Scope out a few of the game industry news stories from the last week below, hand-picked from across the world of games. This week, we’re looking at an upcoming Nordic Game event that will try for a hybrid physical/digital approach, how Riot Games pulled off a highly poliahed virtual esports event, how politicians are using gaming and media platforms ahead of the U.S elections, news about the still-hot Nintendo Switch and the freshly-hot indie game, Among Us, and more!
- Nordic Game to Host November Event with Limited In-Person Tickets
- The Art and Science Behind Riot’s 2020 LoL World Championships
- Creating Political Engagement Through Gaming Media Platforms
- Among Us has Quickly Become the Latest Hot Game
- Should Streamers Pay Royalties to Game Developers?
- Nintendo Switch the Best-Selling U.S Console for 22 Months
- Saving Games History by Saving Game Source Code
Nordic Game to Host November Event with Limited In-Person Tickets
While almost all events in any given business sector have been postponed, canceled or presented in a digital format for 2020, a small handful of events are exploring hybrid or even a live presence. in this case, it’s the game development-focused Nordic Game that’s bucking the trend, as this GamesInfustry.biz story details:
“Nordic Game is among the first major conferences to return to in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event’s organizers today announced that they will host NG20+ at Slagthuset in Malmö, Sweden from November 25 to 27 while “upholding the strictest health and safety precautions.”
The event will be livestreamed as well, but “a very limited number of NG20+ pass holders” will be admitted on-site for networking and talks.”
During this elections season in the United States, especially with so many people spending a lot of time at home, some media-savvy politicians have gone to where the people are to stimulate civic engagement, such as on Twitch or Animal Crossing, to bring up the examples mentioned in this NBC News piece:
“As the presidential election approaches, politicians and gaming companies alike are using video games to promote both voter education and turnout in November.
“They’re a primary way people of all ages kind of interact socially and entertain themselves. And so it seems quite obvious in the way that Rock the Vote, when it was developed in the 1990s, organized itself around music that we would see similar kinds of interventions happen around games,” said Laine Nooney, an assistant professor of media industries at New York University.”
Among Us has Quickly Become the Latest Hot Game
It’s not easy keeping up with the latest red-hot game pulling huge downloads and big revenue in 2020. Heck, it was only earlier this month when we called attention to another high-octane game title, the free-to-play action role-playing game, Genshin impact. but catch your breath, check out this Lifehacker story and get acquainted with InnerSloth’s Among Us (if somehow you haven’t heard about it yet):
“If your kid has been calling everything they don’t like “sus” lately, they’re probably playing Among Us. In Among Us slang, “sus” means “suspicious,” a word that sums up the appeal of the multiplayer social deduction game perfectly: It’s all about mistrust, misdirection, and paranoia. But in a fun way.”
Should Streamers Pay Royalties to Game Developers?
After a messy week of panic and concern due to DMCA content takedown notices on Twitch, the questions around licensing sparked up when the questions about game streamers paying licensing fees to their creators was brought up. GameSpot shares some of the discussion:
“The debate surrounding whether video game streamers should pay royalties to respective developers and publishers has been around for the better half of a decade. Comments made by a creative director at one of Google Stadia’s in-house studios has reignited the argument, forcing Google to distance itself from the remarks.”