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A decade of mods helped devs zero in on improvements for Mass Effect Legendary Edition  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.21]
A larger PC Gamer interview with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition team explores how BioWare looked to the modding community to discover where they should focus their efforts on the remaster.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sega Sammy reports year-over-year jump in game sales despite fewer new releases  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Sega Sammy credits the performance of its game business to pandemic-driven the stay-at-home orders that defined the last year, but is approaching the next year with caution for the same reason.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored: What game devs need to know about Criminal Economics and the Game Industry  
by Akamai Technologies [05.13.21]
How much do you really know about how the criminal economy works when it comes to the video game industry?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Live services push EA to $6.19 billion in full year net bookings  
by Alissa McAloon [05.11.21]
"With tremendous engagement across our portfolio, we delivered a record year for Electronic Arts," says EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ubisoft closes 2020-21 with $2.7 billion in net bookings as flagship franchises set records  
by Alissa McAloon [05.11.21]
Ubisoft has wrapped up the 2020-21 fiscal year with record revenue and engagement for many of its best-known properties like Just Dance, Assassin's Creed, and Rainbow Six.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sony facing lawsuit over 'monopoly' on digital PlayStation game sales  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.21]
A collection of gamers are readying to file a lawsuit against PlayStation-maker Sony Interactive Entertainment, arguing that it operates an unlawful monopoly.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft is making a mobile push of its own with The Division Mobile  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.21]
The Division Mobile isn't Ubisoft's only plan to expand the franchise's reach. A standalone free-to-play spinoff, The Division Heartland, is also in the works for PC, consoles, and the cloud.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Humble backs away from controversial Humble Bundle slider changes 3
by Alissa McAloon [05.05.21]
Sliders are here to stay, though Humble says it's likely to iterate on the feature once the Humble Bundle redesign is out the door.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty Warzone, Mobile drive 70% jump in Activision revenue, record Q1 MAUs  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Call of Dutys expansion into both mobile and free-to-play is doing great things for Activision as the company reports new records in MAUs and, for parent Activision Blizzard, revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sweeney asked Xbox to time free multiplayer launch with Epic's first Apple attack  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Day one of the Epic v. Apple trial granted us insight into Epic Games' financial history, and it looks like day two is giving us a peek at Epic CEO Tim Sweeney's email outbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic v. Apple trial offers rare look into Epic financials, billions of Fortnite revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look into the company's earnings.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony invests in Discord, plans to integrate Discord into PSN next year  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Sony has made a minority investment in chat platform Discord, and in doing so kicked off a partnership that will see the popular voice and text chat service connect with PlayStation in 2022.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft debated reducing revenue share on consoles as well as PC  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Microsoft reportedly considered reducing the share it takes from digital game sales on console as well as PC, but eventually decided against changing revenue splits on Xbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Ready Player, Everyone? Finding long-term success in gaming and esports  
by Adam Day [05.03.21]
Sponsored: With gaming and esports experiencing a boom in 2020, how can we ensure that we’re setting up gaming and esports for long-term success? Read on to learn about the emerging technologies and trends leading these industries into the future.
Social/Online, Sponsored Article

Riot will retain and review voice chat clips as part of Valorant's reporting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
A shift in policy means that Riot Games will now record snippets of voice chat in Valorant, but only in cases where a report is filed against a player over behavior in in-game voice channels.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Stadia announces & launches its next big feature: A search bar 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.21]
Stadia is rolling out a handful of changes to its interface, including an updated library IO, sorting options, and a search bar on Stadia for Web.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Modders have made $350 million through Minecraft's official mod marketplace  
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.21]
Minecraft modders peddling wares through the game's official mod marketplace have made a combined $350 million off of their creations since the Mojang-sanctioned portal went live in 2017.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sega partners with Double Jump Tokyo to sell NFTs of classic game assets  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.21]
SEGA is now, with the help of Double Jump.Tokyo, looking to give the assets for both classic and new IP the NFT treatment.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Multiverse raises $17.5 million for video game-inspired digital tabletop platform  
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.21]
One More Multiverse, a digital tabletop platform inspired heavily by 2D RPGs, has raised $17.5 million at the close of a Series A funding round.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: Join PlayStation as a Sr. Product Manager  
by Staff [04.26.21]
The Senior Product Manager for Online Safety will be responsible for leading the definition of product requirements and deliverables for our online safety and moderation products.
Social/Online, Recruitment