Here are the Games Industry Highlights | Week 24-25 | 2024

International News

  • 🌍 We had a busy couple of weeks with over a dozen game events, so here is a useful recap of all game announcements:
  • 🌍 Valve Corporation is being sued for Β£656M. They are accused of using their market dominance to overcharge 14 million people in the UK.
  • 🌍 NVIDIA became the world’s most valuable company, with its market value hitting $3.3 trillion. This surpasses Microsoft at $3.15 trillion and Apple at $3 trillion.
  • 🌍 Outersloth announced by Among Us devs Innersloth – a sustainable indie funding program to help other indies.
  • 🌍 Layoffs & closures: Embracer Group has shut down Pieces Interactive AB, a THQ Nordic studio (recent Alone in the Dark reboot). Galvanic Games, Inc is closing down, citing sales of recent title Wizard with a Gun not being strong enough to sustain the studio. Sumo Digital Ltd is laying off up to 15% of its global workforce.
  • 🌍 Electronic Arts (EA) execs earned $60 million in 2024 despite layoffs and office closures. CEO Andrew Wilson received almost half of that total.
  • 🌍 Rockstar Games’ GTA trilogy reached 30M downloads on Netflix.
  • 🌍 Elden Ring has surpassed 25M copies sold, right before the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC releases.
  • 🌍 Reminder to get your tickets for Courage Cologne if you’re going to Gamescom and are already there on Tuesday:
  • 🌍 β€˜Banana’ is currently the 2nd most played game on Steam. You just click a banana.
  • 🌍 Mateo Covic is making Ultimate Indie Racing Game, a cart racer full of indie game characters from smaller to famous IPs.

Belgian Games Industry News

  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Baldur’s Gate 3 has won the 2023 Nebula Award for Game Writing.
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Murky Divers, a co-op diving horror published by Oro Interactive, comes out today:
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ To prepare for the upcoming Belgian Game Awards Steam event, Robby Bisschop 🏴☠️ has started a Steam Curator listing all Belgian games on Steam. (DM him if you notice a missing game!)
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Oisoi Studio’s Painting VR is a launch title for Logitech’s groundbreaking MR Stylus. This innovative stylus allows you to paint in virtual reality with the precision and feel of a real brush, revolutionizing the VR art experience:
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Pok Pok has successfully closed a $6M Series A and their kids’ app & digital toy with the same name, coming to Android!
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ The Belgian Game Awards have just announced their Jury and are still accepting submissions for Student Games & Upcoming Games:
  • πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ Indie publisher Mystic Forge has announced the successful closure of a $2M funding round led by ForsVC and ROM Utrecht Region to help expand its game publishing portfolio!

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