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Level-5 acquires Mighty No. 9 and ReCore developer Comcept 1
by Chris Kerr [06.13.17]
Comcept, the Japanese game studio founded by Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune, has been acquired by Ni no Kuni publisher Level-5. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Life is Strange prequel hit by SAG-AFTRA voice actor strike  
by Chris Kerr [06.13.17]
The ongoing SAG-AFTRA voice actor strike means Life Is Strange has lost one of its major talents.
Console/PC, Audio, Business/Marketing

The PS4 has now sold through over 60.4M units  
by Chris Kerr [06.13.17]
Hot on the heels of its E3 showing, Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 has now sold through over 60.4 million units worldwide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Blog: The pros and cons of Bethesda's Creation Club 16
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.17]
The announcement of Bethesda's Creation Club has awoken community concerns and confusion about the return of "paid mods". So, let's analyse the arguments for and against the system.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch Sony's E3 2017 press event right here!  
by Staff [06.12.17]
Sony's about to start its E3 2017 press conference, and if you aren't in Los Angeles to see the show in person you can tune in to watch it right here at 6 PM Pacific (9 PM Eastern).
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

The VR Challenger League is a new eSports venture from Oculus, Intel and the ESL  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.17]
Notably, the $200k+ VR Challenger League purports to be the first VR-focused eSports league ever established, though it seems likely to be limited to Oculus Rift headsets for the foreseeable future.
VR, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft is getting into the toys-to-life game with Starlink  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.17]
Today at E3 Ubisoft debuted Starlink: Battle for Atlas, a new multi-platform sci-fi toys-to-life game being developed by Ubisoft Toronto (slated for 2018) with an interesting toy-mounting mechanic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Class action lawsuit over Xbox 360 defect shut down by court (again)  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.17]
The Supreme Court has ultimately ruled that perturbed Xbox 360 owners are unable to bring a class action lawsuit against Microsoft thanks to an earlier lesser court ruling and its illegitimate dismissal.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tune in here to watch Ubisoft's E3 2017 press conference!  
by Staff [06.12.17]
Ubisoft is expected to host its E3 press conference today at 1 PM Pacific (4 PM Eastern). If you're not there in person to catch it, we've taken the liberty of embedding the YouTube livestream above. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Starbreeze acquires location-based VR company Enterspace  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.17]
Starbreeze is continuing its push for VR-centric centers and cafes through the acquisition of the Swedish location-based VR company Enterspace.
VR, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Push notification strategies of the top 100 mobile games  
by Alyssa Jarrett [06.12.17]
In Iterable's 2017 User Engagement Top 100 Report, we analyzed the push messaging strategies adopted by the top 100 freemium iOS games in the U.S.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Minecraft gets cross-platform boost with 'Better Together' update 1
by Chris Kerr [06.12.17]
Microsoft and Mojang want to turn Minecraft into a true cross-platform experience with the launch of the 'Better Together' update later this year. 
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

Bethesda announces new mods network, Creation Club 1
by Mathew Kumar [06.12.17]
At Bethesda's E3 press conference in L.A. tonight, the Fallout and Skyrim developer announced a new mods program dubbed "Creation Club."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Watch Bethesda's E3 press conference right here!  
by Staff [06.11.17]
Tune in to Bethesda's E3 press conference at 9 p.m. PT. on Twitch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Microsoft boosts Xbox One backwards compatibility with original Xbox games 1
by Kris Graft [06.11.17]
Microsoft is expanding its backwards compatible game library on Xbox One with the addition of original Xbox games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Project Scorpio is now officially 'Xbox One X,' priced at $499 5
by Kris Graft [06.11.17]
At Microsoft’s E3 press conference, Xbox executives hyped a faster – and smaller – Xbox One console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch Microsoft's E3 press conference stream right here!  
by Staff [06.11.17]
Microsoft's E3 press conference is happening this afternoon in L.A. Watch its livestream here.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Video Game Deep Cuts: Oxygen Arms Not Included  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.11.17]
This week's top longform articles & videos include the design of Klei's Oxygen Not Included, a look at Nintendo's Arms, and much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Survey: What happens to games after they're shown at Sony or Microsoft's E3 event?  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.17]
Here's some fun pre-E3 reading: someone watched "every major press conference" put on by Microsoft & Sony from 2013-2016, then tallied how many games were shown & how long they were in development.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

GameStop notifies online customers of possible credit card theft  
by Alissa McAloon [06.09.17]
GameStop has reached out to online customers that may have had their personal information, including addresses and credit card numbers, stolen through an online breach that occurred earlier this year.