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See how XR is shaping the future of architecture at XRDC 2019  
by Staff [06.05.19]
You'll have an opportunity to see this and many other insightful talks at the event, but heads up: the deadline to register for XRDC at a discount rate is today (June 5th) at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: Marketing an upcoming Steam game 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.05.19]
This is a collection of guidelines for building a marketing plan of upcoming Steam games. I am not an expert on this area, but I gathered some resources to guide myself and others about the topic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bulletstorm and Gears of War developer People Can Fly opens New York studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly has expanded into North America with the opening of a brand new studio in New York.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony could use 'cross-generational play' to soften next-gen transition 1
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan has explained the company wants cross-generational unity between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners when its next-gen console finally hits shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple is being sued by iOS devs over 'profit-killing' App Store fees 5
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Apple is being sued by a group of iOS developers for pushing "profit-killing" commissions and fees onto App Store devs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: Tomorrow's your last day to save by registering early for XRDC!  
by Staff [06.04.19]
Heads up: The deadline to register for premier AR/VR/MR dev event XRDC at a discount is tomorrow, Wednesday June 5th, at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Mario Kart-themed go-kart company loses against Nintendo in court, again 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.04.19]
The ruling leaves the onceMario-themed business on the hook for damages that could exceed the previous 10 million yen ruling.
Business/Marketing

YoYo Games shuts down publishing division after struggling to 'add value' 1
by Chris Kerr [06.04.19]
YoYo Games general manager Stuart Poole explained the company has struggled to add value to the sector, and has instead decided to focus more of its energy on supporting GameMaker users.
Production, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze is laying off a quarter of its entire workforce 1
by Chris Kerr [06.04.19]
Struggling Payday 2 developer Starbreeze intends to lay off 60 members of staff, which is around a quarter of its entire workforce.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thumper: Pocket Edition and Ordia among 2019 Apple Design Award winners  
by Chris Kerr [06.04.19]
The winners of the 2019 Apple Design Awards have been announced, and some familiar names from the world of video games have been celebrated for their ingenuity, smarts, and design savvy.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Dragon Quest Walk is a Pokemon Go-style AR game from Square Enix  
by Chris Kerr [06.03.19]
Square Enix will enter the augmented reality arms race later this year with the launch of new mobile AR title, Dragon Quest Walk.
VR, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: FAQ on The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.19]
A bill was introduced in the US Senate dubbed The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act. It is a misguided attempt to regulate loot boxes, and this is how it might affect you.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Wilds Of A Void City  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the intriguing triple-I (sorry!) titles Outer Wilds & Void Bastards, as well as the role of the city in games, bringing back Bubsy, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A Cultist Simulator retrospective 5
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.19]
The postmortem for Weather Factory's 1920s Lovecraftian card game Cultist Simulator, an indie success story for 2018.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Former Gearbox VP joins Nintendo to lead developer and publisher relations  
by Chris Kerr [05.31.19]
Former Gearbox vice president John Vignocchi has joined Nintendo of America to take charge of the company's developer and publisher relations team.
Business/Marketing

Indie publisher Raw Fury has acquired the rights to the Kingdom franchise  
by Chris Kerr [05.31.19]
Indie publisher Raw Fury has purchased the rights to the Kingdom franchise from creator Thomas van den Berg for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop COO and CFO Rob Lloyd steps down amid executive shuffle 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
GameStop chief operating officer and chief financial officer Rob Lloyd is departing the company, a move that comes amid a mild executive reshuffling at the retailer.
Business/Marketing

Games on the Google Play Store now required to disclose loot box odds 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Google Play's dev guidelines now say that apps with loot boxes "must clearly disclose the odds of receiving those items in advance of purchase.”
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to Windows PC  
by Chris Kerr [05.30.19]
Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to PC, but plans to tweak the subscription service to meet the specific needs of PC players and game developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Iron Maiden is suing Ion Maiden dev 3D Realms for trademark infringement 7
by Chris Kerr [05.30.19]
The band claims the studio's first-person shooter Ion Maiden is an "incredibly blatant" infringement on their Iron Maiden trademark, and are demanding $2 million in damages. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing