The Biggest Gaming News For March 26, 2022

Saturdays are for sleeping in, so you’ve probably gotten behind on the gaming news, but don’t worry because that’s precisely what these roundups are all about. Today, we found out that Activision Blizzard sponsored an event called Women in Games that was full of creeps, Destiny content creators have been getting hit with fraudulent copyright violations, and Pokimane has been speaking out about overwork during subathons. There’s much more below, so read on for the rest.

Phil Spencer Assures That Game Sales Are As Important To Xbox As Game Pass

Chief Executive Officer of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer just revealed that regular game sales are every bit as important for the Xbox as Game Pass. This of course comes in the wake of speculation that subscription services might just become a requirement for studios to succeed. "I often get asked by developers 'if I'm not in the subscription, am I just not viable on Xbox anymore?' It's absolutely not true," Spencer noted. "We look at retail. People selling games, buying games. It's an important part of our business.”

Bungie Clarifies On Recent String Of Destiny 2 Copyright Takedowns

Streamers and other content creators on YouTube have been getting hit with copyright takedown requests for music and other media from Destiny 2 for several weeks now. The trick is that Bungie had nothing to do with any of them. The company revealed a few days ago that “we’re aware of a series of copyright takedowns on YouTube and we're actively investigating." Bungie announced today that hardly any of these copyright takedowns were in fact legitimate. "Over the past week, we have noticed an escalation in strikes against content creators in the Destiny 2 community, both big and small, and while some of the takedowns in the past have been legitimate violations of our established standards, many recent strikes were issued for content that does not violate those terms," the company announced.

Activision Blizzard Workers Make A Game Where The Bad Guy Is A Union-Busting Boss

Bosses at Activision Blizzard acting badly should surprise nobody at this point. The company has been rocked by scandal ever since it was revealed that Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick turned a blind eye to years worth of workplace abuse and misconduct. This of course led many within Activision Blizzard to unionize. Backed by the Communications Workers of America, some of these people released a game, Super Anti-Union Campaign Simulator, which communicates their plight. ”We launched this game to reflect the growing worker organizing happening within the industry and to address the anti-union measures taken at companies like Activision Blizzard who in the past year has had workers walk out to protest sexual harassment and discrimination,” the Communications Workers of America said in a statement.

GDC's Activision Blizzard Sponsored Women In Games Event Was Reportedly Full Of Creeps

Activision Blizzard sponsored an event at the recent Game Developer’s Conference called Women in Games which turns out to have attracted a whole bunch of creeps. Big surprise. “Upset about some stuff that happened last night at the Women in Games event, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised because it was ‘sponsored’ by Activision Blizzard,” the level designer Beth Beinke said. “There were several sketch inappropriate men there.” She apparently had to go so far as to ask one of these to stop touching her.

Pokimane Says "There Is No Way That Subathons Are Healthy For A Human To Do"

Streamers have been debating how to strike the right between life and work for years. The problem is that subathons have gone and made the distinction almost impossible to maintain. Pokimane recently weighed in on the matter, noting “there is no way subathons are healthy for a human being to do.” She went on to say that “we don’t really talk about that in gaming now and I don’t think it’s going to be cool to talk about until like 20 years from now when we have data regarding the implications of that kind of behavior.”

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