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Konami ends sale of in-game currency for PES 2019 in Belgium  
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.19]
The decision aims to make Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 compliant with the Belgian Gaming Commission’s laws against loot boxes.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a Dream Daddy dev's guide to surviving while terminally online at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.12.19]
At GDC 2019 Fullbright's Leighton Gray will present a talk, based on her own experiences of Dream Daddy's success, aimed at helping you establish a healthier relationship with the internet. 
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sony 'open for business' on cross-play, but Wargroove dev claims otherwise  
by Chris Kerr [02.12.19]
"We made many requests for cross-play all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile games continue to drive App Store spending in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [02.12.19]
App Store revenue generated per active U.S. iPhone rose by 36 percent to $79 in 2018, with mobile games accounting for over half of that per-device average.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Getting your big break as a game composer  
by Gamasutra Community [02.12.19]
Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new game composers to achieve their first professional gig.
Audio, Business/Marketing

Sonic Mania developers establish new 'boutique' studio Evening Star  
by Chris Kerr [02.12.19]
"Being a 'boutique' game studio has a specific meaning. Every member pursues a goal to make their own great games."
Production, Business/Marketing

Longtime exec Jim Ryan tapped to be Sony Interactive's new CEO  
by Alex Wawro [02.11.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment deputy president is to drop the "deputy" and become president and CEO of SIE as of April 1st, effectively swapping roles with current president and CEO John Kodera.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze sells back publishing rights to System Shock 3 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.11.19]
Starbreeze announced today that it has sold the publishing rights for System Shock 3 back to developers OtherSide Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Unity is looking to go public in 2020 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.11.19]
Unity Technologies is planning to go public with an IPO during the first half of 2020, so long as market conditions are favorable.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony's Shawn Layden on making fewer PlayStation games: 'We're spending more energy on them'  
by Emma Kidwell [02.11.19]
SIE Worldwide Studios chairman and former SIE president and CEO Shawn Layden discusses Sony's future regarding acquiring studios as it looks to expand the types of games it produces.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An oral ('Sporal'?) history on the development of Maxis' Spore  
by Staff [02.11.19]
Former team members look back on the triumphs and challenges in developing one of the most ambitious games of all time.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

E3 has lost its impact in a changing industry, says Sony's Shawn Layden 2
by Alissa McAloon [02.11.19]
Shawn Layden, SIE Worldwide Studios chairman and former SIE president and CEO, touches on Sony’s decision to skip E3 this year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC and check out a thought experiment using auto-generated games  
by Staff [02.11.19]
Indie devs Alex Schwartz & Ziba Scott will take the stage at GDC 2019 to tell you what happened after they flooded the market with over 1,500 auto-generated slot machine games. Turns out, a lot!
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Report: Activision Blizzard to make significant layoffs this week 8
by Chris Kerr [02.11.19]
Those "familiar with the matter" claim Activision Blizzard plans to cut hundreds of jobs in a bid to centralize functions and boost profits.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sumo Digital opens mobile studio in Leamington Spa  
by Chris Kerr [02.11.19]
The new opening will be led by former Sega chief technical officer Chris Southall, who built the company's dedicated European mobile studio, Sega Hardlight. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Apex Of Legends, Observing The Sunless Skies  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.10.19]
This week's highlights include interviews on the much-vaunted Apex Legends, info on AI thriller Observation & the loneliness of Sunless Skies, as well as Russian Doll, Art Sqool, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Federal court orders Grand Theft Auto V cheat creator to pay $150,000  
by Emma Kidwell [02.08.19]
Rockstar Games' parent company Take-Two Interactive has won its copyright infringement lawsuit against Jhonny Perez, the developer behind the Grand Theft Auto V cheat "Elusive".
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG takes home Steam Awards 2018 Game of the Year  
by Emma Kidwell [02.08.19]
Valve's third annual Steam Awards was live-streamed earlier today, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds taking home the award for 2018 Game of the Year. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Former Wargaming execs establish new studio GanyMede Games  
by Chris Kerr [02.08.19]
The new opening is based in New Mexico, and will use the state's Refundable Film Production Tax Credit to reclaim around 25 percent of its production expenses. 
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Switch missed hardware target because Nintendo didn't 'convey appeal' of the system 9
by Chris Kerr [02.08.19]
Nintendo believes its inability to sell consumers on the appeal of Switch hardware and software prevented the console from meeting sales expectations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing