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Take-Two's earnings are on an upswing as GTA V continues to make money  
by Alex Wawro [02.07.17]
This is an especially notable earnings report because it encompasses October through December of 2016, aka the holiday season, when Take-Two oversaw the launch of games like Mafia III and Civilization VI.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix says console and mobile games are doing well  
by Alex Wawro [02.07.17]
This week Square Enix reported its earnings for the nine months ending December 31, 2016, revealing an increase in both profits and sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC 2017 and learn to make great mixed-reality trailers for your VR game!  
by Staff [02.07.17]
Come to GDC 2017 and see Northway Games cofounder Colin Northway and trailer wizard Kert Gartner share some of the best techniques and technologies for creating mixed-reality video of your VR experiences.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Carl Bass steps down as CEO of Autodesk  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.17]
After a decade in the position, Carl Bass has stepped down from his role as CEO of Autodesk. Bass will remain on the company's board of directors and will assist with efforts to find a replacement CEO.
Business/Marketing

The Switch and 3DS can coexist 'for the time being', says Nintendo  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.17]
Nintendo isn't worried that the sometimes-portable Nintendo Switch will cannibalize the popularity of the 3DS in the handheld market.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft, Sony, HTC Vive and more are sponsoring great GDC 2017 talks!  
by Staff [02.07.17]
Don't skip the great sponsored sessions at GDC 2017! High-profile companies like Microsoft, Sony, and HTC Vive will be there opening up about everything from the future of Xbox to 3D audio to VR dev.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Seven new things you'll love at GDC in 2017 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.07.17]
As we're getting ready to put on Game Developers Conference once more, I thought it might be a good opportunity, as a co-organizer, to point out some of the new things we're doing this year!
Business/Marketing

Miyamoto: PC devs can build Switch ports in 'less than a year' 5
by Chris Kerr [02.07.17]
Super Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto says it would take less than a year for third-party PC developers to port their games to Switch. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo plans to release 'two to three' mobile games each year 1
by Chris Kerr [02.07.17]
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima says the company will release "two to three" smartphone titles per year for the foreseeable future. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Physical and digital game sales up at Sega Sammy  
by Chris Kerr [02.07.17]
Sega Sammy is the latest game company to release its financials, revealing both sales and profits are on the up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Building audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets  
by Chris Priestman [02.07.17]
Ooblets already has a large following and many Patreon backers early in development. The makers of the game explain why publicly sharing their game’s development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Blizzard greenlights World of Warcraft gold being spent in its other games 10
by Alex Wawro [02.06.17]
World of Warcraft players can now convert their in-game gold into Battle.net credit they can spend in other Blizzard games as the company continues to experiment with its pan-game economy.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Adrift dev Three One Zero has 'run its course' as cofounder joins VR startup  
by Alex Wawro [02.06.17]
Adrift developer Three One Zero appears to have shut down, as cofounder Adam Orth has joined VR game studio First Contact and says that his old studio has "run its course."
VR, Business/Marketing

Elite Dangerous dev secures rights to 'globally renowned' movie franchise  
by Chris Kerr [02.06.17]
Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster developer-publisher Frontier Entertainment says its third game franchise will be based on a famous Hollywood property. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Payday 2 owner Starbreeze to publish Psychonauts 2 5
by Chris Kerr [02.06.17]
Swedish company Starbreeze will link up with Double Fine to publish Psychonauts 2, which is scheduled hit shelves in 2018. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Managers vs. Teams - Enough fighting, time for studio alignment  
by Patric Palm, CEO and Co-founder, Hansoft and Favro [02.06.17]
Studio alignment and team empowerment -- at the same time. Ulas Karademir of Unity and Google’s Khaled Abdel Rahmans share their thoughts on team empowerment; how to adapt to change and rule the workflow of a gaming studio.
Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Blog: What goes into porting to consoles (for non-developers)? 9
by Gamasutra Community [02.06.17]
This blog is an explanation of what goes into porting a game to console, designed for the average person (i.e. non-developer) to be able to understand. Use this to answer your community!
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

SpellTower dev strikes a deal with the dictionary  
by Alex Wawro [02.03.17]
Game developer Zach Gage (Really Bad Chess, SpellTower) has announced a partnership with Merriam-Webster, that reference book publishing company best known for its Merriam-Webster dictionaries.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Online game firm Perfect World has executed a round of layoffs  
by Alex Wawro [02.03.17]
Online game company Perfect World Entertainment has told Gamasutra that it laid off a number of employees this week, but claims the cuts will not affect any of its current game projects.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Gamescom announces game dev-focused Devcom event for 2017  
by Alissa McAloon [02.03.17]
Gamescom organizers have announced that a new, developer-focused conference will take place alongside the annual Gamescom show in Cologne, Germany this year. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing