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NetEase nabs minority stake in Dead by Daylight dev Behaviour Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Chinese internet and online game company NetEase Games has picked up a minority stake in Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive.
Production, Business/Marketing

PlayStation's former portfolio strategy head is now tackling game licensing at Disney  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.19]
Disney has tapped John Drake as its vice president of business development and licensing for games.
Business/Marketing

Respawn will deal with Apex Legends cheaters by making them fight each other 3
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdfunding and video games - A 2019 mid-year update  
by Gamasutra Community [07.15.19]
What is the state of Kickstarter for video games in the first half of 2019? ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux has all the answers.
Production, Business/Marketing

'Reality-focused' game dev Surrogate secures $2 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Finnish reality-focused game developer and video streaming company Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Red Candle won't be re-releasing Devotion (yet) following China controversy 1
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Devotion dev Red Candle claims a scandal involving an art asset that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping has caused "immeasurable harm," and said it won't be re-releasing the game anytime soon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch Lite-s Up, 2019's Best Games So Far  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.14.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Switch Lite announcement and Valve's experimental discovery mechanisms, as well as some picks on 2019's best games so far, Dragon Quest Builders 2, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gears 5 to drop depictions of smoking after urging from Truth Initiative 9
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative has successfully lobbied Turner's ELeague, Microsoft, and The Coalition to make the Gears franchise tobacco-free going forward.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Controversial freelance firm Fiverr opens game services store 1
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The freelancing services company that's drawn heat for its advertising and cheap services has announced a dedicated push into the game development space.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Charting the record $9.6B games investment over the past 18 months
by Gamasutra Community [07.12.19]
Digi-Capital’s new Games Investment Report Q3 2019 shows a record $9.6 billion games investment in the last 18 months. Yet at the same time games company M&As and IPOs dropped to 2010 levels.
Business/Marketing

Smartphone maker Rokit launches $50 million game development fund 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Smartphone maker Rokit has launched a $50 million game development fund to support indies and startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Under fire from game devs, G2A proposes new 'Key Blocker' tool 3
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Under fire key reseller G2A has proposed a new 'Key Blocker' tool to give devs more control over how their titles are resold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
One of the most influential FPS titles of all time, GoldenEye defied expectations and set the standard for NPC AI for future generations.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs is Valve's new home for experimental Steam features  
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
Valve is shining the spotlight on some new ideas it has been toying with for Steam through a page of experimental features called Steam Labs.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Devs express optimism, caution over Steam interactive recommender  
by Bryant Francis [07.11.19]
Steam's new interactive recommender tool has some devs optimistic about the future of selling games on Steam, but the continued commitment to algorithms has others worried.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam embraces machine learning with interactive recommendation tool 13
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
Valve has launched a new (but experimental) feature for Steam that builds a layer of interactivity onto the storefront’s existing recommendation system.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: The importance of finding your platform champions  
by Staff [07.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk dev relations expert Nick Suttner shares practical insights and anecdotes of how to think about and approach potential champions behind big platforms like Oculus or Sony.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury following Iron Maiden trademark lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
3D Realms has changed the name of its first-person shooter Ion Maiden to Ion Fury after being sued by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden for trademark infringement. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The Switch may be getting a new processor and flash storage 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
Nintendo's new handheld-only Switch Lite stole the headlines when it was announced yesterday, but the company also appears to be working on an upgraded version of the original Switch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan due to negative impact on players 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing