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Game dev outsourcing firm Virtuos opens mobile-focused Paris studio  
by Alex Wawro [01.31.17]
Virtuos, a video game development company best known for working as a contractor on games like Watch Dogs 2 and Gravity Rush 2, has opened a new studio in Paris that's devoted to mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why indies should target China while they still can 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.31.17]
Chinese gamers have finally opened up to indie games, and developers should take advantage before the window of opportunity closes.
Business/Marketing

EA's earnings show revenues are up, losses are better than expected  
by Alex Wawro [01.31.17]
Today Electronic Arts reported earnings for its recent holiday quarter, which saw the launch of both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Still, the standout star of 2016 appears to be FIFA 17.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Use the GDC 2017 Session Scheduler to get the most out of your trip  
by Staff [01.31.17]
PSA: Use the multi-purpose GDC 2017 Session Scheduler to plan out which talks you'd like to attend and ensure you don't miss anything the upcoming conference has to offer!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Here's a preview of GDC 2017 -- direct from the speakers themselves!  
by Staff [01.31.17]
As you're planning out your GDC 2017 schedule, organizers want to make sure you have an opportunity to learn more about some of the event's great talks -- straight from the speakers themselves!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo shuts down Wii U production in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [01.31.17]
Nintendo has shut down all Wii U production in Japan, and is now planning to ramp up production of the Switch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Cursed Castilla dev talks ports, pricing, and history  
by Joel Couture [01.31.17]
Having previously released all of his games for free on PC on his site, now, game dev Locomalito is releasing his excellent games on consoles, striking out into new markets.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Cracking the code on mobile ad creatives to acquire users  
by Gamasutra Community [01.31.17]
The science of marketing is about harnessing the data; the art of marketing is about letting the mobile ad creative drive the message.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo financials: 3DS sales offer silver lining as Wii U continues to struggle  
by Chris Kerr [01.31.17]
Nintendo's financials for the nine months ending December 31, 2016, show a huge increase in profits despite tumbling sales. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

FreeStyleGames founders reunite to form new studio, Slingshot Cartel  
by Chris Kerr [01.31.17]
Jamie Jackson and Dave Osbourn, founders of Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames, have reunited to form new studio, SlingShot Cartel. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer just bought Android phone startup Nextbit  
by Alex Wawro [01.30.17]
Green-and-black game hardware maker Razer announced today that it's acquired Nextbit, a California-based startup responsible for the "Robin" Android-powered smartphone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

ESA urges White House to 'exercise caution' following travel ban 5
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.17]
The Entertainment Software Association has released a statement addressing the recently implemented selective travel ban that restricts entry into the United States from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Business/Marketing

Valve to start blocking accounts that gamble Team Fortress 2 gear 3
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.17]
Valve is taking action against Steam accounts that trade or are involved with sites that wager Team Fortress 2 items in lieu of casino chips.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox Live Gold prices set to double in India  
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.17]
The price of both monthly and yearly Xbox Live Gold memberships in India are set to jump significantly at the end of next month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Jordan Mechner and Mark DeLoura to receive top honors at the GDC Awards!  
by Staff [01.30.17]
Veteran game developer Jordan Mechner (Karateka) and game industry advocate Mark DeLoura will be honored with the Pioneer and Ambassador awards at the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Elite Dangerous players will soon be able to co-pilot ships in VR  
by Chris Kerr [01.30.17]
Frontier Developments will soon give players the ability to co-pilot and inhabit a four-person interstellar freighter from inside virtual reality.
VR, Business/Marketing

How would the Affordable Care Act repeal impact independent developers? 9
by Lexi Pandell [01.30.17]
"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

Obituary: Namco founder and former president, Masaya Nakamura 1
by Chris Kerr [01.30.17]
Namco founder Masaya Nakamura passed away on January 22 at the age of 91, Bandai Namco has confirmed. 
Business/Marketing

Blog: How a two speed market drove over $30 billion games deals in 2016  
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.17]
Last year was a record breaker for games, with tech M&A advisor Digi-Capital's new Games Report 2017 recording $30.3 billion games deals in 2016. But what put a rocket up deal makers last year?
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Neo Geo Yakuza  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.29.17]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, looks at Neo Geo collecting insanity, Yakuza translations, and more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing