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The perils, opportunities, and responsibilities of Steam Early Access 2
by Christian Nutt [08.26.14]
Prominent Steam Early Access developers weigh in on the state of the service -- how it helps them make games, but how its reputation is beginning to hurt them, too.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo hopes to reel in fans with Mario Kart 8 crossover DLC 6
by Christian Nutt [08.26.14]
Nintendo brings in Zelda's Link and Animal Crossing characters, as well as robust additions to the game, to further entice its fans.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The West Bank has its first game developer 7
by Christian Nutt [08.26.14]
"I truly believe that Palestinians are very innovative and out-of-the-box thinkers. Itís something that is required in our day-to-day life, and Iím certain that, when given the chance, this makes our games different."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Tablet game revenue to triple by 2019, report finds  
by Christian Nutt [08.26.14]
Juniper Research expects revenues from tablet games to jump from $3.6 billion this year to $13.3 billion five years from now.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Don't Miss: Dirty Game Development Tricks Exclusive 21
by GDMag Staff [08.26.14]
From the archives of Game Developer Magazine come 9 from-the-trenches stories of designers, artists and programmers using unorthodox tricks to circumvent sticky development problems.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

There's a patent battle brewing between Capcom and Koei Tecmo 4
by Alex Wawro [08.26.14]
The two Japanese game companies are gearing up for a legal battle over a 2002 Capcom technology patent that governs how game makers can distribute new content to people who own their games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Cheap beer and the psychology of PlayStation Now pricing 18
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
A look at why Sony's PlayStation Now pricing seems baffling: "For just two more dollars you can get the game for 7 days -- that's 164 additional hours. So why even have a 4 hour option that nobody is going to pick?"
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Next adds talks on Shroud of the Avatar, Wooga's 'Hit Filter'  
by GDC Staff [08.26.14]
Shroud of the Avatar developer Starr Long gives crowdsharing advice and Wooga exec Sebastian Kriese reveals how his company's proven "Hit Filter" strategy works at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC in November.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Clash of Clans vs. Boom Beach: The hook 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.26.14]
Two Supercell games, but they have very different first time user experiences. This post contrasts what the mega-popular Finnish mobile developer changed when it made its latest game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco is developing a Pokemon fighting game  
by Mike Rose [08.26.14]
The Pokemon company and Bandai Namco today announced Pokken Tournament, a fighting game spinoff for the main Pokemon franchise built in the Tekken engine.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

GaymerX hopes to stay alive with a Kickstarter 12
by Mike Rose [08.26.14]
The GaymerX convention has once again turned to Kickstarter, this time to fund next year's show, in the wake of funding issues that have hindered its future.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

There's a new Age of Empires, and it's for touch devices 3
by Mike Rose [08.26.14]
Microsoft today announced a new installment in the Age of Empires series -- and it's the first to be built specifically for touch devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Big challenges: The whys behind Kabam's Chinese deal  
by Christian Nutt [08.25.14]
Last month, the free-to-play mobile mid-core studio announced a huge investment by China's Alibaba -- necessary for growth, COO Kent Wakeford says in a new interview.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Don't Miss: How 80 Days redefines the mobile text adventure Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.25.14]
One mobile game single-handedly changed the way Gamasutra's Mike Rose thinks about text-based adventure games: 80 Days from Inkle Studios, a non-linear tale of Phileas Fogg's famous journey.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Amazon to acquire Twitch in a $970 million cash deal 16
by Alex Wawro, Christian Nutt [08.25.14]
UPDATE Twitch confirms the $970 million deal, writing that the acquisition is expected to close in the back half of this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameFly is getting out of the digital distribution game 2
by Alex Wawro [08.25.14]
GameFly seems to be dropping its digital distribution business, as it has quietly sold off its GameFly Digital storefront to a Taiwanese company that sells cheap retro game emulators.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The dominance of 'free' App Store games, as seen in one handy chart 1
by Alex Wawro [08.25.14]
Marketing firm AppLift takes Apple App Store data reported by Pocketgamer and expands it into a handful of graphs that might help mobile developers chart the currents of the modern iOS marketplace.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Follow your dreams! ... Or maybe, don't 38
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
Defender's Quest dev Lars Doucet: "I am filled with absolute terror whenever I get a message like this in my inbox: 'You inspired me to quit my job to make indie games!'"
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Ageism to the Downfall of Neopets 9
by Mark Filipowich [08.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Mark Filipowich on topics ranging from the economic downturn of Neopets to ageism in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

No console for old men: Ageism in the game industry 75
by Gamasutra Community [08.25.14]
"I was struck by irony of having several of my games considered being among the best of their time, and yet no game studio or publisher seemed willing even to give me a phone interview."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment