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‘Pokémon Go’ developer confirms 230 layoffs, cancels ‘Marvel’ game

Niantic, the studio behind Pokémon Go, has announced a series of cutbacks — including layoffs for 230 staff, the cancellation of an upcoming Marvel game, and the closure of its Los Angeles studio. In an email sent to Niantic staff and later made public, Niantic CEO John Hanke confirmed that the company has “allowed our expenses to grow faster than revenue,” while recent games have not “delivered revenues” that match their investment. As a result, Hanke shared that Niantic will be closing its studio in LA, cancelling its…

Major Layoffs Hit ‘Pokémon Go’ Developer, Result in Marvel Game Cancellation

Niantic is closing its LA studio and laying off 230 employees, the company announced. Collateral damage from this move includes the shuttering of “NBA All-World” and “Marvel: World of Heroes.” Despite the layoffs and project cancellations, “Pokémon Go” remains safe. Company CEO John Hanke explained the situation in an email to employees, citing tough finances in the timespan between the pandemic and now. He also stated that expenses were outpacing revenue. Niantic publicly posted the email. “Post-Covid, our…

‘Pokémon Go’ developer Niantic is laying off 230 employees

Niantic is joining the long list of companies laying off employees. The studio published an “organizational update” (after the internal memo was leaked to Kotaku) announcing that it would let go of 230 employees. In addition, the company is shutting down its Los Angeles studio and canceling two licensed games: NBA All-World and Marvel: World of Heroes. The only good news for fans is that Pokémon Go, still its flagship product, will live to fight another day. “I have made the decision to narrow our focus for mobile game…

Denver developer makes progress on “carbon-positive” hotel

Developers of a project billed as the country’s first “carbon-positive” hotel placed the last beam on the building Wednesday and said the hotel in downtown Denver will be open for business around June 2024. The 13-story Populus hotel by Urban Villages will be highly visible not only because of its location — next to Civic Center park — but also because of its design. The triangular building’s exterior will evoke the bark of an aspen tree, with the inset windows mimicking the dark, eye-shaped marks left on an aspen’s bark…

Setback for Reddit as Minecraft developer exits, says will no longer post “official content”

Trouble continues to dog Reddit with the platform all set to implement its planned changes from July 1 onwards. Ever since Reddit announced its new pricing for API requests, many third-party apps have come out and stated that they will have to shut down because they will not be able to afford to run operations. Afterwards, thousands of subreddits went private to protest the move. While some subreddits continue to stay private even after the 48-hour schedule, other communities have written an open letter asking the…

Star Wars: The Old Republic has a new developer

“Players will continue to enjoy the SWTOR they know and love,” McKay wrote. “There are also exciting new features planned that the team is not quite ready to talk about yet, but suffice it to say that players can expect improvements and new content into the future.”SWTOR’s studio move was long rumored. Earlier this month, IGN reported that EA and Broadsword signed a letter of intent indicating that SWTOR would indeed be changing developers. In a statement to IGN, EA wrote: “We’re evaluating how we give the game and the…

Hitman Developer IO Interactive’s Upcoming Fantasy Game, Project Dragon, May Be An Xbox Exclusive

IO Interactive, the team behind the popular Hitman series, is working on a new fantasy RPG. And, according to internal Microsoft documents, it might be an Xbox exclusive.The news comes from a collection of emails and documents presented during the FTC trial (via IGN), which revealed that Xbox would be working with IO Interactive. On page 33 of the PDF file--under the "Expected Release & Previously Shipped Games" section at the very top--you can see the upcoming IO game listed as "Project Dragon."…

Wiley Edge Interview Expereience for Software Developer

Wiley Edge visited our campus in November 2022 and offered the following roles: Software Developer, Production Management Analyst, and Site Reliability Engineer, Eligibility Criteria:B.Tech/M.Tech (CSE, IT, EC, EEE), B.Sc. (CS), BCA, MCA, M.Sc. (Mathematics) 2023 Batch60% or 6 CGPA throughout academics.Willing to relocate: Mumbai/BangloreGood coding skills (preferably Java or Python)ROUND-1(Online Assessment)This online assessment was held on November 25, 2022. This online assessment comprises three parts:Aptitude…

One UI Watch: Enable developer mode on the Galaxy Watch

One UI Watch offers plenty of options and system settings for Galaxy Watch users, but whatever you see inside the Settings app is not everything. Just like Android phones, Wear OS smartwatches such as the Galaxy Watch 5 have a “developer mode” that hides numerous additional system settings and options. This developer mode allows users to control and change the behavior of the Galaxy Watch and its various features. It also allows users to speed up or slow down UI animations through the “Window animation scale,”…

Apple no longer requires a $99 account to access developer betas of iOS, MacOS, and other software

June Wan/ZDNETEarlier this month, Apple unveiled the latest versions of its most popular operating systems, including iOS 17 for iPhone, MacOS Sonoma for Macs, WatchOS 10 for Apple Watch, iPadOS 17 for iPad, VisionOS for Vision Pro, and more. From WWDC in June to the end of the year, Apple typically opens up the early betas of these software platforms to developers for testing and, well, developing apps and services. Also: Apple just released iOS 16.5.1 with security fixesIn order to get access to this kick-starter…