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UK video game spending rose to record $7.43 billion in 2018  
by Chris Kerr [04.02.19]
Both software and hardware spending increased in 2018, although the VR and pre-owned games market witnessed some notable declines.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Cloud streaming startup Polystream nets $12 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [04.02.19]
Polystream is a "deep tech" startup that wants to change how demanding interactive 3D applications -- such as video games -- are streamed from the cloud. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Deep Silver deactivates stolen Metro Exodus Steam keys  
by Emma Kidwell [04.01.19]
Deep Silver is warning players of unauthorized 3rd parties selling Steam keys for Metro Exodus after some were obtained illegally from the factory where physical key printing had taken place. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Valve's new VR headset hints at a June ship date  
by Emma Kidwell [04.01.19]
It looks as though the Valve Index headset teased over the weekend will ship on June 15th alongside two unrevealed controllers. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Konami rebrands New York office as Konami Cross Media NY Inc.  
by Emma Kidwell [04.01.19]
Konami has announced the rebranding of its New York office from 4K Media Inc. to Konami Cross Media NY Inc. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Humble Monthly now has over 400,000 subscribers 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.01.19]
It's a milestone the company quietly hit over the past year, and one that comes just 4 years after it debuted the subscription-based game bundle back in 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony tweaks PlayStation Store refund and cancelation policy in the U.S. 1
by Chris Kerr [04.01.19]
The changes mean users can now seek a refund for games, DLC, and add-ons within 14 days of purchase, and also cancel pre-orders with relative ease.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega joins the mini-console revolution with Genesis Mini 1
by Chris Kerr [04.01.19]
The Genesis Mini will cost $79.99 when it launches on September 19, and will come pre-loaded with 40 "legendary" titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A is for Apple Arcade, B is for rolling bones? 1
by Gamasutra staff [03.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Apple Arcade announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Nintendo and Microsoft  
by Emma Kidwell [03.29.19]
24 year old security researcher Zammis Clark avoided jail time by pleading guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset takes home GLAAD award for outstanding video game  
by Emma Kidwell [03.29.19]
LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD appointed its inaugural award for Outstanding Video Game to The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset during the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards last night. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

FoxNext VP on turning Marvel: Strike Force into the Starbucks of mobile games  
by Chris Kerr [03.29.19]
"If you think about it, say Starbucks; a lot of people spend $15 or $20 a week on Starbucks on coffee and snacks and stuff and that’s a great value for them and they’ll do that forever."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch Prime users are being gifted a free year of Nintendo Switch Online  
by Chris Kerr [03.29.19]
It's interesting to see Nintendo and Twitch join forces for the promotion, and shows the Japanese console maker is searching for ways to maintain and stoke interest in its fledgling online service.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hyper Light Drifter dev confirms TV series is in the works  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
Hyper Light Drifter is receiving its own animated TV show led by Heart Machine's Alx Preston and producer Adi Shankar, best known for the Netflix adaptations of Castlevania.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Tencent opens new cloud streaming platform 'Start' for public testing  
by Emma Kidwell [03.28.19]
Tencent has opened up its own cloud gaming platform, "Start", for public testing by users in Shanghai and Guangdong.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Game Mechanic Studios is hiring a Community Manager  
by Staff [03.28.19]
The team is looking for someone to lead communications (PR, Social, Community) activities as pertaining to Game Mechanic Studios and its products.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Xsolla introduces new funding opportunity for indie developers  
by Staff [03.28.19]
Xsolla has announced a new funding opportunity for indie developers with the launch of their investment club, Xsolla Funding Club (XFC). 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Minecraft update removes mentions of creator Notch from splash screens 2
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Minecraft custodians Microsoft have removed some mentions of controversial creator Markus "Notch" Persson from the game with a new snapshot update.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony veteran Kaz Hirai has left the company after 35 years  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
"I have decided to depart from Sony, which has been a part of my life for the past 35 years. I would like to extend my warmest gratitude to all our employees and stakeholders who have supported me."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: 20 Years of retention in EverQuest 3
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Ever wonder how EverQuest has stuck around for the last 20 years? This article shares insight into the game's ability to retain players decade after decade.
Production, Business/Marketing