Sony 2019 fiscal year, Firmament funded, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for April 27th, 2019. For links and a transcript, head over to thegamingobserver.com.

Sony/PlayStation fiscal year results

Sony has released their fiscal year results for the 12 months ending March 31, 2019. The games segment of their company had a sales revenue increase of 19% year on year to $20 billion, which is thanks to game sales and subscriptions to PlayStation Plus. Hardware sales fell as expected, which they predict will continue into the next financial year, which means don’t expect a PS5 release until after March 2020. Across the whole company, Sony had their most profitable year ever, so we can look forward to lots of investment into the PS5.

Kickstarter funded: Firmament by Cyan Worlds

Last week I had said that the game Firmament by the creators of Myst was not going to hit its Kickstarter goal. Well my foot is in my mouth today, as they have funded their campaign goal of 1.7 million Canadian dollars, and even getting an extra 200k on top of that. So we can look forward to a next gen narrative adventure from Cyan Worlds, which will be available on PC and all the VR headsets.

Roadmap released for Risk Of Rain 2

The developers of Risk of Rain 2, which is an Early Access indie title that has gotten a ton of attention recently, just released a roadmap for their game. They will have a major update for it every season, starting this June, with a 1.0 release happening Spring of 2020. I haven’t played the game myself, but I did play the first one which was quite good. I heartily recommend it, and I encourage you to keep an eye on it’s progress if you’re going to wait for a full release.

Riot Games motions for forced arbitration against 2/5 lawsuits from employees

Months ago, five employees of Riot Games filed lawsuits alleging gender discrimination, if you saw the article about it, it was quite a big deal at the time. Kotaku has since acquired motions from Riot Games to prevent two of those women from taking legal action. Their defense is that the women waived their rights to sue the company when they were hired. This is a controversial move, with Google, Facebook, and Uber all recently ending this forced arbitration practice when it comes to harassment charges. The lawyer representing the plaintiffs has responded quote “Today’s actions only serve to silence the voices of individuals who speak out against such misconduct and demonstrate that the company’s words were no more than lip service.” endquote. Riot has claimed to be improving the issues of gender discrimination, but that road has been rocky. They have kept many of the men accused of sexual harrasment in the company.

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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