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Humble Monthly now has over 400,000 subscribers 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.01.19]
It's a milestone the company quietly hit over the past year, and one that comes just 4 years after it debuted the subscription-based game bundle back in 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony tweaks PlayStation Store refund and cancelation policy in the U.S. 1
by Chris Kerr [04.01.19]
The changes mean users can now seek a refund for games, DLC, and add-ons within 14 days of purchase, and also cancel pre-orders with relative ease.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega joins the mini-console revolution with Genesis Mini 1
by Chris Kerr [04.01.19]
The Genesis Mini will cost $79.99 when it launches on September 19, and will come pre-loaded with 40 "legendary" titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A is for Apple Arcade, B is for rolling bones? 1
by Gamasutra staff [03.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Apple Arcade announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Nintendo and Microsoft  
by Emma Kidwell [03.29.19]
24 year old security researcher Zammis Clark avoided jail time by pleading guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset takes home GLAAD award for outstanding video game  
by Emma Kidwell [03.29.19]
LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD appointed its inaugural award for Outstanding Video Game to The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset during the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards last night. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

FoxNext VP on turning Marvel: Strike Force into the Starbucks of mobile games  
by Chris Kerr [03.29.19]
"If you think about it, say Starbucks; a lot of people spend $15 or $20 a week on Starbucks on coffee and snacks and stuff and that’s a great value for them and they’ll do that forever."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch Prime users are being gifted a free year of Nintendo Switch Online  
by Chris Kerr [03.29.19]
It's interesting to see Nintendo and Twitch join forces for the promotion, and shows the Japanese console maker is searching for ways to maintain and stoke interest in its fledgling online service.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hyper Light Drifter dev confirms TV series is in the works  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
Hyper Light Drifter is receiving its own animated TV show led by Heart Machine's Alx Preston and producer Adi Shankar, best known for the Netflix adaptations of Castlevania.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Tencent opens new cloud streaming platform 'Start' for public testing  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
Tencent has opened up its own cloud gaming platform, "Start", for public testing by users in Shanghai and Guangdong.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Game Mechanic Studios is hiring a Community Manager  
by Staff [03.28.19]
The team is looking for someone to lead communications (PR, Social, Community) activities as pertaining to Game Mechanic Studios and its products.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Xsolla introduces new funding opportunity for indie developers  
by Staff [03.28.19]
Xsolla has announced a new funding opportunity for indie developers with the launch of their investment club, Xsolla Funding Club (XFC). 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Minecraft update removes mentions of creator Notch from splash screens 2
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Minecraft custodians Microsoft have removed some mentions of controversial creator Markus "Notch" Persson from the game with a new snapshot update.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony veteran Kaz Hirai has left the company after 35 years  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
"I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 20 Years of retention in EverQuest 2
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Ever wonder how EverQuest has stuck around for the last 20 years? This article shares insight into the game's ability to retain players decade after decade.
Production, Business/Marketing

Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft staffing up for Zelda project  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft is hiring developers to work on another entry in The Legend of Zelda series. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop moving into esports with new events venue  
by Emma Kidwell [03.27.19]
GameStop has announced its partnership with esports organization Complexity Gaming to open up the GameStop Performance Center in Frisco, Texas.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: The Behemoth is looking for a Marketing Strategist  
by Staff [03.27.19]
The Behemoth is looking for an experienced person who can help develop and coordinate all of its marketing-related initiatives.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Niantic announces second Pokémon GO Earth Day event  
by Emma Kidwell [03.27.19]
Niantic is hosting its second annual Pokémon GO Earth Day clean up event on April 22nd in partnership with Playmob. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA closes Japan and Russia offices amid mass layoffs  
by Alissa McAloon [03.27.19]
That original statement yesterday mentioned that the company was "ramping down our current presence in Japan and Russia," but no flat-out closures were mentioned. 
Business/Marketing