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Destiny franchise is now a three-studio effort  
by Kris Graft [12.09.16]
Activision-owned Vicarious Visions will be assisting with development of online shooter franchise Destiny, the studio announced this week in a Facebook post.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Eve Online dev CCP Games is on the selling block, says new report 9
by Kris Graft [12.09.16]
Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg reported Friday that Iceland’s CCP Games, best known for Eve Online, is exploring the possibility of selling off the company.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Heroes of the Storm director steps down to 'try something new' at Blizzard 1
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
Former Starcraft II director Dustin Browder announced today that he's giving up his spot as game director on Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA to "try something new" elsewhere in the company.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Vive Studios is HTC's new first-party VR game dev division  
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
HTC is best known in the game industry for producing (in concert with Valve) the HTC Vive, and now the company is digging in with the launch of its own first-party VR dev division: Vive Studios.
VR, Business/Marketing

White House plans eSports event to raise health insurance awareness 1
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
Twitch announced today it's heading to the White House next week for a 4-hour livestreamed "Competitive Gaming Event" to draw people's attention to an upcoming health care enrollment deadline.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Rocketwerkz' Dean Hall defends VR devs who make exclusivity deals  
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
"People talk about devs who have taken Oculus/Facebook/Intel money like they've sold out," said Hall. "The reality is these devs made these deals because it is the only way their games could come out."
VR, Business/Marketing

Obsidian lays off some Armored Warfare devs as project moves to Moscow 2
by Alissa McAloon [12.08.16]
A number of Obsidian employees are facing layoffs early next year as development of Armored Warfare partially shifts to new location.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Miyamoto says stripped back mobile titles can revitalize console counterparts 3
by Chris Kerr [12.08.16]
"The longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Booming game chat app Discord intros in-game text, voice integration  
by Chris Kerr [12.08.16]
Rapidly-growing chat software specialist Discord has pulled back the curtain on GameBridge, a new program that gives devs the tools to integrate voice and text chat into their projects.
Production, Business/Marketing

Takeover threat looms over Ubisoft 5
by Chris Kerr [12.08.16]
French media conglomerate Vivendi has upped its stake in Ubisoft yet again, and now holds 25.15 percent of the company and 22.92 percent of its voting rights.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2016: Charting the (re)birth of the 'hero shooter' genre 15
by Alex Wawro [12.07.16]
What's given rise to this year's slew of "hero shooters"? Gamasutra talks to devs on Overwatch, Paragon and Battleborn about tracing the genre back to MOBAs -- and Team Fortress 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Doom-inspired roguelike goes open-source in a bid to outrun Zenimax lawyers  
by Alex Wawro [12.07.16]
Many devs will probably appreciate the symbolic resonance of this move, given that id Software open-sourced the original Doom code almost twenty years ago.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Square Enix lays plans to revamp FFXV's story & systems via free DLC 1
by Alex Wawro [12.07.16]
Just a week after release, Square Enix has announced plans to revamp the game by releasing free DLC that will alter gameplay systems & add in new narrative elements (like voiced cutscenes.)
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Wargaming is hiring a Community Manager  
by Staff [12.07.16]
Wargaming is looking for a Community Manager in Emeryville, CA with a deep understanding of the gaming industry to generate key messaging, create specialized content, and support Wargaming's community.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

The Making of GOP Arcade's Voter Suppression Trail 11
by Phil Hornshaw [12.07.16]
"Oregon Trail is an insanely slow game, very frustrating," says Chris Baker of GOP Arcade. "We matched the feeling of the original quite closely."
Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

Daybreak president Russell Shanks steps down after 16 months  
by Chris Kerr [12.07.16]
Russell Shanks has stepped down as the president of H1Z and PlanetSide 2 developer Daybreak after roughly 16 months at the helm.
Business/Marketing

Lifetime PS4 sales surpass 50 million in the wake of Black Friday  
by Chris Kerr [12.07.16]
Over 50 million PS4s have been sold worldwide since the console launched in November 2013, Sony has announced.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Clash Royale, Reigns, and Pokemon Go named in Apple's Best of 2016  
by Chris Kerr [12.07.16]
Apple has named its 10 best games of 2016, and Supercell's latest hit Clash Royale has come out on top.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

League of Legends' latest World Championships prize pool hits $6.7M  
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
That's way more than the $2.3 million in prizes awarded during last year's WCS, due entirely to Riot funneling a portion of proceeds from sales of special in-game items into the pot.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

YouTubers get 10% cut of games they promote in new Game Jolt Partners program 1
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
Game platform and marketplace Game Jolt has launched a new "Partners" program that's pitched as a way for game devs and YouTubers/streamers to work together to sell more games -- via its storefront.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing