There are also a number of publishers running direct sales on their launchers and websites.
Blizzard’s Black Friday sale includes up to 66 percent off a number of items from games (yes, including “Call of Duty” and “Destiny 2,” to in-game content to physical items on the Gear Store. “Overwatch” has a free trial running from Nov. 20 through Nov. 26. (Variety Gaming is also giving away 50 copies of the Legendary Edition over on Facebook. Just follow the page to make sure you don’t miss one of the drops of free codes.)
Electronic Art’s Black Friday deals include price drops through Origin as well as download codes for all of the consoles.
“Doom” designer John Romero and his studio, Romero Games, is releasing a free “megawad” called “Sigil” for the original 1993 first-person shooter. In “Doom” parlance, a megawad is a fan-made batch of 15 levels or more. “Sigil” has 18 levels — nine single-player and nine deathmatch. It’s the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of [...]
Commercial “boosting” services which are used to increase the level of a user’s account in-game are now prohibited in South Korea and actors who provide such services can be punished, The Korea Herald reported Sunday. These services are used to increase the rank of individual gamers in return for a fee, affecting the ecosystem of [...]
One of the growing themes of the past couple of years for video games is the ability for a live game, one that has already launched, to not just evolve, but sometimes drastically change over time. Variety caught up with Scott Taylor, project lead at Bungie on “Destiny 2,” during the Game Awards red carpet last [...]
Seven of “Red Dead Redemption 2’s” massive ensemble cast made it to the Game Awards’ red carpet last week, stopping by to chat for a minute or two with Variety about what it was like working with so many other actors on a capture set for nearly a half-dozen years. Joining in the conversation from [...]
Including esports in the Olympic Games was a point of discussion ultimately determined to be “premature” during the seventh Olympic summit on Saturday, according to a post on the official Olympics website. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) met in Lausanne on Saturday to discuss various concerns, of which the inclusion of esports in the Olympic [...]
Variety caught up with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Jessica “JGhosty” Blevins on the Game Awards red carpet earlier this week. Ninja was at the show both as a presenter — it turns out he was a co-presenter with Muppet Pepe the King Prawn — and as a nominee for content creator of the year. That particular [...]
Daybreak Studios, the developers behind “EverQuest II,” “H1Z1,” and “PlanetSide 2,” laid off a number of employees this week as part of a structure optimization, the company told Variety. Former Daybreak Studios president John Smedley took to Twitter Friday afternoon to talk about the layoffs noting that “70 people is a lot.” “Very sorry to hear [...]