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Josh Mosqueira ends spell as Diablo III creative director 2
by Chris Kerr [07.04.16]
Blizzard has confirmed that Josh Mosqueira has left his role as Diablo III’s game director after three years at the helm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fig still awaiting SEC approval to pay out investment funds to developers 1
by Bryant Francis [07.01.16]
A new blog post from Fig's Justin Bailey confirms the company has updated their filing with the SEC, causing some delays for developer payments and offering an updated vision on Fig's structure.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chinese government issues new regulations on mobile data collection  
by Bryant Francis [07.01.16]
New Chinese regulations cover data collection for all apps, emphasize the prevention of "illegal" content.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Former EA DICE chief departs to join indie game publisher Raw Fury 2
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
Electronic Arts is losing longtime executive and EA DICE chief Karl Magnus Troedsson, who joins indie publisher Raw Fury Games this week as a partner and co-owner.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

ESPN partners with Evo to put Street Fighter V finals on live TV  
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
The Street Fighter V World Championship is taking place on the final day of the Evo tournament later this month, and ESPN will broadcast the event live on television via its ESPN2 cable network.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Layoffs rake Aeria Games in the wake of Gamigo merger  
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
German game publishers Aeria Games and Gamigo recently merged, and now a source close to the matter tells Gamasutra that a number of staffers have been fired at Aeria following the deal.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe's Innovative Games Showcase reveals 2016 game lineup  
by Staff [07.01.16]
GDC Europe organizers debut the games that will be in the big European Innovative Games Showcase during the Indie Games Summit at GDC Europe next month.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

PlayStation's 'indie game champion' Nick Suttner departs after 7 years 2
by Chris Kerr [07.01.16]
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the amazing developers I've worked with, and PlayStation fans who've enjoyed the results."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Analysis: State of crowdfunding for games, first half of 2016 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.01.16]
A mid-year assessment of games on Kickstarter: how well are games doing in 2016? ICO Partners' Thomas Bidaux takes a look.
Business/Marketing

British eSports Association formed to assist players and nurture talent  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.16]
The UK has established a new governing body to provide representation and support to players at all levels, and help build-out the region's eSports scene.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 3 signs your game Kickstarter will fail 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.01.16]
"For today's post, we're going to focus on some major red flags to help you steer away from bad Kickstarters."
Business/Marketing

Nintendo issues DMCA takedown against Kickstarter for NES photobook 4
by Bryant Francis [06.30.16]
It's been quite the week for the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, as Nintendo issues a copyright takedown against a Kickstarter campaign for an NES-themed photobook.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Interactive Fiction foundation formed to aid Twine, IFComp growth 2
by Bryant Francis [06.30.16]
A group of interactive fiction heavyweights have united form the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation in support of interactive story-focused games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

A year on, Nintendo winds down Splatoon's popular multiplayer Splatfests  
by Alex Wawro [06.30.16]
Nintendo has laid plans to host the final Splatfest multiplayer event for its Wii U hit Splatoon next month, roughly a year after the first Splatfest event debuted.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Stephen Colbert's Late Show to showcase live Super Mario 3 speedrun  
by Alex Wawro [06.30.16]
Veteran speedrunner Mitch Fowler is slated to be a guest on U.S. TV program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow, where he'll be performing a live speedrun of Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. 3.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze's latest acquisition is a VR/AR toys-to-life company  
by Alex Wawro [06.30.16]
Swedish game company Starbreeze is adding another acquisition to its books with the purchase of ePawn, a French firm that takes virtual reality, augmented reality and toys-to-life tech as its remit.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: You better be counting your ad revenue  
by Gamasutra Community [06.30.16]
Developers should be looking at both the revenue generated from ads and in-app purchases in order to determine ARPU, says Kongregate's Jeff Gurian.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Modder tapped to make a standalone game based on 'Battle Royale' mods  
by Alex Wawro [06.30.16]
Modder Brendan Greene is moving to South Korea to work with Tera dev Bluehole on a new standalone PC game, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, based on his popular "Battle Royale" Arma mods.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Standalone VRDC to offer VR/AR talks for games & beyond  
by Staff [06.30.16]
Now that the first standalone VRDC is in production, organizers would like to celebrate what sets the November event apart from VRDC's appearance at GDC in February 2017.
VR, Business/Marketing

'Largely ignored' kids market could be Nintendo's golden goose 2
by Chris Kerr [06.30.16]
Intelligence outfit DFC believes Nintendo is well placed to capitalise on the "tremendous opportunity" presented by the under-12 market, described by the group as the "lost console generation."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing