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Attend VRDC to see how VR tools can be integrated into the workplace  
by Staff [09.09.16]
At the Virtual Reality Developers Conference this November IBM engineer Rosstin Murphy will help answer the question of "how do I use VR technology to work more efficiently?"
VR, Business/Marketing

Andrew House: PS4's main competitor isn't the Xbox, it's the PC 2
by Chris Kerr [09.09.16]
"I saw some data that really influenced me. It suggested that there's a dip mid-console lifecycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bethesda shelves Fallout 4 and Skyrim mod support on PS4, blames Sony 8
by Chris Kerr [09.09.16]
Bethesda's ongoing discussions with Sony regarding PS4 mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim have stalled, casting the future of the initiative in doubt. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco targets Eastern growth with new Malaysia studio  
by Chris Kerr [09.09.16]
"Having a major industry player such as Bandai Namco setting up a studio in Malaysia speaks volumes of our talent pool, games industry and national economy."
Business/Marketing

Q&A: Why Arcen Games needed to sacrifice Release Raptor to stay afloat 1
by Thomas Faust [09.08.16]
"What the key realization was, though, was that this game had sold so poorly that I could actually withdraw it from the market with minimal financial loss compared to what I'd otherwise lose."
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Mario's team-up with Apple sends Nintendo stock soaring  
by Bryant Francis [09.08.16]
Mario's move to mobile has once again boosted Nintendo's stock value, propelling them to share prices not seen since the launch of Pokemon Go.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PEA is a new team-owned eSports league with an emphasis on profit-sharing  
by Alex Wawro [09.08.16]
7 pro eSports outfits have formed the Professional eSports Association, which aims to be a team-owned league that shares profits with players and provides them with benefits like health insurance.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

ESL draws Staples Center owner deeper into eSports with a new alliance  
by Alex Wawro [09.08.16]
The Electronic Sports League has partnered with the Anshutz Entertainment Group, a global firm focused on sports and music promotion, in an effort to better host/promote eSports events worldwide.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Oculus just bagged an Emmy for its animated VR short Henry  
by Alex Wawro [09.08.16]
Oculus Story Studios made a bit of history this week when its animated virtual reality short film Henry became the first original VR narrative film to win an Emmy.
VR, Business/Marketing

This week in video game blogging: Expectation management and hype  
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.16]
This week, our partnership with games blogging curation site Critical Distance brings us picks from their Senior Curator Zoyander Street on the institutional structures that lead to disappointment and frustration.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft: Legion sells 3.3 million copies in 24 hours  
by Chris Kerr [09.08.16]
Legion, the latest expansion for Blizzard's long-running fantasy MMO World of Warcraft, has shifted 3.3 million copies in one day.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Free-to-play isn't a special case in ethics 70
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.16]
Looking at why free-to-play as a business model, while having unique characteristics, shouldn't be considered a special case in ethics.
Business/Marketing

Sony says expanding console market will 'broaden the community'  
by Chris Kerr [09.08.16]
"They're filling different kinds of needs. Is it challenging? Yeah. But the PS Pro, we developed it, we made it, it's ready, we want to bring it out as soon as we can."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Publishers for indies -- are they useful anymore? 14
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.16]
As the role of publishers changes, how useful are they really, for indies? And which publishers can actually do effective marketing these days?
Indie, Business/Marketing

Earthworm Jim publisher Interplay selling off dozens of game properties 4
by Chris Kerr [09.08.16]
L.A. based developer-publisher Interplay Entertainment is looking to sell off the majority of its video game assets and IP.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The death and rebirth of Harebrained Schemes' Necropolis  
by Alan Bradley [09.08.16]
"Nobody cares how hard you worked or how much passion you put into your game," says Mitch Gitelman of Harebrained Schemes. "All they see is the delta between what they expected and what you delivered."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Miyamoto: Mario is coming to mobile because that's where people play games 7
by Alex Wawro [09.07.16]
"Our goal is always to try to bring our characters and games to as broad an audience as possible," Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto told Time after announcing Super Mario Run today at an Apple event.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony's more powerful PS4 'Neo' to debut in November as $400 PS4 Pro 5
by Alex Wawro [09.07.16]
At a press event today the company took pains to describe the PS4 Pro as a more powerful 4K- and HDR-ready sibling of its extant (though now slimmer) PS4 console, rather than a replacement.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Widely-reported 'PS4 Slim' to debut this month as the new, $300 PS4  
by Alex Wawro [09.07.16]
Sony confirmed at a PlayStation press event in New York today that it's releasing a newer, slimmer model of the PlayStation 4 on September 15th (in most markets) for $300.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Heads up, devs: Apple has a new iPhone and Watch out this year  
by Alex Wawro [09.07.16]
As part of a press event in San Francisco today, Apple announced plans to release new models of both its smartphone and its smartwatch that are slightly better than the old models.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing