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Fig still awaiting SEC approval to pay out investment funds to developers 1
by Bryant Francis [07.01.16]
A new blog post from Fig's Justin Bailey confirms the company has updated their filing with the SEC, causing some delays for developer payments and offering an updated vision on Fig's structure.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chinese government issues new regulations on mobile data collection  
by Bryant Francis [07.01.16]
New Chinese regulations cover data collection for all apps, emphasize the prevention of "illegal" content.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

VR experiences are best when they're brief, says Sony boss  
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
With PlayStation VR soon to debut, Sony chief Andrew House cautions investors that the current state of VR tech is best suited to short, simple experiences -- not full AAA-length games.
VR, Design

Get a job: Be a Gameplay Programmer at Insomniac Games  
by Staff [07.01.16]
Edge of Nowhere developer Insomniac Games seeks a gameplay programmer to work closely with its design and animation departments in Durham, North Carolina to build game systems and features.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Video: Videoball and video games' superiority over sports 1
by Staff [07.01.16]
Videoball designer Tim Rogers takes the stage at GDC 2016 to lead attendees on a tour through various frustrating thought-experiments one might encounter on the quest to triangulate The Perfect Sport.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Former EA DICE chief departs to join indie game publisher Raw Fury 1
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
Electronic Arts is losing longtime executive and EA DICE chief Karl Magnus Troedsson, who joins indie publisher Raw Fury Games this week as a partner and co-owner.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 6 ways Street Fighter V tries to reinvent the franchise 8
by Patrick Miller [07.01.16]
With Street Fighter V Capcom seems to want to turn its venerable franchise into a tentpole eSport that could stand alongside League of Legends. How well does it do with this new direction?
Console/PC, Design

ESPN partners with Evo to put Street Fighter V finals on live TV  
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
The Street Fighter V World Championship is taking place on the final day of the Evo tournament later this month, and ESPN will broadcast the event live on television via its ESPN2 cable network.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

At GDC Europe, learn to make MMORPG tradeskills fun and profitable  
by Staff [07.01.16]
Daybreak Games' Emily Tayalor will speak at GDC Europe 2016 in August about how tradeskills (think crafting, buying and selling) strengthen your game's community and retention, and ultimately profit.
Social/Online, Design, GDC Europe

Layoffs rake Aeria Games in the wake of Gamigo merger  
by Alex Wawro [07.01.16]
German game publishers Aeria Games and Gamigo recently merged, and now a source close to the matter tells Gamasutra that a number of staffers have been fired at Aeria following the deal.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe's Innovative Games Showcase reveals 2016 game lineup  
by Staff [07.01.16]
GDC Europe organizers debut the games that will be in the big European Innovative Games Showcase during the Indie Games Summit at GDC Europe next month.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

PlayStation's 'indie game champion' Nick Suttner departs after 7 years 1
by Chris Kerr [07.01.16]
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of the amazing developers I've worked with, and PlayStation fans who've enjoyed the results."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Analysis: State of crowdfunding for games, first half of 2016 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.01.16]
A mid-year assessment of games on Kickstarter: how well are games doing in 2016? ICO Partners' Thomas Bidaux takes a look.
Business/Marketing

All 50 Mystic Western Game Jam entries now available for free  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.16]
Indie community Juegos Rancheros has released every single game from its recent Mystic Wester Game Jam for free through itch.io.
Console/PC, Indie

British eSports Association formed to assist players and nurture talent  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.16]
The UK has established a new governing body to provide representation and support to players at all levels, and help build-out the region's eSports scene.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 3 signs your game Kickstarter will fail  
by Gamasutra Community [07.01.16]
"For today's post, we're going to focus on some major red flags to help you steer away from bad Kickstarters."
Business/Marketing

Designing a production process: Part 1 4
by Kris Graft [07.01.16]
Part one of a three-part series where I break down our production process on Star Wars: First Assault, which was designed using an iterative production methodology developed by Jeff Morris.
Production

5 innovative game weapons that every dev should study 11
by Bryan Lufkin [07.01.16]
We asked several game design luminaries for their take on of the most interesting, instructive and innovative weaponry in games.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo issues DMCA takedown against Kickstarter for NES photobook 3
by Bryant Francis [06.30.16]
It's been quite the week for the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, as Nintendo issues a copyright takedown against a Kickstarter campaign for an NES-themed photobook.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

DotEmu's bid to port Titan Quest to smartphones  
by Jennifer Allen [06.30.16]
How can you possibly translate a 60-hour action RPG from PC to iOS? DotEmu, a company that has ported classics like The Last Express and Another World, decided to give it a try.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video