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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
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The second coming of WB into the game industry is so far not so good.
Type: Division
Founded: January 14, 2004
Founder(s): Jason Hall
Headquarters: Burbank, California, United States
Key people: David Haddad (President)
Predecessor: Time Warner Interactive
Parent: Warner Bros. (2004-2005)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (2005-present)
Subsidiaries: Avalanche Software
Monolith Productions
NetherRealm Studios
Portkey Games
Rocksteady Studios
TT Games
WB Games Boston
WB Games Montreal
WB Games New York
WB Games San Diego
WB Games San Francisco

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment (also known as Warner Bros. Games or WB Games) is an American video game publisher based in Burbank, California. The company is part of the WarnerMedia conglomerate through the Home Entertainment division of WarnerMedia's Warner Bros. arm.

WB Games was founded in January 2004 under Warner Bros. and transferred to the Home Entertainment division when that company was formed in October 2005.

WB Games was a technical successor of Time Warner Interactive, a game studio division of Time Warner founded in 1993, itself had their own history traced back into the 1976 takeover of Atari Inc.. Time Warner Interactive will later takeover Atari Games, an arcade division of the newfound Atari Corporation (a successor of Atari Inc. after the North American video game crash of 1983) and inherited their staff, while allowed Atari Co. to kept the licenses of their products. After Time Warner Interactive were dissolved in 1996, several former employees of Time Warner Interactive will later join Warner Bros. and became the foundation of WB Games.

Bad Qualities

  1. They are infamous for relying on heavy monetization practices and pre-order bonuses, sometimes even announcing a pre-order bonus on the day of a game's announcement. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is the worst example, as they did six retail exclusive pre-order bonuses.
  2. They added loot boxes to Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a single-player game, which spread a lot of enormous controversy.
    • In fact, some even went as far as claiming it to be even worse than EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II Loot Boxes.
  3. They violated the FTC guidelines by locking review codes of Shadow of Mordor behind brand deals and made influencers like PewDiePie sponsor the game, and they almost got fined because of those practices.
  4. They're well-known for the release of terrible PC ports, with the most notable being Batman: Arkham Knight, these led to the famous meme "When you see a Warner Bros. PC port, warn a brother".
  5. After fans complained about the amount of bugs and glitches in Batman: Arkham Origins, Warner Bros. simply ignored their complaints and announced that they'll be focusing on the game's DLC instead, which infuriated fans even more.
  6. Similar to Deep Silver, they sometimes screw up at handling titles from other companies.
    • Some of their games are rushed out for no apparent reason such as Cars 3: Driven To Win. And, similarly to the aforementioned Batman: Arkham Origins, they refused to disclose or patch the bug and glitches.
    • They ruined 5th Cell's beloved Scribblenauts franchise by the release of Scribblenauts Showdown, as the game uses poor grasp of the original source material.
  7. They tried to unethically profit off a deceased producer, who died of brain cancer, by turning him into a paid DLC character and was only donating $3.50 to the family for each one sold, along with not disclosing what the purpose for it was for, fortunately after heavy backlash they made the DLC for free.
    • It should be noted that before they made the DLC character free, they were planning to make the donations if it was bought by gamers from certain US states, meaning anyone who bought the DLC but isn't from the specified states they mentioned or isn't from the US at all they'll keep the money to themselves.
  8. They patented the nemesis system from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War, meaning that other companies replicating this kind of game mechanic would be considered copyright infringement. This decision from Warner Bros. has garnered an overwhelmingly negative response from gamers and critics alike with some even considering it to be one of the scummiest moves ever made within the gaming industry.
  9. They threatened to sue Night Dive Studios when they tried to trademark No One Lives Forever, the name of a cult-classic FPS which was developed by WB's Monolith Studios. That game franchise is caught in copyright limbo between Warner Bros., Activision, and Disney (via 20th Century Fox).
  10. They began abusing their employees through their TT Games division, as female staff members were sexually harassed and constant crunch time is rather very common in the studio itself, and they also force their employees to constant milk the Lego video game franchise and only focus on that franchise only by releasing a game every year for the holiday season through crunch time and many horrible practices in general, and since the Lego games seem to be the only thing that WB seems to let TT make, it results in some of the Lego games being weak such as the video game adaption of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part which was weaker than the previous video game adaption of the first game.
    • In fact, TT Games was considered to be one of the worst companies located in the UK to work at by many sources due to the amount of crunch time happening at the studio thanks to WB's bad antics.
  11. The studio ignores any of the IPs they brought from the now bankrupt Midway Games, with the expectation of Mortal Kombat which they still make games for in today's timeline, and Rampage which they made a movie for, and while a few do get attention from WB, most of them are left in the dust and never get attention at all since WB only cares about the more profitable franchises from the studio, which shows that the company doesn't care about the legacy of Midway and only seem to sit on their IPs to only pander towards nostalgia and that's it.

Good Qualities

Despite their practices, they are not as bad as other greedy publishers, and they do have enough qualities to be on the Awesome Games Wiki.


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