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Hiro Capital leads $15 million investment into three game studios  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
Hiro Capital has led a $15 million investment into mobile and cross-platform studios Snowprint, Double Loop Games, and Happy Volcano.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: EA cancels new property Gaia after six years in development at EA Motive  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
EA has reportedly canceled a new property codenamed 'Gaia' after six years in development.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve ordered to comply with Apple's request for Steam data  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
A California magistrate judge has ordered Valve to comply with Apple's recent request for financial data on over 400 Steam titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Last call to sign up for GDC Masterclass!  
by Staff [02.25.21]
It's your last chance to register for GDC Masterclass. Don't delay!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Lessons from Warframe's community management  
by Staff [02.25.21]
In this 2018 GDC session, Digital Extremes' Rebecca Ford explains how the Warframe team has worked in tandem with the community team to make strategic decisions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Mobile studio BebopBee nets $2 million to boost live ops and user acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [02.25.21]
California-based mobile studio BebopBee has secured $2 million in funding to drive user acquisition and build out its live ops.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Octopath Traveler surpasses 2.5 million digital sales and shipments  
by Chris Kerr [02.25.21]
Octopath Traveler has topped 2.5 million digital sales and shipments in under three years.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo is halting original 3DS and 3DS XL repairs in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [02.25.21]
The original Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL are about to become endangered species in Japan.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ongoing Fallout 4 DLC lawsuit could impact Microsoft's takeover of Bethesda 1
by Chris Kerr [02.25.21]
Bethesda has been dealing with a lawsuit over its handling of Fallout 4's downloadable content that could impact Microsoft's takeover of the company.
Business/Marketing

Report: Some CD Projekt devs unable to work after ransomware attack  
by Bryant Francis [02.24.21]
A report in Bloomberg News indicates that the cyber attack on CD Projekt Red earlier this month has left its developers unable to work on updates to Cyberpunk 2077
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Semiconductor shortage hitting console production to be investigated by White House  
by Bryant Francis [02.24.21]
President Biden is planning to file an executive order later today investigating the supply shortage of semiconductors that's hit automakers and console developers alike.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Deep dive: how Steam followers and wishlists relate  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.24.21]
How do Steam followers (the folks who follow news on your Steam page) related to your pre-release Steam wishlists? We have full survey results here for your delectation.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: My full time indie developer life - Year 4 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.21]
Welcome to the fourth edition of my annual blog post. As is now tradition, I'll be charting my life as a full time indie developer in a bid to draw lessons from my successes and failures.
Business/Marketing

Steam's new controller reporting lets devs know how their games are played  
by Chris Kerr [02.24.21]
Valve has rolled out a new Steamworks update that shows developers what percentage of their playerbase uses controllers and more.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent grabs minority stake in TerraTech developer Payload Studios  
by Chris Kerr [02.24.21]
Payload said the cash will be used to expand its team and develop new titles with its "signature community-driven model.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thunderful acquires Bridge Constructor publisher Headup for $13.3 million  
by Chris Kerr [02.24.21]
Headup is best known as the publisher behind the Bridge Constructor franchise, and has also worked on the special edition releases of titles like Limbo and The Binding of Issac.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Crusader Kings III helps Paradox to best financial year in history  
by Chris Kerr [02.23.21]
"Crusader Kings III broke several of our previous records at release, in terms of both number of simultaneous players and copies sold."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

IronSource acquires playable and video advertisement platform Luna Labs  
by Chris Kerr [02.23.21]
IronSource has acquired creative management platform Luna Labs for an undisclosed fee.
Business/Marketing

Sony developing 'next-generation VR system' for PlayStation 5  
by Chris Kerr [02.23.21]
Sony has announced it's working on a "next-generation VR system" for the PlayStation 5.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Paradox removes Hardsuit Labs as Bloodlines 2 developer, title delayed indefinitely  
by Chris Kerr [02.23.21]
Hardsuit Labs has been removed as the developer of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, which has now been delayed indefinitely.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing