Epic Games announces $1.78 billion in funding, Blizzard faces employee complaints over unfair pay, and pundits debate the potential impact of President Trump’s Tencent ban

In this week’s news, Epic Games announces $1.78 billion in funding, Blizzard faces employee complaints over unfair pay, and pundits debate the potential impact of President Trump’s Tencent ban on the gaming industry.

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Riot Games faces criticism for Saudi megacity partnership, Nintendo faces massive leak of old code, and big tech faces off with U.S. government in antitrust hearings

In this week’s news, Riot Games enters into (and then cancels) a a sponsorship deal with the controversial Saudi megacity Neom, Nintendo undergoes a massive “gigaleak” of old data, and the U.S. government grills big tech in antitrust hearings.

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Microsoft hosts an event to reveal exclusive titles for the Xbox Series X, gaming TV channel G4 teases a return, and Ubisoft faces another wave of sexual assault allegations

In this week’s news, Microsoft hosts an event to reveal exclusive titles for the Xbox Series X, gaming TV channel G4 teases a return, and Ubisoft faces another wave of sexual assault allegations. 

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Geoff Keighley hosts preview of the new DualSense PS5 controller, Google announces new games and features for Stadia, and Ubisoft is panned for a tone-deaf game reveal

In this week’s news, Geoff Keighley hosts a live hands-on preview of the new DualSense PS5 controller, Google announces new games and features for Stadia, and Ubisoft is panned for a tone-deaf game reveal. 

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Gaming industry looks to shift per game price model, Sony invests in Epic Games, and the UK government recommends stricter restrictions on loot boxes

In this week’s news, the gaming industry looks to move to a $70 per game model in next gen consoles, Sony invests $250 million in Epic Games, and the UK government recommends that loot box mechanics be regulated under the same legislation as casinos.

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Games Industry Responds to Black Lives Matter Protests

This week’s news cycle has been almost entirely focused on the Black Lives Matter protests happening all over the country and in some cases, the world. As a result, this week’s TPoI will be focused on how major gaming companies have chosen to respond to the events of the week, events that have been either cancelled or delayed as a result, and the ongoing media response to actions taken by major corporations. 

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Microsoft teases family settings app, Amazon’s big gaming launch flops, and XRSpace announces bold vision for upcoming headset

In this week’s news, Microsoft releases the preview version of an Xbox Family Settings app, Amazon’s foray into the hero shooter genre flops upon launch, and a company led by former HTC head Peter Chou announces plans to launch a new virtual reality headset later this year.

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Unreal Engine 5 unveiled, Tokyo Game Show and ChinaJoy respond to COVID-19, and a new AAA studio is on the scene

In this week’s gaming news, Epic Games looks to the future with the Unreal Engine 5, Tokyo Game Show and ChinaJoy respond differently to the COVID-19 pandemic, and two ex-Respawn developers partner up to form their own AAA gaming studio.

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The Last Of Us II Spoilers, the recent success of Xbox Game Pass, and COVID-19’s impact on the gaming industry

In this week’s gaming news breakdown, Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us Part II leaks online, Xbox Game Pass tops video game streaming services, and the gaming industry continues to shift due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Facebook Gaming, the state of the video game industry due to COVID-19, and GameStop’s revitalization plan

In this week’s gaming news, Facebook takes on Twitch and Mixer in the streaming wars, social isolation turns out to be a double-edged sword for the gaming industry, and GameStop announces plans to help its business recover following its loss of sales during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: APRIL 13

China cracks down on online gaming because of…Animal Crossing?
China recently removed all sales listings for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, reports Ars Technica, after players created pro-democracy protest images within the game and shared them on social media. As a result, China announced it is banning its citizens from playing or chatting with international players in online games altogether. But that’s not all – as noted by TweakTown, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will also be placing all single-player games under surveillance, implementing a gaming curfew for those under 18, and setting a limit on how much money minors can spend through microtransactions. The Sixth Axis was skeptical about how effective the new policies will be, noting they will certainly “push games back underground.” MXDWN echoed this sentiment, noting that Chinese gamers will “certainly find a way around this.”

Gamescom 2020 goes digital in light of COVID-19 pandemic
The German government issued a directive this week suspending all major events through August due to COVID-19 concerns, leaving Gamescom 2020 to cancel its annual in-person event, reports GameSpot. As noted by VentureBeat, Gamescom is “one of the largest fan events for gaming on the planet,” with more than 370,000 people coming out to Cologne, Germany to attend each year. Instead of an in-person event, organizers will be hosting a digital version of the trade show, says Kotaku and PC Gamer, and all ticket holders will be automatically refunded. More information about the digital event is expected to be released within the coming weeks.

Cure your stay-at-home boredom with the help of Sony
As part of its “Play At Home” initiative, Sony is giving Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection to all PlayStation 4 owners for free, says CNET – no PS Plus subscription required. The initiative is meant to not only help players pass time while under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also to lend a hand to indie game developers. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter and Engadget, Sony formed a $10M fund to help small gaming studios who have been impacted by COVID-19. More information will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, Forbes encourages players to “definitely” give Journey – the popular indie adventure title from Annapurna Interactive – a spin.