The biggest gaming news for March 4, 2022


Microsoft suspends sales in Russia, Twitch employees quit en masse, Babylon’s Fall fails, and Star Wars Eclipse hiring issues.

Star Wars Eclipse already had many development issues

Official Star Wars Eclipse Cinematic Trailer

Happy Friday players. We’ve made it through the first week of March, the incredibly stacked month of February is behind us, and we can start looking forward to the big games of the rest of the year. If you’re taking a break from Elden Ring or gearing up for tomorrow’s Destiny 2 raid, we’ve got some great stories to share. Today, Microsoft suspended sales to Russia amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, and a new report reveals a mass exodus of Twitch employees. We also have data from PlatinumGames’ new action-RPG Babylon’s Fall that suggests it’s significantly underperforming, and finally, Star Wars Eclipse could be significantly delayed due to hiring issues at Quantic Dream. Here are the biggest gaming news stories for Friday, March 4, 2022.


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Microsoft suspends all new sales in Russia


Following the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister’s call to stop Russians from accessing their Xbox and PlayStation accounts, Microsoft has taken the decision to stop “all new sales” in Russia. This likely means that Russian gamers won’t have access to Game Pass subscriptions, nor will they be able to purchase new Xbox Series X consoles | S. The announcement was made in a blog post on Microsoft’s website. “We are horrified, angered and saddened by the images and news coming out of the war in Ukraine,” the message read. “[We] condemn this unjustified, unprovoked and illegal invasion by Russia.”

Over 300 employees leave Twitch because leaders don’t understand the community

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A mass exodus at Twitch began last year due to cultural issues between staff and executives, it seems. More than 300 employees left in 2021 and 60 have already resigned in the first two months of 2022. According to a Bloomberg Report who spoke to seven current and former employees, Twitch is “losing touch” with its community of streamers by focusing on expanding rather than listening to the people who make the platform what it is.

Star Wars Eclipse Won’t Come Out Until 2027 Because Nobody Wants To Work On It

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Studio Quantic Dream’s reputation for having a toxic work culture may hinder hiring for Star Wars Eclipse. According to Xfire’s Tom Henderson, the development of the next Star Wars game is suffering from these hiring issues. More than 60 job openings are still listed on Quantic Dream’s website that the company would struggle to fill. Insiders suggest Star Wars Eclipse may not launch until 2027.

Babylon’s fall Steam player count peaked at 602 on launch day

Babylon Fall Interview Featured Image

Finally, it looks like Fall of Babylon had a particularly troubled launch, at least on Steam. The new action-RPG from PlatinumGames and Squre Enix peaks at just 602 players on launch day, which is a pretty abysmal turnout for any game, but remarkably from a studio-developed triple-A game. fan favorite like Plantinum Games. Babylon’s Fall was widely criticized for its poor graphics and racist character creation options. Our own Santi Leguiza called Babylon’s Fall “a bad attempt at taking money” in his review.

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