Hot dogs and rubber chickens: Chair Entertainment brings out the Vote!!!

Hot dogs and rubber chickens: Chair Entertainment brings out the Vote!!!

The US election season is almost with us again, so why not slap on a few bumper stickers, bone up on campaign financing, and then attack Mitt Romney on the South Lawn of the White House, wielding a frankfurter on a fork? All of this is funded, as those cheery attack ads like to say, by the good people at Chair Entertainment, who have achieved the near-impossible: a topical political game that’s actually worth playing.

PopCap lays off 50 and rethinks Dublin office

PopCap lays off 50 and rethinks Dublin office

PopCap has laid off around 50 staff and admitted the closure of its Dublin office is a possibility, after admitting struggling to keep up with the pace of change in the game industry.In a post on the PopCap blog, co-founder John Vechey admitted that the news was "distressing" but added that PopCap is still growing, and he expects the company's total headcount to be much the same by the end of the year.

Layoffs as OnLive sells up

Layoffs as OnLive sells up

OnLive has reportedly laid off a significant proportion of its staff and sold its assets to a new, unnamed company. The cloud gaming firm insists, however, that existing and in-development products and services will continue without interruption.

EA up for sale – report

EA up for sale - report

Electronic Arts is quietly exploring a sale to private equity firms, according to reports.Sources close to the New York Post claim that the publishing giant has been approached by two private equity companies – KKR, and Providence Equity Partners, a major shareholder in Bethesda's parent company ZeniMax.            

Gears Of War veteran joins Bioshock: Infinite team

Rod Fergusson, the executive producer of the Gears Of War franchise for its eight-year history, has left his role to work at Bioshock: Infinite developer Irrational.Fergusson Tweeted the change yesterday, stating: “Yes it's true, I'm leaving my family at Epic to join my new family at Irrational in Boston starting tomorrow”. He added that “yes I've played Infinite and it's amazing! Can't wait for you guys to get your hands on it.” His new role, beginning today, is executive vice president of development at Boston-based Irrational.

Bioware co-founder moving on as Major League Gaming CEO steps in?

If the LinkedIn profile of Bioware’s Greg Zeschuk is to be believed, he left his post as general manager at the RPG-giant in May, paving the way for a replacement at the EA-owned developer.

Battle.net hacked

Battle.net, the Blizzard community and matchmaking platform that powers the likes of World Of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Diablo III, has been hacked.

Korea dominates at Evo 2k12

South Korea dominated at Evolution 2k12, the world's biggest fighting game tournament, winning three of the six games played on finals day yesterday at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.The main event, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012, was won by Infiltration, who despite his ability to play a number of characters to a high standard stuck with Akuma throughout. He beat Taiwan's Gamerbee 3-0 in the first final for four years not to feature a Japanese or American player.

Indie games head to Evo

Indie games head to Evo

Organisers of Evo 2K12, the biggest and most prestigious fighting game tournament in the world, have announced that 10 indie games will be playable at this year's event, which takes place next month in Las Vegas.

Tetris case “encouraging”, but cloning not dead yet

Tetris case "encouraging", but cloning not dead yet

An app developer has been found guilty of infringing copyright in a mobile game that adhered a little too closely to the design and mechanics of Tetris.