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Freddy's dev: Focus on your own success, don't tear others down 2
by Alex Wawro [07.29.15]
In a rare public post, Five Nights At Freddy's dev Scott Cawthon publicly admonishes his critics and asks 'haters' to turn their passion towards creating things, rather than tearing others down.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Splatoon, Amiibo drive Nintendo's swing to first-quarter profits 1
by Alex Wawro [07.29.15]
Nintendo beat analyst expectations this week when, rather than recording a loss for the first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, the company posted a tidy profit.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What we mean by 'games as a service' 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.15]
"Games as a service" usually refers to "regular updates and a continuous production throughout the entire product life. I believe that 'service' is a much more extensive concept."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Approaching the tricky issue of indie game pricing 33
by Staff [07.29.15]
Dan Adelman -- formerly Nintendo's indie guy, now a consultant to independent devs -- outlines exactly why a game like the recently-released Axiom Verge is worth $20, and what goes into indie pricing.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Dropped by Deep Silver, Dead Island 2 studio files for insolvency  
by Alex Wawro [07.29.15]
Yager Productions GmbH, the subdivision of Yager Development established purely to develop Dead Island 2, is filing for insolvency less than a month after Yager parted ways with publisher Deep Silver.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 design strategies for effective midcore monetization  
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.15]
"They are skeptical of free to play games at first, but can become one of the most engaged and highest spending player bases on mobile if respected."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Reminder: GDC Europe online registration closes today  
by Staff [07.29.15]
With less than 24 hours left until online registration closes today, July 29th at Midnight UTC, GDC Europe organizers are showcasing a round of conference highlights.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

Report: Kixeye lays off staff 1
by Alex Wawro [07.28.15]
A number of employees at the San Francisco-based online game company Kixeye lost their jobs today, though it's yet unclear how widespread the layoffs were or how it might affect the company's ongoing operations.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Razer proposes solution to Ouya's 'Free The Games' debt 11
by Alex Wawro [07.28.15]
UPDATE Razer says that since the deal was to acquire select assets and personnel from Ouya, and not the company as a whole, it disclaims responsibility for making good on Ouya's outstanding debt.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4, Xbox One games growing at UK retail - nothing else is 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews crunches the numbers and finds that only two platforms have shown retail growth of late: Microsoft and Sony's latest boxes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe EIGS Roundtable: What's the state of European indie dev?  
by Staff [07.28.15]
A few of the judges behind next week's second annual European Innovative Games Showcase at GDC Europe sit down to talk about what matters to European indie game makers.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC Europe

Targeting and developing your community 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
"League of Legends has such a vibrant community that its members are almost like 24/7 rolling ads for the game, frequently posting on social media platforms to talk about their in-game experiences."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Indie developers report Ouya won't pay them thousands of dollars 7
by Phill Cameron [07.28.15]
Multiple indie developers have claimed that Ouya still owes them thousands of dollars as part of their 'Free the Games' fund, none of which will be paid following Razer acquisition.
Indie, Business/Marketing

What's in a game title? Analyzing the words we use and names we choose 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
"I took a look at the top words that occur in video game titles. There were 150,000 game titles and a vocabulary of around 45,000 unique words. About 21,000 of these were used only once in any game title."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Some Steam accounts compromised, but security fix now in place 1
by Christian Nutt [07.27.15]
A security hole -- since patched -- allowed attackers to gain access to a number of Steam accounts quite easily.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

China eases restrictions on game console manufacturing 1
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
Last week China's Ministry of Culture lifted its ban on video game consoles being manufactured anywhere in the country outside the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, making life a bit easier for console makers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

In the wake of big layoffs, Gree International opens 2 new studios  
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
Gree International, the San Francisco-based Western arm of Japanese mobile game giant Gree, has opened a pair of new studios in Germany and Australia after laying off roughly 30 percent of its staff last week.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

3 years later, Nintendo pulls the plug on Wii U's TVii service 3
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
Nintendo has announced plans to shut down the Wii U's TVii service via a system update on August 11th, just months before the free television-esque video streaming platform would have celebrated its third birthday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ouya buyout confirmed, as CEO leaves company 5
by Kris Graft [07.27.15]
After months of buyout rumors, video game hardware company Razer has confirmed its purchase of Android game platform Ouya; Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman leaving company.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Speeding along: Velocibox and the Malaysian indie scene 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.15]
"I'd say take pride in the game you are creating. Craft an experience with values and goals that matter to you, and you'll find your niche and an audience who share and appreciate your vision."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing