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EA is bringing the Battlefield franchise to mobile platforms for the first time 1
by Chris Kerr [04.22.21]
The publisher said a new mobile version of the shooter is being developed by Industrial Toys, who'll be working closely with the DICE team.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony says its cloud gaming experience will 'be unique and only on PlayStation'  
by Chris Kerr [04.22.21]
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan says the company is working on a cloud gaming experience that will "be unique and only on PlayStation."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs' new navigation options are now a bona fide Steam feature  
by Alissa McAloon [04.21.21]
A feature trialed in Steam's experimental Steam Labs program has now been upgraded to appear on Steam proper.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Departing GameStop CEO to land $179 million on exit thanks to recent stock saga  
by Alissa McAloon [04.21.21]
GameStop CEO George Sherman announced his departure from the struggling retail giant this week and will do so with an extra $179 million in his pockets.
Business/Marketing

The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.21]
What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but should be? This and more game platform round-ups within...
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Portal 2 and the ins and outs of Alternate Reality Game puzzle design 7
by Adam Foster [04.21.21]
Adam Foster, level and environment and ARG designer at Valve around the time Portal 2 released, discussed how to make impossibly complicated puzzles that people can solve.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Xbox owners can finally hop online in free-to-play games without Xbox Live Gold  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to access online multiplayer in free-to-play titles on Xbox platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco staff say California office relocation is 'essentially like a layoff'  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
Bandai Namco Entertainment America is shutting down its office in Santa Clara and relocating workers to a new office in Southern California.
Business/Marketing

Call of Duty Warzone has topped 100 million players in just over a year  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
Call of Duty Warzone has amassed over 100 million players since launching in March last year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Sony could be about to announce a 'PlayStation Plus Video Pass'  
by Chris Kerr [04.21.21]
An advertisement for the service was posted on the company's Polish website that included a logo and a brief description.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Here are the nominees for the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [04.20.21]
The winners of the developer-picked awards will be revealed during GDC 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Apogee Software reboots as Apogee Entertainment, vows to 'boost the odds' for indies  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
American publisher Apogee Software has relaunched as Apogee Entertainment and welcomed back original founder Scott Miller.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thunder Lotus' cozy management sim Spiritfarer has topped 500,000 sales  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
Spiritfarer has sold over 500,000 copies in under a year, according to developer Thunder Lotus.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Marvel's Avengers creative director Shaun Escayg has rejoined Naughty Dog  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.21]
Escayg prevously worked at the Uncharted and The Last of Us developer for close to seven years, but left the studio in 2018 to join Crystal Dynamics.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Where is Supercell's evergreen Clash franchise heading?  
by Gamasutra Community [04.20.21]
Earlier this month, Supercell announced three new games based on the Clash franchise, and they already soft launched one of them. Here are my thoughts and predictions on that slate of projects.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Sony reverses course, will keep PS3, Vita stores online 3
by Bryant Francis [04.19.21]
Sony has announced it will be keeping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores online after public pressure. The PlayStation Portable store was not so lucky.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Path of Exile dev apologizes to players for letting streamers skip login queues  
by Chris Kerr [04.19.21]
Path of Exile lead developer Chris Wilson has apologized to players after a marketing campaign for the title's Ultimatum expansion backfired. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The simplest trailer to make for your Steam page  
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.21]
Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for first time and hobbyist developers is making a trailer. Here are my recommendations for how to make a minimum viable product Steam trailer.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Effective methods and best practices for mobile game commerce  
by Staff [04.19.21]
A multi-platform experience allows you to access new markets, gain more freedom in your marketing efforts, and connect to your players directly from a branded e-commerce site
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

GameStop CEO George Sherman will step down later this year  
by Chris Kerr [04.19.21]
The company said Sherman will be stepping down on July 31, 2021, or sooner if a successor can be found. 
Business/Marketing