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The first union for game industry workers has launched in the UK 12
by Chris Kerr [12.14.18]
"We will now have the tools to fix this broken sector and create an ethical industry where it's not only big game companies that thrive, but workers as well."
Business/Marketing

Blizzard pulls devs off Heroes of the Storm and cuts eSports support 6
by Alex Wawro [12.13.18]
Today Blizzard announced plans to pull developers off of its free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm and discontinue Heroes eSports events in a bid to position the game for "long-term sustainability."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward evacuated after bomb threat 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.13.18]
Infinity Ward, the Los Angeles-based developer behind multiple Call of Duty games, evacuated employees today following a bomb threat.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Twitch sells Curse Media after two years  
by Emma Kidwell [12.13.18]
Wiki hosting service Fandom (formerly known as Wikia) announced that it is currently in the process of acquiring Curse Media, which hosts a collection of gaming websites.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why being an indie game dev is harder than ever 14
by Chris Kerr [12.13.18]
This is my contribution for data-points on the Indiepocalypse, wherein I compare my best-rated and best-selling games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Quantic Dream announced earlier today that Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since launching back in May. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo 5
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Nintendo says that the Switch is performing at historic levels for the company, and the attach rates for many of the company’s first-party titles are one such example of that.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games service free for all developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series' launch sales record in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.23 million copies in Japan during its launch weekend, according to the latest sales figures from Famitsu.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: An IKEA guide to Steam product pages that simply work 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
The role of your game's store page varies depending on the stage of your marketing campaign you are in at the moment. Whatever role it plays, it proves to be a handy tool in your marketing toolbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

ZeniMax Media agrees to settle lawsuit against Facebook VR  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
It marks the end of a legal battle that's been raging for over four years, with ZeniMax initially suing the Oculus all the way back in May 2014. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Analysts claim China's new ethics committee could spark game licensing restart  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
China's decision to create an "ethics assessment committee" to vet online titles for release could suggest regulators are preparing to resume game licensing in the near future.
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile app demo platform AppOnboard raises extra $15M in funding  
by Emma Kidwell [12.11.18]
AppOnboard, a mobile app demo and analytics platform for developers, announced that it has raised $15M in a new round of funding led by Breakaway Growth, for a total of $30M raised this year.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Best of 2018: The great video game exodus 47
by Simon Parkin [12.11.18]
Video game developers are leaving the industry at a steady rate after 3-6 years of work. Why?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tim Schafer, Amy Hennig among inaugural speakers confirmed for DICE 2019  
by Emma Kidwell [12.11.18]
The 2019 DICE Summit will be held February 11th to the 13th at the Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas, where four speakers have been confirmed to discuss the theme of trailblazers. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

UK Parliament launches inquiry into 'immersive and addictive' tech  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.18]
The inquiry will touch on various topical issues such as the future of eSports in the UK, the wider uses of gamification, and the potential links between gaming and gambling.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

UBM India announces the premiere edition of Game Development and Design Conference
by UBM India [12.11.18]
UBM India has announced the premiere edition of Game Development and Design Conference (GDDC) slated for February 21st-22nd 2019 in Pune.
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launch sales top 1.3M in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.18]
A preliminary sales estimate from Famitsu claims Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already surpassed 1.3 million sales in Japan.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield has left Activision  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.18]
The news might come as a surprise to some, given it's only been a few months since Schofield announced he'd be departing Sledgehammer to take on new "executive duties" within Activision. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why the Epic Store (in its current state) isn't good for anyone 43
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.18]
Epic puts in 12 percent of the effort with an abysmal game launcher and few user features, but still some fantastic incentives for indie developers.
Production, Business/Marketing