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PlayStation's new (web) store, genre viability & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.23.20]
What's up with the new PlayStation web store? How about genre viability on Steam? This and many other questions will be answered in the latest game discovery round-up...
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn to build your studio's brand from Kitfox's Victoria Tran  
by Staff [10.23.20]
Learn how to position your studio to better market your games in Victoria Tran's GDC Masterclass!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Call of Duty: Mobile has topped 300 million downloads  
by Chris Kerr [10.23.20]
Call of Duty: Mobile has amassed over 300 million downloads during it first year on digital shelves. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GD Mag

Riot Games appoints first ever chief marketing officer to help expand player base  
by Chris Kerr [10.23.20]
League of Legends maker Riot Games has appointed its first chief marketing officer with a view to helping it reach new players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Scopely acquires Spanish mobile studio Genjoy to expand match-3 roster  
by Chris Kerr [10.23.20]
Mobile developer-publisher Scopely has acquired Spanish casual mobile studio Genjoy for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google distances itself from Stadia creative director's comments 1
by Kris Graft [10.22.20]
Google on Thursday distanced itself from tweets issued by the creative director of Stadia's Montreal studio, who said game streamers should be paying devs and publishers of games they stream.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

We need to talk about Steam & China  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.22.20]
What's going on with Steam in China, and what's going to happen in the future? Take a trip though the possibilities, the government licensing complexities, and more!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

30 years later, Nintendo is localizing the first Fire Emblem game  
by Bryant Francis [10.22.20]
For the first time ever, Nintendo is selling the original Fire Emblem game outside of Japan.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why bringing Donkey Kong 64 into the third dimension required a mental shift  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.20]
Donkey Kong 64 is about to turn 20, and to celebrate that marvelous but inevitable milestone, GameSpot had a sit down chat with some of the creative leads behind the beloved platformer. 
Console/PC, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

EA hit with class action lawsuit in Canada over loot box usage  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.20]
A class action lawsuit has been filed against EA in Canada accusing the publisher of breaching the country's Criminal Code by including loot boxes in its games. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Rune 2 lawsuit alleges deliberate sabotage from Bethesda, ZeniMax  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.20]
Accusations of fraud and breach of contract are aimed at Human Head as well as at Bethesda and ZeniMax, the owners of the studio that sprung up over night after Human Head's closure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Devolver Digital acquires Serious Sam dev Croteam  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.20]
Devolver Digital has acquired Serious Sam and The Talos Principle dev Croteam, a joining of forces that Devolver says builds on years of collaboration between key members of both teams.
Business/Marketing

Data Deep Dive: Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale on Steam  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.20]
Want lots of real-world Steam data on Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale, a deckbuilding roguelike title that recently launched out of Early Access. That's what we're giving you here!
Business/Marketing

Devolver brings in head of licensing to put Fall Guys 'on the licensing map'  
by Chris Kerr [10.21.20]
Devolver Digital has named former Dunlop Sports licensing manager Fee Heyer as its new head of licensing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is running an Among Us stream to drive voter turnout  
by Bryant Francis [10.20.20]
New York House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is hosting a stream of Among Us to drive voter turnout.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Video Game History Foundation is working to save our source code  
by Chris Kerr [10.20.20]
The Video Game History Foundation (VGHF) wants to save our source code with a new initiative called the Video Game Source Project.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

French charity steam Z Event raises $6.7 million for Amnesty International  
by Chris Kerr [10.20.20]
French charity stream Z Event has raised over €5.7 million for Amnesty International, breaking its previous record of roughly €3.5 million.
Business/Marketing

Cut better game trailers after taking this GDC Masterclass  
by Staff [10.19.20]
Learn how to make better game trailers from veteran video editor Derek Lieu.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: China-owned mobile studio Playtika is chasing an IPO in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [10.19.20]
China-owned social and mobile games company Playtika is looking to go public in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Players slam 2K after publisher inserts unskippable ads into NBA 2K21 1
by Chris Kerr [10.19.20]
UPDATE: NBA 2K21 publisher 2K has indicated the unskippable ads that recently appeared in-game were the result of an error and "impacted our players' experience in a way we didn't intend."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing