Blizzard ends 14-year licensing deal with NetEase in China • ZebethMedia

In a somewhat surprising turn, Blizzard Activision, the California-based gaming publisher behind global hits like World of Warcraft and Overwatch, will be suspending most of its games in China due to the expiration of licensing agreements with NetEase, the second-largest gaming company in the country. Blizzard’s announcement is set to end a 14-year licensing partnership […]

Microsoft Teams now lets you challenge colleagues to a game of Minesweeper or Solitaire • ZebethMedia

With remote or hybrid work going nowhere any time soon, Microsoft today announced new social gaming functionality inside its Teams productivity and collaboration platform. Available to Teams Enterprise and Education subscribers only, the new “Games for Work” app allows colleagues to challenge each other to a game of Minesweeper, Wordament, Icebreaker, and even Solitaire, a […]

Yahaha raises $40M more for its user-generated, low-code immersive gaming platform • ZebethMedia

Yahaha, a Helsinki- and Shanghai-based immersive, user-generated, low-code gaming platform founded by a group of Chinese gaming vets, made a splash in January when it announced a cumulative $50 million in funding ahead of its alpha launch in April. Now, with 100,000 creators and hundreds of thousands of players, it’s raised a further $40 million […]

Microsoft brings helicopters, gliders and the Spruce Goose to its Flight Simulator • ZebethMedia

Microsoft is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the venerable Flight Simulator series today with the launch of the aptly named Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary update. As the company had teased before, this update to the sim will introduce helicopters and gliders, as well as a few classic aircraft. Gliders and helicopters aren’t new to […]

Gaming company Kabam lays off 7% of its workforce to better align with goals • ZebethMedia

Kabam, the gaming company that has developed mobile games in partnership with entertainment brands including Disney, Marvel and Universal, has laid off about 7% — around 35 people — of its workforce, ZebethMedia has learned from sources and confirmed with the company over email. The Vancouver-based company informed the affected employees about the move earlier […]

Nintendo and DeNA to establish joint venture company called Nintendo Systems • ZebethMedia

Nintendo and mobile games company DeNA are forming a joint venture company called Nintendo Systems that will aim to enhance the digitization of Nintendo’s business. The joint venture builds on Nintendo’s years-long partnership with DeNA that began in 2015. The two have since worked together to develop a handful of titles, including Super Mario Run, […]

Roblox stock drops on widening losses in Q3, but other growth metrics remain strong • ZebethMedia

One of the big players in the “metaverse” space, gaming platform Roblox, saw its stock tumble by over 15% in pre-market trading on Wednesday after reporting a wider-than-anticipated loss in its third-quarter earnings. The company, which caters to a younger demographic with its virtual world gaming platform, reported a loss of $297.8 million, or 50 […]

Microsoft’s $68.7BN play for Activision heads for in-depth EU antitrust probe too • ZebethMedia

The $68.7 billion gaming mega-merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is facing in-depth competition scrutiny in the European Union. EU regulators had been taking a preliminary look at the proposed deal, after the transaction was notified to the bloc’s regulators at the end of September. But today the Commission confirmed it will open a deeper […]

Netflix launches a new interactive trivia experience, ‘Triviaverse’ • ZebethMedia

Today, Netflix is launching a new interactive game called “Triviaverse” that allows subscribers to test their knowledge and compete against an all-knowing “Trivia master” using their TV remote. In the game, players are challenged to answer questions as quickly as they can before time runs out and beat high scores to earn badges. “Triviaverse” is […]

Unity and IronSource’s $4.4B merger is now complete • ZebethMedia

Unity‘s proposed merger with IronSource has formally concluded, with the two companies coming together to create an end-to-end platform for developers to build and monetize games. Unity, which is best known for its eponymous general purpose game engine, and IronSource, an adtech company that serves developers with tools for integrating ads, cross-channel marketing, and more, first […]

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