Activision Blizzard Q2 results, Classic Connections, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, it is Friday August 9th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links, @gaming_observer on Twitter.

Activision Blizzard Q2 results (they suck)

Activison Blizzard had their Q2 financial results today. When they announced their record profits at the start of this year, they warned investors that this would be a transition year for them, which meant short-term setbacks. Well, they’re staying true to their promise, with revenue, profits, bookings, and engagement all down year over year. And down a significant amount as well – revenue is 15%, income 18%, bookings 12%. There was a decrease in monthly active users, though part of that is the loss of Destiny 2. As usual, King was their best performing segment of the company, both in terms of revenue and profit margins. They also mentioned that monthly players are up for Candy Crush Friends Saga, and Black Ops 4, when comparing to CoD: Ghosts.

One-year later on Riot Games expose

It was last year that Cecilia D’Anastasio of Kotaku released the expose of sexism at Riot Games. Well, it turns out that the company actually is improving their culture. In a series of anonymous follow-up interviews, she has determined that there are a lot of changes happening, though some question how effective those changes are. For the most part, they were happy with the company overall, and especially the work of new Chief Diversity Officer, Angela Roseboro. On the flip side, the workplace has an anonymous messaging app where employees can express their concerns. Some people on there express complaints with the changes, and fear being able to speak their mind.

Blizzard makes “Classic Connections” – helps find old WoW guildmates

World of Warcraft Classic is coming soon, and if you’re thinking of returning to the game to relive some nostalgia, Blizzard is going to help you out. They’ve created a tool called the Classic Connections, and it helps you reconnect with old guild members or friends that you made in the game from 2004 to 2006. It helps narrow you down between Horde and Alliance, what server you played on, and who your character was. Then, ideally, all your old guild mates will do the same, and you can reconnect with the people who you’ve been unable to get back in touch with for years. So if you weren’t planning on playing it, maybe this will be an extra incentive for you!

Trine 4 and Trine: Ultimate Edition release on October 4th

If you are a fan of the Trine series, then October 4th is the day you should have your eye on. First, Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will be releasing on that day. It returns to its roots of 2.5D, as opposed to the 3D visuals of Trine 3. It’s also got a brand new combat system, new enemies and bosses, as well as four player co-op. Also arriving on October 4th though is the Trine: Ultimate Collection, which combines all 4 of the games, and is available both physically and digitally. It has some extra goodies in there and retails for $50 American smackaroonies.

That’s the news for today. I’d like to give my sincerest thanks to Allen and CJ, both for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll be back tomorrow with the news, and until then… Happy Gaming everyone!

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