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Blog: Invigorating our local game developer community 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.12.18]
It can be difficult to invigorate a local community of game developers, but the benefits to a dynamic and tight-knit community are too numerous to pass on.
Business/Marketing

Mouse and keyboard support arriving on Xbox One this week  
by Chris Kerr [11.12.18]
Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One on November 14, after initially announcing the move back in September.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Quiet Man, With Trivial Credits 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.11.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the baffling The Quiet Man, a piece on HQ Trivia's struggles to continue its success, and a look at how credits in video games still aren't going quite right.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Obsidian, inXile acquired by Microsoft Studios 4
by Gamasutra Staff [11.10.18]
Microsoft has announced the acquisition of RPG-centric studios Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, as part of a host of announcements at its X08 event in Mexico.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: My time at Telltale Games 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.09.18]
I worked QA at Telltale games during Tales from the Borderlands, Game of Thrones, and Minecraft. I was a regular QA tester, and it was my first job in the industry.
Business/Marketing

Strategy guide publisher Prima Games is shutting down  
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
The shutdown comes as a result of what parent company DK described as a “significant decline” in its video game business.
Business/Marketing

HTC targeting businesses as Vive Focus headset launches worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [11.09.18]
HTC's standalone Vive Focus virtual reality headset, which initially launched in China, has now been rolled out worldwide. 
VR, Business/Marketing

German government to establish $57 million games fund  
by Chris Kerr [11.09.18]
The German government will establish a €50 million ($56.7 million) games fund to help drive the country's creative industry.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The making of Cinderella VR  
by Gamasutra Community [11.09.18]
A dev diary for Cinderella VR, in which we discuss choosing a concept, planning, learning VR & Unity, making mini-games, 2D art, animation, and much more.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard's revenues falter after Destiny 2 DLC 'underperformed'  
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
The company's third quarter results were better-than-expected despite a decrease in total revenue and player engagement, as well as unexpectedly weak sales of Destiny 2: Forsaken.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game extension platform Overwolf nabs $16M in funding 1
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
Overwolf, an open platform designed to help developers create extensions for video games, has raised $16 million for its applications and services in a funding round led by Intel Capital.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fortnite hits 8.3M concurrent players  
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
Epic Games' Fortnite has reportedly reached 8.3 million concurrent players worldwide after finally making its debut in South Korea earlier this week. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent dials back game marketing budget to weather China’s game freeze  
by Alissa McAloon [11.08.18]
With no information as to when China's months-long freeze on issuing new game licenses will end, Tencent is reportedly shifting its budget to weather the halt.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Streamlabs launches app store with $1M developer fund  
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
Streamlabs has announced the launch of its native app store, featuring a growing collection of apps built entirely within Streamlabs OBS.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata departs Square Enix  
by Chris Kerr [11.08.18]
Tabata detailed his own departure during a livestream that was initially billed as a "Special Program" concerning the future of Final Fantasy XV.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Red Dead Redemption 2 has shipped 17M copies in under two weeks  
by Chris Kerr [11.08.18]
Red Dead Redemption 2 has shipped over 17 million units worldwide in under two weeks, according to publisher Take-Two.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take-Two Interactive raises financial outlook due to Red Dead Redemption II  
by Emma Kidwell [11.07.18]
Take-Two Interactive released its financials for the second quarter ended September 30, reporting an 11 percent increase in revenue to $492.7 million thanks successful sales of NBA 2K19.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Look forward to a Command & Conquer Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [11.07.18]
Louis Castle​, a game industry veteran known best for co-founding (with fellow luminary Brett Sperry) the trailblazing Westwood Studios, will deilver a Classic Game Postmortem on Command & Conquer!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Twitch users spent 34M hours watching Black Ops 4 on launch week  
by Chris Kerr [11.07.18]
Twitch viewers spent around 34 million hours watching Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 during the multiplayer shooter's launch week.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix wants new studio Luminous to focus solely on triple-A  
by Chris Kerr [11.07.18]
Based in Tokyo, Luminous flung open its doors back in March with the initial aim of creating new triple-A titles and properties, alongside other "innovative game and entertainment content."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing