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With over 4M sold, Witcher 3 handily recoups estimated $67M budget  
by Alex Wawro [06.10.15]
After 4 million sales in its first two weeks, CD Projekt Red has likely handily recouped the production and marketing costs of The Witcher 3, which a Polish news outlet pegs at roughly $67 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

German startup nets $2.25M to keep making eSports coaching tools  
by Alex Wawro [06.10.15]
Berlin-based Dojo Madness has managed to secure $2.25 million in funding from investment firms and angel investors to to continue producing eSports coaching tools, apps and broadcast platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Registration is now open for GDC China 2015 in Shanghai  
by Staff [06.10.15]
Registration for GDC China 2015 is now live! Don't miss your chance to reserve a place at the premier game industry event in China, taking place in Shanghai this October.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC, GDC China

Why Hearthstone could be a game-changer for free-to-play design 17
by Gamasutra Community [06.10.15]
Wooga product lead Ed Biden teases apart what makes Blizzard's Hearthstone so special, from a free-to-play design standpoint -- offering insights crucial to F2P mobile devs, but not just them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Patrice Desilets tells his side of the Ubisoft firing story 2
by Christian Nutt [06.09.15]
In a hefty new profile in Game Informer, the former Assassin's Creed developer recounts his firing from Ubisoft, and why he's "not being bullied" by the publisher.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The reality of Steam refunds is still shaking out, say devs 3
by Christian Nutt [06.09.15]
Developers have far from reached consensus on the ultimate effect of Steam refunds -- but at least we're (mostly) past the "the sky is falling" phase. Mostly.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Mastertronic co-founder Martin Alper  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
Gamasutra has learned that game industry veteran, Mastertronic co-founder and former Virgin Interactive president Martin Alper passed away over the weekend at the age of 72.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Deconstructing the successful design of Crossy Road  
by Staff [06.09.15]
At GDC 2015, Crossy Road devs Andy Sum and Matt Hall offer deep insight into their game's production and how the viral hit was developed in just 12 weeks as an experiment in free-to-play game design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Obsidian co-founder Chris Avellone has left the company  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
Veteran game designer Chris Avellone took to Twitter today to confirm that he is stepping down as Obsidian's chief creative officer and leaving the company after co-founding it 12 years ago.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe: Learn how Epic is openly developing Unreal Tournament  
by Staff [06.09.15]
Come to GDC Europe 2015 this August to hear Epic Games' Jim Brown explain the harsh lessons the storied studio learned while experimenting in open development of Unreal Tournament.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Report: 'Concept' images and specs of Oculus' consumer Rift surface  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
Images which Oculus' Palmer Luckey confirms are legitimate but "ancient" and "nowhere close to final" were found on the Oculus website that shed light on what the consumer version of the Rift will be.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft goes for an Xbox One hardware refresh ahead of E3 1
by Alex Wawro [06.09.15]
The company is rolling out a new version of the console with a 1 TB hard drive and some other embellishments as it makes the long-running $350 sale price of its extant Xbox Ones permanent.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Steam Refunds: The advantages to developers 10
by Gamasutra Community [06.09.15]
Chris Simpson of Early Access hit Project Zomboid runs down a quick list of the advantages of the new Steam refund program for devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Winners of the Apple Design Awards 2015 announced  
by Phill Cameron [06.09.15]
Apple have announced the winning apps for their Apple Design Awards 2015.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Kickstarter, lemon markets, and bailouts 10
by Gamasutra Community [06.09.15]
Spurred by Hero-U's double-dip strategy on Kickstarter funding, Mark Newheiser wonders what effect long-term delays and unfinished games will have on game crowdfunding.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Octodad's Steam refund experience so far: Most are outside the two-week window 5
by Gamasutra Community [06.08.15]
"It's unknown if this six-month allowance is part of a transitional period or will always be present, but I'm not especially worried that it'll be abused long term."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blizzard exec becomes Ready At Dawn's CEO as it expands to Austin  
by Alex Wawro [06.08.15]
After nearly 20 years, Blizzard exec Paul Sams has quit his post to take a job as CEO of Irvine-based Ready At Dawn as it opens a new office in Austin and searches for a "strategic partner."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Digital Eclipse is back with a new mission: preserve classic games 5
by Alex Wawro [06.08.15]
The long-dormant studio has been resuscitated with a new focus on accurately preserving classic games in a playable state, starting with its first project: a Capcom-published Mega Man omnibus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tackling the 'soul-crushing work' of promoting a game 29
by Gamasutra Community [06.08.15]
"I understand how game sites work, and why things happen when they happen, but itís in my nature to find a solution to problems, and there has to be a better way to give more games, more attention."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Tracking the performance of all-digital publishers  
by Gamasutra Community [06.08.15]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews takes a close look at companies like King and GungHo, and charts their performance -- as well as GameStop's.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing