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Fans upset after Early Access title Ark: Survival Evolved gets paid DLC 22
by Chris Kerr [09.05.16]
Ark: Survival Evolved developer Studio Wildcard has been lambasted by fans for releasing a premium expansion while the game is still in Early Access.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How I deal with imposter syndrome 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.05.16]
"Impostor syndrome is a tendency to feel that you’re not very good at your job, despite the fact that you may well be excelling at it. It’s something I’ve known all my working life."
Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go is a 'real game changer,' says Sony CEO 5
by Chris Kerr [09.05.16]
"Pokemon Go is a real game-changer. I'm very interested in the fact that it has the potential to really change the way people move, literally."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Lost Castle and the increasing viability of Chinese indie games 2
by Lena LeRay [09.05.16]
Indie game development is becmoning more financially viable in China. For instance, the early access title Lost Castle has already sold 130,000 copies, 100,000 of them in its home country.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: Video Game Deep Cuts - Soda Machines & Steam Spy  
by Gamasutra Community [09.03.16]
Asummary of some of the week's most interesting video game culture/development stories, from Dan Pinchbeck on storytelling to Brendon Chung on Quadrilateral Cowboy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Investors pour $3.5M into VR studio founded by ex-Destiny devs 2
by Alex Wawro [09.02.16]
Polyarc Games announced this week that it's raised $3.5 million, and it plans to use that cash to build 'virtual reality games that are both accessible and appealing to a wide audience.'
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Boosting engagement when nobody's playing 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.16]
"Deliver a targeted, gameplay-focused presentation to impress viewers, drive traffic to your game, and stay competitive."
Business/Marketing

Google Play Early Access initiative now open to all 1
by Chris Kerr [09.02.16]
Google has opened up its fledgling Early Access initiative to all developers after its current roster of 29 titles passed the 1 million download mark. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

8-4 director steps down to link up with Rez creator, Tetsuya Mizuguchi  
by Chris Kerr [09.02.16]
Mark MacDonald, executive director at Japanese localization outfit 8-4, has left the company after eight years to link up with Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi. 
Indie, Business/Marketing

Steam Spy and the specter of game sales transparency 8
by Simon Parkin [09.02.16]
Sergey Galyonkin wants to share game sales data with the public whether publishers like it or not. Gamasutra spoke to him and several developers on the state of sales figure transparency in games.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Qualcomm debuts new design for a wireless, eye-tracking VR headset  
by Alex Wawro [09.01.16]
Qualcomm today debuted the Snapdragon VR820, a reference design for a wireless, eye-tracking, Android-powered virtual reality headset that it expects to make available later this year.
VR, Business/Marketing

500+ fan games on Game Jolt targeted by Nintendo DMCA takedown 4
by Alex Wawro [09.01.16]
Online game platform and marketplace Game Jolt has reportedly received a DMCA takedown request from Nintendo of America targeting 562 games which allegedly infringe on Nintendo-owned properties.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's level design game Super Mario Maker is coming to 3DS  
by Alex Wawro [09.01.16]
Almost a year after Nintendo released Super Mario Maker on Wii U, the company has laid plans to release a modified version of the game for its 3DS handheld console on December 2nd.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Wooga hit with layoffs as it reshuffles for the casual market  
by Chris Kerr [09.01.16]
German mobile publisher Wooga has laid of 40 staff members, or around 10 percent of its total workforce, as part of internal restructuring efforts. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Worms creator nets $21.9 million, acquires Escapists dev  
by Chris Kerr [09.01.16]
British developer and publisher Team17 has received a £16.5 million ($21.9 million) investment from Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) to build out its operations on an international level.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Dividing up equity in a new game studio 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.01.16]
One of the questions that always comes up when I'm forming a new game company for clients is "How do we divide the equity?" There are a few ways to go about it, so let’s take a look at the options.
Business/Marketing

Publisher BulkyPix is being liquidated, allegedly stiffing devs in the process  
by Alex Wawro [08.31.16]
After filing for bankruptcy earlier this year, longstanding French game developer and publisher BulkyPix appears to be being liquidated -- and some devs are claiming it still owes them money.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

VR tech startup Quark VR is working to make the HTC Vive wireless 1
by Alex Wawro [08.31.16]
Virtual reality tech startup Quark VR announced today that it is "extremely close" to debuting a "wireless HTC Vive prototype" that it has been working on for some time with help from Valve personnel.
VR, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How I used EVE Online to predict the Great Recession 65
by Gamasutra Community [08.31.16]
In this timeless blog, Ramin Shokrizade describes how, after studying a real estate crisis in EVE Online, "I wondered if excessively low property taxes would do the same thing in real life."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

British Telecom is taking Valve to court over patent infringement 12
by Alex Wawro [08.31.16]
British Telecom, a multinational communications firm born over 150 years ago as the world's first public telegraph company, has filed a lawsuit against Valve alleging violation of multiple BT patents.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing