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Play Ventures raises $40 million to fuel game-focused VC fund  
by Alissa McAloon [08.23.19]
The venture capital firm Play Ventures has closed out its first round of funding, raising a total of $40 million to later invest in pre-seed and seed-stage game startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

DICE cancels new Battlefield V multiplayer mode to focus on eradicating bugs  
by Chris Kerr [08.23.19]
DICE has scrapped plans to bring a competitive 5v5 multiplayer mode to Battlefield V so its dev team can focus on tackling bugs and adding other content.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Game stores: you need more real-time charts!  
by Simon Carless [08.23.19]
Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

PlayStation Productions joins the Uncharted movie as another director exits  
by Chris Kerr [08.23.19]
PlayStation Productions, the film studio launched by Sony Interactive Entertainment back in May, has joined the production team of the long-gestating Uncharted movie.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Riot Games settles gender-discrimination class action lawsuit  
by Chris Kerr [08.23.19]
League of Legends developer Riot has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged the studio allowed gender-based discrimination and fostered a work culture that favored men.
Business/Marketing

Attend XRDC for an inside look at the design of Assassin's Creed VR escape rooms!  
by Staff [08.22.19]
Ubisoft has built some groundbreaking Assassin's Creed VR escape room games, and this October you'll have a chance to learn how they do it when XRDC arrives in San Francisco!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Google Play Store design refresh aims to boost game discoverability 2
by Chris Kerr [08.22.19]
The Google Play Store has been given a visual refresh to improve the overall store experience, and notably for mobile devs, make it easier for users to find and access games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Razer and Tencent partner to further cloud gaming ambitions  
by Chris Kerr [08.22.19]
Neon-obsessed hardware and peripheral maker Razer has partnered with Chinese tech and game company Tencent to further expand into the world of cloud gaming.
Business/Marketing

Oculus' former head of mobile VR has left Facebook  
by Chris Kerr [08.22.19]
Another high-profile member of the Oculus family has left Facebook, with the company's former head of mobile VR, Max Cohen, departing the company this week.
VR, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story 3
by Staff [08.21.19]
For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get up to speed on how AR/VR is transforming healthcare at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.21.19]
Healthcare as we know it is evolving to incorporate all sorts of cutting-edge AR/VR/MR technologies, and there's no better place to learn all about it than XRDC in San Francisco this October!
VR, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

DayZ has ban lifted in Australia following modification 2
by Chris Kerr [08.21.19]
DayZ has been re-approved for release in Australia as a result of modifications made to the survival shooter by developer Bohemia Interactive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam is heading to China as a separate marketplace  
by Chris Kerr [08.21.19]
Steam is heading to China as a separate marketplace co-created by Valve and Chinese developer-publisher Perfect World.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Wikia's Fandom is getting into the game publishing business  
by Alissa McAloon [08.20.19]
The Wikia-owned media platform Fandom is expanding its entertainment business and getting into video game publishing, starting with Thorium Entertainment's UnderMine.
Business/Marketing

GameStop lays off 120+ people, including some Game Informer staff 1
by Alex Wawro [08.20.19]
U.S. game and tchotchke retailer GameStop laid off roughly 120 people this week as part of the company's ongoing effort to restructure and respond to its recent financial troubles.
Business/Marketing

ReadySet Heroes is the first Sony-published game to debut on Epic's Games Store  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.19]
The debut of Robot's PS4 co-op dungeon crawler on the Epic Games Store suggests Epic's efforts to lure devs to its young storefront are compelling enough to sway even big, platform-holding publishers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Think you're ready to pitch a publisher? You're not, and here's why  
by Staff [08.20.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Finji's Rebekah Saltsman explains how Finji builds and uses pitch documents, key art and game play videos to help developers improve their pitches to publishers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Starbreeze posts $6.6 million loss amid ongoing reconstruction  
by Alissa McAloon [08.20.19]
Starbreeze has been in dire financial straits for a while now, and the company is still in the process of refocusing its attention and efforts on core businesses to stay above water.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Come to XRDC for expert insight on how AR/VR is transforming business!  
by Staff [08.20.19]
Businesses around the world are adapting and upgrading to use the latest AR/VR/MR tech, and that means there's a ton of new opportunities for AR/VR/MR experts -- discover them at XRDC in October!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution to help devs prevent tampering  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
Game security company Denuvo as launched a new Mobile Game Protection solution to help developers and publishers prevent their smartphone games from being tampered with. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing