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Sega reports loss despite strong video game sales  
by Chris Kerr [08.11.20]
Net sales and profits are down at Sega Sammy, which just released its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Controller leak all but confirms 'Xbox Series S' 1
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
New images of a revamped Xbox-style controller point to a heavily rumored, more affordable Xbox Series S next-gen console.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Discoverability Now: How big is your game's Discord? (Not this big!)  
by Simon Carless [08.10.20]
Some of the trends in the biggest/most active video game Discord servers are super interesting, and here's a look at what I learned from checking this out. (Plus, a bunch more info on discoverability!)
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How to usher more women into leadership roles within the game industry  
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
At GDC Summer last week, Victoria Setian, sr. producer at Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios, described a three-pronged approach to cultivating female talent, particularly within triple-A studios.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Fall Guys has sold over 2 million copies on Steam alone  
by Chris Kerr [08.10.20]
Fall Guys has sold over 2 million copies on Steam during its first week on sale, according to publisher Devolver Digital.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono is departing Capcom 2
by Chris Kerr [08.10.20]
The veteran producer joined Capcom as a sound programmer and composer in the early '90s, cutting his teeth on arcade titles like Street Fighter Alpha and Saturday Night Slam Masters.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How to better design your game communities for kindness  
by Alex Wawro [08.07.20]
At GDC Summer this week Kitfox comms director Victoria Chan offered up five rules for being a better community manager and five steps you can take to build kinder, cozier communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Leveraging physical animation to sell Force powers in Jedi: Fallen Order  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Every Star Wars fan has dreamed of being a Jedi. But what is it about becoming a monk-like guardian of peace and justice that's so damn appealing? It's force powers. The answer is always force powers.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Final Fantasy VII Remake surpasses 5 million digital sales and shipments  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Final Fantasy VII Remake has shipped and digitally sold over five million copies worldwide, according to Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Five tips for making better loot experiences in games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
In tabletop games, the art of collation determines how players receive randomized items when buying blind-item packs. According to designer Eric Engelhard, those systems can work in video games too.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How Teamfight Tactics was designed to target former League of Legends players  
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer, Teamfight Tactics design lead David Abecassis broke down how Teamfight Tactics was designed to appeal to League of Legends players who've drifted off from high-level play.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

A data-driven primer for publishing agreements 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.06.20]
"I've realized that developers are at a two fold informational disadvantage: First, they don’t know what key publishing terms mean and second developers don’t know what is standard and what is not standard.”
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Using emotion to drive social play in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Thatgamecompany 'feel engineer' John Hughes explains how emotion drives the social play at the core of Sky: Children of the Light
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.' 
Console/PC, Production, GDC

King's Sabrina Carmona offers practical tips to get more women leaders in games  
by Alex Wawro [08.06.20]
“If you are in a leadership role and you are responsible for building teams like me, you have to play your part in this,” Carmona told GDC Summer attendees. “Because you actually have the power."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 22 million copies  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has sold over 22 million copies in under five months, according to the latest numbers from Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fortnite developer Epic Games secures $1.78 billion in funding 1
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Epic Games has secured $1.78 billion in fresh funding that takes the company's post-money equity valuation to $17.3 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Nintendo Switch has crossed 60 million lifetime sales  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
The Nintendo Switch has sold over 60 million units worldwide, according to the latest figures from Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Switch hardware and Animal Crossing driving growth at Nintendo  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
The Nintendo Switch is still driving growth at Nintendo, which has just released its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Why you should rethink how your company handles in-house harassment 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer, Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer challenged developers to rethink the fundamentals of why harassment happens in the workplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC