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GameStop closes FY2020 with a net sales decline (despite a 191% surge in e-commerce)  
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.21]
A powerful pivot to online business slowed the fall, but wasn't enough to completely offset what can only be described as a complicated year for GameStop.

2K acquires and rebrands HookBang game division as Visual Concepts Austin  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
2K has acquired the game division of software design and development company HookBang for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Amazon sets up new game development studio in Montreal 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.21]
Amazon Games joins the growing list of game studios set up in Montreal with the creation of its fourth development studio.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Nintendo and Niantic creating new AR apps including unnamed Pikmin project  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
Nintendo has partnered with Pokemon Go developer Niantic to create a range of new augmented reality titles for mobile.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Upgraded Switch arriving this year with new Nvidia SoC and DLSS support  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
The next iteration of the Nintendo Switch will pack more memory and an upgraded CPU thanks to a new Nvidia system-on-chip.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How and why to write low spoiler hints for adventure games 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.21]
Low spoiler hints for adventure games are more difficult to write than walkthroughs, but spoilers are no fun either.

Report: Microsoft in talks to acquire Discord for over $10 billion 5
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
Microsoft is interested in acquiring Discord in a deal that could be worth more than $10 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How players use the Switch eShop in 2021  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.21]
A new survey asks 11,000 Nintendo Switch players a bunch of questions, and we wanted to highlight the eShop section & talk about takeaways for devs and publishers.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Jackbox Games as its International Games Lead  
by Staff [03.22.21]
We are looking for an experienced business leader to build and manage a development team focused on international expansion.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Xbox is dropping the Xbox Live services branding in favor of the 'Xbox network'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.21]
Xbox is abandoning the Xbox Live moniker its online spaces have used for ages, and will instead refer to those spaces as the Xbox network moving forward.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Discord is looking for a buyer, price tag could exceed $10 billion 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.21]
Discord has reportedly put pen to paper on an exclusive acquisition discussion and is in a serious conversation about selling itself to another company.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Rainbow Six Siege is still hitting new concurrent player peaks on Steam  
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.21]
New seasonal content timed alongside a free week scheduled makes for an appealing time for the masses to flock toward Ubisoft's team-versus-team tactical showdown.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Creating dynamic audio in the destructible levels of Rainbow Six: Siege 5
by Staff [03.22.21]
In this deep dive, audio director Louis Philippe Dion explores how the Siege dev team used strategically placed nodes to calculate the flow of sound in ever-changing, destructible battlegrounds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Audio, Design

Report: Sony to shutter PSP, PS3, and PS Vita storefronts this summer 4
by Chris Kerr [03.22.21]
Sony is preparing to shut down the PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PlayStation Portable marketplaces later this year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Terraria surpasses 35 million lifetime sales ahead of 10th anniversary  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.21]
Terraria has sold over 35 million copies since launching almost a decade ago, according to developer Re-Logic.

TikTok owner ByteDance acquires Chinese studio Moonton Technology  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.21]
TikTok owner ByteDance has acquired Shanghai-based studio Moonton Technology, best known for developing the mobile MOBA, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy to receive BAFTA Fellowship  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.21]
Media Molecule studio director Siobhan Reddy will receive the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship award at the British Academy Games Awards later this week.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How The Wandering Village succeeded on Kickstarter without a playable demo  
by Gamasutra Community [03.22.21]
This is a strategy overview of our Oct/Nov 2020 Kickstarter campaign for the building sim game The Wandering Village.
Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Heart Machine as a Senior Gameplay Engineer  
by Staff [03.19.21]
We’re looking for an extraordinarily talented Senior Gameplay Engineer for current and future projects at our growing studio!
Programming, Recruitment

Layoffs to hit Activision-Blizzard's European offices later this year  
by Bryant Francis [03.19.21]
Activision-Blizzard is apparently planning to shutter and reoganize some European offices, with layoffs expected to be part of the closure process.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing