Your Latest Game Industry News Round-Up #12

Scope out a few of the news stories from the game industry this week, hand-picked from across the world of games.

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QuakeCon Heads Online for 2020, Kicks Off August 7
Source: Notebookcheck

QuakeCon logo on white background

QuakeCon (Image: Bethesda Softworks)

At one point, it looked like Bethesda might flat-out cancel QuakeCon this year, but for fans of first-person shooter games and other “hardcore games” rejoice: Bethesda’s event is still good to go, by going online.

“Bethesda has announced that this year’s QuakeCon will be streamed live. We can expect the company to tell us more about the upcoming Doom: Eternal DLC, Starfield, and more. We should know more about the event’s specifics in the coming days.”

Games Business and Community Address Wave of Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Source: CNN

Twitch logo on purple background

Twitch (Image: Twitch Interactive)

“The gaming industry has taken notice of widespread accounts of misconduct, and some companies are beginning to act.

Twitch announced Wednesday evening that it is investigating some of the more extreme accusations and permanently banning streamers depending on its findings.
More than 100 people in the gaming industry, most of them women, have publicly alleged they were sexually assaulted, harassed or discriminated against on the basis of their gender by fellow gamers. Many posted longform accounts using the platforms TwitLonger or Medium to explain events that may have occurred years ago. Many named their alleged abusers.”

Games Industry Business to Near $160B in Market Value in 2020
Source: Gamesindustry.biz

Newzoo infrographic of $159b games business in 2020

Infrographic of games business in 2020 (Image: Newzoo)

“Amplified interest in gaming amid the coronavirus lockdown will see global games market revenue spike 9.3% this year to $159.3 billion.

That’s according to the 2020 Global Games Market Report from market intelligence firm Newzoo.”

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us 2 Breaks Sales Records as PS4 Exclusive
Source: CNET

Scene from The Last of Us 2, showing a confrontation between an axe-wielder and a pistol-wielder

Confrontation scene from the Last of Us Part 2 (Image: Naughty Dog)

Controversy and online angst over various aspects of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 hasn’t kept the game from breaking records in the first week since it’s release:

“The Last of Us Part 2Sony’s post-apocalyptic survival game set decades into a pandemic that nearly wipes out humanity, has become one of the company’s fastest-selling games ever. The company said it tallied more than 4 million copies sold to customers through June 21, after its release on June 19.”

Storied Chuck E. Cheese Family Restaurant Chain Enters Bankruptcy
Source: Restaurant Business Online

Chuck E. Cheese logo on white background

Chuck E. Cheese logo (Image: CEC Entertainment, Inc.)

Chuck E. Cheese, a 43 year-old restaurant chain is familiar to families and arcade gamers alike, as it’s been part of pop culture for decades. After struggling for years, the COVID-19 pandemic helped nudged the owners of the chain to seek financial protection:

“Today’s bankruptcy filing isn’t the first time a break from day-to-day pressures was needed. The concept was founded as Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater by Nolan Bushnell, the tech tinkerer who started Atari after inventing Pong, or what is usually regarded as the world’s first video game. It consisted of a module that consumers hooked up to their TVs so two players could scroll a white bar up and down to volley a blip-like ball back and forth and thereby simulate a ping-pong match.”

Why We May Not See a Nintendo 64 Classic Console
Source: TheHashtagShow

Nintendo 64 console and controller on white background

Nintendo 64 console and controller

TheHashTagShow’s Hunter Bolding delves into why Nintendo may stop at, or skip, the Nintendo 64 console from joining the ranks of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic and Super NES Classic from the Japanese gaming giant’s portfolio of retro hardware.

“One of my favorite Youtube channels, Modern Vintage Gamer goes pretty deep into the technical reasons why it won’t be cost effective for this unit to exist. In addition to these technical aspects, some of the other reasons why the system won’t exist are because of current Nintendo hardware and licensing issues.”

To check out the reasons he explores, take a look at the article on TheHashtagShow linked above.

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