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The Switch hires JD Wu

The Switch has announced the appointment of esports broadcasting expert and former competitive gamer JD Wu as Director of Business Development Esports. Wu, who previously held several senior broadcasting roles with Riot Games, will take the strategic lead on The Switch’s continued expansion into esports in the newly created position, further building its live production […]

October 6, 2022

Bank: “China gaming regulations shifting to new phase”

China’s National Press and Publication Administration, which controls how video games are permitted, licensed and supervised in China, recently approved 67 new games for domestic distribution. Tencent saw one of its associated local developers, iDreamsky, gain approval for its Eternal Return game. But there were no imported games in the list and this is the […]

July 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bank: “Video games market remains soft”

Berenberg Bank has issued a report on the state of the video games sector, and says that demand is “soft” but anticipates improvements in the second-half of this year. The report comes as Sony has paid $250 million for a 1.4 per cent stake in Epic Games (owner of Fortnite), joining Tencent and Disney as […]

July 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

Vegas hotel buys trio of gaming companies

The group behind the Las Vegas Sands hotel (the world’s largest operator of fully integrated resorts) has agreed to acquire three video game companies – Doppio, Oktagon, and Metagame Studio – via Fortis, a wholly owned subsidiary. The deal is said to be another step in Las Vegas Sands’ core mission to become an accessible […]

April 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

BAFTA Games Awards 2022: Winners announced

At the BAFTA Games Awards on April 7th, Returnal won Audio Achievement, Best Game and Music, and Performer in a Leading Role for Jane Perry, winning her first BAFTA. Two games won two BAFTAs each: It Takes Two won Multiplayer and Original Property, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart won Animation and Technical Achievement. Kimberly […]

April 8, 2022

JLINGZ esports partners with Recast

JLINGZ esports – the UK eSports organisation owned by Manchester United and England football star Jesse Lingard – has announced it will partner with sports video platform Recast, giving fans behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s top gaming talent. Lingard is making his mark in eSports with the launch of two teams, competing across […]

November 25, 2021

Bank: “Video game spend remains robust”

Media analysts from investment bank Berenberg, ahead of a major Video Gaming Conference they are hosting in November, say that the video game market has pulled back sharply in recent weeks, with the average share in their coverage down 13 per cent in the last month and c20 per cent in the year-to-date. The bank […]

October 19, 2021

Bank: Gaming a “smart move” for Netflix

The news that Netflix has made a key appointment to its game development division is good news for the streamer says a report from equity analysts at investment bank Exane/BNPP. Mike Verdu will join Netflix as VP/game development, reporting to COO Greg Peters, the company has confirmed. Verdu was previously Facebook’s VP/in charge of working […]

July 16, 2021

Netflix appointment points to games  

Netflix looks set to accelerate its move into video games with the hire of Mike Verdu, a veteran of the gaming industry. Verdu joins from Facebook where he ran gaming on its Oculus VR headsets, and his CV also include Electronic Arts, where he most recently ran its mobile gaming division. “Our members value the […]

July 15, 2021

Jagex bolsters its development teams

Jagex, a global player in the development and publishing of living games has today announced an expansion of its internal production teams with a slew of new hires from across the games industry. The addition of an executive to oversee Game Operations and several Lead Producers will enable the company to continue the development of […]

July 13, 2021