Riot settles discrimination lawsuit, Battlefield 5v5 cancelled, more



How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for Saturday August 24th, 2019. for links and a transcript. It is the weekend, I hope you’re having a wonderful one so far, let’s talk video games.

Riot reaches settlement in gender discrimination case

Riot Games has now reached a preliminary settlement in the class action lawsuit over gender discrimination. The plaintiff’s attorney had this to say “This is a very strong settlement agreement that provides a meaningful and fair value to class members for their experiences at Riot Games…A number of significant changes to the corporate culture have been made.” In a follow up blog post, Riot said that they don’t believe the issue to be systemic, but that there were definitely people who had negative experiences. Not sure I can agree with that myself, but obviously that’s PR talk. This settlement was a pretty big win, and I’m super happy to see progress being made over there.

DICE cancels 5v5 mode for Battlefield V

DICE have cancelled their plans to implement a 5v5 mode to Battlefield V. I guess the game is still plagued with bugs, and they want to currently dedicate their time to crushing them. The game released in November of last year and they’re still worrying about bugs, which is interesting to say the least.

Bungie on Activision breakup

There’s a neat article from Eurogamer talking to Bungie’s communications director, Deej. He said that since becoming independant from Activision, the day-to-day development cycle hasn’t actually changed all that much. He said that he wanted to dispel the notion that Activision was a prohibitive overlord, and instead that they just had different visions for the game. He says that the creative decision making, for example, hasn’t changed much at all. Additionally, he mentions that if Bungie seems different its because they are gaining a better understanding of what Destiny is, and why its valuable to players. The full article has a lot more if you want to check it out.

Fortnite mechs nerfed

The Fortnite community has rejoiced today, after the in-game mechs have finally been nerfed. They shoot slower, weaker, and less often. They spawn less often. They’re harder to maneuver. From what I can tell the community actually isn’t so much celebrating as they are exhaling, considering how overpowered they were, and how slowly Epic was to react to it.

Persona franchise sells over 10 million units

The Persona franchise has now sold 10 million units across all of the games. Apparently Persona 5 is responsible for close to a third of those sales, and the devs are holding a local celebration in Japan. Great to see that series succeeding, I can’t wait to give it a shot one day.

Ok that’s all for today. I would like to thank you very much for tuning in, and I’d also like to thank Brandon and all of my other Patreon supporters for helping me do what I love, I greatly appreciate it. I’ll be back tomorrow with the Sunday show, and until then, Happy Gaming everyone!

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