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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"

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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"

Long-rumoured layoffs at Activision Blizzard were confirmed yesterday during the company's earnings call.

While CEO Bobby Kotik opened the call with a declaration that the company had seen "record results" that were "the best in our history," he noted that the Activision Blizzard's focus was "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business."

The result will be an 8% reduction off its work force, equating to around 775 staff. The layoffs will occur across Activision, Blizzard, and King.

King-owned Z2Live studio has been closed completely. The Seattle-based mobile game developer consisted of 78 staff.

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

In the words of Respawn Entertainment, "cheaters suck."

In an update on the Apex Legends subreddit, the developer noted that over 16,000 cheaters have already been banned from the game.

At the moment players still have to report cheaters through an external site, but the same reddit post describes an in-game reporting feature as "a very good idea :)" so it's likely to be in the works.

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THQ Nordic's net sales increased 700% in 2018

THQ Nordic's net sales increased 700% in 2018

THQ Nordic has reason to celebrate after releasing its 2018 financial reports.

For the year ending December 31, Nordic reported net sales of USD$447.6 million. Compared to the previous year's USD$55.1 million, that's a staggering growth of 713%. Not bad.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the acquisition of Koch Media and its publishing arm, Deep Silver.

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a stunning Anthem trailer

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a stunning Anthem trailer

Anthem might be a week away from total release, but that hasn't stopped EA from whipping up hype with a hot live-action trailer.

Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie), 'Conviction' describes itself as a "live-action trailer of survival set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game."

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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!

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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!

If you missed this morning's Nintendo Direct, fear not, you can catch up on all the major announcements below!

Nintendo touched on several titles we already know about, but also made several surprise announcements shining the spotlight on a handful of brand new titles and a fair share of ports.

Amongst the announcements was Super Mario Maker 2, a remake of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening, that heavily rumoured Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and news that Dragon Quest 11 is indeed releasing this year.

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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head

New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head

To celebrate Valentine's Day, Sony has released a new trailer for SIE Bend Studio's upcoming open-world zombie shooter, Days Gone.

We've seen plenty of footage taking place after everything has gone to sh*t, but this is the first we're seeing of protagonist, Deacon St. John before the effects of the global pandemic.

We're treated to the harsh juxtaposition between the two separate times, as the trailer cuts back and forth between Sarah and Deacons wedding day and Deacon standing in the now destroyed church, holding a photo of his wife. I'm going to go and assume this poor lady meets an early demise, thus propelling Deacon and players into the harsh reality of the new world they'll have to fight to survive in.

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Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed

Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed

Rockstar has released details on its upcoming update for Red Dead Online.

Scheduled to release on February 26, the update brings with it a host of improvements and enhancements to the online component to the massively popular Red Dead Redemption 2. Among the changes are a new law and bounty system, weapons balancing and player blips on the map.

Check out the full breakdown below:

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Sony Interactive Entertainment appoints Jim Ryan as President and CEO

Sony Interactive Entertainment appoints Jim Ryan as President and CEO

Sony has announced that its Deputy President, Jim Ryan will take over the role of President and CEO of SIE as of April 1.

Current president and CEO John Kodera will essentially be swapping roles with Jim Ryan. While Ryan takes the reigns of the company, Kodera will take over the role of Deputy President and will "spearhead the network area to continue creating innovative services and experiences".

Kodera stated "Jim has extensive knowledge around the game business and industry, as well as deep understanding of the PlayStation culture and strengths. I am confident that he will lead us to greater success as CEO of SIE. I will continue to support Jim by contributing to further strengthening user engagement, and to the overall growth of the PlayStation business."

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There's a new Nintendo Direct confirmed for tomorrow

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There's a new Nintendo Direct confirmed for tomorrow

The first Nintendo Direct of 2019 has been announced, and will stream tomorrow at 11am NZT.

The Direct will feature 35 minutes of information regarding upcoming Switch games, including the anticipated Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

While no other titles have been confirmed for the Direct, Nintendo has a slew of upcoming titles to discuss – including Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, and Yoshi's Crafted World.

Monday 18 February

Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
In-game reporting feature in the works?
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Thursday 14 February

Metro Exodus Review
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Metro Exodus Review
One ticket to the motherland please
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
Another big set of announcements and updates.
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
No new Blizzard titles releasing in 2019
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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
What more could you ask for on Valentine's Day?
Dollhouse - Story Trailer
Trailer
Dollhouse - Story Trailer
Anthem - Launch Trailer
Trailer
Anthem - Launch Trailer

Wednesday 13 February

Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed
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Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed
Making the west a little less wild
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review
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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Review
Enter at your own risk...
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There's a new Nintendo Direct confirmed for tomorrow
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There's a new Nintendo Direct confirmed for tomorrow
Details promised for Fire Emblem
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New Rage 2 gameplay looks like a blast
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New Rage 2 gameplay looks like a blast
10 minutes in violent heaven

Tuesday 12 February

Shawn Layden: "The world has changed, but E3 hasn't"
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Shawn Layden: "The world has changed, but E3 hasn't"
SIE Chairman elaborates on decision to skip the 2019 event
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H1Z1 update to add 50 player deathmatch
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H1Z1 update to add 50 player deathmatch
Season 3 incoming
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Monday 11 February

There's a Ni No Kuni film in the works
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There's a Ni No Kuni film in the works
...a Ni No Movie.
Steam Awards 2018 winners announced
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Steam Awards 2018 winners announced
Not many games from 2018 on this list...
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