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Blizzard pushes Activision to record digital numbers in big quarter  
by Christian Nutt [08.05.14]
UPDATE: Added comments from earnings call. Activision Blizzard had a better-than-expected second quarter on the back of a big digital sales boost, powered primarily by Blizzard's games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Konami sees profits rise thanks to Metal Gear and mobile games  
by Alex Wawro [08.05.14]
Konami saw an increase in profits and revenue during its most recent financial quarter, thanks in part to strong continuing sales of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and a slew of mobile titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Free Madden NFL comes in an Xbox One bundle this August 2
by Christian Nutt [08.05.14]
It's one of the hottest-selling games every year, and somehow Microsoft and EA hashed out a deal to provide it free-of-charge to new buyers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch goes all-in on game streams, shutting down 6
by Christian Nutt [08.05.14]
The popular video games site started as one channel in a general-purpose streaming service; now, it's telling its non-game users to go find a new home, as all other streams are shut down.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The pragmatic, personal nature of Road Not Taken 16
by Alex Wawro [08.05.14]
Studio co-founder Dan Cook opens up to Gamasutra about the development and personal inspiration behind Spry Fox's roguelike puzzler Road Not Taken, as well as why it's coming to PSN.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gone Home studio rebrands and staffs up for new project 1
by Alex Wawro [08.05.14]
The studio formerly known as The Fullbright Company has changed its name and is looking to bring on two additional developers to work on the company's next project.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Reminder: GDC Europe online registration closes tomorrow  
by Staff [08.05.14]
With just a day left until registration closes on August 6 at Midnight UTC, GDC Europe organizers are offering a special registration discount code and a roundup of conference highlights.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Q&A: Brian Fargo shares lessons learned in developing Wasteland 2 Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [08.05.14]
'Itís only been 20 years Iíve been trying to get here. It wouldnít have happened if not for crowdfunding.'
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

A quick but useful guide to the Chinese game market 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.05.14]
Hundreds of millions of mobile internet gamers hungry for content -- but a market that's impossible to understand to most Westerners. How does China work? This post explains.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Artist claims she invented Angry Birds, files complaint seeking compensation 15
by Mike Rose [08.05.14]
A Seattle artist claims that she invented the Angry Birds IP years before Rovio launched the first in its popular bird-flinging video game series, and now she's looking for compensation.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Do you really need to start a studio to make games? 17
by Gamasutra Community [08.05.14]
"We'll skip talking about setting up and go into more why you would or wouldn't start a studio. By this we mean the quit-day-job-and-rent-an-office studio. We'll do the same with going bedroom/basement indie."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Games is opening a studio in the UK  
by Mike Rose [08.05.14]
Epic Games is opening a studio in the UK, and has acquired and integrated long-time partner Pitbull Studio as part of the process.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Movie company Legendary acquires geek culture YouTube channel Geek & Sundry 2
by Mike Rose [08.05.14]
Geek & Sundry, the video game YouTube channel hosted by the likes of Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton, has been acquired by American movie production company Legendary Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, YouTube

80 Days: Building the perfect text adventure for mobile Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.05.14]
I played a mobile game over the weekend that single-handedly changed the way I think about text-based adventure games. That game was 80 Days from Inkle Studios, a non-linear story that contains more than half a million words in total.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Are eSports pros inherently better than the average player? 7
by Christian Nutt [08.04.14]
Dr. Amine Issa recently conducted research on pro League of Legends players to begin to answer this question.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Creative challenges in game development  
by Christian Nutt [08.04.14]
"The road to creating something great is long and harrowing, with many turns and dead-ends along the way. You can't ignore what's right in front of you just because you have a clear destination in mind."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

God of War developers to helm UCLA game course  
by Christian Nutt [08.04.14]
Writer Marianne Krawczyk and Sony Santa Monica producer Whitney Wade join up to present a course designed to help understand how creativity and production meet in game development.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Nintendo walled off its former indie exec 47
by Brandon Sheffield [08.04.14]
Senior contributor Brandon Sheffield got up-close and personal with Sony and Microsoft's indie guys -- but when it came to Nintendo, he hit a wall. He explores the issue in this editorial.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Report: China's mobile market will grow to $2.9 billion this year  
by Alex Wawro [08.04.14]
If you're thinking about bringing your mobile game to China, now might be a good time to do it -- market research suggests the Chinese mobile market will grow roughly 93 percent in 2014.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tropico 5 banned in Thailand, as it 'might affect peace and order' 1
by Mike Rose [08.04.14]
Tropico 5 from Haemimont Games has been banned in Thailand, as the military junta government in Thailand believes that the game's storyline "might affect peace and order in the country."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing