🌍 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.
🌍 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.”
🌍 After 30 years of activity, Volition is shutting down. The studio was one of those affected by Embracer Group’s restructuring efforts after a $2 billion investment deal with Saudi Arabia’s Savvy Games Group fell through.
🌍 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:
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👉 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.
👉 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,..) https://t.co/dTssLID6aV
👉 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.