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Twitch is getting into the 'free games for subscribers' business 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.13.18]
Twitch announced the launch of Free Games with Prime today, a new program providing Twitch Prime subscribers with a collection of free games every month.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Microsoft claims Sony is stopping Xbox One and PS4 cross-play 2
by Chris Kerr [03.13.18]
"We've worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch, and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

See these 10 devs compete to make the best game pitch at GDC 2018  
by Staff [03.13.18]
10 selected dev teams will each be offered pitch prep and training, then get 5 minutes to pitch (in front of a live audience!) at GDC 2018, followed by questions, advice, and feedback from the judges.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Report: Fruit Ninja creator Halfbrick cuts workforce by 50 percent  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.18]
The Australian mobile studio has been struggling of late, and is attempting to regain momentum by restructuring around its most successful titles, Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fortnite players receiving refunds after accounts were hacked  
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.18]
Fortnite players have been noticing fraudulent charges being made on their Epic Games accounts for the past month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent invests in Chinese game streaming services Douyu and Huya  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.18]
Tencent has invested roughly $1B in two major Chinese video game live streaming platforms this week, dropping $632 million on Douyu and as much as $461.6 million on Huya.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Postmortem: Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide 4
by Staff [03.12.18]
"I would guess that 70 percent of all games today are released too early. Luckily we had the funds to allow us to delay the release." Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn more about the state of Steam from SteamSpy's creator at GDC 2018! 1
by Staff [03.12.18]
At GDC 2018, SteamSpy creator Sergey Galyonkin will walk you through (among other things) the significant changes that happened to Steam in 2017 and their effect on new games sales.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Valve adds optional 'Plus' paid subscription to free-to-play Dota 2  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.18]
Valve’s free to play MOBA now offers a $3.99 paid subscription that offers additional in-game progression and perks to paying players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Pricing considerations for your game 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.18]
Putting a price on a years work is super hard. Let's explore some basic pricing stuff you should consider and think about.

Kixeye raises $20M to blend machine learning and game marketing  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.18]
Online and mobile game studio Kixeye has secured $20 million in funding to use machine learning to hone its approach to marketing, monetization, and retention.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Defining the next generation of user interfaces 3
by Noesis [03.12.18]
Noesis Technologies discusses the mandatory characteristics that any modern user interface middleware must offer, and explains how its own solution, NoesisGUI, addresses them.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves Bioware a second time to pursue freelancing  
by Emma Kidwell [03.09.18]
Drew Karpyshyn announces his departure from Bioware today, marking this as the second time he has left the studio.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Google Maps transforms into Mario Kart for Mario Day  
by Emma Kidwell [03.09.18]
In celebration of Mario Day, Google and Nintendo partner up to bring Mario Kart to Google Maps.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Happy Wars shutting down Xbox 360 and PC servers this year  
by Emma Kidwell [03.09.18]
Happy Wars will be ending its service for Xbox 360 and Windows 10 marketplaces beginning June 14 2018, but will still be active on the Xbox One. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Indie devs weigh the pros and cons of forgoing a Steam release 14
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.18]
'When you're a small, focused game with a small, focused team, getting to put an extra 10-20 percent of your revenue back into development has the potential to produce a much better game later on.'
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Bethesda Game Studios expands with BattleCry merger  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.18]
The Elder Scrolls and Fallout developer Bethesda has expanded its development operations by officially bringing BattleCry Studios into the Bethesda Game Studios fold. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Gabe Newell: Valve has always been a 'bit jealous' of companies like Nintendo 3
by Chris Kerr [03.09.18]
Valve CEO Gabe Newell has spoken about how the company's time in the trenches of hardware development has changed its approach to making games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

DoubleJump acquires Tiny Realms and Merc dev TinyMob  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.18]
The move will strengthen DoubleJump's own game portfolio with the addition of successful TinyMob releases like Tiny Realms and Merc
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic bringing Fortnite to mobile with cross-platform support  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.18]
Simply dubbed Fortnite Battle Royale, the smartphone version promises to be the same 100-player game people know from consoles and PC.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing