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Obsidian tackles tablet development with Pathfinder card game  
by Alex Wawro [08.13.14]
The RPG-focused studio has cut a deal with tabletop game company Paizo to make electronic games with the Pathfinder IP, starting with a tablet version of the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gree shifts focus from HTML5 to native games, amidst earnings slump  
by Alex Wawro [08.13.14]
Japanese social game maker Gree is making major changes in the way it does business as its earnings continue to slump, including more than tripling staff at its Japanese mobile game studios.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

A classic postmortem for the original Broken Sword 1
by Mike Rose [08.13.14]
Veteran developer Charles Cecil recounts the development of the adventure game classic -- with several important takeaways about what worked then, and will still work now.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Cheaters in the Steam community: What effect do they have? 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.14]
The results of a study that "collected information about more than 12 million gamers connected in a global social network, of which more than 700 thousand have their profiles flagged as cheaters."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Next reveals Assassin's Creed and RockYou talks  
by Staff [08.13.14]
The CEO of RockYou and one of the lead developers of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag have joined the speaker lineup for the future-focused GDC Next, which will be held in L.A. this November.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Riot Games parent company pushes $1 billion in quarterly profits  
by Kris Graft [08.13.14]
Chinese internet and games giant Tencent this week posted big profits, thanks to a continuing surge in smartphone games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: How I accidentally gave away my game for free 20
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.14]
"I forgot to switch out the test code before I submitted the game. As a result, you can open my game, tap on Restore Purchases, and then BOOM, you just snatched a $1.99 game for free."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Quick Kickstarter tips: Getting your video right 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.14]
"Itís loud, confusing, it shows snippets of the game, it doesnít tell the story of WHY youíre putting it to the Kickstarter community! Welcome to yet another failed Kickstarter project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

King execs struggle to explain why the Candy Crush maker is flagging 34
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
King is taking a beating on the stock market thanks to the softness in Candy Crush Saga's bookings. What did the execs have to offer investors? Not much reassurance.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Silent Hill returns, from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro 11
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
Sony teased a game called "P.T." in its Gamescom press conference -- which turned out to be a Silent Hill reboot called Silent Hills.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

King's stock loses over 20 percent on Candy Crush Saga weakness 1
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
Investors spooked by company missing analyst revenue estimates, and in particular by Candy Crush Saga item sales seeing a downturn that the company couldn't offset.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Hellblade is Ninja Theory's new 'independent AAA' project  
by Alex Wawro [08.12.14]
The developer of DmC: Devil May Cry is up to something interesting with its next project, a self-published action game called Hellblade that it announced during Sony's Gamescom press conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Your local multiplayer PS4 games can go global via Share Play 2
by Alex Wawro [08.12.14]
Sony is updating the PlayStation 4 this year to support Share Play, the console's long-promised online game-sharing system that allows players of your game to let others play it for them.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Our chat with Adam Boyes on PlayStation dev relations Exclusive 1
by Kris Graft [08.12.14]
Earlier this year we spoke to SCEA VP of dev relations Adam Boyes about Sony's developer outreach efforts; today we saw some of the fruits of that labor in the company's Gamescom press conference.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Bohemia is bringing DayZ to PlayStation 4 1
by Alex Wawro [08.12.14]
DayZ creator Dean Hall briefly took the stage during Sony's annual Gamescom press conference today to announce that Bohemia Interactive will launch a PlayStation 4 version of the game in 2015.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 hits 10 million units sold  
by Christian Nutt [08.12.14]
Today at Sony's Gamescom press conference, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe president Jim Ryan announced that as of today, the company has sold over 10 million PlayStation 4 consoles, globally.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision embraces the tablet market with next Skylanders game  
by Alex Wawro [08.12.14]
The next Skylanders game is launching on tablets and consoles simultaneously, suggesting that (at least for this franchise) the tablet market is as important to Activision as the console market.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Perfecting your pitch the Vlambeer way 1
by Mike Rose [08.12.14]
Rami Ismail of Ridiculous Fishing and Nuclear Throne developer Vlambeer urges developers to condense and refine their pitches to publishers and to press.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Sierra returns as Activision's new indie label 12
by Kris Graft [08.12.14]
The rumored return of publishing label Sierra is official, as parent Activision Blizzard announces new games and a new angle for the brand.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sega poised to make major payout over Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit 1
by Kris Graft [08.12.14]
Sega has agreed to make a major class action payout over the allegedly deceptive marketing of Gearbox-developed Aliens: Colonial Marines, pending court approval.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing