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Blog: Breaking down the success of Lethal League
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.17]
Game director Dion Koster reflects and speculates about the design related causes for Lethal League's success on PC in a concentrated post.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve doubles down on transparency with new Steam Support Stats page
by Chris Kerr [05.05.17]
A new Steam Support Stats page gives users a way to keep tabs on how many help requests have been submitted and dealt with each day.  
Business/Marketing

NaturalMotion founder Torsten Reil stepping down after 15 years  
by Chris Kerr [05.05.17]
Torsten Reil, the founder and CEO of Zynga-owned software and game developer NaturalMotion, will be stepping down. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Overwatch just became a billion-dollar franchise 7
by Chris Kerr [05.05.17]
Overwatch has become the 8th billion-dollar franchise in Activision Blizzard's extensive portfolio, joining other big-hitters likes of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Skylanders
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What did the global mobile market teach us in 2016?  
by Gamasutra Community [05.05.17]
This article looks at the lessons the global mobile market taught us in 2016, and how they might influence the actions you take in 2017.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Oculus Story Studio is getting shut down
by Alex Wawro [05.04.17]
Less than a year after it won an Emmy for its virtual reality short film Henry, Oculus Story Studio is being shut down as Oculus VR moves to shift how it spends its money.
VR, Business/Marketing

E3 will play host to a new, multi-day fan-focused event: E3 Coliseum  
by Alex Wawro [05.04.17]
There's a new fan-focused event taking place at E3 this year: E3 Coliseum, a two-day showcase of panels, presentations, and 'video game culture brought to life' produced by Geoff Keighley.
Business/Marketing

Fan buys box of Blizzard stuff on eBay, finds StarCraft source code 3
by Alex Wawro [05.04.17]
Blizzard contacted the person after they posted a picture on Reddit and persuaded them to return the disc, then rewarded them with a bunch of merch and an invite out to drinks -- at BlizzCon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, History

Activision Blizzard sees record Q1 earnings -- 80% of which came from digital sales 1
by Alex Wawro [05.04.17]
The company reported record-setting Q1 earnings, driven in large part by Blizzard and King -- which makes more sense when you see digital now accounts for 80% of the company's revenue.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve has overhauled the way Steam handles game gifting 3
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.17]
Going forward, Steam games will have to be sent as a gift at the time of purchase or not at all.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

2K Games president Christoph Hartmann has stepped down  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.17]
Christoph Hartmann has stepped away from his position as president of 2K Games, the publishing label he himself helped create over a decade ago.
Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How would the Affordable Care Act repeal impact independent devs? 17
by Staff [05.04.17]
"After all the talk about small business and creating jobs, anything that makes it scarier to strike out on your own and start a new business is a loss to our entire economy."
Indie, Business/Marketing

TIGA aiming to increase employment in UK games industry by 40 percent 1
by Chris Kerr [05.04.17]
UK games industry trade body TIGA says it plans to increase employment in the sector by 40 percent by the year 2022.
Business/Marketing

'Skin economy is a good thing,' says Playerunknown's Battlegrounds creator  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.17]
"I don't want to encourage gambling. I'm very happy now Steam has put it in their terms that 'you cannot use this for gambling,' but I still believe the skin economy is a good thing to have." 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Xsolla Capital partners with Epic to put up $50M Unreal dev fund  
by Alex Wawro [05.03.17]
Epic Games is partnering with Xsolla to establish a $50 million royalty investment fund, Xsolla Capital, for indie devs who use Unreal Engine 4.
Indie, Business/Marketing

U.S. politicians form Congressional caucus dedicated to VR & AR tech  
by Alex Wawro [05.03.17]
They're referring to it as the 'Reality Caucus', and together the 5 founding co-chairs hope to 'help support innovation and address the challenges posed' by VR, AR and mixed-reality tech.
Serious, Business/Marketing

4 interesting comments from Nintendo's Q&A session  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.17]
During an investor Q&A, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima answered questions about the future of the 3DS family, Switch production costs, and the company's future plans for its hardware.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

For the Switch, Nintendo hopes 'one is not really enough' per household 3
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.17]
The Switch toes the line between home console and portable gaming machine, and Nintendo's president believes that this unique trait will ultimately help it match the popularity of the Wii.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo president: Switch can approach 'relative parity' with Wii 1
by Chris Kerr [05.03.17]
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima believes the Switch wil be able to approach relative parity with the Wii if everything goes according to plan during the next financial year. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Remedy signs $8.45M publishing deal with 505 Games  
by Chris Kerr [05.03.17]
505 Games has signed a publishing deal with Alan Wake and Quantum Break developer Remedy to publish its next game, currently codenamed "P7." 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing