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Scopely acquires Spanish mobile studio Genjoy to expand match-3 roster  
by Chris Kerr [10.23.20]
Mobile developer-publisher Scopely has acquired Spanish casual mobile studio Genjoy for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google distances itself from Stadia creative director's comments 4
by Kris Graft [10.22.20]
Google on Thursday distanced itself from tweets issued by the creative director of Stadia's Montreal studio, who said game streamers should be paying devs and publishers of games they stream.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

We need to talk about Steam & China 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.22.20]
What's going on with Steam in China, and what's going to happen in the future? Take a trip though the possibilities, the government licensing complexities, and more!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

30 years later, Nintendo is localizing the first Fire Emblem game  
by Bryant Francis [10.22.20]
For the first time ever, Nintendo is selling the original Fire Emblem game outside of Japan.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why bringing Donkey Kong 64 into the third dimension required a mental shift  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.20]
Donkey Kong 64 is about to turn 20, and to celebrate that marvelous but inevitable milestone, GameSpot had a sit down chat with some of the creative leads behind the beloved platformer. 
Console/PC, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

EA hit with class action lawsuit in Canada over loot box usage  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.20]
A class action lawsuit has been filed against EA in Canada accusing the publisher of breaching the country's Criminal Code by including loot boxes in its games. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Rune 2 lawsuit alleges deliberate sabotage from Bethesda, ZeniMax  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.20]
Accusations of fraud and breach of contract are aimed at Human Head as well as at Bethesda and ZeniMax, the owners of the studio that sprung up over night after Human Head's closure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Devolver Digital acquires Serious Sam dev Croteam  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.20]
Devolver Digital has acquired Serious Sam and The Talos Principle dev Croteam, a joining of forces that Devolver says builds on years of collaboration between key members of both teams.
Business/Marketing

Data Deep Dive: Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale on Steam  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.20]
Want lots of real-world Steam data on Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale, a deckbuilding roguelike title that recently launched out of Early Access. That's what we're giving you here!
Business/Marketing

Devolver brings in head of licensing to put Fall Guys 'on the licensing map'  
by Chris Kerr [10.21.20]
Devolver Digital has named former Dunlop Sports licensing manager Fee Heyer as its new head of licensing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running an Among Us stream to drive voter turnout  
by Bryant Francis [10.20.20]
New York House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hosting a stream of Among Us to drive voter turnout.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Video Game History Foundation is working to save our source code  
by Chris Kerr [10.20.20]
The Video Game History Foundation (VGHF) wants to save our source code with a new initiative called the Video Game Source Project.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

French charity steam Z Event raises $6.7 million for Amnesty International  
by Chris Kerr [10.20.20]
French charity stream Z Event has raised over €5.7 million for Amnesty International, breaking its previous record of roughly €3.5 million.
Business/Marketing

Cut better game trailers after taking this GDC Masterclass  
by Staff [10.19.20]
Learn how to make better game trailers from veteran video editor Derek Lieu.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: China-owned mobile studio Playtika is chasing an IPO in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [10.19.20]
China-owned social and mobile games company Playtika is looking to go public in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Players slam 2K after publisher inserts unskippable ads into NBA 2K21 1
by Chris Kerr [10.19.20]
UPDATE: NBA 2K21 publisher 2K has indicated the unskippable ads that recently appeared in-game were the result of an error and "impacted our players' experience in a way we didn't intend."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA Motive boss: 'player autonomy' is key to studio's future  
by Bryant Francis [10.16.20]
EA Motive general manager Patrick Klaus discussed the studio's future with Gamasutra, indicating a shift toward "player autonomy" for its future games.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: Why your game community is now a marketing asset  
by Staff [10.16.20]
In this 2018 GDC session, PlayBrain's Mike Sheetal explains how Frictionless Marketing is turning community teams into the core of the marketing department. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Unity creates Social Impact Division to support non-profits  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.20]
Unity has created a Social Impact Division funded by 750,000 shares of company equity two support non-profit organisations. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Blizzard winding down development on StarCraft II after over a decade  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.20]
Blizzard is halting development on StarCraft II after over a decade, but will continue supporting the title with season rolls and balance fixes.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing