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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

World War Z has surpassed 1 million sales in first week  
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
The co-op title launched on April 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and notably skipped Steam in favor of the Epic Games Store.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Keywords nabs Japanese HTML5 developer Wizcorp for $1.1 million  
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Irish game service provider Keywords has acquired Japanese work-for-hire studio Wizcorp for $1.1 million in cash. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

South Korean FTC to review in-game purchase policies  
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has laid plans to review the consumer practices, particularly policies dealing with in-game purchases, of game companies. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Informer Australia closed down in wake of GameStop cuts  
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.19]
Game Informer parent company GameStop has closed down the Australian version of the magazine, and will replace it with the US version in the country.
Business/Marketing