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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

Cryptic expats debut a new game project and a new studio: Cold Iron  
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
Founded by Cryptic expats, California-based Cold Iron Studios made a show of announcing itself to the world this week as a "fully-funded" online game studio working on its debut (UE4) game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Valve, Oculus, Nvidia and others back Khronos' new VR standard 1
by Chris Kerr [12.06.16]
The Khronos Group has called for the virtual reality market's biggest players to unite to create a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open VR standard. And some big names have already lent their support.
VR, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Russian officials allege FIFA 17 violates law against gay propaganda 4
by Alex Wawro [12.05.16]
Russian MPs have reportedly asked regulators to investigate EA for an LBGTQ-inclusive FIFA 17 promo, alleging it turned the game into gay propaganda aimed at minors -- illegal under Russian law.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC 2017 for expert advice on getting the media to cover your game 1
by Staff [12.05.16]
In his GDC 2017 talk, ICO Partners' Thomas Reisenegger will deconstruct exactly why why some games (like No Man's Sky) get more time in the spotlight while most struggle to get noticed.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

For voice actors, video games have a serious transparency problem 6
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.16]
Voice actors say that the video game industry's habit of providing actors with minimal information on a job makes it increasingly difficult for them to provide quality voice work.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Kojima is using Guerrilla's Decima Engine to build Death Stranding  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.16]
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima will be using Guerrilla Games' Decima Engine as the foundation for his upcoming open-world action game, Death Stranding
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Majestic Dishonored Easter Egg  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.05.16]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, examines Dishonored 2, the making of Majestic & GTA V's Easter Eggs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Last of Us co-director Bruce Straley stepping back for sequel  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.16]
The Last of Us co-director Neil Druckmann will be the sole lead on the recently announced follow-up, The Last of Us Part II
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Alleging theft of trade secrets, Zynga takes 2 ex-employees to court 3
by Alex Wawro [12.02.16]
This week Zynga filed a lawsuit against ex-employees Massimo Maietti and Ehud Barlach, as well as their new employer Scopely, alleging that the pair pilfered valuable trade secrets when they quit.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why indie devs should approach new game concepts like product managers 11
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.16]
How indie game developers can use product management principles to save time, money and help them to make games people love (and pay for!).
Production, Business/Marketing

Come out to GDC 2017 and get hard-won Early Access tips from a DayZ dev  
by Staff [12.02.16]
At GDC 2017, DayZ creative director Brian Hicks will go over the top (and sometimes most painful) lessons learned from DayZ's transition through Early Access.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Strategies for showcasing your indie game 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.16]
Sand Sailor Studio's community manager, Andreea Vaduva, shares a few tips on how to best showcase your indie game at an event.
Business/Marketing

Zenimax threatens legal action against Doom-inspired roguelike, DoomRL 8
by Chris Kerr [12.02.16]
Zenimax Media, parent company of Bethesda, has threatened legal action against DoomRL, a free browser-based Doom roguelike inspired by the popular FPS. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs raise over $160k for charity via sales of A Good Bundle  
by Alex Wawro [12.01.16]
A Good Bundle, the game bundle featuring the work of over 115 game devs and other creators that was recently sold through the itch.io game storefront, has managed to raise over $160,000 for charity.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble donates 100% of proceeds from its latest Bundle to charity 1
by Alex Wawro [12.01.16]
Humble Bundle has again partnered with YouTubers to sell a "Jingle Jam" pay-what-you-want game bundle, with a percentage of proceeds going to charity. Unlike most Bundles, that percentage is 100.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing