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Civil Rights Agency Lawyer Accuses Gavin Newsom of Interfering With Activision Lawsuit

A high-ranking attorney at California’s civil rights enforcement agency has resigned, accusing the governor’s office of meddling with a discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Department of Fair Employment and Housing assistant chief counsel Melanie Proctor on Tuesday quit in protest of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s termination of chief counsel Janette Wipper in March, a lawyer representing […]

‘Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ Includes Meme Mark Hamill Hates

Mark Hamill is going to roll his eyes if he happens to play Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, the highly anticipated video game that finally dropped on Tuesday. The massive Lego-themed action-adventure game, developed by Traveller’s Tales and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, includes gamified versions of all nine films from the Skywalker […]

Activision Blizzard Settles Federal Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Over Objection From California

A judge blessed a deal between Activision Blizzard and a federal agency that resolves one of numerous sexual harassment lawsuits the video game publisher faces, despite concerns that the agreement may undermine California’s pursuit of further damages in a separate case. The company, which awaits permission to be acquired by Microsoft in an deal that […]

How Xbox Normalizes Indie Games With Its Self-Publishing Program

“There’s always something new, there’s always something unexpected,” says Chris Charla, a former game developer who now serves as senior director of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program at Microsoft. He’s speaking to The Hollywood Reporter from the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco and referencing the grand scope of independent video games, the entertainment medium that […]

Melinda French Gates Talks Divorce From Bill Gates: “I Couldn’t Trust What We Had”

Philanthropist Melinda French Gates has opened up about her very public divorce from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates after 27 years of marriage. Following revelations about an affair Gates had in 2000, French Gates ultimately concluded it was time to part ways. “I certainly believe in forgiveness, so I thought we had worked through some of […]

Activision Shareholders Sue to Block $69B Sale to Microsoft

Activision shareholders are suing to block the video game company’s proposed $68.7 billion sale to Microsoft, alleging the deal will primarily benefit Activision insiders to the detriment of ordinary investors. According to a pair of lawsuits filed on Thursday in California and New York federal court, Activision’s disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission detailing […]

New ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Game in the Works at Rockstar

Rockstar Games on Friday gave the news that fans have been waiting years to hear: a new Grand Theft Auto game is in development. Not much was shared about the new installment in the wildly popular (and controversial) video game franchise, but the company said it would have more information sooner rather than later. “Many […]

Sony’s $3.6B Bungie Deal: Wall Street Unpacks Logic Amid Gaming M&A Wave

It’s only January, and yet a new week brought another major deal that shifts the landscape for the video game industry. With Sony Corp. unveiling a $3.6 billion deal on Monday to acquire Bungie, the game developer behind hits like the Halo and Destiny franchises, Wall Street observers have started putting the transaction into the […]

Microsoft to Buy Activision Blizzard in $68.7B Video Game Megadeal

Tech giant Microsoft will buy the video game publisher Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal that would reshape the gaming landscape. The deal, if completed, would bring together Microsoft, which owns the Xbox game platform and Xbox Game Studios (owner of Bethesda Softworks and 343 Industries, among other game publishers) and Activision, maker of […]

Hasbro Promotes Chris Cocks to CEO

Hasbro has named Chris Cocks to succeed the late Brian Goldner as CEO of the toymaker giant. The executive is being promoted from his current role as president and COO of Hasbro’s Wizards of the Coast and digital gaming divisions, and also succeeds interim CEO Rich Stoddart, who stepped into the role after Goldner died […]

AT&T to Sell Xandr Advertising Business to Microsoft

AT&T’s sell-off continues. The telecom giant will sell its Xandr global advertising business to Microsoft, the companies said Tuesday morning. Microsoft said that Xandr “strategically complements Microsoft’s current advertising offerings,” while AT&T will be able to continue to deleverage and focus on its core data business. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. AT&T […]

Microsoft CEO Says Failed TikTok Deal Was “Strangest Thing” He’s Worked On

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has mixed feelings about his company’s failed bid to acquire TikTok last year. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever worked on,” Nadella told Kara Swisher at Vox Media’s Code Conference on Monday, adding with a laugh, “I learned so much, Kara, about so many things and so many people.” Last year, […]