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Report: Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover after winning shareholder support  
by Chris Kerr [05.27.16]
Mobile game juggernaut Gameloft has ceded more ground in its fight to stop a hostile takeover by French media giant, Vivendi.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

HTC morphs into game developer for first VR title, Front Defense  
by Chris Kerr [05.27.16]
HTC is taking its first steps into the world of virtual reality game development with new VR title, Front Defence
VR, Business/Marketing

GameStop sees declines in hardware sales, but growth in toy sales  
by Bryant Francis [05.26.16]
Decreased game releases, universally down hardware sales, and the Puerto Rico closures all impact GameStop profits for Q1 2016.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

VR has launched, so what now? Developers weigh in 3
by Bryant Francis [05.26.16]
VR's been available to the public for a little over 2 months now. We check in with a few developers for a status update on the burgeoning industry.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Ex-Ubisoft devs form Sloclap and strike a publishing deal with Devolver  
by Alex Wawro [05.26.16]
Last year a group of ex-Ubisoft devs quietly formed a new Parisian indie studio, Sloclap, and now they've signed a deal with Devolver Digital to publish their inaugural 'online combat RPG' Absolver.
Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: No Consoles For Old Men - Ageism in the game industry 86
by Gamasutra Community [05.26.16]
In this timeless blog, veteran dev David Mullich write how, after a long career encompassing many highly-regarded games, "no game studio or publisher seemed willing even to give me a phone interview."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Twitch streamers can now create and share 30-second clips of your game  
by Bryant Francis [05.26.16]
Twitch's new "Clips" feature allows broadcasters to share 30-second videos from their streams, bringing the platform up to speed with the gameplay clip-sharing capabilities of PS4 and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

As eSports rise, look back at one of the world's first video game tournaments  
by Alex Wawro [05.26.16]
A new Rolling Stone interview with writer Stewart Brand sheds light on his experiences at what's probably the very first eSport event: the Spacewar tournament he helped organize at Stanford in 1972.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game of War dev using matchmaking tech to beef up New Zealand's transport systems 1
by Chris Kerr [05.26.16]
"Soon, entire cities will be networked in one real-time environment, which will create a level of efficiency that the world hasn't seen yet."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Funcom in the black after fresh $6.3 million investment  
by Chris Kerr [05.26.16]
"It is no secret that the company has had a strained financial situation in recent years that made it challenging to fully realize our new strategy and get back on the right track."
Production, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 sales surpass 40 million worldwide 1
by Chris Kerr [05.26.16]
PlayStation 4 sales have now surpassed 40 million worldwide, further cementing its status as the fastest selling console in PlayStation history.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mojang bringing mini-games and map packs to Minecraft: Console Edition  
by Chris Kerr [05.26.16]
"Players in Battle matches use randomly generated resources found in chests placed in specially designed PVP maps and combat one another in a free for all death match until the final victor is determined."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pro Counter-Strike: GO team Faze leaves World Esports Association  
by Chris Kerr [05.26.16]
"After the WESA press conference, we raised the same concerns again and it was the first time we saw the external messaging and communication from WESA - and it concerned us."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why haven't you applied for the UK video games tax relief? 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.26.16]
But no, seriously...why haven't you applied for the UK video games tax relief?
Business/Marketing

Is Overwatch a great game? Will it become an eSports mainstay? 17
by Staff [05.26.16]
Will Overwatch have the staying power of a shooter like Team Fortress 2? Can it become an eSports powerhouse like Starcraft? Gamasutra's editorial team weighs in on these weighty questions and more.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Production company lays plans to adapt Mirror's Edge for TV 1
by Bryant Francis [05.25.16]
Production company Endemol Shine Studios has purchased the TV rights to EA's Mirror's Edge games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pac-12 athletic conference to host collegiate eSports tournaments 1
by Bryant Francis [05.25.16]
The Pac-12 Athletic Conference announces it will introduce collegiate eSports tournaments alongside traditional athletic events.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs sign on for No Goblin's 4th annual 'Men of Game Dev' calendar  
by Alex Wawro [05.25.16]
Developers from studios like Iron Galaxy, Bungie, and Naughty Dog are among the twelve slated to appear in this year's crowfunded calendar, a tongue-in-cheek send-up of stereotypical pinup calendars.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.16]
In this classic blog post, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft's hardware plans include more powerful Xbox One in 2017 8
by Alex Wawro [05.25.16]
Microsoft's hardware plans include releasing a more affordable Xbox One this year and a more powerful version of the console next year, according to a new report from Kotaku based on unnamed sources.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing