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Ubisoft Has Over 9,000 Employees

While many game companies have been contracting in the past several years, Ubisoft exploded in size without many people noticing. In fact, it may soon employ more people than any other gaming company, if it does not already.


Surprisingly Real Talk From A Top Man At EA

It’s not often that I finish watching a discussion with an industry chief executive and think, “Wow, this person was remarkably frank and honest.” In fact, it probably rarely happens. But one exception is the above “fireside chat” with Electronic Arts chief creative officer, Rich Hilleman, which was recorded at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business last September. In the video, Hilleman said things I don’t think I often hear from a chief executive at a billion-dollar corporation


Gaming Secrets: The Power Brokers Behind Some Of Gaming's Top People

When Ken Levine made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that Irrational Games was shutting down and only a small group of employees would be retained as he migrated to a new venture, one thing came to mind — the 2008 contract negotiations between Levine and Take-Two.


Gaming Secrets: It Sounds Like Samsung's Working On Its Own Kind Of Wii U

A publicly accessible “Samsung Confidential” presentation Alan Queen, a senior director at the company’s Innovation Lab, gave at last October’s Samsung Developers Conference offers a bit of insight into the electronic giant’s home console plans. Several slides on Queen’s presentation indicate Samsung’s gaming ambitions are targeting a consumer group called “Console Sceptics”, who are current console owners not necessarily interested in upgrading to the next-generation consoles.


Gaming Secrets: Mystery Games From The Makers Of Rock Band

Last week, Harmonix’s corporate domain registrar privately registered a handful of domains including harmonixchroma.com, harmonixchromagame.com, chroma-game.com, chromaalpha.com and chromabeta.com. These domains follow an August 2012 trademark application for “Chroma“.


How Much Does It Cost To Make A Big Video Game?

You pay $US60 for many of the new games you play, but how much does a blockbuster game cost to make? Although it is a seemingly simple question, it is actually incredibly difficult to answer.


The Unresolved Gaming Mysteries Of 2013

In 2013, next-gen consoles — previously the dominant fodder of the rumour mill — were announced and released. Many next-gen rumours turned out to be true — unpopular and confusing DRM policies were announced and reversed, launch titles were delayed, game resolutions differed. Yet these next-gen matters were not the only prominent rumours of the year.


Gaming Secrets: The Bizarre Situation Of Rainbow 6: Patriots

PLUS MORE GAMING SECRETS AND RUMOURS: Sony and a Sonic film, developers helping on other developers’ games, Facebook and advertising on gaming consoles


That's No Moon. That's A Possible Open-World Star Wars Game From EA.

PLUS MORE GAMING SECRETS AND RUMOURS: The bizarre origins of Remember Me, and the most mysterious Xbox game studio in North America.


The Troubled Story Behind Mafia II

PLUS MORE GAMING SECRETS AND RUMOURS: Possible information on the new Deus Ex game, including its protagonist, Namco Bandai’s plans for the Western gaming world, something new from Rockstar…could it be GTA V DLC?