading to a “toxic work environment”.Creative director Simon Darveau and his romantic partner (at the time of the studio’s founding) CEO Amelie Lamarche were reportedly mostly to blame for the toxicity in the Montreal-based studio, known for its work on both Darwin Project and…