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Personal information of 16,415 people compromised during Capcom security breach  
by Chris Kerr [01.12.21]
Capcom has confirmed that the personal information of 16,415 people has been compromised as the result of a cyber attack last year.
Business/Marketing

Star Wars games are now housed under a revived Lucasfilm Games brand 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.21]
Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.
Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: How good does your game look on a Steam search?  
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.21]
How appealing is your game on the eyes of a player search? I don't know, but I can tell you what we did about it!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

IronSource acquires ad insight platform Soomla  
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.21]
IronSource has acquired the advertising quality measurement platform Soomla, aiming to bolster its own game dev-focused advertising tools through the purchase of the like-minded company. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC 2021's Core Concepts submissions are closing today  
by Staff [01.11.21]
Today is the last day to submit your talk for GDC 2021's Core Concepts section. Get your submissions in before time runs out!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Riot and Bungie file lawsuit against Destiny 2 and Valorant cheat-maker  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.21]
Riot Games and Bungie have filed a joint lawsuit against the operator and creator behind a number of cheats and hacks for Valorant and Destiny 2
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Justin Roiland to become Squanch Games CEO following departure of Tanya Watson  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.21]
Squanch Games CEO Tanya Watson is departing the Trover Saves the Universe developer after four years at the helm.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 raises over $2.75 million for charity  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.21]
Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 has raised over $2.75 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Business/Marketing

Blog: How studios can prevent unauthorized spending in games 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.21]
Video games are being played at record levels and spend on in-game content for children is on the rise. But what about accidental and unauthorised spending?
Design, Business/Marketing

Best Fiends publisher Playtika launches $1.6B IPO  
by Bryant Francis [01.08.21]
Mobile game publisher Playtika has launched its Initial Public Offering, valuing the company at $1.6 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The English translation of Ask Iwata will arrive in April this year  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.21]
Ask Iwata, a book containing words of wisdom from former Nintendo CEO and president, Satoru Iwata, will be released in English for the first time in April this year. 
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The FTC slams Tapjoy over deceptive ads, pledges to keep 'gatekeeping giants' in check  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.21]
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that U.S. mobile advertising platform Tapjoy misled users by cheating both developers and players out of compensation and rewards.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Updated: Twitch, Discord suspend Trump-related accounts after Capitol assault  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Updated: Twitch and Discord have removed Trump-related accounts to prevent 'further violence' after Wednesday's assault on Capitol Hill.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch removes popular emote after pro player's support for Capitol Hill mob  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Twitch has yanked a widely-used emote after the pro player that inspired its creation 'encouraged further violence' after pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Last call: Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts close on Monday  
by Staff [01.07.21]
Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts talks are closing on January 11th at 11:59PM PST.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent and Alibaba may get blacklisted by the Trump administration  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
The outgoing Trump administration could blacklist Chinese tech and game companies Alibaba and Tencent, potentially preventing American investors from trading their stocks on home soil.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Have video games become products like any other? 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.07.21]
When we buy a defective product, we report it and demand either a replacement or a refund. But when we buy a deficient video game, we tend to see it as part of what a player has to endure.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Roblox secures fresh $520 million investment, outlines plans for direct listing  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
Roblox now intends to go public by way of a direct listing instead of an initial public offering (IPO) as previously reported.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discount strategy: your key post-launch game discovery tool  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.07.21]
So, when your game has been released, how do you get people to keep talking about it or buying it? Discounts are key, but are you looking at comparables, & do you have a methodical strategy?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Nvidia's takeover of Arm is being investigated by UK competition authorities  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) intends to investigate Nvidia's recent $40 million acquisition of chip maker ARM.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing