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Four publishing challenges the game industry isn't ready for Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Venture capitalist Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital says very few video game executives have a good grip on the revolution of our industry's publishing rules -- he outlines four new challenges.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing, Mobile Games, GDC

DragonVale developer Backflip Studios launches publishing arm 1
by Christian Nutt [03.12.14]
Successful mobile studio Backflip (Ninjump series) has today announced the formation of its own publishing arm with Sega veteran Simon Jeffrey, and announced two upcoming games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Blog: For the holidays, the premium mobile app strikes back 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.30.13]
Examining what he calls the "Christmas Paid Spike," Plague, Inc. developer James Vaughan explores the reasons premium games rocket upward in sales during the holidays.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games, Digital Publishing

Blog: Moving beyond the single license fee for HTML5 games 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.30.13]
HTML5 developer Przemyslaw Szczepaniak takes a look at the trends in game licensing -- which mirror the changes in Flash licensing -- and invites you to consider how you conduct your dev business.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

First ID@Xbox games for Xbox One likely to hit March 2014, says program's director  
by Christian Nutt [12.16.13]
ID@Xbox director Chris Charla has said that the first games in the program will hit "early in the new year... closer to the third month."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

November digital sales: DLC up 25%, while mobile spend jumps 34%  
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.13]
Year-over-year, players have been enticed to spend more on PC/console add-on content and mobile game, says research firm SuperData, at the expense of MMOs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games, Digital Publishing

What's the point of a mobile game publisher? Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [10.04.13]
On mobile where you can easily self-publish a game, there appears to be little point in asking a publisher to jump onboard with your project. We ask Chillingo why anyone should bother going with a publisher on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing

Going it alone: Adventures in self-publishing Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [10.04.13]
Double Fine, Renegade Kid and Semi Secret have seen both sides of the publishing spectrum. Here, they share their self-publishing stories, and discuss whether studios should go it alone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing

In the era of digital publishing, work-for-hire studios face a new reality  
by Christian Nutt [10.03.13]
Dan O'Leary, CEO of n-Space, speaks about how his studio -- which made its money primarily with work for hire games -- is navigating the transition towards a digital future with fewer publisher jobs.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Three tricky issues with free-to-play publishing 12
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.13]
Spry Fox's David Edery argues why, for the most part, his company has backed away from publishing deals -- because there are some things more valuable, long-term, than being funded.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Q&A: Card Hunter - launching an online game with a small team Exclusive 5
by Kris Graft [10.02.13]
Irrational Games co-founder Jon Chey recently launched Card Hunter under his new studio, Blue Manchu. The veteran game developer tells us about launching an online game as a small indie dev.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Digital Publishing

The digital publishing partnership behind Call of Juarez: Gunslinger  
by Gamasutra Community [10.02.13]
Can a big publisher and a developer work together, fruitfully, on a digital publishing deal? Ubisoft's Majdi Kraiem explains how the relationship with Techland on Call of Juarez: Gunslinger went down.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Opinion: When counting software sales, what's a 'unit' anyway? 1
by Matt Matthews [10.02.13]
The way that video game software has evolved leaves Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews wondering: What counts as a video game "unit" sale, anyway?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Self-publishing vs. working with a (traditional) publisher 9
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.13]
Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham (Mutant Mudds) shares his experiences working with publishers vs. going it on his own with digital titles in this very practical post.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

How digital publishing is shaping the future of the game industry Exclusive 2
by Christian Nutt [09.30.13]
The era of digital publishing is here -- but do you have a handle on everything you should consider when deciding whether or not to work with a publisher to release your game?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing, Crowdfunding

Blog: Why your studio shouldn't be addicted to other people's money 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.13]
Thinking you can get a leg up by taking work for hire to build your studio is enticing -- but Jesse Joudrey likens the money made to a drug, arguing that you had better wean your studio off of it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Call for Blogs: Share your experiences in digital publishing  
by Christian Nutt [09.26.13]
Next week, Gamasutra will launch a special week of content focused on the role of publishers in today's industry -- and we want to hear about your experiences.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing, Alternative Funding, Crowdfunding

Inside Star Citizen's massively successful crowdfunding campaign Exclusive 35
by Christian Nutt [09.26.13]
The Wing Commander creator gives tips for taking crowdfunding to the next level, why community is crucial, and why publishers aren't.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing

Gamebrain wants to make metrics tracking easier for smaller devs  
by Kris Ligman [09.18.13]
Recently unveiled cloud-based development and delivery platform Gamebrain has announced a partnership with mobile analytics provider Kontagent to better tailor the service to independent developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Digital Publishing

Games for humans: Shadows of the Damned's creator finds his calling Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [09.04.13]
It was midway through 2011 when Massimo Guarini decided he wanted to do something different with his game design career. Then, a life-changing event compelled him to follow through.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing