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Zynga snaps up EA's former SVP of mobile publishing, Bernard Kim  
by Chris Kerr [06.14.16]
"I’m very excited to work with Frank and the team to deliver high-quality experiences that drive deeper long-term engagement with mass market audiences."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Beyond the pitch: Getting your team engaged and excited about a game dev project 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.14.16]
Game industry professionals weigh in on specific ways you can lead your team to success, in this continuation of the Games Outcomes Project.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: What does $1 million buy in game development? 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.14.16]
A million dollars seems like a lot of money, but what does it really buy?  To explain the answer, I'm going to use a widely reviled concept: the man-month.
Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Paradox Development Studio's Stellaris 3
by Henrik Fåhraeus & Rikard Åslund [06.14.16]
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus and project lead Rikard Åslund take us through the making of Paradox Development Studio's epic 4X space strategy game Stellaris
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video

Kojima Productions reveals new game Death Stranding at E3 2
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
Hideo Kojima appeared on stage at Sony's E3 press conference to unveil a trailer for Kojima Productions' new game, its first since parting ways with Konami. The game will be called Death Stranding.
Console/PC, Art, Design, E3

Sony confirms release date for Playstation VR at E3  
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
At E3 today, Sony set a firm release date of October 13th for their VR hardware previously known as Project Morpheus. They also announced VR titles in major franchise like Final Fantasy and Star Wars.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Finally: Sony confirms The Last Guardian release date at E3  
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
Sony's long awaited platfotmer The Last Guardian finally gets a release date at E3 2016.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Watch the PlayStation conference at E3 2016 right here  
by Staff [06.13.16]
This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo continues with Sony's PlayStation showcase at 6 PM Pacific, which the company will surely use to hype up its games and hardware plans for the year to come.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Ubisoft CEO stresses creative independence as Vivendi takeover threat looms 2
by Kris Graft [06.13.16]
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot took a moment to stress the importance of creative freedom at the end of his company’s E3 conference in L.A. today, an apparent gesture of defiance against Vivendi.
Business/Marketing, E3

After nearly 15 years, Penny Arcade chief Robert Khoo calls it quits  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Longtime Penny Arcade president Robert Khoo has announced plans to step down next month, after nearly 15 years at the company helping to oversee the rise of (among other things) PAX and Child's Play.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Microsoft's cross-platform future is about competing on its own terms 5
by Kris Graft [06.13.16]
Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference was all about platform agnosticism and leveraging its unique advantage as the owner of Windows.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

CDPR tries its hand at F2P with standalone version of The Witcher's Gwent 2
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Polish developer CD Projekt Red is dipping a toe into the waters of free-to-play game design with Gwent, a standalone digital version of the collectible card (mini)game in the studio's 2015 hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

Don't miss Gamasutra's E3 2016 coverage all week long!  
by Staff [06.13.16]
E3 2016 is off and running! We're running along with it, and now you can keep tabs on Gamasutra's coverage of breaking news and developer-focused interviews on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Apple opens its Siri voice assistant up to devs via new API  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Apple's annual WWDC dev event kicks off today, and as part of the proceedings the company has announced plans to open its extant iOS voice assistant, Siri, up to third-party developers via an upcoming API.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Microsoft confirms plans to release a more powerful Xbox next year: 'Scorpio' 1
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer closed out Microsoft's E3 showcase today by confirming that yes, Microsoft is going to release a more powerful Xbox console next year that will play all existing Xbox One games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Minecraft multiplayer goes cross-platform under Microsoft's watch  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Now that Microsoft owns Minecraft, it announced today that the massively popular game will be opened up to allow for cross-platform multiplayer mine crafting. Yes, that includes VR platforms too.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

New 'Play Anywhere' initiative reinforces Microsoft's cross-platform push  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Microsoft is amping up its cross-platform push with "Play Anywhere," a new initiative announced during its E3 press event today that encompasses a number of games which will be playable on both Xbox and Windows 10.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft gets deeper into eSports with Arena for Xbox  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
At E3 this week Microsoft laid plans to launch a new service on Xbox, Arena, designed to let people sign up for, compete in and watch tournaments for games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

With Serious Sam VR, Croteam takes the VR plunge 1
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Croatian indie dev Croteam is getting into VR game development with Serious Sam VR, which is set to be published by Devolver Digital on Steam Early Access this summer.
VR, Business/Marketing, E3

Blog: Don't quit - take a risk! 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.16]
"One year ago, Mighty Rabbit Studios faced a complete shutdown. Taking one crazy risk, they were able to come back from the brink of closure."
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing