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CI Games establishes United Label, a new publishing label dedicated to indies  
by Emma Kidwell [01.21.19]
Sniper Ghost Warrior and The Lords of the Fallen developer-publisher CI Games has announced the creation of United Label, an all new publishing label dedicated to indie developers.
Indie, Business/Marketing

NCSoft makes layoffs at mobile developer Iron Tiger Studios  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.19]
NCSoft established Iron Tiger back in 2015, and tasked the Califonia-based studio with developing original mobile games inspired by its existing franchises. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why nobody cares about your indie game  
by Gamasutra Community [01.21.19]
The top five reasons indie game marketing falls on deaf ears, and how to steer things back on track for your game.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Cloud Imperium Games spent $4M a month in 2017 developing Star Citizen 3
by Emma Kidwell [01.18.19]
Cloud Imperium Games, the studio behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42, released an eight-page accounting document a few weeks ago which shows how the company has spent its income since 2012.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than HBO 1
by Chris Kerr [01.18.19]
Streaming mogul Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than other media companies like Game of Thrones and True Detective producer HBO.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Byju's acquires AR educational startup Osmo for $120M  
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
Online tutoring company Byju's announced yesterday that it has acquired Osmo, developer of educational games for children, for $120 million.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analyst: PUBG out-earned every other premium PC and console game in 2018  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
SuperData's end-of-year report lists PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as 2018's top premium earner on console and PC, beating out Fifa 18, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC 2019 for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Florence!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Mountains creative director Ken Wong returns to GDC this year to show you how the studio's critically-acclaimed debut mobile game was made.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2019 debuts new mentoring program to help grow your game dev career  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Launching at GDC 2019 is a brand-new mentoring program to help encourage game development professionals to continue and grow in their personal careers!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Playtika continues push into casual market with Supertreat acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The purchase will see Playtika gain the rights to the Solitaire Grand Harvest, which the company's chief marketing officer Nir Korczak claims is "one of the highest grossing solitaire games."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

NBA extends partnership with NBA 2K publisher 2K  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has signed a new multi-year global partnership extension with NBA 2K publisher 2K Games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Westworld Mobile shuts down following Bethesda lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
Westworld Mobile has shut down just two weeks after developer Behaviour Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. settled a lawsuit brought against it by Bethesda. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Games and crowdfunding in 2018  
by Gamasutra Community [01.17.19]
This is Thomas Bidaux's annual post on crowdfunding and games, looking at how well games have performed on Kickstarter (and Fig) for the past year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pioneer, Ubisoft's sci-fi game teased in Watch Dogs 2, reportedly cancelled  
by Emma Kidwell [01.16.19]
Pioneer, the sci-fi exploration game first discovered as an easter egg in Watch Dogs 2, has been cancelled according to former Ubisoft director Alex Hutchinson. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 will host a Classic Game Postmortem of Paperboy!  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Veteran game dev John Salwitz, who's worked on everything from Rampart to Klax to Medal of Honor, will be at GDC 2019 in San Francisco the deliver a Classic Game Postmortem of Atari's arcade hit Paperboy
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Unity updates terms of service (again) in response to Improbable dispute
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
Unity has revised its terms of service to ensure developers can use any third party service that integrates into Unity, following a dispute with SpatialOS maker Improbable.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Jam City secures $145 million to support global growth and acquisition plans  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The news comes shortly after the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery developer laid off an unknown number of staff as a result of "organizational changes."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA Vancouver's open-world Star Wars game has been canceled 3
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The title was being built using some of the assets from Visceral's scrapped Star Wars project, which was handed over to EA Vancouver after the studio's closure in 2017. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A student game dev's experience at MAGFest 2019 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.16.19]
A reflection on our first experience showcasing Runaway, a punk rock parkour platformer, at the Music & Games Festival (MAGFest).
Design, Production, Business/Marketing