Hello Fellow Cravers. It’s time to get updated on the weeks news, UK charts and game releases this week. Sorry that there is no video this week, due to the heat and technical problems here we had to go written, hopefully everything will be back to normal next week.
3) Riot games to pay employees to quit
Yes, you read the title right, League of Legends developer Riot Games is offering new hires cash to quit with the new program it rolled out this week called Queue Dodge, the company announced today.
The company is giving recently hired employees an attractive way out in an effort to maintain Riot’s “unique” culture. Riot states that while it has a rigorous interview process in place, it is not enough to “ensure a great fit every single time.” The company would rather resolve workplace clashes faster with Queue Dodge rather than let mismatches fester.
So what is Queue Dodge? It offers new employees to depart at anytime during their first 60 days, where they will be compensated 10 percent of their annual salary. The program pays up to $25,000 and currently only extends to new hires in North America.
“Now, we don’t want to actively push people out or dare them to leave, but we do want to provide a well-lit, safe exit path,” the announcement states.
“We operate on a foundation of shared mission, values, passion, trust, and mutual respect. If someone gags on the unique flavor of our culture, they’d be doing themselves and the company a disservice to hang on just for the paycheck,” it reads. “Culturally aligned people and teams are more effective, and alignment around mission and values allows us to better serve players. We’ve designed Queue Dodge to help self-identified mismatches move on in an open, positive, and constructive way.”
According to the announcement, the program is inspired by an initiative that online shoe and clothing shop Zappos rolled out in 2009, where employees were paid $2,000 to quit. “We want to make sure that [people] are here for more than just a paycheck. We want people that believe in our long term vision and want to be a part of our culture,” Riot quotes Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh as saying.
Now I completely understand where Riot is coming from here. Not everyone is able to last long in a highly energetic industry like games design, so giving new hires that option to quit without any money regrets is a great idea. Plus it will weed out those who are only there for the paycheck and not for the passion of making games. Let’s just hope that this new scheme does not bite Riot in the Ass.
2) Nintendo lose Motion controller lawsuit
Nintendo lost a lawsuit in the U.K. against Koninklijke Philips last Friday where the company was found infringing on two of the Dutch technology company’s patents with motion technology used for the Wii and Wii U.
According to court documents filed in the U.S. last month, Philips filed suit against Nintendo for infringing upon a patent for motion control and another for wireless devices that can be remotely controlled by a second device. The suit outlined that Nintendo’s Wii, Wii Remote and Wii Remote Plus controllers, Nunchuk, Balance Board, Wii U console, Wii U GamePad, Wii Mini and Wii MotionPlus technology are all in violation of the first patent. The Wii U and GamePad console ecosystem were identified in the suit as infringing upon the second.
“The common general knowledge did not include a device combining a physical motion sensor with a camera and the reasons advanced by Nintendo for putting those two sensors together in one unit are unconvincing,” Judge Colin Birss stated in the decision at the U.K. High Court. The judge ruled that Nintendo didn’t violate a third patent regarding modeling a user in a virtual environment.
Philips is suing Nintendo over the patents in other countries such as the U.S., Germany and France. Nintendo is of the opinion that the two patents for recognizing hand gestures and motion are invalid and it plans to appeal the decision against the technology used in its Wii products.
“Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others,” the company said in a press statement. “Nintendo is committed to ensuring that this judgment does not affect continued sales of its highly acclaimed line of video game hardware, software and accessories and will actively pursue all such legitimate steps as are necessary to avoid any interruptions to its business.”
A lawsuit filed by technology company Triton Tech of Texas, LLC accusing Nintendo of infringing on its patents with Wii Remotes was dismissed by a federal appeals court earlier this month. The decision marked a second time that Triton’s patent was found invalid as it did not adequately describe a complete invention.
1) Insomniac announce playable female character while taking a shot at Ubisoft
It will be possible to play as a woman in Sunset Overdrive, developer Insomniac Games said today, while taking a potshot at another major fall 2014 title in which that won’t be possible: Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
On the latest episode of Sunset TV, the series of videos in which Insomniac provides details on Sunset Overdrive and answers questions from the community, the studio explained how traps work in the game. And when a fan asked if she would be able to play as a woman in Sunset Overdrive, associate community manager Brandon Winfrey responded in the affirmative and explained some more of the game’s character customization options.
“Self-expression is super-important to us,” said Winfrey. “So you can be female, you can be male, you can be different skin tones, you can be different body types.”
Winfrey also confirmed that the same clothing options will be available to all characters regardless of sex.
“All the clothing is gender-neutral, so if you want to be a dude in a skirt, you can be a dude in a skirt, all right? Just be who you want to be,” he continued.
During Winfrey’s answer, the episode played video footage of Sunset Overdrive featuring a female character clad in Assassin’s Creed-esque robes. This is a clear reference to the controversy that arose during E3 last week surrounding Assassin’s Creed Unity, which won’t offer the ability to play as women because it would have required too much additional work. Publisher Ubisoft later released a statement saying that it recognized the “valid concern around diversity in video game narrative.”
Sunset Overdrive is set for release Oct. 28 exclusively on Xbox One.
Right so how to do this… I guess a list I guess…
The three week reign of Ubisoft’s record breaking IP ‘Watch Dogs’ is over as ‘EA Sports UFC’ takes the crown in its debut week. For EA it represents a third No1 title in 2014 alongside FIFA 14 and Titanfall. It’s also their first title in the UFC series following its acquisition from former publisher THQ. ‘Watch Dogs’ moves down to No2 while a resurgent ‘Titanfall’ is up three places to round off the Top 3. EA claims a total of four Top 10 titles this week with both ‘FIFA 14’ and ‘2014: FIFA World Cup Brazil’ at No5 and No6. ‘Mario Kart 8’ slips down from No4 to No7 but stays ahead of ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ which remains at No8. Familiar sights ‘Minecraft: PS3 Edition’ and ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ hold the No9 and No10 places. Further down the chart ‘MotoGP 14’ makes its debut at No14.
Still at No.5: FIFA 14
Down 1 to No.4: WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER
Up 3 to No.3: TITANFALL
Down 1 to No.2: WATCH DOGS
New at No.1: EA SPORTS UFC
GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 24 JUNE
Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies (PC)
GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 27 JUNE
GRID: Autosport (360/PS3/PC)
Sniper Elite III (360/PS3/XO/PS4)
Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark (360/PS3/Wii U/XO/PS4/3DS)
One Piece Unlimited World Red (PS3/Wii U/3DS/PSV)
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn (PS3)
So here we are the first (and hopefully only) written Update, everything should be back to normal next week, really sorry about this… *looks around* dancing creeper?