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Nintendo's Switch and SNES Classic topped U.S. game hardware sales last month  
by Alex Wawro [11.16.17]
It was a good month for Nintendo as, according to a report from The NPD Group, the Switch was the best-selling game console in the U.S. last month, with the SNES Classic Edition in second place.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook launches new video creation and streaming tools  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.17]
Facebook is upping its game when it comes to video creation and streaming, which is good news for game streamers and video makers who use the platform.
Business/Marketing

Vivendi holding off on Ubisoft takeover plans for six months  
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.17]
During its quarterly earnings report, Vivendi noted that it does not plan to acquire the additional shares necessary for a takeover within the next six months.
Business/Marketing

Blog: So your first indie game failed? Here's what to do next 10
by Gamasutra Community [11.16.17]
Hey all your hopes of being a world famous millionaire game designer went out the window when your first game didn't sell very well. Don't freak out! Here's what to do next.
Business/Marketing

Vive Tracker bundles are now available for pre-order  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.17]
Until now, the button-like accessory had only been available to businesses and developers, but soon everyone will be able to get their mitts on the nifty add-on. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Battlefront II, Overwatch under scrutiny by Belgian gambling regulator 11
by Alex Wawro [11.15.17]
Update The Belgian Gaming Commission's general director has told local media that the outfit is investigating whether the loot crate systems in Battlefront II and Overwatch qualify as gambling.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Battlefront II dev: 'It's up to us to make sure that grind is fun and not overwhelming' 4
by Alex Wawro [11.15.17]
"Crates can be a fun addition as long as you don't feel forced to engage with them in order to progress," a Battlefront II dev wrote on Reddit. "That's where the issue is with our game right now."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

iCandy picks up Animoca Brands mobile game portfolio for $3.8M  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.17]
All in all, Animoca Brands' 318 casual mobile games were included in the sale.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

AIAS launches new game dev podcast 'The Game Makers Notebook'  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.17]
The show will be hosted by Insomniac Games founder and CEO Ted Price, and will feature a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations with developers.
Production, Business/Marketing

Patreon games: Kickstarter launches Drip to help fund individual creators  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.17]
Kickstarter has launched Drip, a new tool that enables individual artists and creators to amass funding and build a community of their own. 
Business/Marketing

Mobile games are driving revenues and profits at Tencent  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.17]
The Shenzhen-based outfit saw revenues and profits rise thanks to the performance of its smartphone and PC games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

UK Government promises more visas, more investment for tech sector 1
by Chris Kerr [11.15.17]
As part of the new 'support package,' the Government will look to double the number of visas handed out to the 'brightest and best talent' from around the world, including those in digital technology, to 2000. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ex-BioWare dev traces loot boxes back to Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 1
by Staff [11.14.17]
"There was a ton of inspiration between our two teams that we passed back and forth," former BioWare dev Jesse Houston tells Glixel. "We loved the Magic card feeling."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

IO Interactive has cut a deal to make a Hitman TV series 1
by Alex Wawro [11.14.17]
The team behind last year's episodic hit-'em-up Hitman have confirmed they've cut a deal with Fox 21 and Hulu to produce a television series based on the game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop aborts the launch of its unlimited game rental program 4
by Alex Wawro [11.14.17]
GameStop began rolling out, then abruptly stopped, the PowerPass game rental program it had planned to officially launch next week.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 5 tips on making great DLC from Dying Light: The Following devs 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.17]
The developers of the well-received expansion Dying Light: The Following share advice and lessons on the many different aspects of making great DLC.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox One owners can now send games as digital gifts  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.17]
Microsoft has introduced digital gift-giving on its flagship console, just ahead of the holiday season.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nominees revealed for The Game Awards 2017  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.17]
The nominees for the fourth annual Game Awards have been revealed, and there are plenty of big-hitters up for multiple prizes.
Business/Marketing

GameMaker Studio 2 gets new low-cost 'Creators Edition' 5
by Chris Kerr [11.14.17]
Unlike the free trial version, the new "Creator Edition" gives devs full access to the entire GameMaker toolset, letting them hone their skills without any limitations. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Film Victoria pledges $140K to create more opportunities for women in games  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.17]
Australian government agency Film Victoria is dishing out $140,000 in grants to help create more opportunities for women in games.
Production, Business/Marketing