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Twitch looks to support Europe better, with new Paris presence  
by Mike Rose [03.28.14]
Twitch today announced the opening of a new infrastructure point of presence in Paris. The company says that its new French center will help to improve the Twitch streaming quality overall in Europe.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Raph Koster: Musings on the Oculus sale 23
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.14]
"The real race isnít over the client -- the glasses, watches, phones, or goggles. Itís over the servers. Itís over the operating system."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

$350K funding boost for Canary Islands-based game studio 1
by Mike Rose [03.28.14]
A team of developers from the Canary Islands has secured $350,000 in funding for a new free-to-play casual game, while bringing on an industry veteran as its new president.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What's next for Puzzle & Dragons and GungHo? Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [03.28.14]
The president and CEO of GungHo, the studio behind Puzzle & Dragons, explains his philosophy toward game development, his studio's relationship with Supercell, free-to-play, and more.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Uncharted director Richmond leaves Naughty Dog for Riot Games 1
by Alex Wawro [03.27.14]
Naughty Dog's Justin Richmond, who served as game director on both Uncharted 3 and the studio's upcoming PlayStation 4 game Uncharted 4, has announced that he has left the company to join up with Riot Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA gets serious about game discounts with new Origin promotion 14
by Alex Wawro [03.27.14]
Electronic Arts launched its On The House initiative today in an attempt to garner goodwill by making select Origin games free for a limited time, starting with Dead Space.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop gives up on building game-streaming tech to focus on retail 4
by Alex Wawro [03.27.14]
The retail chain is shutting down Spawn Labs, the internal R&D division working on a digital game streaming service, in favor of selling physical goods for existing digital distribution services.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Double Helix relinquishes Killer Instinct to Iron Galaxy 2
by Alex Wawro [03.27.14]
Chicago's own Iron Galaxy Studios, the developers of Divekick, will continue to support and update Killer Instinct in the wake of original developer Double Helix Games' acquisition by Amazon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Using Glitch to understand in-game economies: A case study 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.14]
"In this post we focus on just one aspect of Glitch: the in-game economic system, with an emphasis on the auction house and NPC vendors, which formed the nerve centre of the game's economy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The Rolodex 61
by Jenn Frank [03.27.14]
"We should hire based on merit rather than gender." It's a great idea in theory, but can it work in practice? Jenn Frank discusses.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Even next-gen consoles can't save GameStop's 2013 fiscal year 3
by Mike Rose [03.27.14]
Thanks to sales boosts from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches, GameStop today celebrated a minor increase in earnings for the 2013 fiscal year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How the Vita led PlayStation's fight for relevance Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [03.27.14]
PlayStation's Shahid Ahmad tells us about his work in giving the PS Vita its own identity, and how in some ways acts as a testbed for wider PlayStation development initiatives.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Remote PC game streaming coming to the Nvidia Shield 1
by Mike Rose [03.27.14]
Nvidia's Shield handheld can both play Android-based games, and stream games directly from a PC. With the latest update, Nvidia is looking to take that latter functionality on a remote scale.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

One year on, the UK video game tax breaks are finally approved 2
by Mike Rose [03.27.14]
A year after tax breaks were meant to be established for video game companies in the UK, the European Commission has finally given the initiative the go-ahead, stating that the relief is "in line with EU state aid rules."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is the Facebook-Oculus Rift deal the tipping point for equity crowdfunding? 15
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.14]
"Imagine that Oculus Rift had run an equity crowdfunding campaign... These shares would be valued much (much!) higher now that the company is being purchased."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Are playable ads the next step for mobile advertising? 3
by Mike Rose [03.27.14]
Playable ads are the next big thing for mobile game advertising, if the latest tech coming out of companies like Agawi and AppSponsor is to be believed.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Triple-A supply and demand - How EA manages the price of Madden  
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.14]
"As EA has an exclusive license to the NFL, studying the impact of pricing on the companyís Madden titles provides a detailed look at the direct impact price changes can have on game sales."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Runic founders Baldree and Schaefer leaving to go indie 2
by Mike Rose [03.27.14]
Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, founders of Torchlight developer Runic Games, are leaving the company to start over again as a smaller team.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Watch Sony's Yoshida unveil Project Morpheus at GDC 2014 2
by Alex Wawro [03.26.14]
The full GDC 2014 developer presentation for Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset, featuring Shuhei Yoshida, Richard Marks and Antonio Mikhailov, is now online and worth watching.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, VR

3D Realms fires back at Gearbox: Duke Nukem is 'the sole property of 3DR' 9
by Christian Nutt [03.26.14]
In the latest legal wrangle between Duke Nukem creator 3D Realms and its business partner Gearbox, 3DR asserts that Gearbox's claims to the IP are invalid.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing