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PlayStation exec Adam Boyes announces departure from company  
by Bryant Francis [07.07.16]
Playstation's VP of third-party relations told Twitter followers he'd be stepping down from PlayStation for a return to the world of indie game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic's Tim Sweeney has faith in Project Scorpio and Playstation Neo  
by Bryant Francis [07.07.16]
The longtime Epic Games CEO says that these new consoles will solve old problems for game developers, though he still has concerns on how Microsoft will be approaching game development for Windows 10.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Nintendo streamlines its dev programs into a single global system 3
by Alex Wawro [07.07.16]
Heads up, devs: Nintendo seems to be trying to make things easier for you by streamlining its various developer programs into a single portal, accessible to developers around the globe.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Watch devs read and react to Steam reviews of their game 2
by Alex Wawro [07.07.16]
The Golf Club developer HB Studios has started in on a notable new video series which features folks at the studio reading -- and responding to -- various forms of public comment on their work.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Microsoft quietly trims the scope of its 'Play Anywhere' Xbox initiative 1
by Alex Wawro [07.07.16]
A subtle change means Microsoft now says all Microsoft Studios games shown at E3 2016 will be playable on both Windows 10 & Xbox One, rather than every new game published by Microsoft Studios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Prison Architect surpasses 2 million in sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
Penitentiary management simulator Prison Architect has now surpassed 2 million in sales on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent rolls out Clash Royale in China following Supercell purchase  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
A few weeks after Tencent completed the $8.6 billion purchase of Supercell, the internet giant has begun to roll out the Finnish dev's latest title, Clash Royale, in China. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Evolve goes free-to-play following 'vigorous' overhaul  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
"[The beta will] allow us to hit our new server infrastructure really hard and we need your help testing. Stuff could break, and that's our hope, because that will give us time to improve things."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

SGN acquires Marvel Avengers Academy developer, TinyCo  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
San Francisco-based mobile dev TinyCo, creator of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Marvel Avengers Academy, has been acquired by independent mobile platform, SGN.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analysis: A record $18.6 billion in games M&A for Q2 2016  
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.16]
Games M&A hit a record $18.6 billion in the first half of the year, in a clear sign of late stage market consolidation. Digi-Capital's Tim Merel has more.
Business/Marketing

To get young people gambling, casinos embrace video games 3
by Alex Wawro [07.06.16]
"Millennials have grown up in an era of digital media and games," a skill-based gambling game company exec told the NY Times. "The passive experience of a slot machine does not resonate with them."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Steam Spy: Steam summer sale revenues rise nearly 50% year-over-year 1
by Alex Wawro [07.06.16]
Valve's latest Steam summer sale just ended, and now Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin reports that (based on Steam Spy data) devs actually earned more this year than in the same event a year prior.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Submit your VRDC talk proposals by Friday!  
by Staff [07.06.16]
Heads up: The call for submissions to present talks, roundtables, and panel sessions for the first-ever standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference ends this Friday, July 8th at 11:59 PM Pacific.
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

16 of Gamasutra's best articles over the last quarter  
by Gamasutra Community [07.06.16]
Hey readers! I’m back with another quarterly roundup of Gamasutra articles over the past quarter (April-June), as I continue my heroic efforts to excavate the best recently-published work.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lost footage shows Call of Duty game set in ancient Rome 1
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
Activision seem intent on firing the Call of Duty franchise into the far flung future, but the series almost went in the opposite direction thanks to Skylanders developer, Vicarious Visions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Nintendo believed Wii U sales would hit 100 million, says Kimishima 5
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
"In an internal sales representative meeting, someone projected that we would sell close to 100 million Wii U systems worldwide."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft expands board of directors to combat Vivendi influence  
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
Ubisoft is looking to shield itself from the growing influence of French media conglomerate, Vivendi, by filling out its board of directors with two new independent directors. 
Business/Marketing

Dispelling some myths about the autistic wunderkind programmer 19
by Simon Parkin [07.06.16]
"One of the misconceptions is that everyone with autism is smart," says Gary Moore of the Nonpareil Institute. "In truth, they’re just like any other cross-section of the population."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rust, Garry's Mod dev shares data on refund rates 5
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
If you're curious on the reasons Steam players are refunding games, Rust and Garry's Mod developer Garry Newman has some data for you.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blizzard files suit for copyright infringement against Overwatch hack developer 4
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
Blizzard takes aim at a German company accused of selling hacks for its popular new shooter Overwatch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing