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Apex Legends averaged over 13m weekly players in most recent season  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
Apex Legends, FIFA Ultimate Team, and FIFA 21 drove strong revenue for Electronic Arts in its first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ghost of Tsushima's multiplayer mode getting standalone release  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
Ghost of Tsushima's co-op multiplayer mode Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is will soon be purchasable as a standalone game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The rewarding deaths of What Remains of Edith Finch 1
by Jessica Famularo [08.04.21]
In most games, death is associated with failure, or a narrative break that forces you to reattempt a challenge. What Remains of Edith Finch turns death into a key feature of story progression.
Console/PC, Design

Going forward, Unity devs will need Unity Pro to publish on consoles 1
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
UPDATE: Unity is now requiring that developers either have a Unity Pro license or a Preferred Platform Partner License Key, to develop new projects for closed systems like Xbox, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.
Console/PC, Programming

Winner in Steam Controller case says Valve should pay $6.5m in attorney fees  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
Ironburg Inventions, the company that successfully sued Valve for violating its patent when it developed the Steam Controller, is now seeking $6.5 million in legal fees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Mountaintop Studios is hiring an Engineering Manager  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
Mountaintop Studios is looking for an Engineering Manager who’s passionate about building extraordinary new experiences that inspire others.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Analysis: Epic advances, Steam reviews and discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.04.21]
We lok at Epic court documents to analyze EGS advances, take another look at Steam 'reviews to sales' ratios, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard to 'set the example' on inclusion, weeks after gaslighting victims 4
by Chris Kerr [08.04.21]
Two weeks after Activision Blizzard effectively dismissed a harassment lawsuit filed against it, company CEO Bobby Kotick claims the publisher will now "set the example" on inclusion and equality.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
How experimenting with scale and simulation helped Midwinter find the fun with Scavengers  
by Improbable [08.04.21]
Sponsored: For game designers, 'finding the fun' is a serious undertaking. The question is: how do you create a retentive, rewarding experience that gamers connect with and come back to, over and over again?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Sponsored Article

The Ascent earned record $5 million for publisher Curve over its launch weekend  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.21]
The Ascent earned a record $5 million in sales revenue for publisher Curve Digital during its launch weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony doesn't view dip in PS Plus subscribers and PSN users as 'declining trend'  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.21]
Sony isn't phased by a recent drop off in PlayStation Plus subscribers and PlayStation Network monthly active users (MAU). At least, not yet.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hardware grants Sony marginal sales boost as software sales and PS Plus subscribers dip  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.21]
Hardware and peripherals drove a modest net sales increase within Sony's Game & Network Services segment during the first quarter of the fiscal year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard warns financials could be hit by California lawsuit 2
by Bryant Francis [08.03.21]
Activision Blizzard warned investors that the State of California’s lawsuit against the company could impact its financial outlook in the months to come.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard faces class action for 'misleading' investors in lead up to DFEH lawsuit  
by Alissa McAloon [08.03.21]
The class action argues that Activision Blizzard filed multiple quarterly reports that failed to mention the significance of ongoing government investigations that were later made known via the State of California's lawsuit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Obsidian's five hard lessons of RPG design 42
by Christian Nutt [08.03.21]
In a 2011 GDC Europe talk, Josh Sawyer, project director for Obsidian Entertainment, discussed the 'challenges that the RPG industry has faced in adapting from its pen and paper roots.'
Console/PC, Design

Activision Blizzard walkout organizers publicly reject Kotick's response  
by Bryant Francis [08.03.21]
Activision Blizzard employees have shared an open letter publicly rebuking CEO Bobby Kotick's response to employee concerns, and criticizing the decision to hire WilmerHale to audit the game company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Rare is hiring a Senior Engine Programmer  
by Staff [08.03.21]
Rare's cutting-edge Engine team is seeking a Senior Engine Programmer to work on Sea of Thieves and the recently announced Everwild.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

GDC 2022 Core Concepts talk submissions are now open  
by Staff [08.03.21]
It's time to submit your ideas for talks, panels, and and roundtables that will take place during GDC 2022's Core Concepts section, running Wednesday - Friday during the week of the conference.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Second Life developer Linden Lab will ban gacha mechanics later this month  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
Second Life developer Linden Lab will no longer allow content creators to utilize 'gacha' mechanics to sell items.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Netmarble acquires SpinX Games for $2.19 billion to expand into social casino genre  
by Chris Kerr [08.03.21]
South Korean publisher Netmarble has fully-acquired mobile casino game developer SpinX Games for $2.19 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing