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Say hello to EA's new CTO: Ken Moss, former eBay exec  
by Alex Wawro [07.14.14]
Electronic Arts has hired tech industry executive Ken Moss to serve as its new Chief Technology Officer, with oversight over the game company's IT and digital platform initiatives.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Bazaar behavior 11
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.14]
"It’s getting almost too difficult to find the games that speak to you when everyone is screaming for attention and you only have so much to give."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Diablo III will finally see an official release in China  
by Alex Wawro [07.14.14]
Diablo III has been cleared for an official release in mainland China under the aegis of NetEase, the internet company which has been operating Blizzard games in the East for years.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Payday 2 game director departs Overkill to go indie  
by Alex Wawro [07.14.14]
Industry veteran David Goldfarb has left Swedish developer Overkill Software to start his own indie venture in Stockholm, citing discomfort in AAA development.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Sweden, Germany and the UK rated top European dev hubs in GDC Europe survey  
by GDC Staff [07.14.14]
European developers responding to the GDC Europe 2014 State of the Industry survey feel Sweden is making the best games in Europe right now, with the UK and Germany poised to usurp that honor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Tekken 7 is in development using Unreal Engine 4  
by Mike Rose [07.14.14]
Namco Bandai announced this week that Tekken 7, a new title in the long-running fighting series, is being built using Unreal Engine 4.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Raspberry Pi final build now available for purchase 2
by Mike Rose [07.14.14]
The final version of the Raspberry Pi, the cheap and tiny computer that aims to teach programming to students, has now been released.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Student/Education

Blog: Think before you bundle 20
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.14]
"When you are asked to be in a bundle, make sure that your interests are protected. The quick cash and instant exposure is good, but consider the potential long-term costs."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Team17 came close to losing the Worms IP 3
by Mike Rose [07.14.14]
"The extra funding was necessary but agreeing to clauses that include IP seizure is beyond stupid." - Team17 MD Debbie Bestwick admits that her company nearly lost the Worms IP.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Michael Acton Smith steps down as Mind Candy president  
by Mike Rose [07.14.14]
Michael Acton Smith has stepped down as CEO and president of Moshi Monsters company Mind Candy, as the company looks to more aggressively target the U.S. games market.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

YouTubers Yogscast taking revenue share to promote Space Engineers 39
by Mike Rose [07.14.14]
In the midst of Gamasutra investigating the ethics of game developers paying for YouTuber coverage, one of the biggest game YouTubers has announced a partnership with a dev that includes taking a share of its sales revenue for a month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, YouTube

'How has the popularity of eSports affected how you make games?'  
by Christian Nutt [07.11.14]
With EVO going on this weekend, Gamasutra's staff began to wonder how the rise of professional, competitive play is affecting how developers make games -- so we asked.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Learning about our own universe by modeling it in Elite: Dangerous 2
by Alex Wawro [07.11.14]
The New Yorker investigates how the virtual universe generated in Elite: Dangerous based on actual astronomical data is helping us better understand our own place in the galaxy.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A local perspective on the state of the Kenyan game industry 2
by Alex Wawro [07.11.14]
Africa-focused video producer Smart Monkey TV interviewed a few game enthusiasts in Kenya to get a better sense of how people play games in the region, and how they'd like things to change.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Frustration, aggression, games, and real-world violence 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.11.14]
"Much to the annoyance of many, whether video game violence causes real-world violence is a frequently studied topic in psychology. A definitive answer to this question, though, is still missing."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Here's what the feds have to say about paid YouTube content Exclusive 10
by Mike Rose [07.11.14]
The Federal Trade Commission has told us that those YouTubers who are paid by publishers to advertise their games must provide clear, obvious disclosure in videos.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, YouTube

European developers rally to crowdfunding, according to GDC Europe survey  
by GDC Staff [07.11.14]
Crowdfunding services like Kickstarter are becoming more popular -- and more controversial -- among European developers responding to the GDC Europe 2014 State of the Industry survey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

The Girl Scouts hosts its first-ever video game course 7
by Mike Rose [07.11.14]
The Girl Scout Leadership Institute has hosted its first-ever video game programming course, through which it hopes to encourage more girls to get into a career in making games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tony Hawk studio Neversoft is no more 1
by Mike Rose [07.11.14]
Neversoft, the studio best known for the Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero franchises, has now been integrated into the Call of Duty Infinity Ward team.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

FTC files lawsuit against Amazon over in-app purchases in kids' games 7
by Mike Rose [07.11.14]
Earlier this month, Amazon warned the FTC not to go ahead with a legal complaint regarding in-app purchases in games and apps for aimed at kids. Now the FTC has officially filed a lawsuit against Amazon.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing