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Worldwide PlayStation VR sales have topped 3 million  
by Chris Kerr [08.16.18]
Sony has sold-through over 3 million PlayStation VR headsets worldwide since launching the device back in October 2016. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Treasure Hunters Fanclub is funding five new indie games  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Treasure Hunters Fanclub announces its investment in five new indie games, brining its overall total committed funding to $500,00.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Publisher Tilting Point sets up Barcelona studio to support live mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
Tilting Point has set up shop in Barcelona with the goal of offering more support to mobile game developers in Europe. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tencent reports decrease in PC and mobile revenue despite rising DAUs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Tencent has released its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, which shows an overall increase in revenue across the board despite a drop in PC and mobile game revenue.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

RuneScape dev forms Jagex Partners to take on publishing live games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The developer behind the long-running online game RuneScape is branching out into third-party publishing through its new arm Jagex Partners.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nordisk Film Games invests $5.5M in indie publisher Raw Fury  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.18]
Nordisk Film Games is an offshoot of Nordisk Film, which has made a number of moves into the games business of late, including the purchase of Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios for over $100 million. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Future perfect: THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Timesplitters 1
by Chris Kerr [08.15.18]
A Timesplitters revival could be on the cards, with THQ confirming it's secured the rights to develop new titles and re-release the originals.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The double-edged sword of developing Darkest Dungeon as partners  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Red Hook Studios' Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa share crucial lessons learned throughout the development of Darkest Dungeon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Ready at Dawn shuts down Deformers servers 1
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Developer Ready at Dawn has officially shut down Deformers servers over a year after launching the multiplayer brawling game. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Epic Games launches new learning platform providing free video tutorials 2
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Epic Games announces the launch of Unreal Engine Online Learning, a platform which provides free video tutorials on how to use Unreal Engine 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Microsoft nabs triple-A talent to bolster its new studio The Initiative  
by Emma Kidwell [08.14.18]
Microsoft's new studio, The Initiative, has brought on a handful of fresh hires from various well-established studios including Rockstar, Santa Monica Studio, and Crystal Dynamics.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Thursday is your last day to pitch Main Conference talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: The last day to pitch talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference is this Thursday, August 16th -- so get your submissions in now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Visual novel publisher Sekai Project lays off staff  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.18]
The visual novel publisher Sekai Project has laid off an undisclosed portion of its staff as a result of what the company has now described as a necessary restructuring effort.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Come to XRDC and see how VR racer Sprint Vector became an eSport!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
At XRDC in October, Survios senior game designer Andrew Abedian reveals the grassroots evolution of their early speed-running prototype into a pioneer multiplayer title in VR eSports!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

EA's chief design officer Patrick Soderlund is stepping down  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.18]
Company CEO Andrew Wilson broke the news in an open letter to employees, and explained Soderlund is departing to "begin a new chapter" later this year.
Production, Business/Marketing

Dear Esther dev The Chinese Room acquired by Sumo Digital  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.18]
Chinese Room co-founder Dan Pinchbeck will be staying on in the role of creative director, while fellow co-founder Jessica Curry will continue her career as an independent composer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The Dream IS the Product 4
by Bryant Francis [08.13.18]
One futurist attempts to analyze the expensive investments pouring into companies like Magic Leap.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile-focused Tencent is reportedly on the outs with Riot  
by Emma Kidwell [08.13.18]
Riot Games' relationship with parent company Tencent Holdings is reportedly on thin ice over declining profits and differences over mobile gaming.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Games4EU launches, highlights Brexit's negative impact on UK games industry 3
by Emma Kidwell [08.13.18]
The anti-Brexit organization Games4EU has launched today, campaigning to demonstrate the negative impact leaving the European Union will have on the UK games industry.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Devs corroborate claims of sexist culture as Riot looks for way forward  
by Bryant Francis [08.13.18]
After Kotaku's story on a climate of sexism and sexual harassment at Riot Games, more Rioters have shared their experiences, while the company says it's making an outreach effort to former staffers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing