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The challenge of developing for community: A World of Warcraft dev explains 1
by Christian Nutt [05.09.16]
A new post by Blizzard developer Ion Hazzikostas does a great job of explaining exactly what it means to cater to a huge, diverse audience of players with a game like World of Warcraft.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't miss: 10 years ago today, Nintendo debuted the Wii at E3 2006  
by Gamasutra Community [05.09.16]
Read Gamasutra's report from E3 2006 -- where Nintendo unveiled its world-beating Wii console to the public: "it's what's absolutely new," Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime proclaimed on stage in Hollywood.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The man who tried to reform League of Legends player behavior leaves Riot  
by Christian Nutt [05.09.16]
He made a splash in the online game community through his efforts to make League of Legends less toxic for players -- and now he's exiting the company.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Smartphone ownership catching up to TVs in U.S., at 2.4 per household  
by Christian Nutt [05.09.16]
Smartphones are getting closer and closer to ubiquity: New research from the Consumer Technology Association pegs them at 2.4 per household in the U.S.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Riot hands down team bans in League of Legends, and one lifetime ban 1
by Christian Nutt [05.09.16]
One team owner gets banned from League of Legends for life -- and three teams have to deal with massive changes, including temporary management bans and change of ownership.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Vive maker HTC hits rocky waters in latest results  
by Christian Nutt [05.09.16]
The financial state of the mobile phone maker has declined considerably in the last year, and as the Vive takes off, the company needs a new hit product.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Running for a niche: Why and how I made a horse racing game 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.09.16]
"Having worked at EA and Zynga and seeing how aggressive big companies can be when you compete with them, I wanted absolutely nothing to do with any business that they would be interested in."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Street Fighter V ships 1.4 million copies, misses sales target 2
by Chris Kerr [05.09.16]
Since launching in February, Street Fighter V has sold 1.4 million copies - or rather, 600,000 fewer copies than Capcom initially predicted. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sales and profits up at Capcom as key franchises continue to perform  
by Chris Kerr [05.09.16]
Franchises such as Monster Hunter, along with steady digital sales, have helped Capcom end the financial year on a high.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The importance of showing gameplay video when demoing your Gear VR game 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.09.16]
"Unlike other virtual reality devices, the Gear VR is self-contained. Every single person who watched the video during another player’s play session told us they thought the video was of live gameplay. Every. Single. Person."
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What does Nintendo need to do to make the NX a success? 16
by Staff [05.06.16]
What can Nintendo do with a new console to bring it back into ascendency, after the Wii U limps to the finish line? Gamasutra's editorial team considers the question.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Naughty Dog continues the trend of launching big games with mobile tie-ins  
by Alex Wawro [05.06.16]
The trend of big studios launching high-profile games with mobile tie-ins continues, as both Naughty Dog and Gearbox have released free-to-play mobile games that can unlock rewards in their tentpole console games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Fears of Apple's paid search plans 5
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.16]
"A recent report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is investigating adding paid search to the App Store. Upon reading the article, I must admit that my immediate reaction was one of concern."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo licenses out new Cruis'n arcade game: Cruis'n Adventure  
by Alex Wawro [05.06.16]
There seems to be a new Cruis'n arcade game in the wild, as Arcade Heroes reports that arcade game maker Raw Thrills has licensed the property from Nintendo to create Cruis'n Adventure.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bringing developers into game education 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.16]
"I’ve worked as a programmer for a couple of high profile companies ... So when I shifted career and started teaching at Staffordshire University I set to getting the games industry itself involved."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Student/Education

Lapsed game dev returns to make a Bernie Sanders game for The Late Show  
by Alex Wawro [05.06.16]
Game industry veteran and Twitter bot enthusiast Darius Kazemi has developed a new browser-based game, Bubble Burst Bernie, for CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

New Call of Duty trailer racks up record 'dislikes,' but Activision's unfazed 1
by Chris Kerr [05.06.16]
"This is an industry like no other, and a fan base like no other, and we love that our fans treat this franchise like it's their own and have such strong points of view about it."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why you should always register the trademark on your Kickstarter game 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.16]
Attorney Stephen McArthur: "Unfortunately, putting a game title on Kickstarter and successfully funding the project does not count as using the game title in commerce and thus gives you zero rights to the name."
Indie, Business/Marketing

How to make your own list of YouTubers to cover your game  
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.16]
"Two weeks ago I had released my 1400+ YouTube contacts' list. Many people asked me if I could write more about how I made the list; my methods, tools, and thought process. It took me a while, but it's finally here!"
Indie, Business/Marketing

Activision expects Overwatch to be Blizzard's biggest launch since Diablo III  
by Chris Kerr [05.06.16]
"We expect Overwatch to be Blizzard's biggest launch since Diablo in 2012. We also believe Overwatch will resonate well in eSports."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing