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Steam now boasts 90 million monthly active users  
by Chris Kerr [10.25.18]
Steam has gained around 23 million monthly active users in little over a year, according to the latest figures from Valve. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft CEO reveals Xbox Game Pass is heading to PC 2
by Chris Kerr [10.25.18]
Satya Nadella broke the news during a recent earnings call, and explained the move is designed to "increase the strength of the [games] community" on other platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Crunch, work-life balance, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey: A view from the top  
by Kris Graft [10.25.18]
Three bosses at Ubisoft Quebec, the studio behind recently-released Assassin's Creed Odyssey, give us a bird's-eye view of crunch & work-life balance when making one of the biggest games of the year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox sees earnings rise on the strength of third-party game sales  
by Emma Kidwell [10.24.18]
Microsoft published its earnings report today for the quarter ended September 30, showing an increase in gaming revenue driven mainly by third-party titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic Games to establish new office in Australia and New Zealand 1
by Emma Kidwell [10.24.18]
Epic Games will be opening new offices in Australia and New Zealand.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't miss out on all the fantastic VR/AR/MR talks at XRDC next week!  
by Staff [10.24.18]
XRDC kicks off next Monday in San Francisco, so organizers would like to quickly highlight a sample of the show's many exciting talks and encourage you to use the free XRDC 2018 Session Scheduler!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

Betting platform nabs license for cryptocurrency gambling on eSports 1
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its crypto-gambling license approved by the Isle of Man earlier today, allowing for users to legally gamble on video game competitions via crypto-currency. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA Origin Access includes more indie games in its repertoire  
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Last week EA announced its new collection of games available to Origin Access subscribers for the month of October, which includes many indie games this time around.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Submissions for the 2019 DICE Awards are now open to developers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Registration for the 2019 DICE summit is now open, with the annual event returning to Las Vegas from February 10 to the 13 at a new venue, the Aria Resort & Casino.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Warhammer: Vermintide devs acquire A Sweet Studio AB  
by Emma Kidwell [10.22.18]
Independent studio Fatshark, best known for Warhammer: Vermintide, announced earlier today that it has acquired neighboring Swedish game developer A Sweet Studio AB. 
Indie, Business/Marketing

Significant layoffs at Trion Worlds following acquisition by Gamigo 2
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.18]
Update According to a source close to the matter, only around 25 developers across both of Trion Worlds' two studios have been given the choice of remaining with the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Join Ubisoft and Buzzfeed in a free crash course on licensing your own IP
by Staff [10.22.18]
Do you own your own IP, but don't know where to start when it comes to licensing? Join LIMA and the Global Licensing Group as they host Ubisoft and other experts in a free presentation.
Business/Marketing

EA Motive founder Jade Raymond departs EA 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.18]
Jade Raymond has departed Electronic Arts, leaving behind the Canadian studio EA Motive she founded in 2015.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Astro Genius, Redeemed  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.21.18]
This week's highlights include a rave for Astro Bot VR, why game devs aren't getting Genius Grants, and a delightful Red Dead Redemption recap, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces special in-game items to support veterans 1
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Activision Blizzard announced a new in-game pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where 100% of proceeds go toward supporting veterans find high-quality careers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam surpasses 30 million domestic users in China  
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Steam has surpassed more than 30 million users in China following the partnership between Valve and Chinese publisher Perfect World to bring the platform overseas.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs air grievances with Steam reviews, regional pricing, and dev support 19
by Alissa McAloon [10.19.18]
An insightful read from Polygon gathers feedback from several game devs about Steam’s review system, regional pricing, and overall developer support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Games as a service drives huge market value spike for EA, Activision  
by Chris Kerr [10.19.18]
The combined market value of U.S. publishers EA and Activision has grown by $79 billion since 2012, largely thanks to the success of the games-as-a-service model.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Skybound CEO aims to finish out The Walking Dead with '100%' former Telltalers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
In an AMA held on Reddit, CEO of Skybound Games Ian Howe and former creative director at Telltale Kent Mudle answer questions from players to try and shed light on the Telltale deal.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sixth annual Day of the Devs line-up features over 70 games  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
Double Fine and iam8bit announce the 70 games which will be present at the sixth annual Day of The Devs.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video