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Nintendo's new president Kimishima takes the reins in a new Q&A  
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
In its latest investor Q&A, the newest president of the storied Kyoto game company pointed toward a future of smartphone games and the NX platform to bring Nintendo forward.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Layoffs at Gigantic developer Motiga  
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
The development of the upcoming MOBA, currently in beta, appears to be in danger -- as the developer lays off staff and seeks funding to complete the game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mad Catz lays off 37% of staff in restructuring plan 1
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
The embattled peripheral maker, which shed a large number of executives yesterday, is making deep cuts across the board.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Post-hack, Vtech is back, and shifting resonsibility for data security to its users  
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
"YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND OR RECEIVE DURING YOUR USE OF THE SITE MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED OR LATER ACQUIRED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES," the new TOS reads.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

'Oculus Ready' PCs debut, from $949 to $2,549 2
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
The cheapest bundle, including headset, will set buyers back $1499, as the launch of the much-anticipated headset draws near.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

BioWare scribe David Gaider joins Baldur's Gate dev Beamdog as creative director  
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
The company best known for enhanced remakes of BioWare games now appears poised to leap into more original products, with the offical blog saying Gaider will "direct new creative endeavors."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

These 15 games will be playable in the Indie Megabooth Showcase at GDC 2016  
by Staff [02.09.16]
The Indie MEGABOOTH Showcase is coming back to GDC 2016 with a lineup of 15 interesting indie games that all conference attendees can play, including We Are Chicago and Elsinore.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sales and profits up at Bandai Namco as video game revenue rises  
by Chris Kerr [02.09.16]
Bandai Namco has posted its financials for the nine month period ending December 31, and both sales and profits are on the up. 
Business/Marketing

Rovio spins off books business as restructuring continues  
by Chris Kerr [02.09.16]
Rovio is attempting to shed even more weight by spinning off its books business with the creation of new affiliate company, Kaiken Publishing.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hard stats on the development and sales of a 2D survival adventure/RPG on PC  
by Gamasutra Community [02.09.16]
Candid game development costs and sales stats, as well as a breakdown on player behavior, piracy, and lessons for the future: it's all here, served up by Dead in Bermuda devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Amazon launches new, free, high-quality game engine: Lumberyard Exclusive 25
by Christian Nutt [02.09.16]
Built using CryEngine's tech and completely free to download and use, this new engine -- which can currently deploy products on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One -- is powered by Twitch and Amazon Web Services.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video game video hub GameTrailers is shutting down this week 8
by Alex Wawro [02.08.16]
GameTrailers announced today via its Twitter account that the video game video hub is shutting down, over a year after it was sold to Defy Media by Viacom in a layoff-ridden 2014 deal. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Dofus dev unlocks in-game rewards based on movie ticket sales  
by Alex Wawro [02.08.16]
How do you get people to go watch your video game movie? If you're Dofus developer Ankama, you take a page from Kickstarter and tie tiers of in-game rewards to movie ticket sales milestones.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Top brass resign amid MadCatz executive shuffle  
by Alex Wawro [02.08.16]
Change is in the wind at video game peripheral maker Mad Catz, as president and CEO Darren Richardson, senior VP of business affairs Whitney Peterson and company chairman Thomas Brown have resigned.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

State of the Industry: Enough with the skeletons 5
by Brandon Sheffield [02.08.16]
Over 2,000 devs surveyed in GDC's State of the Industry survey answer the vague question: “Is there anything else you'd like to say about the game industry?” As you can imagine, it gets quite heated.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Respawn looks to buck the 'no campaign' trend with Titanfall 2 2
by Alex Wawro [02.08.16]
Respawn is reportedly trying its hand at a single-player campaign and a TV spin-off for Titanfall 2, according to comments made by lead writer Jesse Stern in an interview with Forbes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Daigo 'The Beast' Umehara gets nostalgic on Street Fighter II's 25th anniversary  
by Chris Baker [02.08.16]
"Street Fighter II enthralled me just as it did to so many others. If there had been no SF2, I would not have been here today as a pro gamer."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, History

Independent VR platform Transport nets $25 million  
by Chris Kerr [02.08.16]
California-based virtual reality startup Wevr has received $25 million from investors including HTC and Samsung to further develop its independent VR distribution platform, Transport. 
Business/Marketing

Twitch's top 10 for 2015: League of Legends cracks 1 billion hours watched  
by Gamasutra Community [02.08.16]
"Four PC games, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DotA 2 and Hearthstone, are literally dwarfing the competition on Twitch."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Austin's secret histories 3
by Gamasutra Community [02.08.16]
"I'm fascinated by all the things that lead up to people making up pastimes, toys and time-wasters generally referred to as 'games.' That includes where they live, who they associate with, how they regard themselves and each other."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing