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Korea is still doing the business for Nexon  
by Mike Rose [11.13.14]
Nexon's success in Korea continues to surprise the company. During its third fiscal quarter, Nexon experienced better-than-expected profits as its Korean subsidiary exceeded expectations.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Korea

PlayStation Vue: Sony enters the internet TV business 1
by Mike Rose [11.13.14]
Sony today announced PlayStation Vue, an online TV service that will provide live television and on-demand content through PlayStation devices, as well as other devices.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Speeding up your marketing by using templates: A quick guide  
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
"Using templates still requires a good deal of energy and learning to get right, but often times, they multiply the quality of the outcome if you hadn't used templates."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being streamed rather a lot on Twitch  
by Mike Rose [11.13.14]
Twitch today said that the recently released Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the most streamed console game of 2014, in terms of launch week streaming figures.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Patrice Desilets founds his own studio, Panache Digital Games 1
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
The Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia man strikes out on his own after multiple messy breakups with Ubisoft.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gambling company Churchill Downs acquires Big Fish Games for $885 million  
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
Best known outside of the gambling industry as the racecourse that hosts the Kentucky Derby, the casino operator and online betting company now has a new gaming arm.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Xbox One nearing 10 million units shipped 4
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
Well, we now have concrete proof that Microsoft's lagging behind Sony -- but according to VP Yusuf Mehdi, the console's recent price drop has provided a big boost to sales in the short term.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo won't fund your indie game, but promote it? Sure! 2
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
"Really, our point of differentiation is on the relationships that we build with those guys. We invest a lot of time and energy and internal resources supporting these guys."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Samsung targets VR developers with new 360-degree 3D camera 2
by Alex Wawro [11.12.14]
The electronics company unveiled a new 360-degree "Project Beyond" VR camera today, pitching it as a way for VR developers to both record and livestream 3D footage for use in games and apps.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Blizzard is hiring a User Experience Researcher  
by Staff [11.12.14]
If you can capture and analyze large amounts of qualitative data from games and the people who play them, the developer of Hearthstone wants you to work alongside the team in its Irvine, CA complex.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Oculus just made its mobile SDK available to all developers  
by Alex Wawro [11.12.14]
Oculus VR just released a version of its Oculus Mobile SDK to the public with documentation and a smattering of demos in an effort to broaden developer support for the platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Times and places: Childhood, video games, and you 7
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.14]
"The nostalgic part of me would love nothing more than to see my favorite types of media churned out again and again; the adult me cannot wait to see what the video games of today inspire."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Not just another Halfbrick in the wall Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Matt Knights and Dean Loades spent the last seven and eight years respectively working for a big Australian video game studio. After nearly a decade, they've both decided to give this whole indie thing a bash.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Former Oculus chief lawyer reveals game-focused law firm 3
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
The former general counsel for Oculus VR has founded a new law firm and angel investment company, with the aim to provide video game studios with agreement and negotiation assistance.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Despite large-scale profits, Tencent's mobile game sales are slowing down  
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Chinese games giant Tencent posted greatly increased profits for its third quarter, although the company wasn't able to hit analyst estimates, due in part to slowing mobile game revenues.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The first game from Radiant Worlds is a Minecraft-like  
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Radiant Worlds, the studio that rose from the ashes of the defunct Blitz Games, today announced its first project: SkySaga, a free-to-play take on the Minecraft genre.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More launch-time multiplayer server issues, this time for Halo  
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Another big-name multiplayer AAA title has suffered server issues at launch. This time around it's Halo, and developer 343 Industries has already apologized for the issues.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Wii U pre-orders have surpassed Mario Kart 8's 1
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Nintendo believes that the impending launch of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will have a "dramatic" effect on hardware sales, as pre-orders for the game have already surpassed the pre-order numbers for Mario Kart 8.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Looking back at XBLIG: The do-it-yourself console marketplace Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
What happened to the Xbox Live Indie Game developers? What did they learn from working with the Xbox 360-based marketplace, and the XNA dev tool? We ask them.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Nintendo's expansion plans - for a smartphone app and for China, too 2
by Christian Nutt [11.11.14]
The company wants to pursue the Chinese market -- but in a different way than Japan or the West; it also plans to launch a Mii-based smartphone app to create a "stronger bond with our consumers."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing