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Right of publicity: How you can legally put a celebrity in your game 8
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"While being a 'public figure' may make it difficult to libel or defame someone, their status as public figure actually helps their right of publicity lawsuit against you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Facebook sheds more light on why it bought Oculus 2
by Mike Rose [11.21.14]
"The next computing platform will move closer to our bodies. And our belief is that means that it will be something that sits directly on our face that we interact with through our eyes." - Dan Rose, VP of content at Facebook.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile studio receives $1M funding to expand on multiplayer engine  
by Mike Rose [11.21.14]
Flow State Media, the game studio behind mobile word game Letter UP, has received $1 million in a round of funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hackers claim to leak PSN and other account details; Sony denies it 7
by Mike Rose [11.21.14]
UPDATE: After a hacker group claimed to have leaked account details for Windows Live, the PlayStation Network, and more, Sony denies evidence of an intrusion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 mistakes not to make when you get started with analytics 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"Creating a proper analytics setup is far from easy. Things will be in the wrong spot or simply broken. Tell your teammates what you found challenging or hard to decipher and what to fix in the future."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Our publisher ripped us off. What now? 26
by Gamasutra Community [11.21.14]
"I've reached a point where I don't understand how it's possible to commit to a publishing deal for small studios. How could it be reasonable when what's happening to us, well... CAN just happen?"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop down year-on-year, and the stock market doesn't like it 1
by Christian Nutt [11.20.14]
Today, GameStop shared its quarterly results, and they show a year-on-year decline for the retailer, despite the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One coming into their second holiday.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Valve wants devs to 'set proper expectations' for Early Access games 4
by Alex Wawro [11.20.14]
Valve sent out an updated set of Early Access rules and guidelines to developers this week in an effort to ensure they 'set proper expectations' for customers buying their games before they're done.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Familiar faces dominate inaugural Game Awards nominees  
by Alex Wawro [11.20.14]
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the list of nominees is dominated by names Ubisoft, Blizzard and Nintendo. However, smaller teams like The Astronauts and indie games like Threes help diversify the lineup.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision remains coy over latest Call of Duty sales figures 11
by Mike Rose [11.20.14]
Activision said today that the Call of Duty franchise has brought in more than $10 billion in revenue to date -- although the company remained coy about how well Advanced Warfare is selling.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A deep dive into Steam traffic patterns 12
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
Lars Doucet writes: "It's encouraging that even after nearly two months, the standard 'Vanilla' traffic doesn't seem to be decreasing, not even noticeably dipping below the baseline after a big sale."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Retargeting Facebook ads: A guide for indie devs  
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.14]
"If you don't know what retargeting is, it's sending ads to people who've already visited your website.The benefit of retargeting, is that you're targeting someone who's already familiar with you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The Elite: Dangerous online-only saga ends in refunds 13
by Mike Rose [11.20.14]
Frontier Developments announced last week that its upcoming Elite: Dangerous will no longer have an offline mode, even for the single player -- and this has not gone down well with its Kickstarter backers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox One matchmaking app Overdog nets $1.8 million in funding  
by Christian Nutt [11.19.14]
With plans to expand to another platform and Xbox One app launching next month, the company has sights on changing how players group up online.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard settles with shareholders over stock buyback  
by Christian Nutt [11.19.14]
A class action lawsuit arose when the mega-publisher negotiated with former majority stakeholder Vivendi -- but the company now says that it's in the clear.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

World of Warcraft subscriptions shoot up to 10 million as Draenor launches 2
by Christian Nutt [11.19.14]
The company has sold 3.3 million copies of the new expansion, World of Warcraft's fifth in its 10-year history, to players.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Blizzard seeks an eSports Manager  
by Staff [11.19.14]
The Irvine-based company wants someone with management and communication skills to lead the design and development of eSports programs for Blizzard franchises in the Asia Pacific region.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

F2P games are no longer listed as 'Free' in Apple's app stores 16
by Alex Wawro [11.19.14]
Apple's app stores updated today to change the wording of free app download buttons from 'Free' to 'Get', presumably in an effort to avoid taking fire over misleading in-app purchasing schemes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Finnish game industry unites to produce a patriotic action movie 1
by Alex Wawro [11.19.14]
A group of Finnish game industry professionals that includes animators from Rovio and Supercell have been working together in their spare time on a Kalevala-inspired animated action movie.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Disruptor Beam nets $3.2M in funding to keep making social games  
by Alex Wawro [11.19.14]
The developer of Game of Thrones Ascent will use the money to expand, acquire more licensed properties and continue development of its upcoming Star Trek social game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Recruitment