Here's why Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard

Jan 18, 2022
Microsoft plans to spend nearly $70 billion for the video game maker, whose problematic workplace culture will present challenges.
Though Microsoft may be challenged to fix Activision’s workplace culture, the deal will give the software company more weight in the video game industry.
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Looking for a gift for the video gamer in your family? Good luck.

Dec 9, 2021
There's a gaming console shortage thanks to the computer chip shortage and high pandemic demand.
The computer chip shortage means that popular gaming consoles, like Sony’s PlayStation 5, may be hard to come by well into next year.
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This video game company wants to make the industry safer for marginalized people

Sep 27, 2021
Kim Belair co-founded Sweet Baby Inc. to create a safe place in the game industry. Can the values behind the company scale up?
An image from Sable, a recently released game developed by Shedworks and written by Sweet Baby Inc. co-founders David Bedard and Kim Belair.
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Cyberpunk 2077. Hot. Mess. Discuss.

Dec 18, 2020
The much-anticipated video game was finally released. Now, refunds are being offered.
The release of Cyberpunk 2077 was much anticipated. Above, the Cyberpunk 2077 stand at a video game trade fair in Germany last year.
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As more and more people download video games, what's the future for retailers?

Dec 8, 2020
Video game retailer GameStop reports third quarter earnings, but its business model may be getting old.
An 11-year-old boy plays Fortnite, on April 23, 2020, in South Pasadena, California.
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With some college sports on hold, an opportunity for esports to thrive

Sep 15, 2020
Schools are trying to get esports programs started during the pandemic.
A student plays at a League of Legends College Championship match in 2017.
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Why people still love Pac-Man, 40 years later

May 22, 2020
Creator Toru Iwatani wanted to make a mass-market product that nongamers and girls would love, too.
A key part of Pac-Man's success was that he was an actual character — one of the first video game heroes.
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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear: "People need to connect online"

May 12, 2020
In the age of social distancing, are people looking for community via streaming service Twitch? According to the numbers, they might be.
Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Stay-at-home orders have boosted viewership.
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Video games attract millions of players as the world "shelters in place"

Mar 30, 2020
With more people stuck inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, some are flocking to console and computer games.
What to do while stuck at home? Play video games, of course.
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The economic ripples of events canceled due to COVID-19

Mar 11, 2020
Events like Coachella generate hundreds of millions for the parts of the country they take place in.
Beyonce performing at Coachella back in 2018.
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