News round-up July 11-15

News round-up July 11-15



  • Sony's Shuhei Yoshida warns that the game industry is in danger of stalling if small, creative 'garage developers' aren't supported.
  • The maker of Portuguese First World War-themed board game Trench, who's trademark is preventing the European release of Double Fine's Trenched, says he's prepared to fight.
  • Bioshock developer Irrational has no plans for Wii U, according to company co-founder Ken Levine.
  • Electronic Arts continues its social expansion by acquiring developer Ohai, responsible for Facebook MMOG City Of Eternals.
  • Of course, a movie adaptation of Space Invaders is what we've all been waiting for, and now film producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gigi Pritker are making it a reality.
  • Microsoft admits Windows Phone 7 is struggling, CEO Steve Ballmer saying that the company's mobile business has "gone from very small to very small".
  • Ubisoft acquires free-to-play developer Owlient, continuing its drive to expand its online expertise and infrastructure.
  • Trip Hawkins suggests that platform holders tight control is keeping the game industry in a "feudal dark age".
  • EA acquires PopCap for an initial $750 million, with potential sales target-driven option.
  • On the same day as acquiring PopCap, EA announces that it will be "retiring" several online games in the coming months.