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Steam Spy isn't dead, but it's not back at 100% yet either  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.18]
Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin opens up about how Valve’s changes interfered with how his third-party sales tracker worked before and how he’s trying to keep the tool alive.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Nintendo still has plans for the 3DS through '2019 and beyond' 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.18]
Following earlier conversations about the role the 3DS would play in a post-Switch industry, Nintendo now says that it has plans to support the 3DS into and beyond 2019.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

With the PlayStation 4 at 73M sold, Sony braces for sales to slow  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.18]
While sales have remained strong for the console in the last few years, Sony’s latest financial statements show that the company is preparing for hardware sales to slow down.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Super Monday Night Combat shutting down due to new data protection regs 2
by Chris Kerr [04.27.18]
Uber is sunsetting the game because it doesn't comply with the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation guidelines, which are coming into effect on May 25. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo partners with Japanese dev Cygames on new mobile title 1
by Chris Kerr [04.27.18]
The game is being pitched as an "all-new original action RPG application" built from the ground up for mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PS4 software fueling growth at Sony as hardware stalls  
by Chris Kerr [04.27.18]
Sony has released its financials for the full-year ended March 31, 2018, and strong software sales once again fueled growth in the company's games division. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Norwegian customer watchdog calls out Nintendo, Sony, EA and Valve 5
by Alex Wawro [04.26.18]
The Norwegian Consumer Council is alleging that Steam, Nintendo's eShop, the PlayStation Store, and EA's Origin storefront are violating European consumer protection laws regarding refunds.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox earnings on the rise thanks to third-party games and services  
by Alex Wawro [04.26.18]
Microsoft closed out the third quarter of its fiscal year last month, and today the company reported both its games business and the company as a whole saw revenues rise during the period.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games lays off some staff 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.18]
H1Z1 developer Daybreak Games has laid off a portion of its workforce, cutting jobs across various departments within the studio in the process.
Business/Marketing

Lifetime Switch sales have surpassed 17M units 1
by Chris Kerr [04.26.18]
The Nintendo Switch has sold 17.79 million units since launching just over a year ago on March 3, 2017. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Indie PR and going beyond the mainstream  
by Gamasutra Community [04.26.18]
Indie devs new to PR might be tempted to set their sights on coverage from the very biggest games websites, but that can often be counterproductive. Here's what you might want to try instead.
Business/Marketing

Nintendo reports jump in profits as Switch tops 15M sales 1
by Chris Kerr [04.26.18]
That upward shift is largely down to a "positive trend" in global hardware sales for the Nintendo Switch, which sold a total of 15.05 million units during the fiscal year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo gets a new president as Kimishima retires  
by Chris Kerr [04.26.18]
Nintendo is about to make some big changes, with current president Tatsumi Kimishima planning to retire after almost three years at the helm.
Business/Marketing

Ragnarok Online shutting down European servers after 14 years 2
by Emma Kidwell [04.25.18]
Ragnarok Online servers are shutting down across European regions on May 25.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

343 clarifies Halo modding policy as fan-led Halo Online revival gets the axe  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.18]
Halo developer 343 Industries has put the kibosh on a fan project that sought to revive a canceled Russia-only game called Halo Online.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Xbox marketing lead Albert Penello leaves Microsoft after 18 years  
by Chris Kerr [04.25.18]
Penello had recently been leading the worldwide go-to-market strategies for all Xbox consoles, from the standard Xbox One to the supercharged Xbox One X. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Belgian Gaming Commission declares loot boxes illegal 77
by Chris Kerr [04.25.18]
The Belgian Gaming Commission has declared loot boxes illegal, following in the footsteps of their Dutch counterparts who reached a similar decision last week. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Norwegian studio nets $400K to finish co-op puzzler Pode  
by Chris Kerr [04.25.18]
Norwegian indie outfit Henchman & Goon has netted $400,000 to push ahead with the development of its co-op puzzler, Pode. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How many wishlists should your game have when launching on Steam? 30
by Gamasutra Community [04.25.18]
Game dev Jake Birkett asks fellow devs to share their Steam wishlist-related data and tries to suss out the all-important relationship between wishlists at launch and sales at launch.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Death Road to Canada devs delay release out of respect for recent tragedy  
by Emma Kidwell [04.24.18]
Ukiyo Publishing postpones the console release of Death Road to Canada following the incident in Toronto yesterday involving the death of ten pedestrians.
Indie, Business/Marketing