California filing suit against Riot Games, Square Enix catalog, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for June 14th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

State of California filing suit with LA Superior Court over Riot Games 

Gender discrimination issues continue to be prevalent over at Riot Games, now with the State of California accusing them of non-compliance. Apparently Riot has “refused to provide the department with adequate information…to analyze whether women are paid less than men at the company.” Thus, that Department has now filed suit with the LA Superior Court, which would force them to comply. Riot has responded, saying they have been cooperating in good faith, and in fact that the Department hasn’t been returning their calls. Of course this deeply rooted issue began in August of last year, after Kotaku ran an expose of the company’s overtly sexist culture, in more ways than just monetary. Most recently, employees staged a mass walkout across multiple offices due to Riot implenting a forced arbitration clause in their contracts.

Square Enix committed to digitizing full game catalogue

In an interview with Game Informer, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda confirmed an internal project to digitize the entire catalog of their games. This includes some of the more classic titles from the NES, which have never had digital releases. He mentioned companies like Bethesda having subscription services, and said they are interested in exploring something like that, though they don’t know what exactly yet. That being said, it’s becoming very difficult for them to track down the code for many of these games, “…back in the day you just made them and put them out there and you were done – you didn’t think of how you were going to sell them down the road.” In one case, it was simply sitting on an employee’s PC even after he had left the company.

Nintendo still dedicated to supporting the 3DS, despite concerns

Nintendo has pledged their continued support for the 3DS, which was absent from E3. Doug Bowser said that they just want to focus on the Switch for now, but that they still see the 3DS as a valuable asset. This is interesting to say, considering their latest financials indicate that no more 3DS softwarte was due before the end of the fiscal year.

Bullet point news

Alright here is a bunch of bullet point news as we are running out of time. Netflix is entering Stranger Things into the Pokemon-Go like market, which is due next year and being made by Next Games. The next game from Dontnod is called Twin Mirror, it’s been delayed to 2020 and it’ll be a Epic Games Store exclusive. Okay and here’s a bunch of free games. Enter The Gungeon is free to keep on the Epic Games Store right now, be sure to pick that up it’s excellent. If you have the Dota 2 battle pass, Valve has just unveiled Dota Underlords, which is their standalone take on Auto Chess. You get access to the beta. Lastly, Fallout 76 and The Division 2 are both free to play until June 17th.

That’s all the news for today. Thank you so so much for tuning in, and thanks to Brandon for supporting the show through Patreon. My name is Adrian Simple, see you tomorrow, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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