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Steam Spy: Steam summer sale revenues rise nearly 50% year-over-year 1
by Alex Wawro [07.06.16]
Valve's latest Steam summer sale just ended, and now Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin reports that (based on Steam Spy data) devs actually earned more this year than in the same event a year prior.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Submit your VRDC talk proposals by Friday!  
by Staff [07.06.16]
Heads up: The call for submissions to present talks, roundtables, and panel sessions for the first-ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference ends this Friday, July 8th at 11:59 PM Pacific.
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

16 of Gamasutra's best articles over the last quarter  
by Gamasutra Community [07.06.16]
Hey readers! I’m back with another quarterly roundup of Gamasutra articles over the past quarter (April-June), as I continue my heroic efforts to excavate the best recently-published work.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lost footage shows Call of Duty game set in ancient Rome 1
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
Activision seem intent on firing the Call of Duty franchise into the far flung future, but the series almost went in the opposite direction thanks to Skylanders developer, Vicarious Visions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Nintendo believed Wii U sales would hit 100 million, says Kimishima 5
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
"In an internal sales representative meeting, someone projected that we would sell close to 100 million Wii U systems worldwide."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft expands board of directors to combat Vivendi influence  
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
Ubisoft is looking to shield itself from the growing influence of French media conglomerate, Vivendi, by filling out its board of directors with two new independent directors. 
Business/Marketing

Dispelling some myths about the autistic wunderkind programmer 19
by Simon Parkin [07.06.16]
"One of the misconceptions is that everyone with autism is smart," says Gary Moore of the Nonpareil Institute. "In truth, they’re just like any other cross-section of the population."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rust, Garry's Mod dev shares data on refund rates 5
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
If you're curious on the reasons Steam players are refunding games, Rust and Garry's Mod developer Garry Newman has some data for you.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blizzard files suit for copyright infringement against Overwatch hack developer 4
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
Blizzard takes aim at a German company accused of selling hacks for its popular new shooter Overwatch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo aims to release games that sell at least 2 million units worldwide 2
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto offers a financial outlook for sales targets Nintendo will need to hit in order to grapple with the rising costs of game development.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

With NX in the wings, Nintendo execs seek to reassure investors 2
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
The transcript of Nintendo's latest Q&A with investors is full of interesting comments, so we've rounded up a few that game devs may appreciate on everything from NX to VR to Brexit.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game Critics Awards laud Zelda, other games for their E3 showings  
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
Another nail in the coffin of E3 2016 has been hammered down now that the GCA has announced its annual award winners, with Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leading the pack.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Miyamoto speaks to the state of Nintendo's VR efforts  
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
"We are looking into the possibilities of providing an experience that gives value when played for a short time," said the Nintendo designer. "And how to eliminate the concerns of long-duration use."
VR, Business/Marketing

Microsoft aims to upgrade Xbox avatar program with wheelchairs 1
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
Over the weekend Xbox execs Phil Spencer and Mike Ybarra took to Twitter to showcase a new pair of Xbox avatars. The biggest difference? They were rocking wheelchairs.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

TIGA implores UK government to protect EU migrants, warns of damage to games industry 6
by Chris Kerr [07.05.16]
In the wake of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, trade body TIGA says it's imperative that the existing rights of EU citizens working in the UK are protected.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Esports Integrity Coalition wants to neutralize 'increasing threat' of fraud  
by Chris Kerr [07.05.16]
Today has seen the formation of another British eSports regulator with the official launch of the not-for-profit Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega acquires Endless Space developer Amplitude  
by Chris Kerr [07.05.16]
Sega has completed the acquisition of Parisian developer Amplitude Studios, famous for its work on the Endless series of 4X strategy titles, for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Popular YouTubers scrutinized over Counter-Strike gambling scandal 6
by Chris Kerr [07.04.16]
Two popular YouTubers have been implicated in a CS:GO betting scandal after it was revealed they own a weapon skin gambling site that's featured extensively on their channels. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Josh Mosqueira ends spell as Diablo III creative director 2
by Chris Kerr [07.04.16]
Blizzard has confirmed that Josh Mosqueira has left his role as Diablo III’s game director after three years at the helm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fig still awaiting SEC approval to pay out investment funds to developers 1
by Bryant Francis [07.01.16]
A new blog post from Fig's Justin Bailey confirms the company has updated their filing with the SEC, causing some delays for developer payments and offering an updated vision on Fig's structure.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing