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Koch Media Officially Rebrands as Plaion

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Koch Media has officially rebranded under their new moniker; Plaion.

Managing managing director Klemens Kundratitz spoke at length about the changes, while emphasizing that the games publisher will remain “first and foremost a games company” while adding that the rebrand will “acknowledge who we truly are”.

“But the more we thought about it, the more we wanted to go all the way,” Kundratitz said, during an interview with GamesIndustry.Biz. “It’s more impactful, it’s got an external statement but it’s also an internal statement to our people. We’re opening this new chapter, they’re part of this, we’re a modern, growing, ambitious, global company, and it’s energising people internally.

“Obviously, we want to avoid people seeing this as window dressing. The signal we’re sending is that we’re on a journey and it’s good to give this journey a new name, new visual appearance. New is always exciting.”

“We have made such an enormous transformation since we joined the Embracer Group,” he continued. “Our name for so many years was associated with physical distribution, perhaps with us being more of a central European company – although including the UK because that was among the first three countries where we launched. But we’re perhaps not seen as a global company. And it’s sometimes difficult for some people to pronounce.”

“We’re not mutating into a different company, we’re just following a path that we’ve already been on since becoming part of Embracer Group. We’re growing in all areas. It’s certainly not a departure from physical distribution. Our mantra is we want to offer games wherever and however people want to play them: physical, digital, collector’s editions. Whatever way people want to consume our content, we’re there. We’re long-term committed in the physical space, but equally we need to reinvent ourselves all the time.”

“We’re a very transformed company and we have an ambition on a global scale to continue to grow, both on the content creation side and the sales side, as well as diversifying into different forms of entertainment. We’re ready to give ourselves a new look, a new style, and open a new chapter.”

The re-branding also applies to Koch Film, which will now be known as Plaion Pictures, which is a fresh approach for the world of film content creators, such as horror content creators and others within the film industry.

“Koch has always been a B2B brand and it will continue to be,” Kundratitz said. “All our consumer-facing publishing labels – Deep Silver, Prime Matter, Ravenscourt, Milestone and Vertigo Games – will stay the same. I think it’s easier to transition from Koch to Plaion in a B2B environment.”

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Riot Games Victims of Cyberattack

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Riot Games issued a statement on Wednesday saying that they  received a ransom email after hackers stole source code for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, with the attack also targeting its legacy anticheat platform, according to an official release.

“Needless to say, we won’t pay,” Riot said in the statement.  “While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.”

Riot Games continued by saying that it’s been working to assess the leak’s impact on anticheat as “any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging.” The company added that “experimental features” were also exposed, saying that “most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released.”

Riot Games first announced the hack back on January 20th, saying it was a “social engineering attack.”

 

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland Resigns

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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland has officially resigned from his position at the company after news broke that Adult Swim would be parting with popular series ‘Rick & Morty’, according to an official announcement.

Per the company, Roiland’s resignation was received on January 16th, and the company added that it will continue to support High on Life, which released on December 13, 2022, and “keep developing games we know our fans will love.”

Roiland, who is the studio’s co-founder, was charged with felony domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit earlier this month.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior vp communications Marie Moore said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Rick & Morty’ will continue, but with new voice actors cast in the iconic roles voiced by Roiland.

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Washington Post Set to Shut Down Gaming Section

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The Washington Post is reportedly gearing up for a round of layoffs and as part of those cuts they will be shutting down their video game label Launcher and student focuses section KidsPost, according to Axios’ Sara Ficher.

According to the report, Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee sent a memo to staff today informing them of the upcoming changes, explaining that the media brand will be laying off 20 people from the newsroom.

While the memo does not make a mention of Launcher, the report cited two sources with saying that the Washington Post plans on axing Launcher.

When the Washington Post initially brought Launcher live back in 2019, they hyped it as “a dedicated section that aims to recalibrate the conversation with classically trained journalists who were raised on games.”

Unfortunately, the Washington Post is just the latest video game news media brand to impost layoffs, much like IGN, GameInformer, Vice, G4 (which was shut down entirely), and Polygon, among others.

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