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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut cleared for sale in Australia after rating review 1
by Chris Kerr [05.14.21]
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut has finally been cleared for release in Australia after developer ZA/UM pled its case to ratings regulators.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG owner Krafton has acquired mobile studio Dreamotion 1
by Chris Kerr [05.14.21]
Krafton, the South Korean holding company that owns PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has acquired mobile studio Dreamotion for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analyst: Only 6% of iOS 14.5 users chose to opt in to ad tracking so far 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Very few iOS users are choosing to allow apps to track their browsing habits on their iOS devices according to an ongoing survey from Verizon-owned Flurry Analytics.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Xbox Party Chat is becoming more accessible with speech transcription and synthesis   
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Xbox Party Chat is being bolstered with support for speech into text transcription and synthesis of speech from text.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discord shows off Stages discoverability features, push for inclusivity  
by Bryant Francis [05.13.21]
Discord's upgrading its "Stage Channels" feature to help server owners attract new audiences and making a vocal push toward more inclusivity on the online communications platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo Switch production 'more uncertain' due to semiconductor shortage  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has warned that Switch production may be affected by the ongoing semiconductor shortage. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter: World has sold over 17.1 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Monster Hunter: World has topped 17.1 million sales in just over three years, according to the latest figures from developer Capcom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What are the legal risks of loot boxes and are they gambling? 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.13.21]
The article aims to provide a brief overview of the regulation and recent court cases regarding loot boxes.
Business/Marketing

Digital software and catalog titles are driving sales at Square Enix  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Growing digital sales and "brisk" sales of catalog titles drove profits and sales in Square Enix's game division.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic, Blizzard alums gather to form all-remote studio Lightforge Games  
by Bryant Francis [05.12.21]
A band of Epic Games & Blizzard Entertainment alumni have announced the formation of Lightforge Games, a new all-remote studio dedicated to “changing how RPGs are played.”
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The one game rating problem you really don't want to have  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.12.21]
There's one big gotcha around game ratings when releasing your game via IARC - and in the latest game discovery round-up, we look at what it is, and how to avoid it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Fledgling studio Hidden Leaf Games nets $3.2 million to create a new MOBA  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.21]
Hidden Leaf Games has raised $3.2 million to create a new MOBA and expand its fledgling studio.
Production, Business/Marketing

Embracer Group buys four more game studios for a combined $8.5 million 1
by Chris Kerr [05.12.21]
The rapidly expanding Embracer Group has acquired four studios for a combined SEK 71 million ($8.5 million).
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft evolving production strategy to include 'high-end' freemium releases  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.21]
Ubisoft is rethinking its production strategy to bring more free-to-play titles into the fold.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: PerBlue seeks a Director of Product Strategy  
by Staff [05.11.21]
PerBlue is looking for a talented Director of Product Strategy to join its growing independent studio.
Business/Marketing

Roblox developers behind Adopt Me form new studio Uplift Games  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
Uplift has been created by the team behind Adopt Me, a popular Roblox title that has amassed over 22 billion visits and 60 million monthly active players.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Niantic wants more developers to take its new Lightship AR dev kit for a spin  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic is offering developers broader access to its newly rebranded Lightship Augmented Reality Developer Kit.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Paradox CEO wants publisher to 'do better' after disappointing quarter  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
"Sometimes there are periods with fewer and smaller game and expansion releases - but we can do better than this and our ambitions are higher."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Improving the 'About This Game' section on your Steam page 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.11.21]
Have you ever stumbled across a Steam Store page, scrolled down to the 'About This Game' section, and found a real mess? Here's how to avoid that with your own project.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil Village tops 3 million shipments in under a week  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
The latest entry in the horror franchise launched on May 7, 2021, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing