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๐ŸŒย Bethesda Game Studios‘ latest title, Starfield, is currently performing very well for a game that isn’t officially out yet, topping Xbox sales charts and drawing in thousands of users on Steam. Players are paying ~$30 for the early access on Xbox and $100 for the premium edition on Steam. Despite the high cost, Steam already had a ~250K active player spike around release.

๐ŸŒ BioWare is laying off ~50 employees, in the the midst of development on the next Mass Effect title and Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. These were “necessary to ensure the health of the studio.”

๐ŸŒ After 30 years of activity, Volition is shutting down. The studio was one of those affected by Embracer Groupโ€™s restructuring efforts after a $2 billion investment deal with Saudi Arabiaโ€™s Savvy Games Group fell through.

๐ŸŒ VideoGamesEurope has shared some key facts from 2022, including a notable 12% increase in industry employment across Europe and a rise in gender representation, with 23.7% being women. More numbers and facts:

๐ŸŒ Spyro by Toys For Bob & Activision is celebrating 25th anniversary together with 10 million sold copies of Reignited Trilogy.

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๐Ÿ‘‰ imec has opened another call for submissions for tech startups looking for funding and help with growth. Need more info? They have a webinar on 12 September:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Red Bull Belgium is opening a gaming hub in Hasselt @ Hogeschool PXL. They want to host release events for local games too and invite developers to come have a look during their opening event on 12 September. You can mail [email protected] for more info and the invite.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Flanders Game Hub is planning a roadtrip through Flanders to inform Flemish Game Developers what their mission is and in what ways they can support them (coaching, network,..)

๐Ÿ‘‰  Here is a recap of gamescom 2023 on the Flemish Games Association blog, including the visit from Flemish Minister-President & Minister of Culture Jan Jambon

๐Ÿ‘‰  In about one month we’ll have the next big gathering of Belgian game developers at UNWRAP | Digital Entertainment Festival. When: October 12-13, tickets & info:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Gazzlers by Bolt Blaster Games & Odders Lab is releasing on 14 September on Quest, PSVR2, PicoXR & Steam VR.

๐Ÿ‘‰ The critical and commercial success of Larian Studios‘ Baldurs Gate 3 continues, as the PS5 version just released and also holds a 97 score on Metacritic.

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