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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

Blog: Deconstructing the product strategy of PC Building Simulator  
by Gamasutra Community [01.07.21]
Once a game reaches maturity, how can it keep generating revenue and maintain player interest? We talk about that while analyzing the challenges and opportunities on PC Building Simulator.
Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Nintendo as a Assistant Manager, Special Projects  
by Staff [01.06.21]
Nintendo of America is looking for a bilingual Japanese speaker to join its team as an 'Assistant Manager, Special Projects.'
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Xbox once pitched an acquisition of Nintendo, and was met with laughter 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.06.21]
"Steve [Ballmer] made us go meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired. They just laughed their asses off."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinking City returns to stores as legal dispute over publishing rights continues  
by Chris Kerr [01.06.21]
The game was removed from a number of platforms in August 2020 due to a dispute between developer Frogwares and publisher Nacon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The JRPG startup cost - Part 3 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.06.21]
The evolution of JRPGs in the 6th console generation. The rise of 3D environments, abstract game systems, and ever-younger protagonists.
Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Improving your odds in programming job interviews  
by Staff [01.05.21]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Rez Graham and Brian Schwab share interviewing insights from a combined 30 years in the industry and dozens of companies, both as job seekers and hiring interviewers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: How I wasted time and money developing a game that earned $30 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.05.21]
My postmortem analysis of Drunk Shotgun, a hardcore indie game you've probably never heard of.
Production, Business/Marketing

Football Manager 2021 has sold over 1 million copies in record time  
by Chris Kerr [01.05.21]
Football Manager 2021 has topped 1 million sales in under two months to become the fastest-selling entry in the franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go maker Niantic acquires community platform Mayhem  
by Chris Kerr [01.05.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic has acquired game community platform Mayhem for an undisclosed fee. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: A Survive Another Night development postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [01.05.21]
A postmortem about developing my game Survive Another Night for the 2020 Epic MegaJam.
Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo acquires Luigi's Mansion 3 developer Next Level Games 1
by Chris Kerr [01.05.21]
The Canadian studio has previously collaborated with Nintendo on a number of high-profile franchises including Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Strikers, and Punch-Out
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: The top 10 game developers of the year 3
by Staff [01.05.21]
Selecting 10 studios for our top game developers list is difficult every year, but this year was one of the toughest to narrow down.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Quantifying the Xmas day video game sales bump  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.04.21]
What does Xmas Day mean for game sales nowadays? Does unwrapping game consoles under the Christmas tree mean that digital game sales shoot up over the holidays? We examine the evidence.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt gearing up for 'vigorous action' against investor lawsuit 1
by Bryant Francis [01.04.21]
CD Projekt, parent company of CD Projekt Red, has announced it will take 'vigorous action' to defend itself from a December class action lawsuit filed by Rosen Law Firm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple removes 39,000 games from the App Store in China  
by Chris Kerr [01.04.21]
Apple pulled 39,000 games from its App Store in China on December 31, 2020 including NBA 2K20 and Assassin's Creed Identity.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Bloodborne producer Teruyuki Toriyama departs SIE Japan Studio  
by Chris Kerr [01.04.21]
The veteran producer announced his departure on Twitter over the holidays, and left the Tokyo-based first-party studio at the end of December 2020.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing