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AFK Today 8/19/2022


Hope you all are enjoying your Friday afternoon, we got some exciting news for you this week. Gamescom is kicking off next week and we expect to see A TON of new things to discuss. Also have some interesting business moves being made by Embracer Group and Sony that we’re going to break down for you. Then we’ll close things off by detailing some of the biggest Steam Sales this week.



Gamescom Event: August 24th-28th

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Keep on the lookout for all the different games getting revealed at Gamescom 2022! Gamescom was put on hold during Covid, but it’s making a grand return next week. Expect big name companies like Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, and 2K to drop some long-awaited trailers. Anything from Assassin’s Creed to God of War 2 might be on the list of sneak peeks. Even if big game conventions aren’t your thing, make sure to check out the highlights that always come out on YouTube after the event ends. Check out the main Gamescom website here.


Huge Game Company Acquisition From Embracer Group

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Embracer Group, a large Swedish game and media company (Also owns THQ Nordic and Gearbox), has recently purchased the rights to multiple major video game development companies. The largest purchase being Middle-Earth Enterprises, the studio responsible for almost every Lord of the Rings video game. Other major video game companies bought out include Tripwire Interactive, Limited Run Games, Singtrix, Tuxedo Labs, Bitwave Games, and Gioteck. With such a large purchase, we will hopefully see major projects coming out of the Embracer Group to revitalize the Lord of the Rings gaming genre. Check out more about the acquisition from Kotaku here.


PC Game Launcher From Sony

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To tie in with last week's mention of Sony making the push to PC gaming, we now have some more information on a possible move. With the recent release of Marvel: Spider-Man, we noticed some references to a “Playstation PC Launcher”. We all know Sony has been working behind the scenes to bring some exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War and a few other hits to PC. This has come with a price as Sony has had to divide out 12-30% of the game sales to Steam and Epic Games. Especially for Sony, the amount of profit increase by making their own launcher might be well worth it. Sony states that with the possibility of an isolated launcher, Playstation users would be able to sync their accounts for various in game benefits. What does this mean for the future of Sony and PC gaming? Will Sony eventually move their games to its own launcher and will it have that big of an impact through others like Steam and Epic Games. Find out more at


Steam Quakecon Sale

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Check out this week's featured sales as well as the Quakecon sale where hit games are up to 70% off. Also check out Bethesda's page for some great deals on The Elder Scrolls Franchise, Fallout 4 and the Wolfenstein Series.

Ghostwire: Tokyo: $59.99 > $29.99 DEATHLOOP: $59.99 > $23.99 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition: $39.99 > $13.19 Doom Eternal: $39.99 > $15.99 Enter the Dungeon: $14.99 > $4.94



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