There was a lot in the news today. While there were a few funny stories, some serious business also came off the line. For example, this morning it was revealed that Activision Blizzard is keeping its disciplinary actions a secret for some reason. Probably to avoid being in the spotlight. Of course that backfired. Konami also became the only developer in the gaming industry to actually make money selling NFTs. A dubious honor indeed.
Activision Blizzard has fired nearly 40 employees since July over allegations of sexual harassment
We heard this morning that Activision Blizzard has fired nearly 40 of its employees over allegations of sexual assault and workplace misconduct. You’d think it would be a real win for workers, but the company has apparently remained silent on the matter. Naturally, this led people in the gaming industry to wonder what else Activision Blizzard might be hiding. Because he’s at the center of this whole thing, there have been repeated calls for Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick’s resignation.
WW2 ends in a tie as foxhole players go on strike
Battlefield logistics are important. As the old saying goes, an army marches on its stomach. Foxhole war game players have decided to go on strike and demand that various changes be made to the logistics system. About 1,800 players have laid down their keyboards and mice because of the cause. Since the game requires an enormous amount of organization and cooperation, the fighting at the front has apparently come to a standstill. It turned out that the jeep really won the war.
Activision’s QA tester blames leadership for Call of Duty’s poor state
Call of Duty has been a mess lately. Vanguard and Warzone suffer from so many bugs and glitches that people find them difficult to play. But Activision Blizzard staff have noticed. So why haven’t the bugs and glitches been fixed? According to one employee, the answer has a lot to do with leadership. “Striking employees have received countless similar emails, also saying ‘we hear you and we feel your frustrations’, but management refuses to communicate directly with us. The current state of the COD games is a direct result of their inability to lead responsibly,” said Kate Anderson. Can’t take the state of the game? Talk to Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick about it.
Japan loves tweeting about video games more than any other country
Japan again topped the charts for the country with the most tweets about video games. Close competitors were the United States and South Korea. Thailand and Brazil took fourth and fifth place. The most tweeted topics were Genshin Impact, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Apex Legends, Fate/Grand Order and Final Fantasy. Similar to last year, Fortnite and Minecraft were in the top 10. This year there appeared to be 14% more tweets related to gaming around the world than 2020. What exactly was everyone discussing? NFTs have been one of the most popular topics of conversation.
Konami Makes $150,000 From Castlevania’s NFT Auction
Konami somehow managed to make over $150,000 auctioning off NFTs based on the Castlevania franchise. The company has apparently sold 14 of these, meaning each NFT sold for an average of $11,000. But one of them sold for a whopping $26,538.96. The item in question was a map of Dracula’s castle. With other companies like Ubisoft barely making any money selling NFTs, the auction represents a big win for Konami, but raises all sorts of questions about the future of gaming. Are these things here to stay? We will see.
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