EA lays off 350, Comcast building esports arena, more



How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 27th , 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

EA lays off 350 people

Electronic Arts has laid off 350 people in marketing, publishing, and other areas. In an email acquired by Kotaku, CEO Andrew Wilson said quote, “we have a vision to be the world’s greatest games company. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re not there right now. We have work to do with our games.” endquote. Essentially, they are reorganizing the company now in order to achieve their goals. I guess employees have been predicting this since last October, and in some cases they are happy just to not be in limbo anymore. Some who were let go will be finding other roles in the company, and those who are leaving will receive severance packages. This is yet another in a string of layoffs in the industry, including Activision Blizzard, ArenaNet, and obviously much more. My thoughts go out to those who have been affected.

Comcast building 3500 seat esports arena

Comcast is building a $50 million esports arena in South Philadelphia. The 3500 seat venue will host esports events as well as other related shows, perhaps renting it out for touring musicians and whatnot. Comcast actually owns the Overwatch League team Philadelphia Fusion, so this will obviously be great for them. This will be the first building made specifically for the purpose of hosting esports shows, so that’s pretty cool. Other esports arenas have simply been repurposed buildings.

Myst creators making Firmament – kickstarter funded

Cyan, the company who made the early 90’s hit Myst, has just revealed their newest game called Firmament. This will be the point and click puzzle game that is oh so familiar to them, except this time it will be available in virtual reality. They are looking for funding through Kickstarter at a $1.28 million goal. If you are interested in supporting them, you should check that out, and the game is due for July 2020.

Rapid fire news

I’m going to rapid fire a bunch of news here, because we’ve got some cool stuff that I don’t have time to talk about. First, Bethesda has announced that all their games will be making their way to Steam, including Fallout 76, so no Epic Games Store in their sights. Streets of Rage 4 has just dropped a gameplay trailer, so check that out if you’re interested in the game, it looks quite good. The game Observation has become an Epic Games Store exclusive, available on May 21st. Metro Exodus now has a New Game + and developer commentary. Finally, the last episode ever of Telltale’s The Walking Dead has released, so you can now play through all the games without ever having to wait again.

That’s today’s news. If you like what I’m doing here and want to support the show, perhaps consider leaving me a review on Amazon, it would really mean a lot to me. If you’d like to reach me directly, you are also welcome to send me an email, info@thegamingobserver.com. As always, this update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, have a beautiful day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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