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Activision-Blizzard, the major video game company behind 'Call of Duty' and 'Overwatch,' is laying off about 800 employees (ATVI)

Blizzard Entertainment, the creator of huge video-game franchises such as "Overwatch," "World of Warcraft," and "Hearthstone," is undergoing a big round of layoffs. The layoffs will ultimately affect some 800 employees across Activision-Blizzard, representing some 8% of its workforce.  Activision Blizzard, the parent company of Blizzard, has seen its stock lose almost half its value since October 2018.  Read the full memo to Blizzard employees below.  Blizzard Entertainment, one of the bigges...
Tags: Apple, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, Brooklyn, Ireland, Cnbc, Activision Blizzard, Activision, Blizzard Entertainment, Kotaku, GAAP, Bobby Kotick, Bungie, Mike Morhaime, Morhaime


Blizzard, the creator of 'Overwatch' and 'Hearthstone,' is having a big round of layoffs (ATVI)

Blizzard Entertainment, the creator of huge video game franchises like "Overwatch," "World of Warcraft," and "Hearthstone," is undergoing a big round of layoffs, Kotaku reports. Activision Blizzard, the parent company of Blizzard, has seen its stock lose almost half its value since October 2018.  Blizzard Entertainment, one of the biggest names in the video game business, has begun a significant round of layoffs. The move confirms earlier reports from Bloomberg. Kotaku reports that the job cu...
Tags: Apple, Wall Street, New York City, Trends, Brooklyn, Ireland, Activision Blizzard, Kotaku, Hearthstone, Bungie, Mike Morhaime, Morhaime, Twitter DM, ATVI, Jason Schreier, J Allen Brack


Daily Crunch: Bing has a child porn problem

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it A TechCrunch-commissioned report has found damning evidence on Microsoft’s search engine. Our findings show a massive failure on Microsoft’s part to adequately police its Bing search engine and to prevent its suggested searches and images fr...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Apps, Asia, Hardware, Microsoft, Developer, Entertainment, Government, Halo, Samsung, Tech, Nasa


Developer Bungie Splits With Publisher Activision, Will Keep World Shooter Series Destiny

Developer Bungie and publisher Activision are splitting up in an industry-shaking divorce that will see the shared world shooter series Destiny enter fully into Bungie's control. From a report: This development comes after years of tension between the two companies -- tension that has existed since before the first Destiny even shipped. Bungie, the studio that created and has led development on the franchise, told employees during a team meeting this afternoon, framing it as fantastic news for a...
Tags: Tech, Activision, Bungie, Activision Bungie


Activision shares down after split with Bungie

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares in video game publisher Activision fell more than 9 percent in premarket trading, a day after an announcement that its eight-year partnership with game developer Bungie was ending. In the companies’ joint announcement, Bungie said the separation process had already begun and that it would begin to self-publish its titles. […]
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, News, Ap, Activision, Bungie


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Alphabet's board of directors is being sued for allegations that it covered up claims of sexual harassment by top executives. The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin's alleged $90 million exit package following an internal investigation. Rubin denies wrongdoing.  Amazon is reportedly building a Netflix-like service for video games. Amazon's competition at Microsoft and Google are alrea...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Microsoft, US, Samsung, Trends, Ukraine, Netflix, Sony, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services, Alexa, Unity, Rubin, Amazon Alexa


Bellevue-based game developer Bungie splits from Activision

Both companies published a joint statement confirming that Bungie will assume full rights and responsibilities for the “Destiny”gaming franchise.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Video Games, Bellevue, Eastside, Bungie


Bungie takes back its Destiny and departs from Activision

Bungie, creator of the popular Halo and Destiny franchises, is splitting from publisher Activision and will go its own way, the company announced today. It’s almost certainly good news for gamers and the company itself, but it also won’t fix the problems that plagued Destiny and its sequel since their launches. In a blog post, the company explained that the partnership had run its course: We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership o...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Halo, Tech, Destiny, Alexa, Activision, Kotaku, Bungie, Rockstar, Destiny 2, Jason Schreier


The Game Awards 2018 Nominees Revealed!

The Game Awards 2018 nominees revealed! The Game Awards, the video game industry’s biggest celebration, has revealed this year’s nominees, which include a wide variety of titles that cover all corners of gaming across PC, console, mobile, VR/AR, esports and content creators/streamers. The nominees will be honored at The Game Awards on Thursday, December 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET. Leading the pack with 8 nominations each, Sony Santa Monica’s God of War and Rockstar...
Tags: Google, Games, Hollywood, Movies, Microsoft, France, Boston, Marvel, Los Angeles, New York Times, Fifa, Norway, Connor, Detroit, The Game Awards, Esports


Destiny 2 Misrepresented XP Gains To Its Players Until the Developers Got Caught

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Destiny 2, like its predecessor, depends largely on an open-ended "end game" system. Once you beat the game's primary "quest" content, you can return to previously covered ground to find remixed and upgraded battles, meant to be played ad nauseam alone or with friends. To encourage such replay, Bungie dangles a carrot of XP gain, which works more slowly than during the campaign stages. Players are awarded a "bright engram" every time they "l...
Tags: Tech, Ars Technica, Reddit, Bungie, Ars Technica Patch


How games firm made Destiny 2

Newsbeat has been given exclusive behind the scenes access to Bungie, the gaming studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises.
Tags: Tech, Bungie, Newsbeat


Activision Patents Pay-To-Win Matchmaker

New submitter EndlessNameless writes: If you like fair play, you might not like future Activision games. They will cross the line to encourage microtransactions, specifically matching players to both encourage and reward purchase. Rewarding the purchase, in particular, is an explicit and egregious elimination of any claim to fair play. "For example, if the player purchased a particular weapon, the microtransaction engine may match the player in a gameplay session in which the particular weapon i...
Tags: Tech, Activision, Bungie


Destiny 2 review: shooting aliens has never felt better

Bungie has improved its sci-fi shooter with a less lonely game for those who don’t have online friends and a more rewarding one for those who do There are three reviews of Destiny 2 that need to be written.The first is Destiny 2: the campaign, the game that you can sit down and play through from start to finish. It’s a genuinely good experience, with a plot that makes sense, characters who have actual personalities, and a narrative delivered through more than just text inserts and mission descri...
Tags: Games, Technology, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Game culture, Activision Blizzard, Bungie


Destiny 2: how Bungie wants to keep it casual with its massive sequel

A game as large as Destiny 2 can be off-putting to new players, but the Halo developer has an ace up its sleeveBungie, the Seattle-based games developer, has a strange problem with its multimillion-selling space shooter, Destiny: the fans play it too much. They have ploughed thousands of hours into the game, the studio’s first since it split from Microsoft and stopped working on the Halo series. I’ve put more than 10 full days into it over the past three years, and I consider myself a casual pla...
Tags: Games, Technology, Microsoft, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Xbox, Playstation 4, Seattle, Bungie, Mark Noseworthy


The Destiny 2 live action trailer is out and it’s hilarious

 The Destiny 2 live action trailer is officially out, and it’s one of the most comical video game trailers ever. The live action trailer heralds the coming of the new game, which is set to drop on September 6. The trailer stars Cayde-6, voiced by Nathan Fillion, and was directed by the same guy who directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Oh, and it doesn’t show a single… Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Destiny, Activision, Kong, Bungie, Nathan Fillion, Destiny 2, Cayde, Skull Island Jordan Vogt Roberts Oh


Destiny 2: how a fresh start let Bungie make its biggest game yet

When it came to Destiny’s sequel, the Halo developer wiped the slate clean to win over new players and give veterans a fresh experienceDestiny 2, the first true sequel to Bungie’s 2014 massively multiplayer online first person shooter, begins with the required bang. The game drops players in the midst of an all-out assault on the Tower, the core social location from the first two years of the series’ history and the last bastion of mankind as it fights a war against four separate alien races col...
Tags: Games, Technology, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Xbox, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Bungie, Dominus Ghaul


Check out the Destiny 2 gameplay trailer

 As we inch closer to E3, games are top of mind. The Destiny 2 gameplay trailer was finally released earlier this week, which you can check out below. But as Forbes pointed out, there is still a hint of mystery and a dash of disappointment when it comes to the Destiny 2 PC port. For one, Destiny 2 for PC is not officially slated for the same September 8 release date as its PS4 and Xbox One… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Tech, Activision, Forbes, Bungie, Destiny 2


Destiny 2 revealed: 'massive campaign', '4v4 crucible' – and an in-game map

Bungie gave its first glimpse of the second-entry in its billion-dollar franchise, and fans may finally find something to make up for the loss of their old stuffHalo developer Bungie has lifted the lid on Destiny 2, revealing the first details about its follow-up to the 2014 massively multiplayer online first-person shooter.As the first true sequel to Destiny, following three years of expansion packs and content patches, Destiny 2 provided a chance to start over for the developer: existing playe...
Tags: Games, Technology, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Bungie


Web Application Development Through AppCusa Dev That Develop Special Apps 4

Iphone App DevelopmentiOS App Development CompanyApp DeveloperiOS DeveloperAndroid App Development CompanyiOS DeveloperAndroid Application DevelopmentiOS Mobile App DevelopmentA. Google Search Request – In comparison with common Google’s seek offer from wireless phone; Symbian Investigation cross platform mobile development mobile app can display more speedily achievement and demonstrate to health benefits with the wireless satisfying easily readable format.But which software should you choose...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Blog, Watches, Picasa, Xcode, SOA, Bungie


Rise of Iron takes Destiny players back to Earth

Second major expansion for Destiny hits in September, and the game’s developers revealed more about what’s in storeIn September, Destiny returns, and so do the Lords of Iron.Bungie’s massively multiplayer online first-person shooter has been quiet for the past six months, since the launch of September’s Taken King expansion (save a small content update in April). But now it’s back, with a new area, new raid, and new strikes – as well as the return of the fan-favourite rocket launcher Gjallahorn....
Tags: Games, Technology, Xbox One, Earth, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Bungie


The Division: five things you need to know about Ubisoft's online shooter

The beta test drew mixed responses, but Ubisoft still thinks it can reinvent the online role-playing shooter with this post-pandemic thrillerThe city that never sleeps is now a slumbering wasteland of abandoned cars and scattered rubbish. Occasionally, a stray dog pads past, while rats scurry in the darkened alleyways. Manhattan’s iconic buildings have become gravestones, covered in graffiti and deathly silent. As a vision of the post-human New York, The Division is pretty arresting.Like Bungie’...
Tags: Games, New York, Technology, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Game culture, Manhattan, Ubisoft, Bungie


The Division: inside Ubisoft's ambitious online shooter

The beta test drew mixed responses, but Ubisoft still thinks it can reinvent the online role-playing shooter with this post-pandemic thrillerThe city that never sleeps is now a slumbering wasteland of abandoned cars and scattered rubbish. Occasionally, a stray dog pads past, while rats scurry in the darkened alleyways. Manhattan’s iconic buildings have become gravestones, covered in graffiti and deathly silent. As a vision of the post-human New York, The Division is pretty arresting.Like Bungie’...
Tags: Games, New York, Technology, Xbox One, Pc, Playstation, Culture, Xbox, Playstation 4, Game culture, Manhattan, Ubisoft, Bungie


Halo 5: Guardians review – a competent campaign, but the multiplayer makes it

This sprawling sci-fi series once set the agenda for console shooters, but now far behind and playing catch up, it has much to proveMaster Chief was first introduced to the world, not by Microsoft, but by Apple. In 1999, Steve Jobs paced the Macworld Conference stage proclaiming that the video-game footage he was about to show was the “coolest” he’d seen. The lights dimmed and Halo’s melancholic choral refrain sounded in the background. Chief padded on to the screen behind Jobs, a symbol of Appl...
Tags: Apple, Games, Technology, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Halo, Xbox One, Xbox, Bungie


Destiny to introduce microtransactions and make future content drops free

Want to pimp out your Sparrow? You’ll be able to from 13 October, if you’re prepared to payAll the new story content for the next year of Destiny, Bungie’s first new franchise since it launched Halo in 2001, will be free, as the company continues with a major overhaul of the multiplayer online game following its troubled first year.To make up for the lost revenue from giving away the content for free, Bungie has announced plans to introduce microtransactions to the game for the first time, letti...
Tags: Games, Technology, Culture, Bungie


Destiny one year on: Bungie's 12 months at the final frontier of gaming

Last year Bungie set out to unite two completely different gaming audiences inside one seamless online experience. Here’s what happened next ...On 9 September 2014, in a converted multiplex cinema in Bellevue Washington, a team of over 200 people launched a brand new kind of video game. They had spent four years preparing for this moment; among their ranks were some of the most experienced software engineers in the industry. But they had no idea what would happen next.Months later, David “Deej” ...
Tags: Games, Technology, Xbox One, David, Playstation, Xbox, Playstation 4, Activision Blizzard, Bungie, Bellevue Washington, Bungie Software


Destiny: The Taken King review: finally, the game it should have been

The shine of novelty may have worn off, after Bungie took a year to fix it, but what remains is – at last – a good gameIt was a year ago when Destiny hit consoles, promising a new era of super-connected online shooting. The first new series from Halo developer Bungie since 2001, it combined the meaty gunplay and polished exterior of that series with the deeply satisfying loot-gathering of a game like Diablo. On top of all that was a smattering of World of Warcraft-style massively-multiplayer con...
Tags: Games, Technology, Culture, Bungie, Peter Dinklage


All hail Halo - Xbox’s master game

It was the game that launched a million Xboxes. We delve into the world of Halo and its enigmatic hero the Master Chief• Halo 5 Guardians - first playThere are few success stories in gaming quite like that of Halo, a title that has become a phenomenon and one of the few that has entered mass, popular consciousness. The franchise has sold 60 million games and with the latest, Halo 5: Guardians, due out later this year, will doubtless sell millions more. Yet when it all began in 2001, such success...
Tags: Games, Technology, Microsoft, Halo, Computing, Xbox, Bungie



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