Lots of Gaming Premiere at Cologne: GAMESCOM 2012

The first batch of exhibitors have already announced their games line ups for gamescom 2012, in which several spectacular world premieres are expected to be showcased.

The first big developers and publishers have announced their new showcase line ups, including: Blizzard, Capcom, Namco, Tecmo Koei, Electronic Arts, Konami, 2K Games, Codemasters and Bethesda.

Currently games that were confirmed to be playable at gamescom 2012 are: Starcraft – Heart of the Swarm, FIFA 13, Football Manager 13, Crysis 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Sim City, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Resident Evil 6, Lost Planet 3, DmC, PES 2013, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored, World of Warcraft – Mists of Pandaria,.

Numerous companies will be hosting huge press conference events, the kick-off event for this year’s gamescom will be taking place such as Ubisoft’s Might and Magic: Duel of Champions. The wednesday will also see events from Nexon. EA, Capcom and Sony are hosting their own pre-gamescom conferences elsewhere.

Thousands of other companies in the gaming industry will be attending. Service providers such as SupersonicAds, Willdom, and many more. Among these companies visiting the event will be RenditionDigital International Inc. who’s

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With Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland and an off-shore development centre in Manila, Philippines, we provide our clients with access to a wealth of technical expertise and innovative talent to build highly-effective and cost-efficient teams to deliver reliable, consistent and quality driven services, products and results for medium to large sized  Independent Software Vendors and large scale Publishers.

Rendition has earned a solid reputation for quality, delivery, management and reliability with highly skilled, well-educated and highly-motivated staff resulting in low staff turnover. We provide our clients with access to a wealth of technical expertise and innovative talent to build highly effective and cost efficient teams to deliver reliable, consistent and quality driven services, products and results.

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Rumors of a Mass Layoff from EA

Former product manager reporting cuts on the way after expensive Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic marketing pushes; EA says overall headcount expected to be up by year’s end.

Hundreds of developers may soon find themselves out of work, as a StartupGrindreport claims Electronic Arts is planning to lay off between 500 and 1,000 employees, as much as 11 percent of the company, with cuts coming as soon as this week.

The story is written by former EA employee and Burnout franchise product manager Derek Andersen and cites multiple sources within the company for the news. Andersen pointed to a variety of contributing factors for the cuts, noting that the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic did not meet internal sales estimates and is facing declining subscription numbers. Additionally, he pointed to Battlefield 3’s postlaunch marketing campaign, which he reported at an estimated $30 million.

In a comment provided to GameSpot, an EA representative stopped short of confirming the layoffs.

“EA is growing and looking to hire hundreds of people for our digital, console, mobile and social games,” the representative said. “Like all game companies, we make occasional adjustments to resize teams as projects are completed and new priorities are established. Overall, we expect that headcount will be up at the end of this year.”

Electronic Arts’ fiscal year ended on March 31. It has not yet announced a date for the reporting of its full-year fiscal results.