Activision Blizzard accused of shredding HR records

Today: Gamescom Opening Night Live showcases strong line-up leading into 2022 — Korean government eases restriction on underage binge gaming — Pokémon Unite reaches 1 million registered users, rewards players

Activision Blizzard accused of destroying documents as lawsuit continues

Close-up photo of Activision’s logo

The Californian Department of Fair Employment and Housing has updated its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard to include accusations of destroying documents.

The DFEH has amended its complaint after being made “aware that documents and records have not been maintained as required by law,” including HR emails and records.

  • Activision Blizzard has made several high-level personnel changes
  • Revamped hiring to include diverse interview panels
  • Greater transparency on pay
  • Improved training for HR and compliance staff
  • Employees now evaluate their managers in a new review process
  • Clear boundaries on workplace behaviour with zero-tolerance

Denial: Activision Blizzard denies the claims, and insists that it has “complied with every proper request in support of its review” and that the new procedures listed above are now in effect at the company.

Safe and inclusive: "We share DFEH's goal of a safe, inclusive workplace that rewards employees equitably and are committed to setting an example that others can follow,” concluded Activision Blizzard’s response.

What magical item does Phoenix Wright use to break “Psyche-Locks”?

a) The Shichishito
b) The Bracelet of Perception
c) The Mood Matrix
d) The Magatama

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Gamescom: Opening Night Live 2021

Title card for Gamescom: Opening Night Live 2021

Geoff Keighley has wrapped up the opening night of this year’s gamescom and it was bursting with new game announcements, world premieres and gameplay for some very big named franchises.

Highlights

Saints Row (Feb. 25, 2022), Marvel’s Midnight Suns (March 2022), Call of Duty: Vanguard (Nov. 5, 2021), Halo Infinite Multiplayer (Dec. 8, 2021), Cult of the Lamb (TBA 2022) and Midnight Fight Express (Summer 2022).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (TBA), Age of Empires IV (Oct. 28, 2021), Death Stranding Director's Cut (Sep. 24, 2021), Super Monkey Ball (Oct. 5, 2021) and Splitgate (Season 0 Beta) (Out Now).

Riders Republic (Beta) (Out Now), LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Spring 2022), Jurassic World Evolution 2 (Nov. 9, 2021), Far Cry 6 (Oct.7, 2021), and Bloodhunt (Early Access) (Sep. 7, 2021).

South Korea will no longer punish online games for being too popular with kids

Photo of South Korean Ministry officials

The South Korean government is drafting a revision to its Youth Protection Revision Act which was signed into law in 2011 with the aim of limiting access to online games for children under 16.

The law specifically mandated that companies restrict children from playing online games between midnight and 6:00am, with each individual breach incurring fines of up to $8,560 and even possible prison time for those responsible.

PlayStation Offline: The law was not specifically targeting console platforms, but Sony responded by restricting access to PlayStation Network services for underage users to comply with the law.

Up for debate: “For youths, games are an important leisure activity and communication channel,” said Culture Minister Hwang Hee, and he hopes that “preventive measures can respect the rights of the youths and encourage healthy home education.”

More publisher sales at Humble Bundle

Publisher sales banners from Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is keeping the good sales time rolling with yet more publisher-wide discounts and we’ve got another three for your attention. There’s the Capcom Sale with as much as 80% off.

Then there’s the Deep Silver Sale joining in with some big franchises up to 80% off too, and thirdly the Focus Home Interactive Sale also taking some big 80% chunks outta the price tag!

What magical item does Phoenix Wright use to break “Psyche-Locks”?

Magatama power is uncovered

ANSWER: The Magatama!

The Ace Attorney games are more than just courtroom drama: There’s also ghosts and surreal humour. The series’ success can be explained by its fearless mix of brutal murder mysteries, the supernatural, and lots of slapstick humour.

In the first game, the supernatural elements were mostly storytelling devices, but in Phoenix Wright: Justice for All, Phoenix himself receives the power of Magatama, which lets him know when someone is lying, allowing both investigations and court proceedings a little more depth, variety, and tension.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!