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More launch-time multiplayer server issues, this time for Halo  
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Another big-name multiplayer AAA title has suffered server issues at launch. This time around it's Halo, and developer 343 Industries has already apologized for the issues.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Wii U pre-orders have surpassed Mario Kart 8's 1
by Mike Rose [11.12.14]
Nintendo believes that the impending launch of Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will have a "dramatic" effect on hardware sales, as pre-orders for the game have already surpassed the pre-order numbers for Mario Kart 8.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Looking back at XBLIG: The do-it-yourself console marketplace Exclusive 13
by Christian Nutt [11.12.14]
What happened to the Xbox Live Indie Game developers? What did they learn from working with the Xbox 360-based marketplace, and the XNA dev tool? We ask them.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Nintendo's expansion plans - for a smartphone app and for China, too 2
by Christian Nutt [11.11.14]
The company wants to pursue the Chinese market -- but in a different way than Japan or the West; it also plans to launch a Mii-based smartphone app to create a "stronger bond with our consumers."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

ESA: U.S. game industry grew 4x faster than the national economy 2
by Alex Wawro [11.11.14]
The ESA reports the United States video game industry is growing faster than the national average, though it has slowed in the past decade and remains unevenly consolidated in a handful of states.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to make games a real business 9
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"Historically itís been difficult to transform game studios into long-term sustainable businesses. Why? If you look this from the lens of an investor, a few reasons become clear."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Making the jump from video game to physical game design  
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"The latest mountain i scaled was launching LockQuest, a brand new real escape the room game company in Toronto. It's probably the most difficult thing i've done in my entire life."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Studio behind Stealth Bastard tries its hand at open development Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [11.11.14]
British developer/publisher Curve Digital has got a new game in the works -- it's first "fresh" project since 2011's Stealth Bastard -- and it's already looking rather fine.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Protostar is a new mobile studio from a couple of Halfbrick vets  
by Mike Rose [11.11.14]
Two Halfbrick Studios veterans, who have each been at the Fruit Ninja company for around seven years, have split away and are now preparing to release their first mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Offering Early Access with Google Play Beta 7
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.14]
"About a month before launch, we created the public beta group, and opened up invitations to our social media followers. Within a few days we had about 500 Android testers in the group."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Sumo Digital has separated from its parent company  
by Mike Rose [11.11.14]
Sumo Digital, the British studio behind Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and LittleBigPlanet 3, this week completed a management buyout, acquiring itself from parent company Foundation 9 Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo on acquisitions: 'We do not need to be hesitant' 1
by Christian Nutt [11.10.14]
According to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, if there's a good long-term relationship with a company, well, why not? More partnerships for software, including first-party games, are in the works, too.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo charts the future of Amiibo: Cards, figurines, third parties  
by Christian Nutt [11.10.14]
"We do not think Amiibo always needs to take the form of a figure, either. We believe that Amiibo could take a variety of different forms," says Nintendo president Iwata.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Obama calls on FCC to keep the internet 'free and open' 4
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
The president asked the FCC to uphold net neutrality by forbidding ISPs from blocking or throttling access to websites, games and other online services, or in turn cutting deals for privileged access.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

YouTubers Rooster Teeth acquired by AT&T-backed network Fullscreen  
by Christian Nutt [11.10.14]
The "YouTubers are big business" train steams on, as the channel for funny Halo videos goes Hollywood.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Going beyond graphics to reach visually impaired players  
by Staff [11.10.14]
A group of developers and advocates join together to share advice at GDC 2014 on how developers can make games that are accessible and appealing to a vastly underserved market: the visually impaired.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The secrets of promotion for indies 36
by Erik Sebellin-Ross [11.10.14]
Independent marketing consultant Erik Sebellin-Ross specializes in the game industry, and in this classic guide he offers practical advice for promoting your indie game.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Indie incubator Execution Labs nets $5.3M to fund more developers  
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
Montreal-based indie incubator Execution Labs has raised an additional $6 million Canadian ($5.3 million USD) to fund the expansion of both its staff and its services to game makers worldwide.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo rally behind new game awards show 12
by Alex Wawro [11.10.14]
Geoff Keighley is planning to produce The Game Awards, a new industry event that will see its debut broadcast live from Las Vegas this December with support from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

A guide to writing a great App Store description 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.14]
"A great app description will close the sale and trigger that all important download," writes Simon Hill. But how do you do it? This blog post serves as a guide.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games