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Fortnite dance off: Fresh Prince star refused copyright on 'Carlton Dance' 2
by Chris Kerr [02.15.19]
The legal skirmish between Epic Games and those who claim to own the dance moves used as emotes in Fortnite is heating up. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft isn't worried about an influx of new games stealing Rainbow Six Siege's thunder  
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.19]
The company totes strong player engagement as one noticeable sign that its games had some staying power throughout a competitive holiday season.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Report: Netmarble and Tencent could buy Nexon as part of consortium  
by Chris Kerr [02.14.19]
Back in January, it was reported that Nexon founder Kim Jung-ju was looking to sell a 98.64 percent controlling stake in the MapleStory and Dungeon Fighter Online creator for $8.9 billion.
Business/Marketing

Revenue down by 5.4% at Rovio, but games segment holds firm  
by Chris Kerr [02.14.19]
Rovio has just released its full-year financials for the for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, and consolidated revenue is down despite games holding firm.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mario Maker 2 and a Link's Awakening remake drive today's Nintendo Direct  
by Bryant Francis [02.13.19]
Nintendo's first-party efforts for 2019 include a new Mario Maker game and a remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: How does the future of the streamer-developer relationship look? 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.13.19]
There isn't necessarily a clear answer on how game devs can best work with streamers to promote their games. In this post, Clever Endeavour’s Richard Atlas breaks down and explores that evolving relationship.
Indie, Business/Marketing

King's San Francisco studio closed in wake of Activision Blizzard layoffs 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.19]
The large scale layoffs made by Activision-Blizzard yesterday have caused the closure of King’s San Fransisco office.
Business/Marketing

Darksiders 3 already made back its development and marketing spend  
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.19]
THQ Nordic says that the game led its own sales, which increased to SEK 352 million (~$38 million) for the quarter. The Group as a whole saw its sales increase by 441 percent in that same period.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

For Activision, giving up Destiny 2 was the result of 'missed financial expectations'  
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.19]
Before that point, Activision was concerned about ongoing Destiny support “tying up one of our scarcest resources, which is developer time."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC and see how VR was used to build a 'micro-amusement park'  
by Staff [02.13.19]
Last year the team at Two Bit Circus opened an innovative interactive 'micro-amusement park' in L.A. that's full of wild VR experiences, and now they're coming to GDC 2019 to show you how they did it!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Australian publishing partner 18Point2 acquired by THQ Nordic 1
by Chris Kerr [02.13.19]
"THQ Nordic and Koch Media will through the acquisition access an established platform on an exciting and growing market."
Production, Business/Marketing

Epic critical of Fortnite dance lawsuit, urges court to dismiss case 4
by Chris Kerr [02.13.19]
Epic Games is going on the offensive after being hit with a smorgasbord of lawsuits for allegedly stealing well-known dance moves and using them as emotes in Fortnite
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic to acquire Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev for $37.5 million 1
by Chris Kerr [02.13.19]
The cash deal will see THQ acquire 100 percent of the shares in Warhorse through Koch, along with all of the intellectual property rights to Kingdom Come
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Following Activision Blizzard layoffs, King shuts down mobile studio Z2Live 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.12.19]
Following the Activision Blizzard layoffs hitting employees today, King’s mobile game studio Z2Live is shutting down, resulting in the loss of 78 jobs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard reports historic financial gains amid major layoffs 25
by Alex Wawro [02.12.19]
Activision Blizzard published its 2018 earnings report today, and while the company's revenues rose year-over-year CEO Bobby Kotick stated that "we didn't realize our full potential."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Significant layoffs hit Activision Blizzard 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.12.19]
Publisher Activision Blizzard has reportedly begun the process of laying off a significant portion of its staff, with the initial speculation to cut hundreds of jobs being brought up last week. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft partners with Mozilla on AI coding assistant Clever-Commit  
by Emma Kidwell [02.12.19]
Ubisoft has partnered with Mozilla to develop an artificially intelligent coding assistant called Clever-Commit, as announced during the DICE 2019 summit today. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Paradox CEO shows how to lead change even when you're new to the culture  
by Bryant Francis [02.12.19]
At DICE Summit 2019, Paradox CEO Ebba Ljungerud took the stage to chart her course from video game neophyte to leader of one of the game industry's most niche companies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PSA: Book your GDC 2019 travel and accommodations! Soon!  
by Staff [02.12.19]
Please act fast: GDC 2019 housing partners have reserved a set number of rooms for GDC attendees to book at a discounted rate, and those reserved rooms tend to go quickly!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Layden recalls PS3 'Icarus moment,' looks ahead to expanding PlayStation's audience  
by Kris Graft [02.12.19]
At DICE Summit 2019, Shawn Layden offered a brief survey of PlayStation's past, present, and future, and touted a "quality above all" approach to shipping video games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing