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Gris has turned a profit after one week on sale  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
The title launched on December 13 for Switch, Windows and Mac, and has been met with largely positive reviews.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Marvel Avengers Academy shutting down at the end of 2018  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
An in-game announcement has revealed Marvel Avengers Academy is being shut down by developer TinyCo at the end of 2018.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

FBI removes top offending 'DDoS for-hire' sites  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
The FBI announced earlier today that it took action against 15 domains that reportedly helped take down other people’s websites, game servers and other online services through DDoS attacks.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Walking Dead Game's final season is releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
Skybound Games and Epic Games have partnered to bring Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season on PC exclusively to the Epic Games store for all future purchases.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

iOS App Store Guidelines update hints at giftable in-app purchases  
by Alissa McAloon [12.20.18]
A quiet update to the App Store Review Guidelines suggests that the official iOS app marketplace is looking to enable gifting for in-app purchases in the future.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Cloud Imperium raises $46M from private investment 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
Cloud Imperium UK Ltd and Cloud Imperium US LLC, the studios behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42, have raised $46 million in funds from a private investment in the Cloud Imperium Group.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Ultimate worldwide sales topped 5M in first week  
by Chris Kerr [12.20.18]
That figure includes both physical and digital sales, and would make sense given we know the game has sold over 4.2 million units in the U.S. and Japan alone. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer debuts keyboard and mouse duo designed for the Xbox One 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.19.18]
Razer and Microsoft are collaborating to release a wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed specifically for the Xbox One.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

343 Industries is teaming up with Limbitless to provide Halo-themed prosthetics 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.19.18]
Halo developer 343 Industries is partnering with Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit creating prosthetic limbs to children, to offer "bionic arm" prosthetics to young kids. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take advantage of Business Matchmaking to make connections at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [12.19.18]
As we say goodbye to 2018, now is a great time for attendees and exhibitors of Game Developers Conference 2019 to start arranging on-site meetings with each other via GDC Connect business matchmaking!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Chris Kerr's top 5 games  
by Chris Kerr [12.19.18]
There were five titles that blew me away in 2018, and because it's the done thing this time of year, I've decided to tell you all about them by putting together a rather delicious looking list.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Escape From Tarkov devs file DMCA takedown over false accusations 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Escape From Tarkov developer Battlestate Games has issued 47 DMCA claims against YouTuber "Eroktic" over spreading incorrect information and expressing overall negativity about their game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Industry experts worry some esports orgs are overvalued and headed for trouble 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Esports team owners and professionals are reportedly convinced that many organizations are overvalued, and because of that, a market correction is looming on the horizon. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

A German regulator is taking Nintendo to court over eShop preorder policies  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
The German Consumer Protection Authority (VZBV) is taking Nintendo to court over Nintendo's digital preorder policies, specifically over the strict rule that eShop preorders cannot be canceled.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

343 Industries head Bonnie Ross to be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced that Bonnie Ross will be the 23rd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame this coming February.
Business/Marketing

Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro suing Epic over Fortnite dance  
by Chris Kerr [12.18.18]
Ribeiro claims Epic knowingly misappropriated his dance by replicating and selling it in Fortnite as the 'Fresh' emote, with the name itself being an obvious reference to television show. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

With an eye on mobile, Devolver brings in former App Store games manager  
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Devolver Digital announced that former Apple App Store Games business manager Mark Hickey is joining the team as VP of mobile publishing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold over 3M copies in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [12.18.18]
That makes Ultimate the fastest-selling Switch game of all time in the States, and also the fastest-selling title in the Super Smash Bros. franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 events that rocked the game industry in 2018 6
by Alex Wawro [12.18.18]
From the launch of the Epic Games Store to Britain's first-ever game workers union, each of these events seem likely to shake up the way people make, sell, and buy games for years to come.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

F2P dev survey: In-game mobile ads becoming viable revenue source  
by Emma Kidwell [12.17.18]
The game analytics company DeltaDNA has published its ad survey results for 2018, sharing data taken from a survey of 336 developers of free-to-play mobile games over a 12 month period.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing