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An extensive look at Maxis' short stint in serious simulation games  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.20]
If you've got time for a long read about a beloved game maker's foray into for-hire simulation games for the likes of Chevron and the EPA, The Obscuritory has you covered.
Console/PC, Serious, Business/Marketing

What to expect from an all-digital GDC Summer? A chat with GM Katie Stern  
by Staff [05.21.20]
This August's GDC Summer will be the most comprehensive all-digital version of GDC to ever take place. Conference GM Katie Stern explains what attendees can expect from the show.
Business/Marketing, GDC

G2A to pay Factorio dev $39,600 after allowing illegal game key sales  
by Chris Kerr [05.21.20]
G2A has pledged to pay Factorio developer Wube Software nearly $40,000 for facilitating the sale of illegal game keys.

EA is releasing the source code for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn 1
by Chris Kerr [05.21.20]
EA is releasing the source code for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert under the GPL version 3.0. license.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Amplifier Game Invest acquires Italian developer DestinyBit  
by Chris Kerr [05.21.20]
Based in Ravenna, Italy, DestinyBit is the four-person studio behind dice-based survival city builder Dice Legacy.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Embracer Group sees record shift toward digital due to COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [05.20.20]
The ongoing global pandemic is affecting video game companies in different ways, but one notable shift highlighted in several recent quarterly financial reports is an increased interest in digital game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The hidden Switch demo upside & more discoverability tricks  
by Simon Carless [05.20.20]
Why having a Switch demo may have hidden advantages, even more great trending information from SteamDB, and a host of other useful info for those looking to get their game seen.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Mobile battle royale title Free Fire just hit 80 million daily active users 1
by Chris Kerr [05.20.20]
Mobile battle royale title Free Fire has recorded a new peak of 80 million daily active users, according to publisher Garena.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

UK hypercasual developer Kwalee opens studio in Bangalore  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.20]
UK mobile developer-publisher Kwalee has opened a new studio in Bangalore, India, to help expand production.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Planet Zoo has surpassed 1 million sales in under six months  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.20]
Planet Zoo has topped 1 million sales in under six months, according to developer Frontier Developments.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Dark Souls franchise has topped 27 million lifetime sales  
by Chris Kerr [05.19.20]
The Dark Souls series has amassed over 27 million lifetime sales, according to developer FromSoftware.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Price drops and pandemics driving PlayStation Now and PS Plus subscriptions  
by Chris Kerr [05.19.20]
Sony witnessed a notable increase in the number of PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions over the past 12 months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Respawn opens Vancouver studio to focus on Apex Legends development  
by Chris Kerr [05.19.20]
Apex Legends developer Respawn has opened a new studio in Vancouver to ramp up development on the battle royale shooter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

King has opened up and relinquished control of the Defold game engine  
by Chris Kerr [05.19.20]
King has opened up and relinquished ownership of the Defold game engine in what it claims is an effort to bring more transparency to the development process.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic rolls easier refunds, keyless third-party sales into its Epic Games Store  
by Alissa McAloon [05.18.20]
Epic's latest feature additions to the Epic Games Store center around how players buy games, and request games purchased be refunded.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: How to run your own career fair on a tiny budget  
by Staff [05.18.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual panel Chris DeLeon, David Mullich, Dru Erridge, and Tiffany Otto explain how to run and operate your own career fair to help developers in your community. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Minecraft developer Mojang rebrands as Mojang Studios  
by Chris Kerr [05.18.20]
Minecraft maker Mojang has rebranded to better reflect its current status as a multi-studio operation.
Production, Business/Marketing

Disney clamps down on Club Penguin clones following abuse allegations 1
by Chris Kerr [05.18.20]
Disney has ordered the closure of all unauthorized Club Penguin clones after it was revealed some players have been using the platform to share explicit messages.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft suing Google and Apple for selling Rainbow Six: Siege 'carbon copy'  
by Chris Kerr [05.18.20]
Ubisoft is suing both Apple and Google for allowing Chinese company Alibaba to sell its mobile shooter Area F2 on their respective digital storefronts.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Ghost Of Id's Pro Skater  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.16.20]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts rounds up the notable games released this week, plus delves into the history of Id Software, the return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing