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Bungie Signs 10-Year Deal With Activision 85

Posted by Soulskill
from the make-sure-you-write-your-name-on-your-lunch dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Infinity Ward may be suing Activision under allegations of low payment and no royalties, but it seems some developers are still happy to work with the publisher — it has just signed a 10-year deal with Bungie, the studio behind the popular Halo series of FPS games. Activision will publish all of Bungie's games in the next decade — although Bungie will own the IP. The terms of the deal are similar to those brokered by former Infinity Ward chiefs Jason West and Vince Zampella when they signed with EA after being fired in March."
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Devs Finally Finding Success With Xbox Indie Games 65

Posted by Soulskill
from the slowly-and-surly dept.
McBacon writes with this excerpt from Wired.co.uk: "Often dismissed as a failed venture, the Xbox Indie Games programme has earned successful man-and-his-dog developers tens of thousands of pounds from sales of their homebrew games. Wired explores the success stories of this hidden marketplace. ... now, more than a year since its launch, the Xbox Indie Games are seeing something of a revival. Microsoft has made huge strides to improve the service, games are beginning to be taken more seriously and success stories are becoming more and more common. Especially for [James] Silva, a New York-based developer, who became an impromptu Indie celebrity after his game The Dishwasher won Microsoft's Dream-Build-Play competition. He says he's 'absolutely thrilled' to have seen I Maed a Gam3 w1th Zomb1es!!!1 — his latest game — become a cult hit, for gamers to flock to it in record numbers and to have sold over 200,000 copies."

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 75

by Achronos (#12818476) Attached to: Case Study of Bungie.Net
8 web servers, actually, to give us ample room to grow. And the Firefox rendering bug is unfortunate. We tried to code around it, but I believe it broke a few other things in IE and Safari that we didn't want to break instead(if I remember correctly).

Although I doubt you'll believe me since this is Slashdot, there is nothing nefarious going on with regards to browser support. We code (and test) to make sure IE, Firefox, and Safari can see our stuff. It is a primary design goal of the site - we still have a lot of Mac browsers hitting our site due to our studio's history. There are rendering bugs here and there, but that's mostly a limitation of manpower that slows those fixes up.

-Tom, Web dev engineer, bungie.net

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