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Shenmue 3 sets new Kickstarter record, hits $2M goal in 9 hours 3
by Alex Wawro [06.16.15]
Announced last night by Yu Suzuki on-stage at Sony's E3 press event, Shenmue 3 is now the fastest game project on Kickstarter to surpass $1 million pledged -- in less than two hours.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

At E3, Nintendo hints at the future as it celebrates itself now 37
by Christian Nutt [06.16.15]
Nintendo's E3 stream promised a slew of games for 2015 -- maybe too many. But it also promised change. Was it the swan song of Nintendo-as-it-is-now?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

Check out the 2015 Game Career Guide right now! 2
by Staff [06.16.15]
Hey developers! Looking to advance your career in the game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide for 2015 is out now, and its packed with insight to help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get cutting-edge mobile design and monetization tips at GDC Europe  
by Staff [06.16.15]
Leading experts are talking about the design, production and monetization of cutting-edge mobile games like Assassin's Creed Identity at GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany this August.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

See Nintendo's E3 2015 presentation right here at 9 AM Pacific  
by Staff [06.16.15]
Nintendo is once again giving up the opportunity to hold a live stage show at E3 this year in favor of a pre-recorded video broadcast outlining its 2015 strategy to the public; you can watch it here.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Things you should consider before 'going pro' as a contractor 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
"With writing Iím a professional. Thatís where the money comes in. But for game design Iím the home chef. I donít know if I would ever want to work in a restaurant."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

6 ways to protect your mobile game against hackers, crackers, and copycats 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Mary Min, of mobile security company Seworks, takes a look at what hackers, pirates, and cloners can do to your mobile games -- and offers suggestions on how to stop them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Starting up a studio in Finland: What you need to know  
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.15]
Finnish dev shares experiences: "Now, the decision has been made to start the company and applying for the public funding looms somewhere in the very distant future. What should one do? Answer: Seek help."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Forget hardware or services -- this E3, Sony's all about games 2
by Christian Nutt [06.15.15]
Sony is trying to swagger its way through E3 2015, confident in its partnerships with AAA and indies alike, confident in its own titles, and confident in fan demand for games debuted on its stage.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Yu Suzuki takes to Kickstarter to fund development of Shenmue 3 13
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Unexpectedly, Yu Suzuki briefly took the stage during Sony's E3 press conference this evening to announce that he's launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of Shenmue 3.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft's new swordfighting game is a lesson in persistent pitching Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [06.15.15]
For Ubisoft Montreal creative director Jason VandenBerghe, getting For Honor greenlit wasnít a forgone conclusion. In fact, it was a concept more than 10 years (and multiple rejections) in the making.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video, E3

One Pincus-founded company absorbs another, as Zynga buys Superlabs  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Superlabs, the startup incubator launched by Mark Pincus last year after he stepped down as Zynga's CEO, has now been acquired by Zynga just months after Pincus got his old job back.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Open Gaming Alliance expands to cater to indies and new tech  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
The Open Gaming Alliance is making a show of expanding to offer new, cheaper levels of membership for indies and new special interest groups focused on dev software, game streaming and VR/AR tech.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Valve sees Steam surpass 10 million concurrent users  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
12 years after its debut, Valve's Steam platform surpassed 10 million concurrent users yesterday amidst the opening salvo of its annual Steam Summer Sale.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze is staffing up and launching its own VR headset: StarVR 2
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
The parent company of Payday 2 developer Starbreeze Studios, is making moves that will see it gain new staff, new IP, and a new virtual reality headset prototype known as Project StarVR.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Cocos-2dx comes to Windows 10 with Microsoft's help  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Devs using Chukong's cross-platform open-source Cocos-2dx game engine can now build games for Windows 10 and, by extension, the promised Universal Windows Platform that will span Microsoft devices.
Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft leans on 'core' games and the promise of HoloLens at E3 Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [06.15.15]
Microsoft came out swinging today at its annual E3 press conference with a core gamer-focused slate of newly announced and already known games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, E3

Microsoft apes Early Access with new 'Xbox Game Preview' program  
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Microsoft has announced a new "Xbox Game Preview" program that's roughly akin to Steam's Early Access service, but with the added promise of a free demo for every title on offer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft rolls out Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to Xbox One 4
by Alex Wawro [06.15.15]
Early in Microsoft's E3 press conference today, Xbox's Mike Ybarra took the stage to promise that the company's Xbox One console would be updated to natively support a selection of Xbox 360 games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch Microsoft's E3 conference right here at 9:30 AM Pacific  
by Phill Cameron [06.15.15]
Microsoft's Xbox E3 conference will begin today at 9:30 AM Pacific, and if you aren't in attendance you can livestream the event right here from the comfort of your browser.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3