This week, a leaked ESA pitch deck provided a glimpse into the potential future of E3, and both Apple’s Apple Arcade service and Nintendo’s Switch Lite console launched to positive reviews.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPTEMBER 16
In this week’s gaming news, GameStop announced its plans to close up to 200 stores, Apple released final details of its Apple Arcade, and EA opened a technical trial of its upcoming cloud gaming service Project Atlas.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPTEMBER 9
This week, Alec Holowka passed away proceeding accusations of sexual assault, a popular toy reviews YouTube channel is facing an FTC complaint, and Microsoft partnered with SK Telecom to test Project xCloud in South Korea.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: SEPTEMBER 2
In this week’s gaming news breakdown, Riot Games settled a gender-discrimination lawsuit, several game developers were accused of sexual assault, and Bungie gave a statement regarding video game publisher Activision.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUGUST 26
In this week’s gaming news breakdown, Game Informer lost seven members of its editorial staff, pricing for the upcoming Apple Arcade was uncovered, and Sony continues to rival Microsoft with the acquisition of Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUGUST 19
In this week’s gaming news, Ninja calls out Twitch for recommending other channels on his inactive Twitch account (including pornographic material), Discord released a new desktop streaming feature, and SEGA is releasing a new miniature console.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUGUST 12
This week, the 2019 E3 media list was leaked online, the Big Three announced the next steps in reforming loot box mechanics, and Take-Two Interactive investigated a streamer for an alleged breach of sensitive information.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: AUGUST 5
In this week’s gaming news breakdown, Ninja announces his departure from Twitch, Rockstar Games is in hot water for dodging UK corporation taxes, and GameStop let go of 50 regional managers.
Famous Fortnite streamer, Ninja, swaps Twitch for Mixer
Tyler Blevins, known as “Ninja” to the gaming community, has announced that he is leaving Amazon’s Twitch and will be streaming exclusively on Microsoft’s Mixer. In a series of tweets, Ninja expressed his excitement to be streaming on Mixer and noted that nothing about the content of his streams will change. The New York Times shared a statement from Ninja’s management company explaining that despite popular belief, Ninja made the decision to hop platforms not for the monetary value but instead to better reach his core audience of console-based players. The Verge, CNN, and WIRED reported that there were no hard feelings from either party regarding the split.
Rockstar North accused of 10-year tax avoidance in the UK
Edinburgh-based studio Rockstar North, a subsidiary of Rockstar Games, was accused of tax avoidance this week. According to a study conducted by TaxWatch UK, the studio has neglected to pay corporation taxes for 10 years, despite accumulating billions of dollars in revenue from parent company Take-Two Interactive and claiming more than £42M in tax relief. The company is now facing widespread criticism for its actions, and TaxWatch is calling for the UK tax office to investigate the country’s current tax relief system to stop similar situations such as this from happening again. Rockstar Games is known for the popular Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Red Dead franchises. The Guardian, GameSpot, PC Gamer, Screen Rant, and more reported the news.
GameStop lays off 50 regional managers amidst brand restructuring
This week, GameStop quietly let go of 50 regional, district, and loss prevention managers. The news comes after the company experienced half a billion dollars worth of losses in 2018. IGN reports that GameStop’s corporate headquarters sent an email to the managers being let go explaining the decision was part of the company’s “realignment” strategy. Game Rant speculated that the layoffs and restructuring will play a part in the success of the company’s latest reimagined store concepts. GameSpot, Kotaku, and more covered the news.
In this week’s gaming news, Nintendo faced a class-action lawsuit over a Joy-Con hardware issue, the U.K. Gambling Commission weighed in on the use of loot boxes, and a recent gaming study revealed the frequency and severity of harassment in online gaming.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JULY 22
This week, GameStop announced plans to pilot new and “unique” store locations, Nintendo released more hardware, and Ubisoft shared a list of 116 titles for its upcoming UPlay+ subscription service.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JULY 15
In this week’s gaming news, Nintendo announced the Switch Lite, the latest Lord of the Rings MMO is in production from Leyou Technologies and Amazon, and Cuphead is making the leap from video game to Netflix adaptation.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JULY 8
In this week’s news, Sony is gearing up for big-name studio acquisitions, PUBG Corp. hired ex-Call of Duty and Dead Space producer Glen Schofiled to oversee a new studio and game title, and the gaming community raised $3M for charity.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JULY 3
In this week’s gaming news breakdown, U.S. tariffs on video game consoles expected to cause problems during the holiday season, Newzoo reported that the global games market will see a large uptick in growth in 2019, and the developers at id Software, famous for the first-person shooter Doom, will be getting a documentary based on the studio’s development history.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JUNE 24
In this week’s gaming news breakdown, Niantic launched its newest mobile AR game, industry giants EA and Epic Games addressed the UK government over their use of loot boxes, and YouTube faced hot water after child privacy violation accusations.
This week’s TPoI, we break down the key takeaways from E3 2019.Continue reading TRIPLEPOINTS OF INTEREST: JUNE 10