Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment (also known as WB Games and WBIE) 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. WBIE manages the wholly owned game development studios TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, WB Games Boston, Avalanche Software, and WB Games Montréal, among others.
Technically speaking, WB Games was a technical successor of Time Warner Interactive, a game studio division of Time Warner Inc. (now known as WarnerMedia Inc., the owner of the Warner Bros. and in-turn serving as a subsidiary of AT&T) 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 Co. (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Because of this, They violated the FTC guidelines by locking review codes of Shadow of Mordor behind brand deals and make influencers like PewDiePie sponsor the game, and they almost got fined because of those practices .
- They're well known for making terrible PC ports such as the infamous Arkham Knight port, these led to the famous meme "when you see a warner bros PC port, warn a brother"
- After fans complained about the amount of bugs & 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.
- 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. They even refused to disclose or patch the bug/glitches.
- They ruined 5th Cell’s beloved Scribblenauts franchise by making Scribblenauts Showdown, as the game uses poor grasp of the original source material and reskins of Maxwell.
- They unethically profited off a deceased producer, who died of brain cancer, by turning him into a 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.
- They patent 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.
Despite their practices, they are not as bad other greedy publishers, and they do have enough qualities to be on the Awesome Games Wiki