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Crytek to shutter five of its seven studios

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Following news that months have gone by without many of Crytek’s employees being paid at all, the long-time video game company has now announced that it is closing five of its seven studios. While Frankfurt and Kiev-based studios will remain, those in Hungary, Bulgaria, South Korea, China and Turkey will …

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Microsoft: DirectX 12 adoption rate is fastest ever

It looks like developers are wasting absolutely no time in upgrading to DirectX 12 as Microsoft has revealed that its new graphics API has the fastest adoption rate of any DirectX version. DirectX 12 is the latest graphics API from Microsoft and it has strong ties to Windows 10, which …

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Commercial HTC Vive hardware/devkit 2 spotted in leak

In a leak on the HTC website, excited virtual reality fans have discovered the final, commercial version of the HTC Vive headset. It looks quite similar to the original, with a few noteworthy changes, but it’s the controllers that really look different. Overall though, everything is just much more polished, …

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EA is shutting down another studio: Maxis

If you played and were somewhat disappointed by the latest SimCity, DarkSpore or Spore, then chances are you won’t be too bothered by the news that EA Games is shutting down Maxis Emeryville, the developer that brought us all of those over the past few years. However even though the …

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Epic to seed promising UE4 devs with $5 million

Epic Games has always fostered new development in the gaming industry. As well as offering its latest and greatest game engine to everyone and anyone that wants to give it a try, for just $19 a month, it’s been giving away huge prizes and funding to developers for years with …

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Apple to increase app size limit from 2GB to 4GB

Apple has today announced that it is increasing the size limit for apps submitted by developers to the App Store via the iTunes Connect service. Previously, a 2GB limit was imposed on apps but now, that has been doubled to 4GB, allowing developers to create bigger and better applications. Apple …

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Zombie Studios announces closure

Zombie Studios, the company that began the Spec Ops series of games oh so many years ago and made the more recently released Daylight, along with 30+ other titles, has announced its impending closure. Not through poor performance – though Daylight was not particularly well received – but because the …

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Crytek’s UK employees stopped going to work

It might have only just released Warface to the world like it’s business as usual, but all is not well at Crytek. We heard late last month that many staff at the UK arm of the developer were paid as little as £700 for a month’s work and now there’s …

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God of War studio hit with layoffs

Sony Santa Monica, a studio mostly known for the God of War series has had to cut its work force down and cancel an unannounced project this week, despite moving in to a new office and attempting to expand just last month, Sony has confirmed. “SCEA can confirm that we …

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Microsoft closes down Victoria studio

Despite the fact that it only announced an expansion of the Canadian based Victoria development studio last year, Microsoft has announced that it’ll be shuttering it. While a large expansion was announced and planned in 2012, ultimately growth wasn’t quite as high as expected, though this will still leave around …

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OMGPOP almost saved by old employees

Original Draw Something developer OMGPOP, was bought by Zynga last year for a cool $180 million (£117.36 million) and then closed down this year after the world and his dog forgot about the pictionary style game and its sequel. The team didn’t go down without a fight though. They even …

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Microsoft now letting devs update games for free

Microsoft has been criticised by big developers and indies alike, for always charging tens of thousands of dollars to update games on its Xbox 360, leading to long delays in some cases and in others, no updates at all  – as it just wasn’t financially viable. Now though, the software …

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