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Unity 5 beta now available to those who pre-order 1
by Mike Rose [10.27.14]
The beta version of the Unity 5 engine is now available to anyone who pre-orders, and to Unity Pro subscribers.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

With PS4 Share Play, local multiplayer games can be played online  
by Mike Rose [10.27.14]
As part of the PlayStation 4's version 2 system update this week, the console will receive Share Play functionality -- a feature that, amongst other things, allows local multiplayer games to be played online.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

CEO of eSports festival DreamHack 'relieved of his duties'  
by Mike Rose [10.27.14]
The CEO of large-scale European eSports company DreamHack has been "relieved of his duties," after a reported internal bust-up.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Do previews still matter to developers? Exclusive 11
by Alex Wawro [10.27.14]
Gamasutra investigates what value preview coverage still holds for developers and PR professionals, if any, and how the media's shift away from traditional previews may affect the way games are made.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

'What's the best way to make games?' 2
by Christian Nutt [10.24.14]
We ask our followers about the current best way to make games, and they share their advice -- mainly on whether Early Access is feasible and how to make it work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

The first inklings of what Microsoft will do with Minecraft 8
by Christian Nutt [10.24.14]
Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer and his team are looking at the recently acquired mega-hit with an eye toward its "room to grow" under new ownership.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Find out how to boost your indie game's odds of success at GDC 1
by Staff [10.24.14]
Game industry veteran Charles Cox sees a rising problem for indie games: discoverability. Next March he'll be speaking at GDC 2015 about what indies can do to make their mark on a crowded market.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Report: PlayStation 4 has outsold Xbox One by over 40% worldwide 11
by Alex Wawro [10.24.14]
Ars Technica takes a stab at estimating precisely how many PlayStation 4 and Xbox One units have been sold to date using public sales data, analyst input and a bit of educated guesswork.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Bad things can happen if you bundle 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.24.14]
"Wed already given the game to them, earned pretty much nothing, and not even actually got many Greenlight votes from it. I was desperately trying to forget the bundle ever happened."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building Beyond Earth atop the Civilization codebase Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [10.24.14]
The co-designers of Firaxis' latest strategy game explain how they went about building the game as designer/programmers, mucking about in the decade-old Civilization codebase in the process.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Starpoint Gemini 2: How we survived and succeeded on Steam Early Access 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.24.14]
"We can only say what we got: loads of valued and appreciated feedback, a great community that pointed us (and still does!) in the right direction, and additional funds to invest into production."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video postmortem details the troubled development of TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre 1
by Mike Rose [10.24.14]
"In July an investor went dark. It took us a while to figure out that he decided to go to Africa and import black rhinos. Or changed his mind, who knows." - Christian Allen, industry veteran, provides a postmortem for TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

New mentoring programme available to UK game studios  
by Mike Rose [10.24.14]
British trade body UKIE today launched the next wave of its Video Game Mentoring Network scheme, with the goal to help game businesses in the UK grow through mentoring.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Press management platform distribute() is ready for sign-ups  
by Mike Rose [10.24.14]
distribute(), an upcoming press contact management system from Vlambeer's Rami Ismail that aims to help developers keep track of their build distribution and contact lists, is now available for sign-ups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

New Unity CEO Riccitiello takes to forums to soothe devs' fears 10
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The new CEO waded into the discussion to offer his views on how he views the company and address the concerns of Unity developers who weren't too keen on the announcement.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Google now embeds information about games in search results  
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The dominant search company has expanded its "Knowledge Graph" program to serve up info on games from a simple search.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Xbox console sales up, but third-party game sales down 1
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The Xbox One has driven up both Microsoft's revenue and costs year-on-year -- and its hardware division made gains of over a billion from the comparable quarter, the latest results reveal.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Carbine Studios struck hard by NCSoft layoffs 5
by Alex Wawro [10.23.14]
WildStar publisher NCsoft has admitted to laying off a number of people at Carbine Studios and its other Western holdings as part of a restructuring initiative.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

ESA awards $90K in game dev scholarships to promote diversity 7
by Alex Wawro [10.23.14]
This week $90,000 in scholarships was awarded to 30 students pursuing degrees related to game development by the charitable arm of the Entertainment Software Association.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Yu Suzuki recalls using military tech to make Virtua Fighter 2 3
by Alex Wawro [10.23.14]
Last December marked the 20th anniversary of Virtua Fighter, and to celebrate Sega launched a commemorative website with fresh commentary from notable Japanese developers on the game's history.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing