Sad news today as both CPP and Nintendo are laying off employees. The developer behind EVE Online and Dust514 is laying off 49 employees at it's Icelandic office, in an effort to focus on its EVE universe properties. The properties themselves will not be impacted by the layoffs.
Nintendo is closing its European offices, laying off 130 employees. A statement from Nintendo reads, "Nintendo of Europe has entered into a consultation process on a number of changes it is intending to make to its European business which, in the long term, will better enable the European business to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment." The company will now run things out of the Frankfurt office.
As often as we hear good news from the industry there seems to be bad news. It's unfortunate that so many people are impacted, but hopefully these talented employees will be able to find employment rather quickly. My best wishes go out to all of those who were impacted by the layoffs.
Good Old Games (GOG for short) is offering a new web service in the same vein as Steam. The service, called GOG Galaxy, will allow PC gamers to be able to purchase and download games to play that will automatically update, by playable across platforms, and have no DRM.
This will be interesting to see how it takes shape. This is exactly like Steam, except Steam enforces DRM. SO this could be the next big competitor, which would force competition and growth on the PC gaming market. I'm really curious to see if the service can take off.
Ex-Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell is suing Bungie for damages and unpaid benefits. O'Donnell, who was fired in April after more than 10 years in service to the developer, states that he was unjustly fired and not being compensated for any benefits he was owed, including unpaid vacation days.
Most people think of gaming as this giant industry run by adults who never grew up. A story like this brings you back down to earth, reminding you that this is still a business, and sometimes decisions are made that affect people adversely. No matter how this ends, it'll be bad for both parties, but hopefully some good comes out of it.
Per usual, here are some smaller news stories that are pretty straight forward, but interesting nonetheless:
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will release on October 14th.
- Xbox One contollers are now compatible with PC.
- Hideo Kojima has revealed the size of the Phantom Pain map, and it is massive.
- SteamWorld Dig is coming to Wii U.
- Nintendo President won't be at E3 due to health issues.
- Dead Rising 3 is announced for PC.
- The Witcher 3 has a release date for February 2015.
- Ace Attorney Trilogy heading to 3DS.
- Shovel Knight releasing on Wii U, 3DS and PC on June 26th.
- Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved gets an October 21st release date for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Forza 5 gets Game of the Year edition, which launches June 22nd.
- Kingdom Hears HD 2.5 releases on December 2nd.
- Don't Starve heading to PS Vita with the Reign of Giants DLC.
- The Golf Club is releasing PS4 and Xbox One this summer.
- Flyhunter Origins announced for PS Vita.