After reporting on a story about an employee of Mirada Studios who unwittingly put his work on a 'Fallout 4 trailer' in his LinkedIn profile, popular gaming site Destructoid reports that it has received a demand letter from the company. According to an update to its story, a representative from the firm demanded that it pulls its stories because it was a violation of a non-disclosure agreement and was full of inaccuracies:
OUYA is in a desperate search to find a buyer, according to an exclusive report in Fortune. The report cites a leaked email from OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman in which she explains to company advisors and investors how dire the financial situation is for the micro console maker.
Bloomberg is reporting that the $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable is dead, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" who spoke to the publication. Because Comcast doesn't have a separation agreement in place with TWC, it won't have to pay out like AT&T did when its merger with T-Mobile was rejected in 2011.
Poker News and several other publications that focus on the ins and outs of online poker/gambling are reporting that two popular online gambling services were taken offline this weekend. Betfair and PokerStars were both offline over the weekend, according to the reports and are still suffering from connectivity issues today.
Massively Overpowered is reporting that Perfect World Entertainment has cut a large number of employees from Cryptic Studios. According to the report, at least 18 employees have been laid off by the company. Our attempts to reach Perfect World Entertainment have been met mostly with bounced emails at this point, but we'll continue to try and reach out to the company for comment.
A post on NeoGAF purports to show a screen of an upcoming update that allows players to stop playing their game, return to it later and pick up where they left off. Those who are in Sony's PlayStation MVP program - which is likely where the screen cap came from - lets members beta test new updates and other features before they are widely deployed.
GII reports that Phil Harrison has quietly left Microsoft, though executives within the company attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week have refrained from providing confirmation or commenting on it. When asked by Eurogamer about rumors that Harrison had left Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that "he couldn't say anything about that."
BioWare's four vs. one narrative-driven experimental game project has been canceled according to this Game Informer report. The title, which was in development at BioWare's Austin, Texas studio was officially announced at Gamescom in August of last year, and the media was given some hands-on time with it shortly thereafter. GI says that its reporting is based on multiple sources close to the situation.
A new report on Computer Business Review suggests that it might have been hackers from Russia - and not anyone associated with the North Korean government - who hacked Sony Pictures.
According to cybersecurity firm Taia Global, Sony employees in Russia, India and Asia were spear-phishing emails containing a PDF and remote access trojan (RAT). This allowed hackers from Russia to gain access Sony Pictures Entertainment's networks.
Activision Publishing has cancelled (or abandoned) two trademarks, according to a report on Games Cabin. The first is a trademark for Radical Entertainment's catch-phrase "Play, Work, Live, Breathe, Games." The company, which Activision acquired in 2005, is best known for developing Scarface: The World Is Yours, Crash: Mind over Mutant, Prototype, and other titles. Currently the studio serves as a support team for Activision.
According to this CNET report, Samsung's line of Internet-ready high definition smart TVs will be able stream game content from Sony PlayStation Now streaming service sometime in the first half of 2015. CNET says that Samsung and Sony might make an announcement about it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and that the compatibility with Samsung TVs will be supported in both the United States and Canada.
According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).
Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
According to analyst firm Infoscout, the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 on Black Friday at retail. The firm claims that Microsoft's lower price point of around $50 gave the Xbox One an edge: it had 53 percent of total spend at retail, compared to the PS4's 31 percent. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, according to the firm.
According to this Gamasutra report, Majesco and its indie publishing label Midnight City are in serious financial trouble. According to sources "inside and outside the company" and several SEC filings by the company in the last week, Majesco is having financial trouble and has laid off some of its staff.
Yesterday as Just Cause 3 was introduced to the world through some leaked screenshots, many came to the conclusion that the next game in the series would be free-to-play and contain microtransactions. Luckily it turns out that none of that is true according to developer Avalanche Studios. Christofer Sundberg, the co-founder of Sweden-based developer Avalanche Studios said that those leaked screenshots were very old.
On Friday a story by F*ck No Videogames alleged that the some of the developers behind the "mass murder" action game Hatred might be tied to extremist groups in Poland. Another report from Player Attack reiterates these allegations and expands on much of the information contained in the first report.
According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, the Xbox One outsold the PS4 at retail during the month of September. According to GamesBeat, the outspoken analyst estimates that Microsoft sold 325,000 new Xbox Ones at U.S. retail last month, while Sony sold 250,000 PS4s.
If Pachter's estimates hold up (retail numbers for the month of September will be released on Thursday), September will be the very first month since launch that the Xbox One has beaten the PS4 at retail.
Despite reports that popular game development suite Unity is up for sale, the company says that it currently has no plans on losing its independence.
"We have no plan to sell Unity," said co-founder and CTO Joachim Ante in a new post on the official Unity forums.
Ante's response relates to a rumor that first surfaced on CNET last week.
CNET is reporting that the makers of the popular game development suite Unity are "gearing up for a sale." One of those suitors, according to "people familiar with the matter," is Google, and the company supposedly had talks with at least "one would-be buyer in recent months."
An MCV report claims that - according to information it received from an anonymous retail source - Xbox One sales jumped 155 percent week-on-week to beat out the PS4 in the United Kingdom. This, the source claims, was due to a price cut for the Xbox One in the region and the release of FIFA 15, which managed to top the UK video game software charts during the week in question.
This Imgur! page suggests that the code powering Hyperkin's RetroN 5 borrows liberally from several open sourced emulators. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 is an all-in-one console system that lets consumers play games for NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, & Game Boy Advance. It features enhanced resolutions, HDMI output, improved sound, screenshot capture capabilities, and the ability to create and load saves states on demand.
TechRadar reports that a consumer grade version of the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift will launch in the summer of 2015 in limited beta. Citing "multiple sources with knowledge of the matter," TechRadar claims that the virtual reality headset and software maker will roll out the retail-ready version of the headset in waves, with the first batch shipping in April 2015.
According to what GamesBeat describes as "a credible source who is close to the matter," Ouya is in preliminary talks about a possible acquisition or investment in the company.
Sources speaking to GamesIndustry International are telling the publication that Malta-based development studio TRC Family Media is in serious financial trouble. According to multiple sources inside the company, TRC's financial situation is so dire that it has told employees that 90 percent of the company's work force may be laid off.
GamesIndustry International talks to two financial analysts who closely watch the video games industry sector about what they make of rumors that Activision could possibly acquire Take-Two. This rumor began circulating over the weekend after Mike Hickey, an equity researcher for the Benchmark Company, sent a note to investors on Friday claiming that the two companies were engaged in what he categorized an "emerging romance."
UPDATE: Twitch has confirmed that it has been acquired by Amazon.
Who needs a demo when you can allow consumers to play a game for an extended amount of time and turn that experience into an actual purchase? According to this Reddit screen grab after the latest Xbox One system update, Microsoft is trying out 24-hour trials with a select few game titles.
Max The Curse of Brotherhood was one of the titles available to download under the label entitled Free Play Day with Gold.
According to this Bloomberg report, Microsoft is planning to cut a number of jobs in its Xbox division as part of an overall restructuring plan. Two anonymous sources familiar with the situation have told Bloomberg that overall cuts could end up being the biggest number of layoffs since 2009 when the company laid off 5,800 employees.