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Project Cars dev fails to secure 'Mad Box' trademark for new console  
by Chris Kerr [04.29.19]
Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has failed to secure the 'Mad Box' trademark for its recently announced VR-friendly game console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mojang donates $100k to water charity after Minecraft players rally to the cause  
by Chris Kerr [04.29.19]
Minecraft maker Mojang has donated $100,000 to non-profit organization charity:water to help bring clean and safe drinking water to people across the globe.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze sells 10 Crowns publishing rights back to developer Mohawk Games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.19]
Strabreeze has announced that it is selling the rights back to Mohawk, a move that comes just over a year after the company picked up the rights in the first place.
Business/Marketing

Over 9.8 million people are using Nintendo's premium Switch Online service 1
by Chris Kerr [04.26.19]
Over 9.8 million Nintendo Switch Online accounts have been created worldwide since the premium subscription service was launched in September 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PS4 software sales up at Sony as hardware decline continues 1
by Chris Kerr [04.26.19]
Sony has released its financials for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, and once again software is driving sales at the Japanese company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Four years after launch, Angry Birds 2 is still Rovio's top-earning game  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Angry Birds 2 continues to be the company's big earner in its games business, bringing in €32 million (~$35.6 million) in gross bookings all on its own.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic would back away from exclusives if Steam changed rev share, says CEO 14
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Epic Games' Tim Sweeney says that Valve cutting its share down to match Epic’s 88/12 split would "have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Switch is closing in on 35 million lifetime sales  
by Chris Kerr [04.25.19]
The Nintendo Switch has sold 34.74 million units worldwide since launching on March 3, 2017, according to the latest figures from Nintendo. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Software driving growth at Nintendo as Switch falls just short of sales goal  
by Chris Kerr [04.25.19]
Nintendo has reported an upturn in profits and sales for the fiscal year ended March 2019, despite the Switch just missing out on its revised full-year sales target of 17 million units.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Insomniac CEO Ted Price reflects on 25 years of leadership lessons 2
by Bryant Francis [04.25.19]
Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price talks to Gamasutra about what lessons he's still learning after 25 years of running a large independent games studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox revenue held up by software and services as hardware sales fall  
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Microsoft’s latest financial report shows that its game business is still in the rise in terms of revenue, but that income generated by hardware has taken a significant year-over-year hit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ex-BioWare dev James Ohlen heading up new Wizards of the Coast studio  
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Ohlen retired from BioWare after 22 years last July, saying that he planned to “take a break from the industry and work on something a little more smaller and more personal.”
Business/Marketing

Persona 5 has sold over 2.7 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
Persona 5, the stylish role-playing game from Japanese developer Atlus, has sold over 2.7 million units worldwide. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 10 important Kickstarter hacks from an expert  
by Gamasutra Community [04.24.19]
A quick checklist of expert hacks that should help you create a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Supercell partners with Internet Matters to improve child safety online  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
Clash of Clans maker Supercell has joined forces with non-profit organization Internet Matters on a mission to help keep children safe in the digital world. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Frostpunk has surpassed 1.4 million sales in first year  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
City-building survival game Frostpunk has sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide on PC since launching a year ago.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Switch continues to dominate hardware sales in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the U.S. throughout March in terms of unit and dollar sales, and has been throughout the past quarter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Assassin's Creed Unity hit by review bombers intent on spreading positivity 2
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Assassin's Creed Unity is the latest game to be review bombed by Steam users, but perhaps not in the way you'd expect.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

XRDC returns this October, so now's the time to pitch your great AR/VR talks!  
by Staff [04.23.19]
There's no better place to be if you want to check out the latest AR/VR tech while sharing knowledge with your peers -- and now's the time to submit your pitches for talks!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Here's why the Epic Games Store takes a 12 percent revenue cut from devs 10
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Tim Sweeney has explained exactly why the fledgling Epic Game Store only takes a 12 percent revenue cut from devs, as opposed to the once standard 30 percent taken by rival Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing