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Epic Games pledges humanitarian aid for Ukraine

Epic Games, which is one of the biggest video games producers in the world has pledged its support to the people of war-torn Ukraine.

Platform News: Facebook VR

Reggie Fils-Aimé is not a fan of Facebook’s metaverse

The future potential of the Metaverse, which could best be summarised as a new iteration of Second Life, is a subject that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has identified as a definin...

Ukraine

More platform players reject Russian aggression, stop sales there

Game publishers such as Epic Games, Ubisoft, Take-Two and Activision-Blizzard are joining the boycott of Russia by pausing the sale of games in the country.

Twitch

Twitch seeks to ban creators that share ‘misinformation’ on the Internet

The move by Amazon.com-owned video streamer Twitch comes as other platform players are also seeking to crackdown on the spread of propaganda and fake news from Russian media outlet...

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games continues acquisition spree by acquiring Bandcamp

Epic Games is continuing its habit of buying innovative creator-friendly companies. The US-based video game giant has announced plans to acquire the online music platform Bandcamp.

Activision-Blizzard

Activision’s mobile gaming unit to see leadership changes ahead of Microsoft deal

Video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc’s mobile gaming unit, King, said on Wednesday two of its senior executives, including a co-founder, would leave the company before it...

Roblox

Roblox quarterly bookings disappoint as gaming frenzy wanes

Gaming platform Roblox Corp has missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly bookings as the pandemic-driven frenzy for its video games waned, sending its shares down more than 13% i...

Warren Buffet

Buffett’s Berkshire bought Activision shares before Microsoft takeover

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc acquired nearly $1 billion of shares in Activision Blizzard Inc before Microsoft Corp agreed to buy the video game maker for $68.7 bil...

Platform Industry: Microsoft operating system users

Microsoft unveils new app store guidelines as it woos regulators on deal

Microsoft has announced a new set of principles for its app store, including open access to developers who meet privacy and security standards, as it began a push to win approval f...

Electronic Arts (EA)

Video game publisher Electronic Arts lowers annual adjusted sales forecast

Electronic Arts Inc lowered its annual adjusted sales forecast after missing quarterly estimates, as the video game publisher faces the brunt of easing pandemic restrictions and fe...

Platform News: Epic Games, the maker of the Fortnite game

Epic Games invests in Spire Animation’s funding round, eyes metaverse

Spire Animation Studios has said it has raised $20 million in a funding round, which included an investment from Fortnite-maker Epic Games to collaborate and build metaverse experi...

Tencent Holdings

Tencent plans to take US-listed streaming firm DouYu private

Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to take DouYu International Holdings Ltd private amid disagreements over strategy among executives at the Chinese videogame streaming firm, two people wi...

Platform Industry: Microsoft logo

Microsoft faces challenge cleaning up Activision Blizzard’s culture

The success of Microsoft’s biggest deal ever rides on rehabilitating Activision Blizzard’s culture, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella declared after announcing the $69 billio...

Microsoft Corp

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

Microsoft Corp is buying “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake the...

Platform Industry News: Sony Corp logo on building

Analysis: Sony faces deep-pocketed rivals in war over future of gaming

Sony Group, perched atop the gaming sector, is facing a fresh challenge from cash-rich rivals betting on a next-generation online video game boom as the Japanese conglomerate eyes ...