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Game outsourcing outfit Keywords snaps up Liquid art firm for $9M  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.15]
Keywords Studios is continuing to consolidate its power as a one-stop video game outsourcing shop by snapping up the 200+ strong art services studio Liquid Development for $9 million.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The all-or-nothing postmortem of Frozenbyte's Trine 9
by Staff [08.20.15]
"Trine had a lot riding on it. If it would not be successful...debts would probably devour the company. But it was also a project full of potential -- Trine was to be the rebirth of Frozenbyte."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

After Fallout 4, Bethesda aims to even out its rocky release schedule  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.15]
Bethesda PR exec Pete Hines speaks about the company's desire to even out its release schedule, and how it tries to unite a diverse crew of devs like Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks and id Software.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

AIAS annual game industry scholarship winners announced  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.15]
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of its annual scholarship program, awarded by the AIAS Foundation.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Nintendo 2DS to get $30 price drop on August 30  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.15]
Nintendo's entry level handheld is set to become even cheaper at the end of the month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ngmoco founder Neil Young's N3TWORK buys Swedish mobile startup  
by Christian Nutt [08.20.15]
Earlier this year Ngmoco founders Neil Young, Bob Stevenson, and Alan Yu came back to game dev; now their studio, N3TWORK, has made its first major acquisition.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

5 big marketing mistakes indies make 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.15]
"I've worked in the games industry for over 20 years... Over that 20 years I'm still still seeing the same mistakes made today that teams from years ago were making."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

EverQuest II is getting a 'prison server' for bad-behaved players 15
by Christian Nutt [08.19.15]
"This is a ONE-WAY trip for an entire account forever," writes EverQuest II producer Holly Longdale, by way of explanation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2015 talks are now available on the GDC Vault  
by Staff [08.19.15]
GDC officials are happy to announce that the many talks delivered by game industry at experts at GDC Europe 2015 earlier this month in Cologne, Germany are now available to watch on the GDC Vault.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Understanding the appeal of eSports through Smash  
by Christian Nutt [08.19.15]
In a new video, Innuendo Studios dev Ian Danskin tells the story of how he went from a casual watcher of one Street Fighter match to a Smash Bros. obsessive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

State committee convenes hearing on California's game biz this week  
by Alex Wawro [08.19.15]
The California Assembly's Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media is having an "informational hearing" this Friday to assess the state's place in the global game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How the heck Mike Bithell got Andy Serkis to do Volume 5
by Mike Rose [08.19.15]
One time we asked Mike Bithell, the British developer behind Thomas Was Alone, how he (as an indie) managed to bag actor Andy Serkis to voice the antagonist of his new stealth game Volume.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony opens up public PS4 firmware beta testing program 1
by Alex Wawro [08.19.15]
Sony is pulling back the curtain on its development process a bit by opening up a public beta testing program for its PlayStation 4 firmware updates in the West.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dead Realm publisher disregards FTC disclosure guidelines for YouTubers 4
by Alex Wawro [08.19.15]
Popular YouTubers who co-founded 3BlackDot are producing videos about its latest game, Dead Realm, without clearly disclosing that they helped develop it and stand to gain directly from its success.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, YouTube

Blog: Alone but surrounded: Making the industry more diverse and welcoming 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.15]
"How can we make the game industry a more diverse and welcoming place? Our industry is a place where people come together to create and build beautiful and engaging experiences for the world."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Telepath Tactics: Brass tacks and sales stats 14
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.15]
Hard numbers both on the production cost and sales of Telepath Tactics, an indie strategy game with "a bunch of critical praise," developed primarily on the side from a full-time job.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

New advertising guidelines look to enforce vlogger transparency 2
by Chris Kerr [08.19.15]
The UK Committee of Advertising Practice has produced a fresh set guidelines for vloggers currently taking payment in exchange for promotional videos.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Amazon UK shuts down video game trade-in scheme  
by Chris Kerr [08.19.15]
Amazon UK is shutting down its video game trade-in scheme, with the online retailer announcing it will stop accepting trade-in submissions after August 31.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CastAR nets over $15M to get its AR headset shipshape for 2016 launch 1
by Alex Wawro [08.19.15]
The CastAR headset maker has raised over $15M in funding from both its initial investors and newcomer Playground Global, a tech incubator founded by ex-Googler (and Android creator) Andy Rubin.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Making it through Gamescom as an indie 'one man army'  
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.15]
"It was a crazy trip and with this blog post I want to give you an impression and some tips that might help you to make the most of such an event."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing