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World of Warcraft game director Tom Chilton steps down to focus on new project  
by Chris Kerr [10.14.16]
"My personal journey working on WoW as game director is at an end, but my journey with Blizzard isn’t. I’ll still be here, but will be focusing on another project within the company."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Defining games after 16 years of searching 13
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.16]
Finding a definition for "games" or "play" is a very perilous exercise, but a very important one. Here's what they mean to me.

Money troubles force MaxPlay to make major layoffs  
by Chris Kerr [10.14.16]
Just over a year after stepping into the game engine arena with its cloud-based dev platform, San Francisco-based tech company MaxPlay has been forced to lay off the majority of its workforce. 

UK retailer GAME sees steep profits drop as console sales fall 30%  
by Alex Wawro [10.13.16]
UK-based video game retailer GAME reported its full-year earnings this week, and while some numbers went up while others went down, perhaps the most notable figure saw the steepest decline: profits.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Cinematic video game trailers value concept over game mechanics  
by Alissa McAloon [10.13.16]
Cinematic trailers don't have a lot in common with the finished product, but that's ok if the trailer contributes to the overall world of the game.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook hires former EA VP Rachel Rubin Franklin as head of social VR  
by Alissa McAloon [10.13.16]
Franklin brings her experience creating virtual worlds like The Sims 4 to Facebook's growing social VR division.
VR, Business/Marketing

MTG buys 31 percent stake in InnoGames to tap into online games market  
by Chris Kerr [10.13.16]
Swedish entertainment group MTG, owner of eSports companies Dreamhack and ESL, has picked up a 35 percent stake in InnoGames as it looks to enter the online gaming market. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

CCP clamping down on EVE gambling sites with freemium switch in sight 1
by Chris Kerr [10.13.16]
With the launch of EVE Online: Ascension and a new era of freemium space exploration in sight, EVE creator CCP Games is looking to clamp down on the buying and selling of in-game goods. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam Dev Days 2016: The view from Twitter on day one  
by Alex Wawro [10.12.16]
From greater support for Steam controllers to prototypes of a new VR controller, paid mods and vague warnings of a "major" Steam update, here's what folks were talking about at Steam Dev Days today.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ongoing PC sales downturn is the longest yet, says analyst 7
by Alex Wawro [10.12.16]
The folks over at market research firm Gartner, Inc. issued a press release this week stating that for the eighth quarter in a row, PC shipments worldwide have dropped year-over-year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

See how Girls Make Games supports girls who want to be game makers 1
by Staff [10.12.16]
Artifact Studios has released Girls Level Up, a brief documentary about LearnDistrict cofounder Laila Shabir and the Girls Make Games summer camp she launched years ago to help girls learn game dev.
Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Nearing 1M sold, Valve plans to boost promotion of Steam Controller games  
by Kris Graft [10.12.16]
At Steam Dev Days in Seattle this afternoon, Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen revealed strong sales of the Steam Controller, and hinted at a plan to make Steam Controller-friendly games more findable on Steam.

New Samsung TVs will include Steam Link integration  
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.16]
Steam Link will be built directly into new Samsung TVs in the future, eliminating the need for an external accessory to stream PC games remotely to TV sets.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

What can you expect when showing a game at a convention?  
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.16]
Multiple developers share their experiences and opinions on the process of showcasing games at video game conventions.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Overwatch now has 20 million registered players  
by Chris Kerr [10.12.16]
Blizzard's high-flying hero shooter Overwatch has amassed 20 million registered players in under five months. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Which mobile game mechanics make it to the top of the sales charts? 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.12.16]
A study of the popularity of primary and additional mechanics in mobile games from U.S. top-grossing lists on Google Play and App Store.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Dev cuts deal to make a movie based on African indie RPG Aurion 1
by Alex Wawro [10.11.16]
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan developer Kiro'o Games has made a deal with Good Fear Film that will see the latter making a movie based on the game, an RPG inspired by African music, myth and culture.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Valve's royalty-free SteamVR tracking tech already has over 300 licensees 1
by Alex Wawro [10.11.16]
Valve reports it has over 300 licensees working to incorporate its SteamVR Tracking tech into projects that reportedly go beyond games to include everything from vehicles to toys.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Massive games investment, M&A, and stock market rebound  
by Gamasutra Community [10.11.16]
Dici-Capital's new 200+ page Games Report Q3 2016 found that games investments, M&As and stock markets delivered massive turnaround since last year.

Some games have global appeal on YouTube, and some only regional  
by Alissa McAloon [10.11.16]
Madden NFL 16 is massively popular in the United States only, but games like Minecraft dominate YouTube channels around the globe.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing