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Riot Games parent company pushes $1 billion in quarterly profits  
by Kris Graft [08.13.14]
Chinese internet and games giant Tencent this week posted big profits, thanks to a continuing surge in smartphone games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

King execs struggle to explain why the Candy Crush maker is flagging 34
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
King is taking a beating on the stock market thanks to the softness in Candy Crush Saga's bookings. What did the execs have to offer investors? Not much reassurance.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

King's stock loses over 20 percent on Candy Crush Saga weakness 1
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
Investors spooked by company missing analyst revenue estimates, and in particular by Candy Crush Saga item sales seeing a downturn that the company couldn't offset.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Third-party exclusives not dead yet: New Tomb Raider only on Xbox 15
by Kris Graft [08.12.14]
Exclusive deals with third-party publishers are becoming a rarity these days, but Microsoft has shown that it is still an option, even with major triple-A franchises.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Achievements everywhere: Implementing on the web and mobile platforms 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.14]
A guide to implementing achievements for your game using Google Play, iOS Game Center, Amazon, Kongregate, Newgrounds, and Facebook.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Wasteland 2 to a Major in Sonic Studies 2
by Lindsey Joyce [08.11.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from the 26 year incubation of Wasteland 2 to a serious examination of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Don't monetize like League of Legends, consultant says Exclusive 32
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
By many metrics, League of Legends is the most-played game in the world. But its monetization system probably won't work for your online game -- consultant Teut Weidemann explains the stats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

2 costly legal mistakes when working with contractors 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck on "deadly mistakes that crop up in licensing or independent contractor agreements" that you absolutely should avoid.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

GameMaker: Studio coming to Xbox One, current Windows platforms 3
by Kris Graft [08.11.14]
YoYo Games announced today a partnership with Microsoft that will expand support for its development engine GameMaker: Studio to all Windows platforms and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC Europe

Standing out: Paradox CEO's tips for a complicated market Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [08.11.14]
In a climate where widely-imitated successes lead to rapidly-proliferating genres and widespread borrowing, how can you find a vision for your own game that stands out? Paradox CEO Fred Wester has advice.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Gamasutra's GDC Europe coverage starts today!  
by Kris Graft [08.11.14]
GDC Europe 2014 is underway! Donít miss Gamasutraís live coverage of the event, which takes place in Cologne, Germany this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Call for blogs: Share your sales data 7
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
We all agree that more information makes it easier to make decisions. Some developers have been very up-front about their sales data. Will you share yours?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Gamasutra explains the YouTuber phenomenon Exclusive 20
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
What do YouTubers do? Who are they? Why does it matter to you? Gamasutra looked into the phenomenon and created a handy guide so you can get up-to-speed on it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Happiness in game development - Why try? 14
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
"And then I remembered: seeking authentic, lasting happiness does not mean youíre a douche bag. In fact, it likely means the opposite."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Tiger Woods returns to games - and now he's with Zynga 1
by Kris Graft [08.07.14]
Under the guidance of CEO and former Xbox boss Don Mattrick, Zynga continues its effort to redefine its business.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

'We aspire to do better': Zynga releases lukewarm financials  
by Kris Graft [08.07.14]
Zynga has been working to reposition a business that was traditionally focused on desktop browsers to one that is able to compete on mobile devices. But the ongoing transition isnít easy.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get ready: GDC Europe 2014 kicks off next week  
by Staff [08.07.14]
The 2014 Game Developers Conference Europe kicks off next week, so we're taking a moment to highlight some of the events and guidelines you'll want to know about before you get to the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Lawsuit filed against Big Fish over monthly game subscriptions 1
by Mike Rose [08.07.14]
A lawsuit has been filed in Seattle's U.S. District Court against casual game publisher Big Fish, claiming that the company is tricking customers into signing up for monthly payments on game subscriptions.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Games and colorblindness: A quick guide 11
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
"Colorblindness settings come into play when information is vital and the player needs to be able to quickly differentiate two colors." Want to help everyone enjoy your game? Here's how.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Letter From The IGF Chairman: Welcome To IGF 2015  
by Staff [08.06.14]
As the Independent Games Festival opens for the 17th year, longstanding Chairman Brandon Boyer explains the rules and expectations for this year's much-awaited indie game showcase.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, IGF