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Guerrilla Games planning office expansion to ramp up development  
by Chris Kerr [07.19.18]
Horizon Zero Dawn developer Guerrilla Games is moving to a new office and expanding its team from 250 members to 400 permanent employees. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Credit card thieves reportedly using Clash of Clans to launder money 3
by Emma Kidwell [07.18.18]
Credit card thieves are allegedly using the mobile games Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Marvel Contest of Champions to launder hundreds and thousands of dollars via account selling.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fortnite has collected $1 billion from in-game purchases  
by Emma Kidwell [07.18.18]
Epic Games’ Fortnite has earned over $1 billion so far from in-game purchases alone according to a report published by market research firm Superdata.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdfunding and video games in 2018 - A mid-year update  
by Gamasutra Community [07.18.18]
Market intelligence expert Thomas Bidaux looks into the performance of video games projects on Kickstarter and Fig.co.
Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go developer Niantic acquires Seismic Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.18.18]
Seismic is comprised of industry veterans from studios like Activision and Pandemic, and has worked on mobile and VR titles like Marvel: Strike Force and Blade Runner Revelations.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blizzard does away with World of Warcraft Battle Chest pricing 2
by Bryant Francis [07.17.18]
An update to the Blizzard store appears to confirm that purchasing the base game of World of Warcraft will no longer be required, only a subscription to the game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pirated copies of Surviving Mars and Frostpunk sold on Amazon 1
by Emma Kidwell [07.17.18]
It was discovered over the weekend that Amazon had temporarily sold pirated copies of PC games like Frostpunk and Surviving Mars.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Back catalog games continue to drive growth for Ubisoft as Q1 sales hit $466M  
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.18]
Even beyond just back catalog titles, most categories reported in Ubisoft’s quarterly release saw a significant increase when compared to the first quarter of the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Octi nets $7.5M to create AR tech that understands the human body  
by Chris Kerr [07.17.18]
Augmented reality outfit Octi has raised $7.5 million in seed funding to help it create AR tech that can understand the human body and its movements.
VR, Programming, Business/Marketing

App Store and Google Play spending hits $34.4B during first half of 2018  
by Chris Kerr [07.17.18]
That marks a year-over-year increase of 27.8 percent, and mobile games were largely responsible for bringing home the bacon.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Saudi Arabia appears to ban 47 video games after deaths of children 3
by Bryant Francis [07.16.18]
UPDATED The Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media has banned several video games in the wake of the deaths of two children (though the deaths appear unrelated at this time).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve is temporarily withholding adult games from Steam 6
by Emma Kidwell [07.16.18]
Adult games are currently being temporarily withheld from Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Klang Games secures $8.95M investment for SpatialOS-powered MMO 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.16.18]
That game, Seed, is one of several online titles being build with SpatialOS, tech that leans on cloud-computing to create living, persistent online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Coming soon? German courts ban vague release dates on pre-orders 3
by Chris Kerr [07.16.18]
Germany has banned vague release dates for pre-orders, meaning retailers won't be able to list pre-orders without also providing a shipment date. 
Business/Marketing

Blog: What we learned one year after releasing our debut Switch title 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.18]
A look at some of the things we learnt after releasing our first game on the Nintendo Switch.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Octopath's DOS Demake  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.15.18]
This week's highlights include a rounded look at Octopath Traveler, the dev making a DOS game in 2018, and the evolution of the PlayStation 1-style demake as a genre.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft Berlin granted $1.84M in subsidies from city senate for expansion  
by Emma Kidwell [07.13.18]
Ubisoft Berlin is granted a subsidy of $1.84 million for expansion from the Berlin Senate, with the funds being used to grow operations and generate new jobs in the city.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is looking for a Head of Global Account Management  
by Staff [07.13.18]
This position will oversee all global account management teams across the world, with representation in Sony's SIEA, SIEE and SIEJA offices.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Valve brings trading back to CS:GO in the Netherlands, though loot boxes remain blocked  
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.18]
This comes weeks after the company first shut the services down in compliance with requests from The Netherlands Gaming Authority.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Japan is taking steps to legalize paid esports tournaments  
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.18]
Laws aimed at illegal gambling have long prevented Japanese esports events from offering cash prizes, but a new licensing program seeks to change that.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing