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Amazon adds Metacritic to video game purchase pages 8
by Christian Nutt [04.01.14]
The popular review-of-reviews site becomes an even more ubiquitous yardstick for the industry as the biggest online retailer incorporates Metacritic scores.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony Japan sharpens its focus on China with new strategy division  
by Alex Wawro [04.01.14]
The company quietly announced that it has opened a China Strategy Department in the SCE Japan Asia division, suggesting it may be moving to take advantage of China's grudging acceptance of game consoles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What Western mobile devs need to know about China 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
Facts and figures that lay out the state of the Chinese market -- and what it takes for Western developers to get an inroad there.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Indies seem to be warming up to Microsoft's ID@Xbox program 4
by Alex Wawro [04.01.14]
Indie developers and Xbox VP Phil Harrison share their thoughts about the current state of Microsoft's ID@Xbox self-publishing program in a new post-GDC interview feature published by Edge.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why 'worse' is better for Early Access games 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
What's driving the popularity of Early Access games like DayZ and Rust over more polished or complete competition?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A warning about contracts, from the sidelines of GAME_JAM 17
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail describes his part as some sort of legal advisor during the GAME_JAM train wreck, explaining things you should know about contracts.
Indie, Business/Marketing

30% of all Twitch livestreams came from an Xbox One last month 4
by Mike Rose [04.01.14]
Xbox One finally received Twitch livestreaming in March -- and today Microsoft announced that, at its peak on March 11, 30 percent of all Twitch broadcasters were streaming from Xbox One.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

There's a new cultural test to go with the UK game tax breaks 7
by Mike Rose [04.01.14]
Video game tax breaks have finally been approved for UK developers -- along with a brand new cultural test that you'll need to satisfy to claim state aid.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PopCap veteran Gwertzman wants to help build your backend  
by Mike Rose [04.01.14]
James Gwertzman, formerly a PopCap business veteran, has launched a new outfit that aims to help developers organize a more robust back-end architecture for their games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Bungie co-founder secures $5M for his first mobile game 1
by Mike Rose [04.01.14]
Industrial Toys, a mobile game studio headed up by former Bungie founder and president Alex Seropian alongside science fiction writer John Scalzi, today announced that it has secured $5 million in funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Oculus swipes yet another VR expert from Valve 3
by Mike Rose [04.01.14]
Oculus VR already snapped up a couple of Valve veterans last month -- and today the company said that it has hired yet another Valve developer to help steer its virtual reality business in the right direction.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Carmack comments on why Facebook might be a good fit for Oculus VR 25
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
In the wake of Oculus VR's acquisition by Facebook, Oculus CTO John Carmack took to the comments section of a musician's blog to share his thoughts on the deal and about the role of VR going forward.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Inside the disintegration of a game jam reality show 25
by Christian Nutt [03.31.14]
Recently, Maker Studios attempted to produce a reality show called GAME_JAM -- but four participants walked off the set due to tensions in the production. We take a look at their stories.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Let's talk about accountability 19
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
The tale of a reality show-style game jam gone awry: "Today I want to talk about accountability. I want to talk about how one person can crumble an entire environment. I want to talk about community."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

A house divided: Siblings compete in public game dev contest 2
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
Chris and Ryan Campbell are brothers, coders and aspiring indie game developers. To stay motivated during development they've started a public sibling rivalry -- The One Year Game Dev Duel.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Square Enix president admits that company 'lost focus' 11
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
In a recent interview with Nikkei Weekly, Square Enix chief Yosuke Matsuda admitted that games developed for 'mass appeal' underperformed, while 'niche' games like the JRPG Bravely Default flourished.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Are there moral limits to monetization models? 8
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"The fun in most games comes from this trust that the game is fair at its core. Meaning: equal chances to win for all participating parties. That's the reason why balancing a game is so delicate."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Phil Spencer is Microsoft's new Xbox frontman  
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced today that Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, is stepping up to become head of Xbox in the wake of former Xbox chief Marc Whitten's departure.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Origin drops physical sales, goes all digital  
by Mike Rose [03.31.14]
It would appear that the vast majority of Origin users also didn't realize that the platform sells physical games too -- and as such, EA has decided to drop physical sales from the platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video blog: Deconstructing free-to-play 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"A deep analysis of the dynamics of some of the most popular F2P games, especially with regards to learning, engagement, and psychological effects."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing