Here are the Games Industry Highlights | Week 12-13 | 2024

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๐ŸŒ The European Commission has launched an antitrust investigation into Apple, Google, and Meta. Some of the worldโ€™s largest tech giants are suspected of non-compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Each company may be fined up to 10% of their annual global revenue, or even 20% in the case of repeated infringement.

๐ŸŒ Tencent recently released its FY23 financial report, posting weaker-than-expected revenue growth. The Chinese tech giantโ€™s plans to make fewer games based on licensed IPs in favor of in-house productions.

๐ŸŒ Capcom becomes Metacriticโ€™s top publisher of 2023, while previous winner Sony drops out of top 10. 2nd place went to Raw Fury with 7 scored titles that have an average Metascore of 79.1. zero games with 85 or higher, showing that consistency can also be key!

๐ŸŒ A lot of people spoke out at #GDC24 against the huge amounts of layoffs in the industry and how these are caused by corporate greed: Tarn Adams, Swen Vincke, Alanah Pearce and many more.

๐ŸŒ Valve has updated its game sharing features by launching Steam Families. Game libraries will now only be shared between accounts registered in the same region.

๐ŸŒ A video game museum for artwork, designs, soundtracks, and interactive elements is opening in Japan in 2027, in development by TECMO KOEI GAMES Co., Ltd.

๐ŸŒ Balatro, the poker roguelike by LocalThunk & Playstack has sold over 1 million copies in its first month!

๐ŸŒ New Zealand celebrates its games’ industry with awesome stamps for Dredge, Into the Dead, Mini Metro, Depth, and Bloons TD 6. Perhaps a cool idea in Belgium too?

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๐Ÿ‘‰ Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) opened a call for submissions for an internationalization grant worth โ‚ฌ9000. Apply Now!

๐Ÿ‘‰ there is a Flanders Game Hub Expert talk today (26/3) at 15:00 by Steve Bromley on the importance of playtesting and how to go about it!

๐Ÿ‘‰ FGH is also organizing a roadshow to share real-world use-cases for #AI in #gamedev. The first one is planned for 10 April:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Baldurโ€™s Gate 3 triumphed at the #GameDevelopersChoiceAwards, going home with 4 awards, including Game Of The Year.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Larian Studios has said that its next game won’t be Baldur’s Gate 4, nor will there be DLC for BG3.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Thomas Waterzooi’s Please, Touch the Artwork 2 is currently ranked the 5th best Steam game of the year (based on ratings)

๐Ÿ‘‰ Outcast – A New Beginning by Appeal Studios is out since March 15th on PC, Xbox and PS5!

๐Ÿ‘‰ BIG SHOTS, the VR mech game by AlterEyes is partnering with MyDearestๆ ชๅผไผš็คพ and will launch on April 18th for #MetaQuest#PSVR2#Sidequest, and #SteamVR

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