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UK regulator blocks Microsoft’s $68.7B acquisition of Activision Blizzard – VentureBeat.com

Citing concern about the potential negative impact of competition in cloud gaming, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has vote­d to block the $68.7 billion Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft’s vice chair and president, Brad Smith, expressed disappointment at the outcome, but stated the company remains “fully committed to this acquisition and will appeal.”

Forza Motorsport Will Let Blind Players Race With Revolutionary Audio Features – Gamespot.com

Forza Motorsport developer, Turn 10 Studios, is promising revolutionary audio features that will allow even blind players to enjoy the high-end racing simulator. The developer has been working with blind accessibility consultant, Brandon Cole, to ensure that Forza Motorsport is the “most accessible game ever.”

Nintendo will make a rare, surprising appearance at Gamescom 2023 – Polygon.com

Nintendo will be making its’ first on-stage presentation in a decade at Gamescom 2023. Since 2012, Nintendo has opted out of industry expos in favor of YouTube broadcasts, and its’ surprise appearance at Gamescom this year brings high hopes for new announcements.

GDC is exorbitantly expensive — but still vital for many game developers – TheVerge.com

The Verge spoke with small and independent developers about their experiences with the Game Developers Conference and what keeps bringing them back each year. Developers cited both exposure and  networking as major contributors despite the high cost of attendance at GDC.