Epic acquires Psyonix, UK gender pay gap, more



How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for May 2nd, 2019. For links and a transcript, head over to thegamingobserver.com.

Psyonix fully acquired by Epic Games

Psyonix has been fully acquired by Epic Games. Now, people thought that by the end of the year Rocket League would become an Epic Store exclusive, but they have since clarified that it will still be fully supported and sold on Steam. This is a significant acquisition, with both companies having a prior relationship for many years. Rocket League has more than 57 million registered players, and it’s pretty clear that they plan on supporting it long term and especially growing the esports scene. This is their first acquisition of a major league developer, so clearly they’ve still got tons of money rolling in, and boy do I ever wish I could take a peak at their financials.

UK gender pay gap in gaming

Last year, the United Kingdom required all large scale companies to release annual reports about their gender pay gap. Well, that time has come around again, and things aren’t looking great for the games industry. We have a median gap of 18.8%, which is double the national average. The worst company reported was Sumo Digital, and the best was King. Part of the reason why these gaps exist is because there are simply less women in STEM fields, so there are less women in line for leadership positions. Others believe that companies are too quick to blame the system issues, and should be tring harder to put their money where their mouth is and train women to come into more senior roles. Regardless, a very important issue, and hopefully we can close the gap here before the predicitions of like 60 years.

Earthworm Jim game being developed for the Amico

The originals creators of Earthworm Jim are developing a new version of the game. In order to play it, you’ll need an Amico, which is a retro console coming out October 2020. It will be around $150, with each game costing between 3 to $8. So if you’re hankering for some of that old school gaming, hang in there for another year and this might be an option for you. I don’t know much about it though and people seem to not be big fans of it, so we’ll see what happens.

Steam hits user profile #1 billion

Fun fact, Steam has just welcomed the billionth registed account on April 28th. So there you have it, if they were a country they’d be the third largest in the world. Or, if you’d rather use the 90 million active user per month statistic, they’d be the 16th largest. This is crazy stuff.

Okay, that’s your Daily Gaming Update thank you for tuning in. As always I want to also thank Brandon, who supports the show through Patreon. I am Adrian Simple, have a fantastic day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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