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Big challenges: The whys behind Kabam's Chinese deal  
by Christian Nutt [08.25.14]
Last month, the free-to-play mobile mid-core studio announced a huge investment by China's Alibaba -- necessary for growth, COO Kent Wakeford says in a new interview.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Don't Miss: How 80 Days redefines the mobile text adventure Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.25.14]
One mobile game single-handedly changed the way Gamasutra's Mike Rose thinks about text-based adventure games: 80 Days from Inkle Studios, a non-linear tale of Phileas Fogg's famous journey.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Amazon to acquire Twitch in a $970 million cash deal 16
by Alex Wawro, Christian Nutt [08.25.14]
UPDATE Twitch confirms the $970 million deal, writing that the acquisition is expected to close in the back half of this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameFly is getting out of the digital distribution game 2
by Alex Wawro [08.25.14]
GameFly seems to be dropping its digital distribution business, as it has quietly sold off its GameFly Digital storefront to a Taiwanese company that sells cheap retro game emulators.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The dominance of 'free' App Store games, as seen in one handy chart 1
by Alex Wawro [08.25.14]
Marketing firm AppLift takes Apple App Store data reported by Pocketgamer and expands it into a handful of graphs that might help mobile developers chart the currents of the modern iOS marketplace.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Follow your dreams! ... Or maybe, don't 38
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
Defender's Quest dev Lars Doucet: "I am filled with absolute terror whenever I get a message like this in my inbox: 'You inspired me to quit my job to make indie games!'"
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Ageism to the Downfall of Neopets 9
by Mark Filipowich [08.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Mark Filipowich on topics ranging from the economic downturn of Neopets to ageism in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

No console for old men: Ageism in the game industry 75
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
"I was struck by irony of having several of my games considered being among the best of their time, and yet no game studio or publisher seemed willing even to give me a phone interview."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

EA going after bots in FIFA, 'hundreds of thousands' banned 1
by Christian Nutt [08.22.14]
Turns out that a big soccer game is a big draw for virtual currency sales between players -- and a big security problem for EA.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Building killer game loops in social games 5
by Staff [08.22.14]
Wooga exec Henric Suuronen speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about what it takes to design an entertaining social game, and why developers should embrace his "smart depth" design principle.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Sony sets a date to shutter PlayStation Home in Asia 1
by Alex Wawro [08.22.14]
The PlayStation-branded virtual world will be shut down in Asia next year, even as Sony continues to regularly update and support Home in Europe and North America.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Girls Make Games aims to shake up the industry Exclusive 9
by Leigh Alexander [08.22.14]
With help from sponsors and the expertise of Tim Schafer, Kellee Santiago and Tracy Fullerton, the Girls Make Games program has launched to resounding success, helping young girls learn game-making.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Report: Most U.S. smartphone owners rarely download new apps 1
by Alex Wawro [08.22.14]
Mobile developers, take note: A new report suggests most people in the U.S. aren't downloading a lot of new apps and games for their devices, even as their total app usage time rises.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Demand for new consoles drives GameStop earnings growth 1
by Alex Wawro [08.22.14]
The company beat analyst expectations to report significant growth in both sales and profits for its most recent financial quarter, including an upswing in its long-falling sales of new software.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: Developers, protect your accounts -- hackers are loose 16
by Staff [08.22.14]
Last night notable indie developers Zoe Quinn and Phil Fish and his studio Polytron were hacked. Here are some security tips.
Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Next debuts talks from Halfbrick, LA's Glitch City  
by Staff [08.22.14]
GDC organizers debut talks from Halfbrick's Ramine Darabiha (Fruit Ninja) & members of the Glitch City developer collective for the future-focused GDC Next, which will be held in Los Angeles this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Blog: Indie game dev advice and inspiration 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
A collection of advice from indie game luminaries. Now that you're making your own games, what should you do? These quotes and articles help keep things in perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

#welovegamedevs hashtag brings the love to game developers 6
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
A Twitter hashtag dedicated to showing support for game developers whose games have touched our lives is trending today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blizzard, ustwo win big at Unity Awards 2014  
by Mike Rose [08.22.14]
Blizzard Entertainment and ustwo were the big winners at last night's Unity Awards, while numerous other studios were also honored at the event.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

5 tips for game localization success 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
Localization is complicated but worth the effort -- boosting your sales in foreign-language territories can be a real help. How do you prepare for it, though? This post offers helpful suggestions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing