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The story behind Gear VR, and why Oculus wants to go mobile Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [09.29.14]
Oculus' partnership with Samsung for Gear VR means that mobile is a priority for the company -- and it has John Carmack on board. We sit down with Oculus VP of mobile, Max Cohen, to find out more.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, VR

Devs share a little more data on Steam Discovery 3
by Christian Nutt [09.26.14]
Developers are beginning to share more data on the effects of the new Steam Discovery system, including its curation elements. What effect is it having on their visits?
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Has another developer stolen your app? Use this DMCA template 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"There are no app police, and anything goes in the wild wild west of apps. Even with Apple’s review process and team in place, many pieces of stolen content end up on the store."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

$55 million for toy cars? Smartphone toy co Anki picks up major funding  
by Christian Nutt [09.26.14]
Anki has a $150 remote-controlled toy car set called Drive, which works with iOS, on the market; funding will help the company expand its offerings.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

After six years, PlayStation's virtual world is closing its doors 10
by Kris Graft [09.26.14]
Sony confirmed today that its avatar-driven virtual world PlayStation Home would be shutting its doors in North America on March 31, 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to name a game in 5 steps 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"It took us almost 4 years to name our game. The process had me adding the US Patent and Trademark Search to my browser bar, and murmuring awful name ideas like 'Savant Horizon' in my sleep."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Are the new Steam Discovery tools having any effect on game sales? Exclusive 25
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Earlier this week, Valve made one of the biggest changes to its Steam platform ever, with game recommendations based on a variety of factors, including "Steam Curators."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Quality in games 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.14]
"It is by no means trivial to try to maximize the value of the stakeholders who matter. But it is something you need to think about when you are making a high quality, high value game."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Talking Devs Podcast #1: Desert Golfing with Bennett Foddy and Douglas Wilson 2
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
This is the first in a new podcast series from Gamasutra, called Talking Devs. The pilot episodes sees Bennett Foddy and Douglas Wilson discussing Desert Golfing on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Podcast

Amazon has now completed its acquisition of Twitch  
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Amazon has completed its acquisition of livestreaming platform Twitch, according to a new SEC filing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

One-third of American teens and adults play mobile games 2
by Christian Nutt [09.25.14]
We've all heard how mobile gaming has sucked in players who weren't fans of the medium before it got accessible, but here are some numbers to back up that assertion.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Judge invalidates patents, freeing pubs and devs from lawsuits 10
by Christian Nutt [09.25.14]
A production company called Planet Blue has sued a huge number of game companies over the years -- but under new patent law, its patents have been invalidated and its claims dismissed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Next reveals talks on the business of launching your next game  
by Staff [09.25.14]
Execution Labs cofounder Keith Katz and Pug Pharm Productions CEO Steve Bocska will deliver cutting-edge business and marketing talks at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game Analytics 101 - Should I deal with this? How do I start? 9
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"I hear a lot of talk from game developers about becoming “data driven” and incorporating analytics into their business models, but the people I talk to generally can’t describe what that means in terms of their company."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

App Store survival for a paid app: The stats 14
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"So IAP is out and subscription would require profound changes. Our only immediate options are to see what we can do to boost our sales in a paid app model."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Yahoo Japan is now publishing mobile games  
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Yahoo Japan, a company that has been dabbling in video game platforms for many years, has now decided to enter the mobile game publishing space.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

MLG looking to provide 'the definitive solution' for eSports events 2
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Major League Gaming, one of the biggest eSports organizers worldwide, is looking to bring its eSports events tools to the masses, with a new partnership today.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony hopes PlayStation profits can help quell its overall losses 2
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Sony is hoping that boosted profits for its PlayStation division will help the company to ease its currently dire financial situation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Here's what video games could look like as soon as next year 41
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Euclideon, the 3D rendering studio that gave us a glimpse of what it called "the largest ever breakthrough in 3D graphics" back in 2011, has said that it is now prepping its tech for use in games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

UK gov't to fund future devs, with help from game industry  
by Mike Rose [09.25.14]
Several video game companies in the UK, including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft Reflections, have come together with the British government to fund the next generation of UK game designers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing