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11 bit studios' game storefront Games Republic is closing up shop  
by Alex Wawro [12.13.16]
11 bit studios' game storefront Games Republic has stopped selling games and plans to shut down completely by the end of the year, affording customers time to log in and download their purchases.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Business Matchmaking is back at GDC 2017 and open to all attendees  
by Staff [12.13.16]
GDC 2017 is roughly two months away, which means now is an ideal time for registered attendees to schedule meetings using the conference's powerful Business Matchmaking system!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Attend GDC 2017 and learn from tales of community management crisis  
by Staff [12.13.16]
In her "S***'s on Fire!: A Cautionary Tale in Community Crisis Management" GDC 2017 talk, EA Firemonkeys' (Real Racing) Emma Siu will speak frankly about handling crises in game community management.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

The 5 trends that defined the game industry in 2016 4
by Kris Graft [12.13.16]
2016 was a year marked with fear, disappointment, uncertainty, and dreams of what survival might be like in a post-apocalyptic world…and that’s just talking about the video game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

To avoid conflicts of interest, 2 Twitch-owned eSports teams go independent  
by Alex Wawro [12.12.16]
Alliance and Evil Geniuses announced this week that they're stepping away from parent company to become fully independent teams in an effort to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Destiny franchise is now a three-studio effort  
by Kris Graft [12.09.16]
Activision-owned Vicarious Visions will be assisting with development of online shooter franchise Destiny, the studio announced this week in a Facebook post.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Using rollback tech to create a responsive online experience 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.16]
An in-depth look into how Inversus uses rollback networking technology to create a responsive and robust online experience that is hard to distinguish from its local-multiplayer counterpart.
Social/Online, Programming

Eve Online dev CCP Games is on the selling block, says new report 9
by Kris Graft [12.09.16]
Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," Bloomberg reported Friday that Iceland’s CCP Games, best known for Eve Online, is exploring the possibility of selling off the company.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Heroes of the Storm director steps down to 'try something new' at Blizzard 1
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
Former Starcraft II director Dustin Browder announced today that he's giving up his spot as game director on Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA to "try something new" elsewhere in the company.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

White House plans eSports event to raise health insurance awareness 1
by Alex Wawro [12.08.16]
Twitch announced today it's heading to the White House next week for a 4-hour livestreamed "Competitive Gaming Event" to draw people's attention to an upcoming health care enrollment deadline.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Online games will be required to disclose random loot box odds in China 6
by Alissa McAloon [12.08.16]
New regulations laid out by the Chinese Ministry of Culture state that publishers will soon be required to disclose the drop rates for items included in chance-based loot boxes.

Best of 2016: Charting the (re)birth of the 'hero shooter' genre 15
by Alex Wawro [12.07.16]
What's given rise to this year's slew of "hero shooters"? Gamasutra talks to devs on Overwatch, Paragon and Battleborn about tracing the genre back to MOBAs -- and Team Fortress 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Wargaming is hiring a Community Manager  
by Staff [12.07.16]
Wargaming is looking for a Community Manager in Emeryville, CA with a deep understanding of the gaming industry to generate key messaging, create specialized content, and support Wargaming's community.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Ubisoft to bring Assassin's Creed, Just Dance, Rabbids to Dubai theme park  
by Alissa McAloon [12.07.16]
Ubisoft plans to create “new ways for fans to interact with their favorite game franchises” through a partnership with IMG Worlds.

League of Legends' latest World Championships prize pool hits $6.7M  
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
That's way more than the $2.3 million in prizes awarded during last year's WCS, due entirely to Riot funneling a portion of proceeds from sales of special in-game items into the pot.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Cryptic expats debut a new game project and a new studio: Cold Iron  
by Alex Wawro [12.06.16]
Founded by Cryptic expats, California-based Cold Iron Studios made a show of announcing itself to the world this week as a "fully-funded" online game studio working on its debut (UE4) game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Russian officials allege FIFA 17 violates law against gay propaganda 4
by Alex Wawro [12.05.16]
Russian MPs have reportedly asked regulators to investigate EA for an LBGTQ-inclusive FIFA 17 promo, alleging it turned the game into gay propaganda aimed at minors -- illegal under Russian law.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Alleging theft of trade secrets, Zynga takes 2 ex-employees to court 3
by Alex Wawro [12.02.16]
This week Zynga filed a lawsuit against ex-employees Massimo Maietti and Ehud Barlach, as well as their new employer Scopely, alleging that the pair pilfered valuable trade secrets when they quit.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

South Korea cracks down on cheaters with law targeting illicit game mods 2
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.16]
Anyone caught creating or distributing illicit game modifications in South Korea could now face more than just an in-game ban thanks to a newly amended law.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2017 teams up with iam8bit to debut Art Boss game art showcase!  
by Staff [12.01.16]
GDC is teaming up with iam8bit to debut the Art Boss game industry art showcase at GDC 2017! Submissions of all types of video game art are being accepted now through January 6th, 2017.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art