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Grounded tops 5 million players in under six months  
by Chris Kerr [11.11.20]
Grounded, the early access survival game developed by Obsidian, has amassed 5 million players in under six months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Which publishers are the game subscription believers? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.11.20]
So, with the announcement that Ubisoft+ is now available on Amazon Luna, the premium game sub wars continue to stride forward, Terminator-style. But which big publishers dig the idea, and which don't?
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [11.10.20]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to run offers in free-to-play (and avoid backlashes)  
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.20]
This article shares some tips and thoughts on how to limit the backlash derived from running offers on game content.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Analyst: The next-gen console race is Sony's to lose 1
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Media and technology analyst firm Omdia believes the next-gen console race is Sony's to lose, despite Microsoft putting itself in a much stronger position this time around. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take-Two confirms $994 million purchase of Dirt developer Codemasters  
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Take-Two Interactive has confirmed it will acquire Dirt developer Codemasters in a deal worth approximately $994 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic is gauging interest in a Fortnite monthly subscription plan  
by Chris Kerr [11.10.20]
Epic Games is seemingly mulling over the possibility of introducing a monthly subscription plan for Fortnite.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dev-friendliness, scalability at top of mind for Xbox development chief  
by Kris Graft [11.10.20]
Jason Ronald is the director of program management for the Xbox Platform Team, leading development of the Xbox Series X and S. In an interview with Gamasutra he gives an inside look at the years-long creation of the consoles.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony launches PS5 remote play app for the PS4 with next-gen looming  
by Chris Kerr [11.09.20]
Sony has quietly launched a PlayStation 5 remote play app for the PlayStation 4 ahead of the next-gen console's United States launch on November 12.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why do some games just... keep selling?  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.09.20]
Sometimes games just keep selling. You can compare games that have 250 Steam reviews in their first week and come back a year later, and some have 500 and a few have 2-4,000. Why?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

First impressions: How are reviewers reacting to the PlayStation 5?  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
The PlayStation 5 reviews have started to trickle in, and it seems like the super-sized machine is making quite the impression. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Capcom says customer information is secure following cyber attack  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
An unauthorized third party managed to gain access to Capcom's internal systems during a recent cyber attack, the company has confirmed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega Sammy struggling to weather the pandemic despite strong game sales  
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
The COVID-19 pandemic has attributed to declining net sales and profits at Sega Sammy, despite an uptick in video game sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile games set new quarterly revenue record at Konami 1
by Chris Kerr [11.06.20]
Konami has reported an uptick in revenue and operating profit in its Digital Entertainment segment thanks to the performance of its mobile titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA renews UFC, NHL, NHLPA partnerships with fresh 'multi-year' deals  
by Chris Kerr [11.05.20]
EA has announced "multi-year renewals" of its partnerships with the NHL, NHLPA, and UFC to allow it to continue work on the EA Sports NHL and EA Sports UFC franchises.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Switch driving growth at Nintendo as console nears 70 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [11.05.20]
The sky is blue, water is wet, and the Switch is still a huge growth driver for Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A tale of two consoles: Xbox Series X and S in review  
by Kris Graft, Chris Kerr [11.05.20]
Gamasutra takes a close look at Microsoft's next-gen dynamic duo and how they serve Microsoft's subscription-based future.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

What could game publishers be doing better?  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.04.20]
What do game publishers need to get better at? Johan Toresson of Raw Fury asked this precise question on Twitter a few days ago, and we scoured the thread to get you the best comments.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sega Sammy sells off arcade business as COVID takes its toll  
by Alissa McAloon [11.04.20]
Sega Sammy has sold its amusement center business to Genda, citing significant losses due to COVID-19 as one of the key reasons behind the sale.