Game Awards and FMWC Winners, plus Bungie in hot water
The Game Awards 2021 Winners and Announcements –
The Game Awards took place on the 10th of December, and showcased the best games released this year! Game Of The Year went to Hazelight Studios’ It Takes Two, which also took Best Multiplayer Game and Best Family Game. Some of the other winners included; Deathloop, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Life is Strange: True Colors, and Forza Horizon 5.
We also got a look at a bunch of upcoming games, with Star Wars Eclipse by Quantic Dream, the new Sonic game Sonic Frontiers, Alan Wake 2, Slitterhead, and more! We also got to see some more trailers for Senua’s Sacrifice: Hellblade 2, Forspoken, Elden Ring, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands.
Financial Modeling World Cup Winners! –
In some exciting news, Australian competitor Andrew Ngai (Nyai) has beaten out Canadian counterpart Michael Jarman in the Financial Modeling World Cup this year. In this competition, participants are required to solve a business case study, answering several questions by creating financial models in a spreadsheet in Excel. Consisting of 128 participants from all around the world, qualifications began on November 13th with the finals taking place on the 12th of December.
Click here to check out the stream!
Bungie’s Fight Against Toxic Work Culture –
IGN recently published an article outlying yet more allegations of “sexism, boys’ club culture, crunch, and HR protection of abusers” within the gaming industry, with Bungie being named and shamed. The article claims that many employees believe that Bungie’s recent initiatives to improve working conditions have come “Too little, too late”. It points to several instances of narrative leaders “making life miserable” for the writers underneath them. Despite these many issues, several of the employees that have spoken out have expressed the belief that the studio is slowly but steadily improving with the new initiatives.
This article comes after several similar stories about an array of studios, including Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Quantic Dream.