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Funny! Hot Dog Themed Nintendo Switch Controller

Hyperkin, a video games manufacturing and distributor company from the United States, has once again made a cute and unique game controller. In collaboration with a food company, they created a Hot Dog themed Nintendo Switch controller design.

Previously, Hyperkin had made many game controllers with attractive designs from food brands such as Kraft Mac & Cheese, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Kool-Aid, and Sriracha.

Reporting from Gizmochina, Wednesday (31/1/2024) the Nintendo Switch controller has a transparent body that is reminiscent of the old N64 controller, featuring red and yellow colors and the addition of curved lines as ‘sauce’ which are the characteristics of Hot Dog food.

Previously, Hyperkin has produced Tetris and Miraculous Ladybug themed controllers, but this is their first foray into the culinary sector. Unfortunately, for fans of multiple consoles, this delicious controller is made only for Switch, PC, and mobile gaming. They are not planned for Xbox or PlayStation compatibility.

For those who like a mix of food and fun, this controller offers a new way to spice up your gaming to make it fun and exciting.

List of PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC and Switch games released in February 2024

The month of January is quite memorable for gamers. Several new games have been released and can be said to have interesting gameplay. For example, there are Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Tekken 8, and Palworld.

The quality presented by these four cannot be doubted. Many players are satisfied with the game concept offered by the developer.

Even now, praise for the titles above is still pouring in. But I don’t know what the future holds, considering that every month game companies in the world often introduce their new games.

Maybe currently all gamers are focused on Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Tekken 8, and Palworld. Because the four of them were recently launched, on January 18, 19 and 26 to be precise.

But what about in February, will they be able to maintain their existence? Remember, there is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League waiting for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC gamers on February 2.

List of Games Released February 2024

Instead of being curious, here is a list of games that will be released in February 2024, as quoted by Game Station from Eurogamer, Wednesday (31/1/2024).

February 1

Granblue Fantasy: Relink (PS4, PS5, PC)
Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

February 2

Persona 3 Reloaded (PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (PS5, PC, Xbox Series

February 6

Foamstars (PS4, PS5)
CLeM (PC, Switch)
Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 (iOS, Android, PC, PS5)

February 8

Helldivers 2 (PC, PS5)
The Inquisitor (PC, PS5)

February 13

Islands of Insight (PC)
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden (PC, PS5, Xbox Series
Ultros (PC, PS4, PS5)
Fight Crab 2 early access (PC)

February 14

Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series
Biomutant (Switch)
Solium Infernum (PC)

February 15

PlateUp! (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series

February 16

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Switch)
Skull and Bones (Amazon Luna, PS5, PC, Xbox Series
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (PS5)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (PS5)
Recoil (PC)

February 20

MADiSON VR (Steam VR, PSVR2)
The Thaumaturge (PC)
Warhammer 40000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters (PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

February 21

Slave Zero
Last Epoch (PC)
Terminator: Dark Fate (PC) – Defiance
Myth of Empires (PC)
Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story (PC, Switch)

February 22

Nightingale early access (PC)
Pacific Drive (PS5, PC)
Corporation: The Sorting Process (PC)
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PS5, Xbox Series
Sons of the Forest (PC)

February 23

Promenade (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series

February 27

Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons (PC, Switch)
Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Switch)
Wrath: Aeon of Ruin (PC)

February 28

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster (Switch, PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake (PC, PS5, Xbox Series

February 29

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (PS5)
Welcome to ParadiZe (PC, PS5, Xbox Series

Series of layoffs in the gaming industry that will occur in early 2024

The storm of employee layoffs in the gaming industry apparently will not subside in 2023. The extreme cycle is still continuing, even starting in early 2024.

Several well-known companies were forced to start the new year with bad news. Not a few of those involved in this industry have had to lay off their employment.

The number of people who have been laid off is very large. To the point that some will lay off 1,800 workers.

So what company is meant? The following is the list, as compiled by Game Station from Kotaku, Tuesday (16/1/2024).

List of Companies Carrying Out Layoffs

The following are eight gaming companies that have laid off workers. Until this news was written, at least more than 2,700 people were fired.

1. Archiact

On January 4, the first company to announce employee layoffs came from Archiact. However, they did not specify how many people had been expelled.

“We are working with these individuals to offset this difficult transition as much as possible, including through reverse recruiting,” Archiact said.

2. Bossa Studios

Actually, technically the layoffs occurred at the end of 2023, only they were only reported and confirmed on January 5 2024. Here they laid off 19 workers.

3. Unity

This game engine company just announced on January 8 that they would lay off 1,800 workers. That means Unity is cutting 25% of its staff.

It could be said that these layoffs are the largest in the company’s history. They said the employee layoffs would be completed next March.

4. Twitch

After Unity, Twitch also revealed that it was preparing to lay off 500 employees on January 9. The company will do this at the end of January.

That means they will lose about 35% of their workers. However, it turns out that Twitch previously carried out layoffs in March and October 2023.

5. Playtika

On January 11 2024, the publisher and developer of this mobile game plans to fire 400 employees. This amount is equivalent to 10% of the company’s total workforce.

Playtika previously laid off 900 employees in 2022. But after that, the company instead poured USD 300 million or around IDR 4.6 trillion to acquire Innplay Labs in 2023.

6. Discord

At the same time, Discord also reported that it would send home 17 percent of its total staff. That number is estimated to be around 170 employees.

Discord CEO Jason Citron said in an internal memo that layoffs were necessary to make Discord more efficient, after excessive hiring in 2020.

7. Lost Boys Interactive

Apart from that, Lost Boy Intractive also laid off its employees. However, they did not provide details on how many people were fired.

“It seems like most of Lost Boys Interactive was laid off today, myself included,” wrote Jared Pace, a producer at the studio on Linkedin.

8. Funselector

Canadian game studio, Funslektor, announced that three of its developers have been laid off. These three are the great people behind the creation of the Art of Rally game.

TikTok Parent Wants to Sell Game Division to PUBG Mobile Owners

TikTok parent ByteDance is selling their gaming business unit. One of those interested in buying is Tencent, owner of many famous games including PUBG Mobile.

Currently ByteDance has reached the negotiation stage with Tencent, but so far has not reached an agreement, as quoted by Gamestation from Reuters, Tuesday (16/1/2024).

ByteDance and Tencent negotiated a sale involving a number of well-known games published by Nuverse, ByteDance’s gaming unit, for example Crystal of Atland and Earth: Revival.

In November 2023, ByteDance admitted that it would overhaul Nuverse and withdraw from the gaming business because they wanted to focus on their other core businesses. This decision comes five years after entering the gaming business, which currently has a global value of USD 185 billion.

Currently, ByteDance has stopped releasing new games and plans to divest the games that have already been launched. Previously they had been looking for potential buyers for Moonton, the company behind the popular game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which was also recently acquired by ByteDance in 2021.

Even though they had fierce competition in the gaming business, relations between ByteDance and Tencent have recently warmed up after Tencent often used ByteDance’s advertising network to promote their newest game entitled DreamStar.

Previously it was reported that last November there were several potential companies that wanted to buy Moonton. Including companies based in Saudi Arabia.

Moonton Technology was acquired in 2021 for USD 4 billion or around IDR 62.2 trillion. Shortly after the acquisition, the Chinese government set various strict regulations for the gaming industry, which caused the development of the gaming business in China to decline.

PUBG Mobile Will Collaborate with Hunter x Hunter?

Speculation regarding a potential collaboration between PUBG Mobile and the Hunter x Hunter anime in early 2024 is currently being widely discussed in the gaming community.

Even though there has been no official announcement from PUBG Mobile, several PUBG Mobile influencers and casters in Indonesia have provided clues regarding the possibility of this rumor. Apart from that, there is also a lot of video content circulating on various digital platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Game Station news portal and YouTube which increasingly convinces the PUBG Mobile community of this collaboration.

Hunter x Hunter fans are very excited to see their favorite characters appear and be played in PUBGM in-game activities. The prospect of playing as an iconic character from this anime series has generated enthusiasm among fans.

Of course, this is not the first time PUBGM has collaborated with a popular Japanese anime title. Previously, PUBG Mobile had collaborated with Evangelion, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Dragon Ball. Big screen shows such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Godzilla Vs Kong have also joined the world of PUBG Mobile.

Drawing parallels with previous successful collaborations in the anime realm, it is hoped that PUBGM will introduce characters from Hunter x Hunter to the game. The biggest question is which characters will appear in the PUBGM game? Speculation points to key figures such as Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio, all of whom are important in the plot of the Hunter x Hunter anime.

Although this collaboration has not been officially confirmed, the prospect of combining the dynamic gameplay of PUBGM with the Hunter x Hunter characters promises an exciting gaming experience that is worth looking forward to for fans of both.

Owner of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher Games Not Interested in Being Acquired

CD Projekt Red, a Polish game studio known for its work Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, has confirmed that it is not interested in being acquired. This statement came directly from the mouth of the CEO, Adam KiciƄski.

“We have a clear position, supported by the regulations contained in the law. We are not interested in being included in a larger entity,” said Adam in an interview with Parkiet, reported by Game Station, Tuesday (9/1/2024).

Adam admitted that his company had worked so hard to get to where it is today. He is also very confident that CD Projekt Red can become an even bigger and stronger game studio in the future.

To make this big dream come true, it was said that they certainly have a cool strategy. However, Adam did not explain in detail regarding future programs.

“We have ambitious plans and we are passionate about what we do. We value independence,” he added.

Likewise, Adam said that he currently has no plans to acquire anything. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t open to ideas to accelerate the company’s growth.

CD Projeck Red is angry because they were asked to acquire Cyberpunk 2077

“But we are not interested in purchases that only aim to incorporate the acquired companies into our group and consolidate their financial results. We do not see the value in them,” he stressed.

Even though he doesn’t want to be taken over by another party, Adam stated that the company’s finances are still safe. He said the strategy implemented had been well calculated.

He is very confident that CD Projekt Red can survive with the funds it currently has. With confidence, Adam also said that his game studio does not need to look for additional funding sources.

But it is still unknown whether any video game giant has approached him or not. Whether it’s PlayStation or Xbox, Adam didn’t explain. It will be interesting to wait for their progress, considering that they are also working on several new games.

Indonesia Dominates Southeast Asia, Most Games Released on Steam

It’s really cool, Indonesia dominates Southeast Asia, as the country with the most games released on Steam. So far, there have been 256 titles that have visited the platform made by Valve.

Quoted by GameStation from X/Twitter Virtual SEAsia, Thursday (11/1/2024), Indonesia has always filled this top position over the past few years. If you look at the brief data shared by Kris Antoni, Founder and CEO of Toge Productions, it turns out that since 2019 local games in Indonesia have been leading.

Even the number of games launched each year has quite a difference, when compared to countries in Southeast Asia. The countries in question are Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei.

Continuing, in second place is Thailand which is experiencing rapid growth. They managed to catch up with Singapore, which usually overshadows Indonesia every year, regarding the release of games on Steam.

A total of 158 indie games have been released in Thailand. Meanwhile, Singapore is in third place with a total of 134 games they have presented.

The following is a detailed ranking of countries in Southeast Asia whose games are released on Steam:

1.Indonesia – 256 games

2.Thailand – 158 games

3.Singapore – 134 games

4.Philippines – 92 games

5.Malaysia – 80 games

6.Vietnam – 40 games

7.Brunei – 7 games

8.Myanmar – 5 games

Unfortunately, Virtual SEA does not provide information about Indonesia’s ranking outside Southeast Asia. Maybe because their focus is only on collecting data on indie games in this region.

Even so, of course this is proof that the gaming industry in the country is growing. Plus various achievements that have been obtained by local game studios.

In 2023, local games entitled A Space for the Unbound by Mojiken, Rendezvous by Pendopo Creations, and Unplug by Goldlime Studios won awards at Level Up KL.

For A Space for the Unbound, it successfully won the Best Story Telling title. Unplug won in the Audience Choice Award category. Lastly, Rendezvous won two awards at once, namely the Grand Jury Award and Best Visual Art categories.

If you are curious about what Indonesian games are on Steam, you can visit this link: https://store.steampowered.com/curator/25278687-Virtual-SEA-Games-from-Southea. Virtual SEA has collected it into several parts.

Viral on TikTok, War Veteran Good at Playing Battlefield 2042

Good seems to be the right word to describe this gamer’s abilities. However, it wasn’t just his skill that made him go viral, there was something else.

How could it not be, the gamer’s age is currently 71 years old. The gamer in question is a shooting game streamer. He is usually known as GrndPaGaming.

GrndPaGaming said he did not want to reveal his real name. He said this was done to avoid harassment.

Furthermore, netizens were excited by him, because Grandpa uploaded a short video, showing his prowess in playing Battlefield 2042. There he repeatedly got a headshot (a technique for killing an opponent by shooting the head).

Of course, after the FYP video on TikTok, many netizens gave various reactions. Most of them praised his skill in playing this shooting game made by DICE, which was published by Electronic Arts.

In fact, quite a few Indonesian netizens also commented on TikTok. One of them, from an account called Rois, thinks that this grandfather is better than himself.

“His aim is really hard. It’s different from me, whose aim is bad,” he said.

Until this news was written, the 50 second video had received more than 7.8 million views, 578.9 thousand likes, commented on by 5,058 people, and the content was saved 45.8 thousand times. It is likely that the numbers will continue to increase.

The Veteran Never Wrong

It seems that his greatness is a legacy of what he did when he was young. GrndPaGaming revealed that he had served in the United States Navy for 20 years.

During that time, he served in several regions such as Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Guam and Palembang. Therefore, his military background became the source of his grandfather’s love for first person shooter games.

Some of the games he likes include Fallout 4, Armored Warfare, World of Warships, World of Tanks, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 1, 2, 3 & 4, League of Legends, Doom and The Division, Apex Legends.

Ouch, Game Engine Unity Company Will Lay Off 1,800 Employees

The wave of layoffs in the gaming industry continues. This time the sad news came again from Unity.

The game engine company will reportedly send home 1,800 of its workers. That number is around 25 percent of its total employees, quoted by Game Station from Reuters, Wednesday (10/1/2023).

This is the largest layoff in history that Unity has ever experienced. They hope that the dismissal process can be completed by the end of March 2024.

“We are reducing the number of things we do to focus on our core business and drive long-term success and profitability,” interim CEO Jim Whitehurst wrote in an internal memo sent to all employees on January 8.

But here Whitehurst does not provide specific details regarding the structural changes that will occur in Unity. Only a company spokesperson confirmed that there will indeed be updates in the future.

Yes, Whitehurst is the new CEO of Unity, after the previous John Ricetello decided to resign. This was done after the new policy issue which was protested by many game developers around the world.

The root of the problem lies in the new payment scheme which uses a pay per download system. In this scheme, Unity will charge fees for using the game engine based on the number of game installations, and it is said that this concept will be implemented on January 1, 2024.

As additional information, this is the fourth round of layoffs carried out by the company. More than 1,100 people were laid off in 2023, preceded by at least 200 layoffs in June 2022.

These latest layoffs continue a bad trend in the video game industry, which saw around six thousand jobs lost by 2023. It doesn’t look like things will get any better in 2024.

Epic Games Holiday Sale 2023 Held, Game Discounts Up to 90%

It looks like gamers won’t be bored during the New Year holidays. The reason is that there are many quality games at low prices that you can enjoy.

Apart from the Steam Winter Sale 2023 which is being held by Valve, it turns out that Epic Games also has interesting offers for its fans. Through their newest program entitled Holiday Sale 2023, now gamers can add to their collection of games to play during the holidays.

The 2023 Holiday Sale actually took place from December 13th. Well, here Epic Games is holding it for approximately 29 days, which ends on January 10 2024.

Of course, this is encouraging news, because gamers can find a variety of cool games at quite large price cuts. Some of them, such as Hogwarts Legacy, get a 40 percent discount.

Epic Games doesn’t want to be outdone by Steam, which gives huge discounts

Then there is God of War which is priced at IDR 364,500, from the initial price of IDR 729 thousand. Apart from that, the game by Insomniac, namely Spider-Man Remastered, is also discounted by 40 percent, bringing the selling price to IDR 527,400 from IDR 879 thousand.

There are still many quality games that are getting discounts. As a reference, you can check the list below.

Who knows, maybe you might be interested in bringing him in. But keep in mind, the prices listed below are after discounts.

Alan Wake 2 – Rp. 456,400

Dead Island 2 – Rp. 395,400

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor – Rp. 379,500

Assassins Creed Mirage – Rp. 405,300

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Rp. 211,200

GTA V: Premium Edition – Rp. 150,375

The Last of US Part I – Rp. 588,930

Dead Space – Rp. 263,600

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Rp. 437,400

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – RP 588,930

Not only that, Epic Games also offers a series of games with even bigger discounts. Examples include the Victorian Admirals Marianas Incident 1887 (90 percent), Ash of Gods: Redemption (80 percent), Greak: Memories of Azur (70 percent), Botanicula (80 percent), The Lord of the Rings Return to Moria (50 percent) , EA Sports FC 24 (60 percent), and many more.

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