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Kalypso Media has acquired Port Royale developer Gaming Mind Studios  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.20]
Tropico publisher Kalypso Media has fully acquired Port Royale developer Gaming Mind Studios for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Discoverabilityland: The Summer Of Games 2
by Simon Carless [06.09.20]
A look at the upcoming Steam Summer Festival for unreleased games, more on Switch and PS4's editorial highlighting, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

UK retailer Game will isolate trade-in stock for three days to stop COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.20]
UK retailer Game will disinfect and isolate all trade-in stock for three days when it reopens on June 15.

Escape from Tarkov dev Battlestate will clamp down on real world trading  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.20]
Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games wants to clamp down on those players using the game to make a real-world profit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Guilty Gear dev Arc System Works opens new division to expand globally  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.20]
Guilty Gear and Granblue Fantasy developer Arc System Works has established a Global Business Department to expand its international business.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Harmonizing the creative and business goals of Dead by Daylight  
by Staff [06.08.20]
In a GDC 2020 virtual talk Behaviour Interactive's Isabelle Mocquard and Dave Richard explain how to turn the tension that can exist between creative and biz devs into a win-win monetization strategy.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Riot pledges $10 million to create pathways for minority-led studios 1
by Chris Kerr [06.08.20]
League of Legends developer Riot Games will funnel $10 million towards investments and startup programs focused on creating pathways for minority-led game studios and startups. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Sky Sports working with FIFA devs to artificially fill Premier League stadiums  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.20]
UK broadcaster Sky Sports is partnering with EA Sports to bring virtual crowd noise to behind-closed-doors soccer matches.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

UK government calls for more evidence in ongoing loot box debate  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.20]
The UK government has launched a fresh review into the nature of loot boxes that could see the controversial monetization method be reclassified as gambling products.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valorant Rants, Skelattack... Attacks?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.05.20]
From a new Konami indie publishing initiative (Skelattack) to the release of Riot's much-hyped Valorant, plenty to talk about this week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve delays Steam Summer Game Festival, offering no reason
by Bryant Francis [06.05.20]
The Steam Game Festival has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16th thru June 22nd.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

I Expect You To Die scores $2 million in revenue on Oculus Quest  
by Bryant Francis [06.05.20]
Schell Games has announced that I Expect You To Die has crossed $2 million in sales on the Oculus Quest.
VR, Business/Marketing

Chinese game company NetEase has opened a new studio in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [06.05.20]
Chinese game company NetEase has opened a next generation game development studio in Japan.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

SimRefinery, a long lost training simuator from Maxis, has been recovered 1
by Chris Kerr [06.05.20]
In what's being heralded as a big win by video game preservationists, a working copy of SimRefinery -- a long lost title created by SimCity developer Maxis back in the '90s -- has been uncovered.

Sony fined $3.5 million for issuing 'misleading' refund advice to PlayStation users  
by Chris Kerr [06.05.20]
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe has been ordered to pay $3.5 million in penalties by the Federal Court of Australia for making "false and misleading" claims to PlayStation users with regards to digital refunds.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA Access inches closer to Steam launch as more EA games go up for sale  
by Alissa McAloon [06.04.20]
A handful of new Electronic Arts published games have shown up on Steam alongside a reminder that EA Access is soon to arrive on the Valve-owned storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Steam's wishlist conversions - how hot are yours? 3
by Simon Carless [06.04.20]
Over the last couple of weeks, a few devs have been going public with various intriguing detailed Steam wishlist conversion stats. How do you lineup?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile publisher Playrix acquires Croatian game studio Cateia Games  
by Chris Kerr [06.04.20]
Mobile publisher Playrix has acquired Croatian game studio Cateia Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sweeney: EGS free game promos boost a game's Steam and console sales too  
by Alissa McAloon [06.03.20]
Sweeney tells GameSpot that free games bring “tens of millions of new users” to the Epic Games Store while also increasing sales of a game on other storefronts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Can Amazon's first big-budget game succeed as a slow-burner? 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
The decision not to seize upon the marketing capital and capacity of Amazon and Twitch means that the conversation around Crucible never really began, so where does it go from here?
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing