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NPD Group scoops up game analytics firm EEDAR  
by Bryant Francis [08.29.16]
The NPD group's acquisition of EEDAR means that two of the few companies handling market analysis for the games industry now live under the same (metaphorical) roof.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing


Don't Miss: Indie devs discuss the pros and cons of Steam refunds 37
by Joel Couture [08.29.16]
In this timeless feature, 7 indie devs who've released games on Steam share their take on what's working and what isn't with Valve's refund policy. They all identified the same necessary change! 
Indie, Business/Marketing

One studio becomes two as Xeodrifter dev Renegade Kid shuts down  
by Alex Wawro [08.29.16]
After nearly a decade, Renegade Kid is closing as cofounders Gregg Hargrove and Jools Watsham go their separate ways -- and they're splitting the studio's game catalog on purely dimensional grounds.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Is it okay to refund a game after playing 2+ hours? Devs weigh in 49
by Alex Wawro [08.29.16]
Some people are claiming they've requested -- and received -- refunds after buying No Man's Sky and playing it for 2-50 hours. Now, many devs have weighed in on whether that's okay and what it means for their work.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt Red is now worth $1 billion 1
by Bryant Francis [08.29.16]
Thanks to the combined power of The Witcher 3 and Gog.com, CD Projekt Red is now valued at over $1 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Come to VRDC for expert tips on putting VR to good use at events and stores  
by Staff [08.29.16]
John Buzzell is an award winning 25-year veteran of the digital industry, and in his VRDC talk "10 Tips for VR in the Retail/Trade/Event Space" he'll share lessons learned about making use of VR at events and at retail.
VR, Business/Marketing

'The heyday of South Korean games exports...is now over'  
by Kris Graft [08.29.16]
A new report in the Financial Times goes into detail about a declining South Korean game industry, in the face of intense competition from China and the U.S.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GameStop-published Song of the Deep surpasses 120k copies sold, mostly at retail  
by Alex Wawro [08.26.16]
Insomniac's deal with GameStop to publish Song of the Deep seems to have gone well enough, as GameStop says it sold "well above" 120,000 copies since its July 12th debut -- with 80 percent at retail.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft is canning its F2P Ghost Recon and Epic Loot games 1
by Alex Wawro [08.26.16]
Ubisoft seems to be culling its online free-to-play game portfolio this week, announcing that both The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot and Ghost Recon Phantoms will be shutting down this year.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo gears up for indie support with Nindies Summer Jam  
by Bryant Francis [08.26.16]
Nintendo's getting in on the seasonal indie promotion game, and seems to be opening up opportunities for developers to promote themselves, not just their games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Andrew Sheppard made CEO of rebranded Gree International Entertainment  
by Chris Kerr [08.26.16]
Mobile social giant Gree has had an internal reshuffle, with Andrew Sheppard being appointed CEO of the Japanese firm's rebranded Western subsidiary, Gree International Entertainment.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Kojima exploring virtual and augmented reality at Prologue Immersive  
by Chris Kerr [08.26.16]
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has joined the advisory board of California-based virtual and augmented reality company, Prologue Immersive.
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

World eSports Association hires former boxing exec Ken Hershman  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.16]
eSports looks for help from the boxing world as Ken Hershman, formerly of HBO Sports and Showtime Sports, joins the growing organization.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop hardware sales tumble after Neo, Scorpio announcements  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.16]
The video game retailer's hardware sales took a rough hit after this year's E3 announcements about the future of Xbox and PlayStation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rick & Morty co-creator dives into VR with new studio  
by Bryant Francis [08.25.16]
Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick and Morty, is teaming up with former Epic Games executive producer Tanya Watson in a bid to bring comedy to virtual reality.
VR, Business/Marketing

Steam Spy opts to publicize game data despite dev takedown requests 7
by Bryant Francis [08.25.16]
Despite developer concerns, Sergey Galyonkin says he will not be removing any more games from Steam Spy's listings, and has restored previously removed ones.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo bolsters supply chain with NX on the horizon 1
by Chris Kerr [08.25.16]
Nintendo has purchased a 70 percent stake in JESNET, one of its largest console distribution partners in Japan, for $46.5 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dead By Daylight sales top 1 million after two months  
by Chris Kerr [08.25.16]
Over 1 million copies of Starbreeze and Behaviour Digital's asymmetrical multiplayer horror title Dead By Daylight have now been sold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Applications open for CryEngine's $1 million Indie Dev Fund  
by Chris Kerr [08.25.16]
Applications are now open for CryEngine's Indie Development Fund, which is offering CryEngine devs the chance to claim a slice of a $1 million funding pool.
Indie, Business/Marketing