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China issues 80 new game licenses, Tencent not included  
by Emma Kidwell [01.02.19]
China announced that it approved 80 new game releases in late December, but the list of approved titles does not seem to include any releases from Tencent. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fired Activision Blizzard CFO picked up by Netflix as chief financial officer  
by Alissa McAloon [01.02.19]
Netflix is hiring Spencer Neumann as its new chief financial officer, just days after he was placed on leave pending firing from that same role at Activision Blizzard.
Business/Marketing

Get expert advice on building hyper-casual mobile hits at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.02.19]
Come out to GDC 2019 this year to get a guided tour of what it takes to succeed in hyper-casual game design, from Double Coconut chief (and Telltale/Digital Chocolate alum) David Fox!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Rebellion co-founder Chris Kingsley to receive OBE  
by Chris Kerr [01.02.19]
Kingsley founded Rebellion in 1992 with his brother Jason, and has grown the company from an ambitious start-up to a globally recognized game studio with over 300 employees. 
Business/Marketing

Star Control: Origins pulled from sale following DMCA takedown notice 10
by Chris Kerr [01.02.19]
Star Control: Origins has been pulled from Steam and GOG.com after Paul Reiche III and Robert Frederick Ford issued a DMCA takedown notice against the title. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: End Of The Year Extravaganza 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.30.18]
This week's video game article & video highlights include another gigantic chunk of 'end of year' charts, discourses, thoughts and ruminations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

UK retailer HMV facing administration for second time in six years 1
by Chris Kerr [12.28.18]
The 97-year-old high street chain, which is best known for selling music, DVDs, and video games, witnessed a downturn in sales over Christmas.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: The top 10 games of the year 3
by Staff [12.28.18]
There were so many games that were great in 2018. Here are the 10 games that stood out in the minds of Gamasutra's writers this year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steel Division dev Eugen Systems fires six employees involved in pay dispute
by Chris Kerr [12.27.18]
Prior to the sackings there were around 21 developers left at the French studio, which has been lambasted by staff over the years for failing to compensate them for overtime and ignoring wage laws.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Celeste has sold over 500,000 copies since January  
by Chris Kerr [12.27.18]
Game director and designer Matt Thorson broke the news on Twitter, and promised to update Celeste with some new "farewell levels" in 2019.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: The top 10 game developers of the year  
by Staff [12.27.18]
The achievements we saw from game developers, from indie to triple-A, were incredible. Here are the game developers that left an indelible mark on 2018, and pushed the art of game development forward.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC for a postmortem look at the making of Candy Crush Friends Saga!  
by Staff [12.26.18]
Come to GDC 2019 in March to get a postmortem look at the game design, art vision, and strategy behind the making of the new Candy Crush game, as well as the goals and challenges of expanding the world of this successful IP.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Best Of The Best Of The Year  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.23.18]
This week's highlights include a multitude of 'best of' lists of the top games of the year - from video through group round-ups to individual highlights.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discord raises another $150M after opening its own games store  
by Alex Wawro [12.21.18]
The folks Discord snuck in here today at the end of 2018 to announce they've raised $150 million in another round of funding led by Greenoaks Capital. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

100 support staff take cash offer and voluntarily leave Blizzard 5
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.18]
Over 100 staff at Blizzard Entertainment's Cork office in Ireland, which houses the company's main European customer service operation, will be leaving by the end of 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

G2A's payment service is charging users for inactivity 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.18]
G2A Pay is charging a recurring service fee for members who are inactive for over 180 days, justifying the charge because it costs money to upkeep their services.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Kris Graft's top 7 games  
by Kris Graft [12.21.18]
From mechs to dinos to a derelict ship, Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft lays out his top games of 2018.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga to acquire Empires & Puzzles dev Small Giant for initial $560M  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
"We've been impressed by the quality and momentum of Empires & Puzzles as we add another forever franchise into Zynga's portfolio."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gris has turned a profit after one week on sale  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
The title launched on December 13 for Switch, Windows and Mac, and has been met with largely positive reviews.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Marvel Avengers Academy shutting down at the end of 2018  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
An in-game announcement has revealed Marvel Avengers Academy is being shut down by developer TinyCo at the end of 2018.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing