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What should a game publishing agreement look like? (& more!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.14.20]
Lots happening again this time out. So let’s get it going with an excellent data set from the rather good (but I’m biased) GDC Summer virtual event that took place last week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Advice on studio culture, game design, and much more from GDC Summer  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.20]
Miss GDC Summer last week? Catch up on some of the expert advice from the show in this series of Gamasutra features on everything from monetization and game design to production and studio culture cultivation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Former Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director fired after misconduct investigation  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.20]
Ubisoft have fired former Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail following an independent misconduct investigation. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

New allegations show the cycle of abuse and misconduct runs deep at Ubisoft 4
by Chris Kerr [08.14.20]
Over a dozen former and current Ubisoft employees have come forward with fresh allegations of toxicity and abuse, implicating leadership figures still working at the French publisher.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Mortal Kombat's John Tobias on the creation and evolution of a franchise  
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.20]
John "Saibot" Tobias talks to Arcade Perfect author David L. Craddock about creating the lore and visual style that defined early entries in the Mortal Kombat franchise.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG Corp invests $10 million into 1Up Ventures to support indies  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.20]
PUBG Corporation has sunk $10 million into venture fund 1Up Ventures to help "foster the next generation of game developers."
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner  
by Staff [08.13.20]
Longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
Business/Marketing

Epic Games sues Apple to end what Epic calls 'unfair and anti-competitive actions' 9
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.20]
This morning's Fortnite update is looking more and more like a coordinated attack from Epic Games against Apple with each passing hour.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Apple, Google pull Fortnite from App Store over Epic's new in-app payment option  
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.20]
Epic and Apple are locked in a battle of wills, each having made their own grand gestures today over in-app purchases and Apple’s steadfast insistence that it takes 30 percent cut of a game's App Store revenue.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic offers discount to Fortnite players on mobile, but only if they dodge platform fees 1
by Chris Kerr [08.13.20]
Epic Games is permanently discounting V-bucks and real-money offers in Fortnite by up to 20 percent, but mobile players will need to skirt platform fees to take advantage.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

THQ parent company Embracer has purchased Metro dev 4A Games and others  
by Chris Kerr [08.13.20]
THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group has announced a spate of acquisitions, including a number of game studios.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC reveals upcoming virtual program, 2021 event lineup  
by Staff [08.12.20]
Game Developers Conference 2021 will be a hybrid physical/virtual event taking place online and at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in July next year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Steam Game Festival returns in October (with slightly stricter demo eligibility rules)  
by Alissa McAloon [08.12.20]
Valve is bringing its Steam Game Festival back for another week-long digital demo drive, but it looks like it has taken some small steps to keep the participant pool a little smaller than it was for the last version of the event.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

UK survey finds positive links between playing games and literacy  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.20]
New research published by the National Literacy Trust indicates video games can have a positive impact on the literacy, creativity, and wellbeing of young people.
Business/Marketing

Paradox reports upturn in revenue as expansion packs drive growth  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.20]
Stellaris developer-publisher Paradox has reported a strong financial quarter, with both revenues and operating profits on the rise. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why are you making your game's store page unattractive? 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.20]
There’s been a lot of discussion on best practices for your video game store page (whether that be console, PC, or even mobile.) And yes, it’s quite important. Here's what you should be doing.
Design, Business/Marketing

Sega reports loss despite strong video game sales  
by Chris Kerr [08.11.20]
Net sales and profits are down at Sega Sammy, which just released its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Creating a progression curve for your casual game  
by Gamasutra Community [08.11.20]
The goal of this article is to show a general approach to the progression curve fitting based on simulations that can be undertaken on a stage of the economy design prior to launch.
Design, Business/Marketing

Twitch announces 'Prime Gaming' rebrand  
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch announced today it would rebrand its Twitch Prime premium service to "Prime Gaming."
Business/Marketing

Controller leak all but confirms 'Xbox Series S' 1
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
New images of a revamped Xbox-style controller point to a heavily rumored, more affordable Xbox Series S next-gen console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing