Major Layoffs At MMO Studio Trion Worlds

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Major Layoffs At MMO Studio Trion Worlds

Massive layoffs have reportedly affected MMO developer Trion Worlds today, the studio behind MMOs like Rift and most recently Atlas Reactor. Reports indicate that the company slashed its staff across its U.S.-based studios to only 25 people from a previous 200.

The layoffs come as a result of an acquisition from the German Gamigo group, which publishes a number of casual and MMO titles in its portfolio. This transaction of Trion Worlds and its games created what appear to be a significant number of redundancies with Gamigo, resulting in an incredibly severe reduction in staff.

While we reached out to Trion Worlds this morning for confirmation and comment, they did not reply. They did tell Gamasutra, however, that many names remain and confirmed the layoffs, but did not mention the number. Gamasutra's sources reported the reduction to 25 employees.

Nike Signs First Ever Endorsement Deal With Esports Player

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Nike Signs First Ever Endorsement Deal With Esports Player

For the first time ever, sportswear company Nike is signing its first esports ambassador, a 21-year-old League of Legends star named Jian ‘Uzi’ Zihao.

The new deal puts Zihao as part of the "Dribble &" marketing team for LeBron James' upcoming showtime documentary series, Shut Up And Dribble. Zihao will be appearing alongside James while wearing a "Dribble & Carry" t-shirt, referring to the act of carrying in League of Legends where a single player is responsible for their team's to victory.

Zihao is part of the Royal Never Give Up team, also known as Team RNG, and is considered to be the best LoL player in the entire world. The documentary's title refers to a conservative talk show host telling LeBron James to stay out of political discussion, telling him to "Shut up and dribble."

Nike Signs First Ever Endorsement Deal With Esports Player

about X hours ago from
Nike Signs First Ever Endorsement Deal With Esports Player

For the first time ever, sportswear company Nike is signing its first esports ambassador, a 21-year-old League of Legends star named Jian ‘Uzi’ Zihao.

The new deal puts Zihao as part of the "Dribble &" marketing team for LeBron James' upcoming showtime documentary series, Shut Up And Dribble. Zihao will be appearing alongside James while wearing a "Dribble & Carry" t-shirt, referring to the act of carrying in League of Legends where a single player is responsible for their team's to victory.

Zihao is part of the Royal Never Give Up team, also known as Team RNG, and is considered to be the best LoL player in the entire world. The documentary's title refers to a conservative talk show host telling LeBron James to stay out of political discussion, telling him to "Shut up and dribble."

Bethesda Warns That Fallout 76 Might Have Bugs

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Bethesda Warns That Fallout 76 Might Have Bugs

With Fallout 76, the first online-multiplayer game in the series, on the horizon, Bethesda is eager to start talking about the game. The beta itself launches tomorrow on Xbox One and a week later on other platforms, meaning fans are going to start getting their hands on the game in a matter of hours. Ahead of that hands-on, Bethesda wanted to share a few words with the Fallout community to talk about the game.

A Note to Our Fans https://t.co/STRzjzv7gt pic.twitter.com/3wlGpnLKKp

"As a development studio, we've taken a lot of journeys," the letter starts. "We've tried not to repeat ourselves, yet all of our games have a similar DNA. In 2015, we decided to try something very new and very scary for us – take one of our worlds and make it online only. Once the idea of 'Fallout-Online-Survival-Game' stuck, there was no turning back, but still some worry and questions. 'Will people want this from Fallout? Will they want it from us? How the hell are we going to make this? And what, exactly is this?'"

Bethesda Warns That Fallout 76 Might Have Bugs

about X hours ago from
Bethesda Warns That Fallout 76 Might Have Bugs

With Fallout 76, the first online-multiplayer game in the series, on the horizon, Bethesda is eager to start talking about the game. The beta itself launches tomorrow on Xbox One and a week later on other platforms, meaning fans are going to start getting their hands on the game in a matter of hours. Ahead of that hands-on, Bethesda wanted to share a few words with the Fallout community to talk about the game.

A Note to Our Fans https://t.co/STRzjzv7gt pic.twitter.com/3wlGpnLKKp

"As a development studio, we've taken a lot of journeys," the letter starts. "We've tried not to repeat ourselves, yet all of our games have a similar DNA. In 2015, we decided to try something very new and very scary for us – take one of our worlds and make it online only. Once the idea of 'Fallout-Online-Survival-Game' stuck, there was no turning back, but still some worry and questions. 'Will people want this from Fallout? Will they want it from us? How the hell are we going to make this? And what, exactly is this?'"

Oculus Co-Founder Leaves Following Cancellation Of Rift Successor

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Oculus Co-Founder Leaves Following Cancellation Of Rift Successor

Brendan Iribe, co-founder of Oculus, has left the company after the company's owners at Facebook have reportedly cancelled a next-generation Oculus Rift. Iribe confirmed his departure today.

According to TechCrunch, Iribe had been heading development of what was internally called the Rift 2, a PC-powered (and thus PC-tethered) headset that iterates on the company's original headset, the Oculus Rift. Oculus' parent company Facebook has seemingly ended development on the new headset, indicating a focus change on Oculus headsets that don't require a powerful personal computer to use.

Last month, Facebook and Oculus announced a standalone VR headset called the Oculus Quest, which seems to be the direction the company wants to move rather than the Rift.

My Hero One's Justice Gets Endeavor As DLC, Free For Pre-Orders

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My Hero One's Justice Gets Endeavor As DLC, Free For Pre-Orders

The weirdly-named My Hero One's Justice, which is releasing this week, has gotten its DLC plans announced by developer Bandai Namco. Players who pre-order the game ahead of its release this Friday get the fire-based superhero Endeavor to their roster. Those who don't preorder will get him as paid DLC after launch.

A day-one update will also add Shoot Style Deku, which is a different fighting style for protagonist Deku and allows him to use his powers for more projectile-based attacks. Both Endeavor and Shoot Style Deku will get their own missions purchasable through in-game unlocks in the game's store.

The update will also add arcade mode to the game, a standard ladder of opponents that most fighting games have. Bandai Namco mentioned that completing the arcade mode with every character will unlock an exclusive item, but did not detail what that item might be.

My Hero One's Justice Gets Endeavor As DLC, Free For Pre-Orders

about X hours ago from
My Hero One's Justice Gets Endeavor As DLC, Free For Pre-Orders

The weirdly-named My Hero One's Justice, which is releasing this week, has gotten its DLC plans announced by developer Bandai Namco. Players who pre-order the game ahead of its release this Friday get the fire-based superhero Endeavor to their roster. Those who don't preorder will get him as paid DLC after launch.

A day-one update will also add Shoot Style Deku, which is a different fighting style for protagonist Deku and allows him to use his powers for more projectile-based attacks. Both Endeavor and Shoot Style Deku will get their own missions purchasable through in-game unlocks in the game's store.

The update will also add arcade mode to the game, a standard ladder of opponents that most fighting games have. Bandai Namco mentioned that completing the arcade mode with every character will unlock an exclusive item, but did not detail what that item might be.

Wonder Woman Sequel Delayed To 2020

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Wonder Woman Sequel Delayed To 2020

The latest Wonder Woman movie, the sequel to DC's most highly-acclaimed superhero film so far, has been pushed seven months from its November 2019 date into June 2020, occupying a similar summer space to the previous film.

The news was tweeted this morning by Wonder Woman star Gal Godot.

Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!

Wonder Woman Sequel Delayed To 2020

about X hours ago from
Wonder Woman Sequel Delayed To 2020

The latest Wonder Woman movie, the sequel to DC's most highly-acclaimed superhero film so far, has been pushed seven months from its November 2019 date into June 2020, occupying a similar summer space to the previous film.

The news was tweeted this morning by Wonder Woman star Gal Godot.

Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!