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Kinect for Windows SDK updated: Devs can now sell apps through Windows Store 1
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
A new, free SDK brings updated functionality to the device, including the ability to launch apps on the Windows Store -- alongside an adapter to use an Xbox One Kinect with the PC.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

An introduction to cross-game promotions  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"The allure of cross game promotions and where they are at their best is providing sales to each series involved while giving fans something extra for their appreciation."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

MyVegas studio nets $20M to make games with real-world rewards  
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
MyVegas developer Playstudios has raised $20 million in its most recent round of funding to continue developing and operating social casino games in partnership with an array of Las Vegas casinos and businesses.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What's next for Unity and its new CEO? Co-founder David Helgason explains 50
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
Today, Unity announced that co-founder and CEO David Helgason would be stepping down, to be replaced by EA veteran John Riccitiello. Gamasutra speaks to Helgason about his new role and the company's future.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: The Super Meat Boy postmortem 45
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [10.22.14]
Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash indie hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that led to the remarkably successful retro revitalization.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn how to better run a studio at GDC 2015, with Jesse Schell  
by Staff [10.22.14]
Over the last 12 years, industry veteran Jesse Schell has kept his studio afloat and expanded it from a solo gig to a thriving enterprise. Now he's coming to GDC 2015 to explain how he does it.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Another Finnish studio raises millions to make mobile games  
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Helsinki-based mobile game studio Small Giant Games, which is due to launch its first title next year, has managed to raise $3.1 million in investments during its most recent round of funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Helgason steps down as Unity CEO, and John Riccitiello steps up 35
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Unity founder David Helgason has stepped down from his position as CEO. His replacement is none other than Unity Technologies board member John Riccitiello -- former CEO of Electronic Arts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

EA did not mislead with Battlefield 4 -- it was simply 'corporate optimism' 10
by Mike Rose [10.22.14]
A U.S. District Judge has ruled in favor of EA in a recently Battlefield 4 lawsuit, stating that the company simply was showing "corporate optimism" about the upcoming release, and was not trying to mislead anyone.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

High-budget Kickstarters struggle, as Uber ends Human Resources campaign 20
by Christian Nutt [10.21.14]
With a goal of $1.4 million dollars, it seemed likely Human Resources wouldn't make it -- and now it won't, as the developer announces it's ceasing its campaign. It's not alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

U.S. government releases open source gamification software 3
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made some of its internally-developed gamification software available for free on GitHub under the MIT free software license.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Industry vet Chris Donahue joins PlayFab as dev relations chief  
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
PlayFab, the game services studio founded earlier this year by a former PopCap business chief, has scooped up game industry executive Chris Donahue to serve as its director of developer relations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why devs share responsibility for YouTuber disclosure 24
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Mary Engle, associate director for Advertising Practices at the FTC, about what both YouTubers and publishers should be considering when it comes to disclosure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

It's a good time to release high-quality mobile games in China  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
In his GDC China talk, Rety Chen discusses how the business model that's right for you in China depends both on where the market is for your platform -- and where your company is in its lifecycle.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC China

Xbox One owners can now stream and compete in eSports via ESL app  
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
The eSports League has launched its first-ever console app on Xbox One, allowing competitors in Europe and North America to set up official matches and sign up to play in ESL tournaments.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

One year after launch, The Stanley Parable surpasses 1M sold  
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
Developer Davey Wreden celebrated the game's one-year anniversary by confirming that The Stanley Parable has sold more than a million copies to date.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Techland and Gree deliver new mobile-focused talks at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.21.14]
Techland producer Pawel Rohleder and Gree International director Chris Tabasa share advice on launching mobile dev teams and sustaining mobile games for years after launch at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Google invests half-a-billion dollars in mysterious wearable tech startup 11
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Google and other big-name investors have funneled more than half a billion dollars into a relatively unknown startup, whose wearable tech could have applications in video games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Creating a Wikia alternative for video games in China  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
Yang Chen, founder of the portal Joyme.com, talked at GDC China about how he wanted to create a Wikia kind of culture for his company's games, and others.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC China