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Everybody but game devs will be able to earn more on the Microsoft Store from July 28  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.21]
Microsoft has told The Verge a new policy change that allows Microsoft Store developers to keep 100 percent of revenue from payments made via their own or third-party systems won't apply to video games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Low-Income Pass Lottery returns for GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.24.21]
The Low-Income Pass Lottery has returned for the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference. Sign up today!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sniper Ghost Warrior devs apologize after offensive press event 1
by Bryant Francis [06.24.21]
CI Games has apologized after a press event for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 allowed attendees to fight cariactures of Middle-Eastern opponents
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Learn more about how networking works at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.24.21]
Learn more about how networking work at the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

EA's latest purchase Golf Clash earned an estimated $133M in the U.S. over the past year  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Player spending on mobile sports games rose by 16 percent in the United States over to past 12 months, with EA's recently purchased mobile title Golf Clash leading the charge.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Habbo owner Azerion buys German social game company Whow Games  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Gaming and entertainment platform Azerion has acquired German online free-to-play developer and publisher Whow Games for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Tencent-owned Timi Studios opens new Seattle studio to create triple-A games  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Timi Studios, the Tencent-owned developer that's worked on games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Honor of Kings, has opened a new studio in Seattle to create triple-A titles.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Game localization for discovery: it's trickier than you think!  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.21]
Localization is a really important part of game discovery, since it opens up so many new potential markets for your PC/console games. But what are the best languages to localize to, and why?
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

You can now run Xbox Cloud games at Series X performance levels  
by Bryant Francis [06.23.21]
It’s now possible to play Xbox Cloud games running at the same fidelity as their Xbox Series X equivalents.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest change aims to prevent buyers from gaming regional pricing  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Steam users can now only change the country on their account every three months, a move that aims to prevent people from fibbing about their location to score cheaper games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
Business/Marketing

EA buys Golf Clash developer Playdemic from AT&T and WB Games for $1.4B  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
EA has acquired Golf Clash developer Playdemic from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T for $1.4 billion in cash.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pokemon leakers told to pay $150,000 each in damages to The Pokemon Company  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Two leakers have been told to pay The Pokemon Company a sizable $150,000 each in damages after taking and uploading photographs of an unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and disempowering experiences.
Business/Marketing

Rovio will revive some older Angry Birds titles after pulling them from sale  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Rovio is working to revive a number of older Angry Birds titles after quietly pulling them from sale.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo will shut down the Splatoon 2 Online Lounge in July  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
The feature allows players to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange online battles using their smart device by sending a URL link that allows other players to join a room.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires 3D data optimization software provider Pixyz Software  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Unity has acquired 3D data preparation and optimization software provider Pixyz Software for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS  
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.21]
The 'early game' -- or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match -- is a first impression that players experience over and over again, whether they're playing competitively or solo. It makes sense to try to do it right.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.22.21]
We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game Rubber Bandits - plus lots more!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

GameStop to invest in 'growth initiatives' after raising $1.12 billion through ATM Offering  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
GameStop has raised $1.12 billon dollars after selling 5 million shares of common stock through an at-the-market equity offering program.
Business/Marketing