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Rovio acquires (and rebrands) Darkfire Heroes dev Darkfire Games  
by Alissa McAloon [06.03.20]
Angry Birds dev Rovio has acquired the free-to-play mobile game developer Darkfire Games for an undisclosed sum, and rebranded the studio as Rovio Copenhagen.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Paradox to sign collective bargaining agreement with Swedish labor unions 1
by Chris Kerr [06.03.20]
Paradox Interactive will sign a collective bargaining agreement with Swedish labor unions Unionen and SACO to allow its employees to influence their pay, benefits, and responsibilities.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Creative Assembly launching Total War Saga: Troy for free on the Epic Games Store  
by Chris Kerr [06.03.20]
Creative Assembly has announce that Total War Saga: Troy will be launching for free on the Epic Games Store.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

10 quick store page improvements to get your game ready for the Steam Summer Sale 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
Steam's summer and winter sales drive the most post-launch purchases of your game. Is your page ready for all this traffic?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Humble is putting $1 million toward publishing games from Black game devs
by Alissa McAloon [06.02.20]
While many companies are voicing support during these turbulent times, a few are using their platform and resources to help Black people, communities, and organizations in both the short and long term.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Double Fine winding down Presents publishing label following Microsoft purchase  
by Chris Kerr [06.02.20]
Double Fine looks to be winding down its Double Fine Presents publishing label following its acquisition by Microsoft last year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Paradox opens studio in Barcelona to focus on grand strategy development  
by Chris Kerr [06.02.20]
Swedish developer-publisher Paradox Interactive, known for its work on strategy franchises like Stellaris, Crusader Kings, and Europa Universalis, has opened a new development studio in Barcelona. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Game discoverability and the Nintendo Switch: What's selling? 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.02.20]
It's getting pretty crowded out there on Switch, release-wise. So what information can we find about what’s selling well? Here's a look at a useful chart.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GWU Seattle calls for removal of GWU International member over 'exclusionary behavior' 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.01.20]
The Seattle chapter of GWU are calling for changes to be made to GWU International following allegations that a prominent member "engaged in exclusionary behavior and bullying."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Creator Alexey Pajitnov on the past, present, and future of Tetris 7
by Staff [06.01.20]
Conducted in 2010 during the 25th anniversary of Tetris, this classic chat with creator Alexey Pajitnov touches on everything from basic tenets of multiplayer design to the future of the game industry
Design, Business/Marketing

Sony delays June PS5 event 'to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard'  
by Chris Kerr, Alissa McAloon [06.01.20]
Update: "While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Outer Worlds writing team honored with Nebula Award  
by Chris Kerr [06.01.20]
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has honoured the scribes behind The Outer Worlds with a Nebula Award for best game writing.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

EB Games Australia admits to misleading customers over Fallout 76 refunds  
by Chris Kerr [06.01.20]
The Australian branch of video game retailer EB Games has admitted to misleading customers about their consumer guarantee rights.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Zynga acquires Toon Blast and Toy Blast developer Peak for $1.8 billion  
by Chris Kerr [06.01.20]
CSR Racing and Words with Friends publisher Zynga has acquired Turkish mobile game company Peak for $1.8 billion.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Codemasters secures FIA World Rally Championship license from 2023  
by Chris Kerr [06.01.20]
Dirt Rally developer Codemasters has secured the rights to the FIA World Rally Championship license from 2023.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Shantae's Epic Poly Bridge Kombat Life  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.20]
Looking at new releases including a Poly Bridge & Shantae sequel, Sludge Life, Robocop in Mortal Kombat, & lots more interesting links.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA renews Madden NFL license through 2026 1
by Bryant Francis [05.29.20]
EA, the NFL, and the NFL Player's Association have renewed their (contractual) vows to allow the game company to exclusively produce NFL simulation games through 2026.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Witcher franchise has crossed 50 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [05.29.20]
The Witcher franchise has sold over 50 million copies worldwide, according to the latest figures from developer CD Projekt Red.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Just Cause developer Avalanche is opening a new UK studio  
by Chris Kerr [05.29.20]
The Swedish developer-publisher, which also worked on Mad Max and Rage 2, currently has offices in Malmo, New York, and Stockholm. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Life is Strange developer Dontnod opens new studio in Canada  
by Chris Kerr [05.29.20]
Life is Strange and Vampyr developer Dontnod Entertainment has opened a new studio in Montreal, Canada.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing