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Valve's response to Wolfire lawsuit: Deal with it 5
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Updated: Valve has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Wolfire that alleged the company had created a monopoly with Steam, and was not earning its 30 percent cut on game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PS5 software beta will finally let some console owners expand their SSD storage  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Sony is finally getting ready to let PlayStation 5 owners upgrade their SSD storage, although it seems the SSD requirements themselves will be rather specific.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.21]
Who are the 'creators who aren’t full-time game devs' making popular games and mods for game creation platforms? We explore game discovery by talking to them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Former SEGA president Kenji Matsubara is the new CEO of SNK  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
SNK Corporation has named former Sega and Zynga Japan president Kenji Matsubara as its new CEO.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic to rescind Pokemon Go bans after players are wrongly accused of cheating  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Niantic is working to remedy an issue that has caused a number of Pokemon Go players to be hit with false bans.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft staff back Activision Blizzard protests, decry 'ingrained culture of abusive behavior'  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
"By choosing profit over our security, you are literally toying with our lives. We should not have to choose between work and our safety."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil Village and digital sales help Capcom deliver record Q1 net sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
First quarter net sales reached record levels at Capcom thanks to new releases like Resident Evil Village and bumper digital sales.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Solidarity and tension on display during employee walkout at Blizzard HQ 3
by Bryant Francis [07.28.21]
At the employee walkout at Blizzard's Headquarters in Irvine, CA we saw equal amounts of solidarity and exhaustion among participating employees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: GDC 2021 Wrapup - The Best Slides of the Event  
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.21]
For every GDC, Chris Zukowski recaps the conference not by the best talks but by the best slides so that you can get back to making your games and not watching talks. Here's the latest roundup.
Design, Business/Marketing

Sony, Infinity Ward alumni launch new studio That's No Moon with Smilegate backing  
by Bryant Francis [07.28.21]
A number of Southern California game developers have launched a new triple-A studio called That's No Moon with a $100 million investment from Korean publisher Smilegate.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft devs promise renewed focus on inclusivity 3
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
A surprise statement from the World of Warcraft team promises both to work for inclusivity in the workplace and promises changes inside the MMORPG starting today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Microsoft blames declining Xbox game and service revenue on third-party games  
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
Microsoft's Q4 results are light on game numbers, but the company says that its video game-related revenue rose, while Xbox content and services revenue dropped from 2020.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard employees to walk out in support of lawsuit 1
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
Updated: A number of Activision Blizzard employees will stop work on Wednesday and protest in front of Blizzard's campus after a lawsuit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

You'll need vaccination proof or a negative COVID-19 test to enter PAX West 2
by Bryant Francis [07.27.21]
The organizers of PAX West have announced that exhibitors and attendees will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter the convention next month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A 'live-action' Pokemon show is headed to Netflix  
by Bryant Francis [07.26.21]
Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson is apparently attached to write and executive produce a 'live action' Pokemon show for Netflix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

When Steam wishlists don't convert: a case study  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.26.21]
Working out how your game is going to sell at launch - even if you’ve accumulated a lot of apparent interest and Steam wishlists - can feel like communing with the great beyond. We get into it.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why you should rethink how your company handles in-house harassment 4
by Bryant Francis [07.26.21]
Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer discuses how companies can prevent abuse and harassment before it starts, and how they can better respond to toxic behaviors in the workplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard employees push back against leadership's lawsuit response 2
by Bryant Francis [07.26.21]
Over 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have penned an open letter condemning the company's response to a lawsuit filed by California Department of Equal Housing and Employment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve says every game it has tested on the Steam Deck is hitting at least 30fps 1
by Chris Kerr [07.26.21]
Valve says the Steam Deck is capable of playing every piece of software the company has tested on it at 30fps or more.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Mortal Kombat 11 has topped 12 million sales in just over two years  
by Chris Kerr [07.26.21]
Publisher Warner Bros. Games broke the news in a short press release, and said the entire franchise has now sold more than 73 million copies to date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing