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October 24, 2021
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Sony apparently wants triple-A games to support VR for PSVR 2 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.21]
Leaks out of an internal developer conference have revealed new details about Sony's second PlayStation VR headset, including some tech specs and Sony’s plans for the platform.
VR, Business/Marketing

The Overwatch League might lose sponsors over Activision Blizzard lawsuit  
by Bryant Francis [08.05.21]
Blizzard's Overwatch League is at risk of losing major sponsors like Coca-Cola and State Farm in the wake of a major lawsuit targeting alleged harassment and discrimination at the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring an AI Systems Designer  
by Staff [08.05.21]
Sucker Punch Productions, the company behind Ghost of Tsushima, is looking to hire an AI Systems Designer.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Focus Home Interactive acquires retro game studio Dotemu for $45.5 million  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.21]
French publisher Focus Home Interactive has acquired a major stake in retro game developer Dotemu for $45.5 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Outriders and Nier Replicant remake can't prevent sales slide at Square Enix  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.21]
Square Enix reported declining net sales and operating income in its Digital Entertainment division, which houses its video game operations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Nintendo Switch has sold 89 million units in just over four years  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.21]
That's more than six times the amount its predecessor, the Wii U, managed during its entire lifespan. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Embracer buys eight studios including Ghost Ship, 3D Realms, and Digixart  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.21]
Embracer Group has acquired eight companies including Deep Rock Galactic developer Ghost Ship Games and Ion Fury creator 3D Realms for a combined $313 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Net sales and profits down at Nintendo because Animal Crossing set the bar too high  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.21]
Switch hardware and software sales remain steady at Nintendo, but that wasn't enough to prevent net sales and profits from dipping year-on-year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steve Gaynor 'steps back' from Fullbright following toxic work environment allegations 2
by Bryant Francis [08.04.21]
UPDATE: Studio tweets cryptic statement about status of Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor’s employment, says move is to "foster a work environment that is healthy and collaborative."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

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

Colopl will pay Nintendo $30 million to settle copyright infringement lawsuit  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.21]
Japanese developer Colopl has agreed to pay Nintendo 3.3 billion yen ($30 million) to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit.
Smartphone/Tablet, 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