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Former Comcast exec appointed head of IGDA Foundation 1
by Chris Kerr [08.23.16]
"The IGDA Foundation has a lofty goal and high purpose: make game development as a profession more diverse, more fulfilling, and more valued."
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The craft of game design cannot be measured by any metric 8
by Gamasutra Community [08.23.16]
"If game design is a craft, what becomes of it when game development is driven solely by financial metrics? Does any of the craft remain?"
Design, Business/Marketing

You can now link to your game on Steam through YouTube annotations  
by Bryant Francis [08.22.16]
You can now link to your game on Steam directly via merch annotations or YouTube cards thanks to a rule update from the video platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamescom moves next year's show dates as attendee numbers remain steady  
by Bryant Francis [08.22.16]
The German video games trade show is moving its Wednesday through Sunday show dates to Tuesday through Saturday in 2017.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Zenimax amends Oculus lawsuit to accuse John Carmack of theft 4
by Bryant Francis [08.22.16]
According to an amended lawsuit from Zenimax, former employee John Carmack took documents and company technology while leaving the company.
VR, Business/Marketing

P.T.-esque horror game Allison Road is back from the dead  
by Alex Wawro [08.22.16]
Months after being cancelled, P.T.-inspired horrific walking simulator Allison Road has been revived by original dev Christian Kesler and the new studio he and his wife have cofounded: Far From Home.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Divinity: Original Sin is a game Larian Studios waited 15 years to make 7
by Alex Wawro [08.22.16]
"We always wanted to make an old-school PC RPG with multiplayer," said Larian's Swen Vincke in 2014. "We never managed to sell it to a publisher in the past; every time we proposed, it was refused."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: What the UK Gambling Commission's attention means for eSports  
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.16]
European eSports lawyers Isabel Davies, Pete Lewin and Jas Purewal break down the UK Gambling Commission’s recent eSports gambling discussion paper and give their first impressions.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

6 years in, Sony is bumping up the price of PlayStation Plus  
by Alex Wawro [08.22.16]
Sony outlines an impending price hike for its popular PlayStation Plus service in the U.S. and Canada that will see the 12-month and 3-month subscription rates increase starting September 22nd.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA exec says publisher is '100 percent' behind Project Scorpio  
by Chris Kerr [08.22.16]
In a recent interview with Game Informer, EA chief executive Patrick Soderlund talked up Microsoft's mid-cycle upgrade push, saying that the publishing giant is "100 percent" behind the move.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

At VRDC you'll see how the White House is using VR to tackle real challenges  
by Staff [08.22.16]
Erik Martin is a policy advisor at the White House, and at VRDC he'll address the ways the U.S. Administration sees virtual reality as a new tool that devs can use for good to solve real problems.
VR, Business/Marketing

Strategy and role-playing games are most bankable on mobile 2
by Chris Kerr [08.22.16]
A new report from SurveyMonkey Intelligence shows that when it comes to mobile games, those in the strategy and role-playing genres are the most lucrative. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Sony to expand console line-up with PS4 'Slim'  
by Chris Kerr [08.22.16]
UPDATED Analysts say Sony plans to switch out the current PS4 for a device that's smaller and cheaper in a bid to attract "casual users." Now, Eurogamer has photos of an alleged PS4 "Slim."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Games: F2P or premium? India's new Viaan Studios plans to do both 2
by Alex Wawro [08.19.16]
ndia has a new game studio: Viaan Studios, founded by Indian film star and serial entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra alongside her husband Raj Kundra.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

3DS Pokemon sales surge thanks to success of Pokemon Go 1
by Chris Kerr [08.19.16]
"Widespread positive public reception for the Pokemon Go mobile app has renewed interest in core Pokemon games on Nintendo systems."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Pokemon Go changes everything (and nothing) for AR/VR 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.16]
"'Stop calling Pokemon Go AR' say the purists," writes Digi-Capital's Tim Merel. "Just be glad it happened, and let's figure out what the mainstreaming of AR means for the AR/VR industry."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

New BAFTA advisory group to explore the impact of VR on games  
by Chris Kerr [08.19.16]
The British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) wants to establish a new virtual reality advisory group to explore the impact VR might have on the game, film, and television industries. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Capybara delays Below indefinitely after 'a lot of soul searching' 2
by Chris Kerr [08.19.16]
Sword & Sorcery EP and Super Time Force developer Capybara Games has delayed its long-awaited roguelike-like adventurer, Below
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Disney's age-old uncertainty about games led to Infinity's demise  
by Bryant Francis [08.18.16]
While the cancellation of Disney Infinity may have seemed surprising at the time, a new report from Polygon paints it as the latest chapter in Disney's struggle with the video game business.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Brace Yourself: Crypt of the NecroDancer studio recruits Duskers devs  
by Alex Wawro [08.18.16]
The team at Crypt of the NecroDancer studio Brace Yourself Games is growing a bit bigger this week with the addition of Duskers developers Tim Keenan and Jeremy Phillips.
Indie, Business/Marketing