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The Pokemon Company is clamping down on Sword, Shield, and Home hackers  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
The Pokemon Company has warned Pokemon Sword, Shield, and Home hackers they could face permanent bans.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Runescape developer Jagex has been acquired by The Carlyle Group  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
Runescape developer Jagex has been acquired by global investment company The Carlyle Group for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Microtransations and the race to the bottom 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.25.21]
Or the unexpected virtue of monetizing video games through microtransactions.
Design, Business/Marketing

Digital sales now make up 91 percent of Focus Home Interactive's revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.21]
Digital sales made up a whopping 91 percent of Focus Home Interactive's €103.6 million (~$126.1 million) revenue during the first half of its 2020/21 year, up 7 percent from the preceding six month period.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Vicarious Visions is now a part of Blizzard Entertainment  
by Bryant Francis [01.22.21]
Vicarious Visions, the studio behind numerous Activision remakes and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, is now a part of Blizzard Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent acquires majority stake in Klei Entertainment  
by Bryant Francis [01.22.21]
Klei Entertainment founder Jamie Cheng has announced that Tencent is acquiring a majority stake in the studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Updated: Microsoft's rolled back its Xbox Live Gold price increase  
by Chris Kerr [01.22.21]
Updated:Microsoft is no longer increasing the price of its Xbox Live Gold plan, and will be no longer require Xbox users to purchase the plan to play free-to-play online games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Codemasters' directors vote in favor of $1.2 billion EA acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [01.22.21]
Codemasters' directors have all voted in favour of the proposed acquisition of the studio by EA.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Everything you need to know about LiveOps in 2021  
by Gamasutra Community [01.22.21]
The world of games today is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Fast-moving. Boundary-pushing. Exploding with new features, new abilities, and new methods for keeping players engaged. Are you keeping up?
Design, Business/Marketing

Nacon acquires Cricket 19 developer Big Ant Studios for $42.5 million  
by Chris Kerr [01.22.21]
Based in Melbourne, Big Ant is best known for working on sports titles including AO Tennis, Ashes Cricket, and Cricket 19.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Here's what to expect from GDC Showcase  
by Staff [01.21.21]
Here's a quick breakdown of what kind of talks and sessions you can expect at GDC Showcase in March.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sagard NewGen nabs minority stake in Flight Simulator dev Asobo Studio  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.21]
French private equity company Sagard NewGen has acquired a minority stake in Flight Simulator developer Asobo Studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch indefinitely suspends account of former U.S. President Donald Trump  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.21]
Twitch will be indefinitely suspending the account of former U.S. President Donald Trump "due to the ongoing risk of further incitement of violence."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Team 17 acquires Golf With Your Friends franchise for $16.4 million  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.21]
UK publisher Team 17 has acquired the rights and assets for Golf With Your Friends from developer Blacklight Interactive for £12 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam 'prologues'... do they really help? 2
by Gamasutra Staff [01.21.21]
Steam prologues - those things where you take a short excerpt of your game and launch it on a completely separate Steam page? Are they a big booster of interest? Let's find out...
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tilting Point opens studio in Russia to work on multiple projects  
by Chris Kerr [01.20.21]
Free-to-play publisher Tilting Point has formed a new studio in St Petersburg, Russia, to expand its global network.
Production, Business/Marketing

Miniclip acquires Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics  
by Chris Kerr [01.20.21]
Miniclip has purchased Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics for an undisclosed fee. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Opera opens new video game division and confirms YoYo Games purchase  
by Chris Kerr [01.20.21]
Opera has confirmed the purchase of GameMaker Studio creator YoYo Games, and explained the deal will form the basis for a new video game division called Opera Gaming.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

European Commission fines Valve, others $9.4 million for 'geo-blocking' games 3
by Chris Kerr [01.20.21]
The European Commission has fined Valve and five major publishers a combined €7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding the types of game currencies in mobile free-to-play 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.21]
Currencies are the pillar of any F2P in-game economy. But what types of currencies are out there, and which ones does your game need?
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing