Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/13/17230874/ea-star-wars-battlefront-2-loot-box-patrick-soderlund-interview Electronic Arts has promised to learn lessons and not repeat mistakes after the Star Wars Battlefront II fiasco. If that sounds familiar, it’s because EA promises this after EVERY fiasco.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t endearing itself much to the community in its response to imitation. Far from flattered, the PUBG team have gone from threatening Epic to filing against mobile games who chomp their flavor. Source: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/04/06/playerunknowns-battlegrounds-creators-sue-mobile-games-for-copyright-infringement-and-frying-pan-use/
After months and months and months on the market, Monolith Productions claims it’s just started to realize the loot boxes MIGHT be undermining the gameplay. Of course, loads of people were saying this even before launch. I said it often, loudly, repetitively. I’m shocked less about the removal of the…
In its latest attempt to at least look like it’s combating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s “skin gambling economy,” Valve has stopped newly traded items from being retraded for a week. The 7-day wait period effectively stops skins being flipped, and makes it harder for skin gambling websites to ply their cottage…
The Nintendo Switch is becoming the indie platform of choice while Steam Direct has turned Valve’s storefront into a choked mess where games go to fail. Source article: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2018/03/16/blossom-tales-developers-avoid-closing-thanks-to-switch-sales-after-poor-steam-showing.aspx Source image for Steam releases: https://u.cubeupload.com/0TCFhm.jpg
Source: https://www.clickerheroes2.com/patent_trolls.php Patent trolls are especially despicable, to the point where I’d probably celebrate even Activision Blizzard putting one down. Targeting smaller developers and offering them glorified blackmail options is their stock and trade though, and here we see GTX Corp trying to give Playsaurus some classic shakedown treatment.
Source article: https://www.polygon.com/2018/2/27/17057978/esrb-loot-crate-box-in-game-purchases-label The ESRB, paying lip service to the controversy surrounding loot boxes, is going to apply an incredibly broad “in-game purchases” label to games that offer additional content for cash. So… that’ll be most of them, right?