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Zynga's mobile 'forever franchises' contribute to Q2 growth  
by Emma Kidwell [08.01.18]
Zynga reports that it now generates 90 precent of its revenue from mobile games thanks to its "forever franchises", which include Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, and CSR2.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

CCP to transition EVE Online publisher to NetEase in China  
by Alissa McAloon [08.01.18]
CCP has ended its arrangement with Tiancity, the previous publisher handling EVE Online’s Serenity server, and penned a deal with NetEase to keep the online game up and running going forward.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

New XRDC Innovation Report reveals Vive still devs' top target as AR rises  
by Staff [08.01.18]
Jam-packed with interesting insights gleaned from a survey of over 600 industry professionals involved in developing AR/MR/VR experiences, this Innovation Report is completely free to download!
VR, Business/Marketing

Sega of America appoints Ian Curran as new COO and president  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.18]
Curran has decades of experience in the games industry, having previously served as UK general manager of Acclaim Entertainment and executive vice president of global publishing at THQ.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf becomes best-selling entry in franchise  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.18]
Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the 3DS has become the best-selling title in the popular mortgage repayment franchise after selling 11.78 million units worldwide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sea of Thieves has attracted over 5 million players  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.18]
Rare's pirate life simulator Sea of Thieves has attracted five million players across Xbox One and Windows 10 PC after launching back in March.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam user count has decreased 17 percent since January 9
by Emma Kidwell [07.31.18]
Steam is currently seeing a big decline in the number of people playing games (and even having Steam open on their computers) since January of this year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinclair ZX Vega+ is finally being shipped to Indiegogo backers  
by Emma Kidwell [07.31.18]
A version of the Sinclair ZX Vega+ console dubbed the 'Blankety Blank' has started to ship to backers, but it seems they aren't impressed with the product.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Switch sales lead Nintendo's first quarter while 3DS and mobile income stagnate  
by Alissa McAloon [07.31.18]
Sales of both 3DS software and hardware decreased year-over-year, while income generated by Nintendo's mobile game library increased by less than one percent.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Stanford will share insight into mixed reality's medical uses at XRDC  
by Staff [07.31.18]
Dr. Brian Hargreaves teaches mixed reality and serves as co-director of the university's Incubator for Medical Mixed and Extended Reality, and this October he'll be sharing what he's learned at XRDC!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

Worldwide PlayStation 4 shipments have topped 80 million 2
by Chris Kerr [07.31.18]
Sony's latest financials have revealed the PlayStation 4 has shipped over 80 million units globally since launching back in November 2013. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation VR co-creator Richard Marks has swapped Sony for Google  
by Chris Kerr [07.31.18]
Marks had been with Sony for almost two decades, and in recent times helped create the PlayStation VR virtual reality headset as well as the PlayStation Move motion controller. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Sales up at Sony as PS4 software exceeds expectations  
by Chris Kerr [07.31.18]
Sony has released its financials for the first quarter ended June 30, 2018, and rising PS4 software sales have been fueling growth in the company's games division. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

No Man's Sky hit almost 100,000 concurrent players on Steam this past weekend  
by Emma Kidwell [07.30.18]
No Man's Sky hit a peak concurrent playercount of around 97,000 users this past weekend, following the release of Next, an update which added online multiplayer to the game. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Spectrum ISP kicked out of NY for allegedly throttling online games and streams 2
by Emma Kidwell [07.30.18]
After failing to deliver on promises made to its customers, cable and internet provider Spectrum is essentially being booted from New York following a letter issued by the New York Public Commission.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analyst: Mobile MOBA Vainglory crosses $50M lifetime revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
Sensor Tower reports that the competitive mobile game has now generated more that $50 million in revenue since its 2014 launch.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Area 35 ends legal dispute over Kickstarter embezzlement claims in settlement  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
The ex-Area 35 employee that accused CEO Hiroaki Yura of embezzling funds from the Project Pheonix Kickstarter to fund another game last year, now says his accusation was “contrary to the truth.”
Indie, Business/Marketing

Analyst estimates put Fortnite at more than 100M downloads on iOS  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
Data from the mobile analyst Apptopia suggests that Epic Games' Fortnite has been downloaded more than 100 million times on mobile, even before its Android debut.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter: World helps Capcom to record-breaking first quarter  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.18]
Capcom has experienced its most profitable first quarter in history thanks in part to the performance of Monster Hunter: World.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Slay The Totally Accurate Spire  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.18]
This week's highlights include juicy math(s) in Slay The Spire, the creation of Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, and loads more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing