How DLC Actually Helps Games

Reading the comments on my current survey about how publishers have violated gamers’ trust, it is clear that business practices around downloadable content have left a bad taste in many gamers’ mouths.

$US100 For An Alpha? Stardock's 4X Galactic Civilizations III Hits Steam

For Early Access games — and alphas in general — the trend is to offer the game at a lower price to entice people to pay for the privilege of playing / testing a busted version of your work. Stardock’s Galactic Civilizations III is one of a number of recent titles that’s drifted away from this model — instead, you’ll need to fork over more than what the final version will likely go for, in Stardock’s case, this the rather heavy amount of $US100.

Stardock's Star Control Reboot Could Feature 'DOTA-Style Super Melee'

The Star Control franchise? If you’re not up-to-date with the latest, the rights are currently in the hands of developer Stardock, best known for its Galactic Civilizations series. We know the company hasn’t been sitting idle with the property, but it’s only recently that CEO Brad Wardell has spoken about what plans it has for creating a new, modern instalment.

Stardock Deals Itself In To The Mobile Market

Dead Man’s Draw, a rather spiffy-looking card game for iOS, marks PC stalwart Stardock’s debut on mobile platforms.

Stardock Lawsuits Dropped, Ex-Employee Apologizes

Two lawsuits involving the gaming studio Stardock have been settled. As part of the settlement, the ex-employee participating in both suits has written a letter apologising to the studio for her involvement.

Someone Now Owns Homeworld. But Who?

Last week, the rights to Homeworld, a beloved old RTS series by Relic, went under the hammer as part of an auction following the closure of former publisher THQ.

Stardock: PC Gaming Is About To Break Free Of 'Poisonous' Decade-Old Standards

Every year, the people at PC developer Stardock (Sins of a Solar Empire) release a report to tell their customers and fans how it’s doing. Here’s the 2013 edition. But before you hop over there, check this out.

Former Employee Sues Over Sexual Harassment, Studio Says She Ruined Its Game

Elemental: War of Magic was not a rousing success of a game. The 2010 strategy title was a buggy, muddled mess at launch that even publisher Stardock felt was a broken game, badly in need of mending.

Game Studio Sues Another Over The Word "Rebellion"

Stardock is now fighting a legal war on two fronts. Only a day after news of its case against a former employee emerged, the publisher is now being taken to court by Rebellion, the developers of games like Sniper Elite and the original (and awesome) Alien vs Predator.

Sins Developer Accuses Former Employee Of Deleting Everything Before She Quit

Sometimes when you leave a job, it’s mutual, and everything’s cool! Other times, you may want to feel the need to punch out with a little “fuck you” scrawled on your former place of employ. That can be fine, sometimes, but there are limits. And Stardock, the developers of Sins of a Solar Empire, are accusing a former staffer of pushing way past those limits.