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VR dev Resolution Games kicks off push into publishing with Odd Raven deal  
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.20]
Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs dev Resolution Games is moving into the game publishing business, and has signed a deal with fellow VR developer Odd Raven Studios to get that ball rolling.
VR, Business/Marketing

Capcom says personal details of 350,000 potentially compromised after recent hack  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.20]
Capcom says the personal information over 350,000 business partners and customers may have been compromised following a recent ransomware attack. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Oxford University study finds playing games can positively impact emotional well-being  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.20]
New research from Oxford University has found that playing video games can have a positive effect on a person's emotional wellbeing.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Thunderful acquires long-time LittleBigPlanet collaborator Station Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.20]
The deal will see all 35 Station employees, along with the studio's intellectual property rights, be incorporated in Thunderful's development subsidiary.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga opens Austin studio to work on upcoming Star Wars project  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.20]
Zynga has opened new development studio in Austin, Texas, to work on an upcoming mobile game set in the Star Wars universe.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Data deep dive: What's the 'long tail' like for Steam games?  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.16.20]
Data deep dive: game devs, if you have X,000 dollars at the end of Week 1 on Steam, how much do you have after Month 1, or Year 1? Survey results within...
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New League of Legends character not based on real person, says Riot 1
by Bryant Francis [11.13.20]
Riot Games has denied a claim that its new League of Legends champion Seraphine is based on a real person who was briefly in a relationship with an ex-employee.
Console/PC, Art, Business/Marketing

Police say 'hoax' emergency call prompted Ubisoft Montreal studio scare  
by Bryant Francis [11.13.20]
UPDATE Employees are being safely escorted out of the building as police sources speaking to Canadian media confirm the 911 call that prompted the emergency response was a "hoax."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic releases thousands of What Remains of Edith Finch assets for free  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.20]
Epic Games has added a huge number of free assets from acclaimed narrative adventure What Remains of Edith Finch to the Unreal Engine Marketplace.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Spilt Milk Devlog 06 - Fascism Fighters 4000 (Part 1)  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.20]
Strap in, because this is a perfectly-timed and completely open postmortem on the development and release, two weeks on, of our Tango Fiesta DLC.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Microsoft to begin testing Project xCloud in new regions including Australia and Japan  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.20]
Microsoft will begin testing xCloud game streaming in major new territories including Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico later this month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discovery takeaways from the new PlayStation 5 store? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.13.20]
Now that the PlayStation 5 is out in the wild, we all get a chance to check out the brand new PS5 Store for discoverability, navigability, and various other factors. What's it like?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ghost of Tsushima has topped 5 million sales in under four months  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.20]
Ghost of Tsushima has sold over 5 million copies in under four months, according to PlayStation Worldwide Studios boss Hermen Hulst. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Switch sets new October sales record in the U.S. as next-gen arrives  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.20]
As Sony and Microsoft debut their next-gen consoles, the Nintendo Switch just posted its best October sales to date in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 12 misconceptions that hurt the player experience  
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.20]
In the following article, we explore 12 common misconceptions on Player Support that will affect operational efficiency, retention and revenue in video games.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

PUBG Corp is bringing a new version of banned PUBG Mobile to India  
by Chris Kerr [11.12.20]
PUBG Corp is planning to launch a new version of PUBG Mobile in India after the previous iteration was banned.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: The psychology of irresistible game offers 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.20]
Learn the fundamentals of what makes an offer attractive -- and then learn when to tease it, when to promote it, and when to take it all away.
Design, Business/Marketing

Xbox Series X and S deliver Microsoft's biggest ever console launch  
by Chris Kerr [11.12.20]
Xbox has witnessed its biggest console launch to date with the Series X and S, which have broken sales records for Microsoft in their first 24 hours on shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Judge says Apple isn't entitled to extra monetary damages over Fortnite lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [11.11.20]
Apple claims that Epic has effectively stolen revenue by choosing to circumvent its payment processes, and that as a result it should be entitled to extra damages.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Star Wars: Battlefront creative director Dennis Brannvall is leaving DICE  
by Chris Kerr [11.11.20]
Star Wars: Battlefront creative director Dennis Brannvall is leaving developer DICE after eight years. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing