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Valve is working on its own 'more accurate and more useful' Steam Spy-like tools 12
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.18]
Valve knows that Steam Spy has been a useful tool for developers but laments that the service is not accurate enough. The company hopes to introduce its own tools to solve this problem.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Second Life creator's VR platform High Fidelity secures $35M investment 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.18]
High Fidelity has closed a $35 million funding round, raising money the company says it plans to use to continue to develop its open source, blockchain-powered social VR platform. 
VR, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Life is Strange: Before The Storm wins big at Games for Change Awards 2
by Chris Kerr [06.29.18]
Life is Strange: Before the Storm was the big winner at this year's Games for Change award, scooping up two of the most coveted prizes.
Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The surprising effect of Steam Sales on non-discounted games 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.18]
Let's take a look at how non-discounted games are influenced by store-wide Steam Sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

State of Decay 2 has pulled in over 3 million players  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.18]
The title launched on May 22, and initially managed to attract over 2 million players in less than two weeks.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: A brief history of murder in Ultima Online 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.18]
In this excerpt from 'Postmortems,' a new book of selected design essays by Raph Koster, the author serves up a brief history of murder in Ultima Online.
Design, Business/Marketing

343 and Showtime team up to produce 10-episode Halo TV series  
by Alex Wawro [06.28.18]
Microsoft announced today that Showtime has ordered 10 episodes of an hour-long Halo television show that will begin production next year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Summer Games Done Quick donations will determine a new skin for Prey  
by Emma Kidwell [06.28.18]
Those who tune into Summer Games Done Quick tonight have a chance to decide on a new skin for Prey: Mooncrash's upcoming Typhon Hunter update.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Warner Bros. calls Bethesda lawsuit against Westworld game 'baseless'  
by Emma Kidwell [06.28.18]
Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive released a statement today regarding the Westworld mobile game, calling out Bethesda's accusations of copyright infringement against them "baseless."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam Direct sees 180 game releases per week, over twice as many as Greenlight did 7
by Alissa McAloon [06.28.18]
A talk by Valve’s Jan-Peter Ewert has yielded some interesting slides, offering game developers a look at the motivations of the minds behind Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Judge halves ZeniMax's $500M Oculus payout, declines to block Rift sales  
by Emma Kidwell [06.28.18]
After an updated ruling yesterday, Facebook will now only owe ZeniMax Media Inc. half of the $500 million initially granted for allegedly using stolen code to build the Oculus Rift. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic acquires machine learning company Matrix Mill  
by Alissa McAloon [06.28.18]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has acquired the computer vision and machine learning company Matrix Mill for an undisclosed sum.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

French startup Oh BiBi nets $21M to build out mobile shooter  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.18]
French mobile startup Oh BiBi has raised $21 million to support the development of Frag, an online first-person shooter looking to capitalize on the popularity of Fortnite. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Shuntaro Furukawa has been officially appointed Nintendo president  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.18]
"We will continue striving to offer products and services that anyone can enjoy, regardless of age, gender, or gaming experience."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's Fils-Aime commits to improving Switch storefront curation 1
by Alex Wawro [06.27.18]
"We have a significant global focus on driving our digital business...independent games are a critical part of that," Fils-Aime told Waypoint. "We continue to look at other ways to enhance curation."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Game of Thrones: Conquest players find bot exploiting user data  
by Emma Kidwell [06.27.18]
Players of the F2P mobile title Game of Thrones: Conquest claim to have found bots that are exploiting the game's mechanics and cheating players out of money used on in-app purchases.  
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mojang partners with its players to help rebuild coral reefs 1
by Emma Kidwell [06.27.18]
Mojang donates $100,000 to The Nature Conservatory after Minecraft players place ten million coral blocks underwater through the Coral Crafters initiative.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony now looking at cross-platform play possibilities  
by Chris Kerr [06.27.18]
Sony has again commented on the state of its cross-platform efforts, but this time the console maker has suggested it's hashing out a solution. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG Corp. drops lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games 6
by Chris Kerr [06.27.18]
The lawsuit alleged Fortnite was far too similar to PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which ignited the battle royale frenzy when it launched in March 2017
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Overwatch hacker facing possible jail time for selling illegal programs  
by Emma Kidwell [06.26.18]
A South Korean Overwatch hacker is facing possible jail time after violating the Game Industry Promotion Law and Information and Communication Technology Protection Law.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing