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Prison Architect surpasses 2 million in sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
Penitentiary management simulator Prison Architect has now surpassed 2 million in sales on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Evolve goes free-to-play following 'vigorous' overhaul  
by Chris Kerr [07.07.16]
"[The beta will] allow us to hit our new server infrastructure really hard and we need your help testing. Stuff could break, and that's our hope, because that will give us time to improve things."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Source code for Lucasfilm Games' '80s MMO Habitat released  
by Bryant Francis [07.06.16]
After years of effort, the source code of the first graphical MMO from Lucasfilm Games has been restored and uploaded on Github.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Get a job: Be a Lead Level Designer at Double Fine Productions  
by Staff [07.06.16]
The studio responsible for games like Psychonauts is looking for an experienced level designer to take a lead role on Psychonauts 2 alongside the rest of the team at Double Fine's San Francisco HQ.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Recruitment

To get young people gambling, casinos embrace video games 3
by Alex Wawro [07.06.16]
"Millennials have grown up in an era of digital media and games," a skill-based gambling game company exec told the NY Times. "The passive experience of a slot machine does not resonate with them."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Steam Spy: Steam summer sale revenues rise nearly 50% year-over-year 1
by Alex Wawro [07.06.16]
Valve's latest Steam summer sale just ended, and now Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin reports that (based on Steam Spy data) devs actually earned more this year than in the same event a year prior.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The secret history of Donkey Kong 9
by Travis Fahs [07.06.16]
As we reach the 35th anniversary of the game that helpd kickstart Shigeru Miyamoto's career, look back at Donkey Kong's complex history of secret development contracts and protracted legal battles.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

16 of Gamasutra's best articles over the last quarter  
by Gamasutra Community [07.06.16]
Hey readers! I’m back with another quarterly roundup of Gamasutra articles over the past quarter (April-June), as I continue my heroic efforts to excavate the best recently-published work.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lost footage shows Call of Duty game set in ancient Rome 1
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
Activision seem intent on firing the Call of Duty franchise into the far flung future, but the series almost went in the opposite direction thanks to Skylanders developer, Vicarious Visions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Nintendo believed Wii U sales would hit 100 million, says Kimishima 5
by Chris Kerr [07.06.16]
"In an internal sales representative meeting, someone projected that we would sell close to 100 million Wii U systems worldwide."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dispelling some myths about the autistic wunderkind programmer 19
by Simon Parkin [07.06.16]
"One of the misconceptions is that everyone with autism is smart," says Gary Moore of the Nonpareil Institute. "In truth, they’re just like any other cross-section of the population."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rust, Garry's Mod dev shares data on refund rates 5
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
If you're curious on the reasons Steam players are refunding games, Rust and Garry's Mod developer Garry Newman has some data for you.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blizzard files suit for copyright infringement against Overwatch hack developer 4
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
Blizzard takes aim at a German company accused of selling hacks for its popular new shooter Overwatch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo aims to release games that sell at least 2 million units worldwide 2
by Bryant Francis [07.05.16]
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto offers a financial outlook for sales targets Nintendo will need to hit in order to grapple with the rising costs of game development.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Be a Texture Artist at Telltale Games  
by Staff [07.05.16]
Tales from the Borderlands developer Telltale Games seeks a Texture Artist to work on games alongside the rest of the team at the company's San Rafael, CA headquarters.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

With NX in the wings, Nintendo execs seek to reassure investors 2
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
The transcript of Nintendo's latest Q&A with investors is full of interesting comments, so we've rounded up a few that game devs may appreciate on everything from NX to VR to Brexit.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game Critics Awards laud Zelda, other games for their E3 showings  
by Alex Wawro [07.05.16]
Another nail in the coffin of E3 2016 has been hammered down now that the GCA has announced its annual award winners, with Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leading the pack.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Catching up with Amplitude Studios and Endless Legend 7
by Leigh Alexander [07.05.16]
In this timeless feature we catch up with Amplitude Studios, the versatile and surprising team behind Endless Legend -- a lovely strategy game that goes far beyond the genre's traditional appeal.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Esports Integrity Coalition wants to neutralize 'increasing threat' of fraud  
by Chris Kerr [07.05.16]
Today has seen the formation of another British eSports regulator with the official launch of the not-for-profit Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega acquires Endless Space developer Amplitude  
by Chris Kerr [07.05.16]
Sega has completed the acquisition of Parisian developer Amplitude Studios, famous for its work on the Endless series of 4X strategy titles, for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing