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Naughty Dog to donate all cash from Jak and Daxter re-releases to charity 1
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Naughty Dog will donate every bit of revenue from sales of Limited Run Games’ physical Jak and Daxter re-releases to charity.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dangen chief Judd steps down following harassment, mismanagement allegations  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Ben Judd has stepped down as the CEO of Japan-based indie publisher Dangen Entertainment after being accused of sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and corporate mismanagement.
Production, Business/Marketing

Case Study: A 'peek' at Golf Peaks' multiplatform sales 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Luke Spierewka of Polish indie studio Afterburn shares insights into the sales of the multiplatform golf-puzzle game Golf Peaks, shedding light on what other devs might expect from similar mobile-first games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop plans to wind down Nordic presence, close more stores to cut costs  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.19]
GameStop is in the process of winding down its operations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, an exit that aims to help the company get its finances back on track.
Business/Marketing

Double Fine veteran Greg Rice is Sony's new global head of indie accounts  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Double Fine’s former VP of business development Greg Rice has joined Sony Interactive Entertainment as the global head of indie accounts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apply now to participate in the GDC 2020 low-income pass lottery! 1
by Staff [12.11.19]
Game Developers Conference organizers have once again donated a number of complimentary passes for GDC 2020 that will be given away (via lottery) as part of a special low-income GDC pass program!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Pokemon Go developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in communities around the world during 2019. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Getting your big break as a game composer (2020 edition)  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.19]
Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new composers to get their first game gig, including advice on the effectiveness of demo reels, networking tips, and a discussion of middleware.
Audio, Business/Marketing

Report: Former Platinum CEO Tatsuya Minami opens new studio M-Two Inc.  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Former Capcom producer and Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami has formed a new studio called M-Two Inc.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil 2 remake has passed 5 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
The remake business is booming over at Capcom, with the studio’s reimagining of Resident Evil 2 having sold over 5 million copies since launching in January.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Turning a negative Steam review into a positive  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.19]
Any developer knows the frustration of receiving a negative review. While it isn't always guaranteed, with a little open dialogue, you stand a good chance of turning it around.
Business/Marketing

Get a job: Kongregate is hiring a Business Development Manager  
by Staff [12.10.19]
The Business Development Manager is an integral member of the Business Development team driving growth in Kongregate's publishing program.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Google refuses to budge on Play Store fees after Epic asks for Fortnite exemption  
by Chris Kerr [12.10.19]
Google has dismissed the notion it would allow Epic Games to launch Fortnite on the Play Store without paying the standard fees
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Catch a Classic Game Postmortem of FMV chiller 7th Guest at GDC!  
by Staff [12.10.19]
GDC organizers are excited to welcome some of the original development team to GDC 2020 in March for a special Classic Game Postmortem of their influential '90s FMV horror game The 7th Guest!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, GDC

Kalypso opens third internal studio to work on 'next-gen' Commandos title  
by Chris Kerr [12.10.19]
Kalypso Media has established a new in-house studio to work on the next entry in the Commandos series.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony will bring MLB: The Show to rival console platforms 'as early as 2021' 1
by Chris Kerr [12.10.19]
After two decades of PlayStation exclusivity, MLB: The Show will be heading to other console platforms "as early as 2021."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Indies hit with takedowns over trademarked 'Choose Your Own Adventure' term 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.09.19]
Update The owner of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" trademark has issued takedown notices to a number of indie games hosted on itch.io over their use of the phrase in game descriptions.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Best of 2019: Managing your game dev career, from early to late stages 3
by Alissa McAloon [12.09.19]
Iain Angus, development manager at Alien Isolation developer Creative Assembly, offers quick-hit advice for game devs at the start, middle, and later parts of their careers.
Business/Marketing

Report: iDreamSky in talks to acquire Leyou Technologies for $1.4 billion  
by Chris Kerr [12.09.19]
Chinese publisher iDreamSky could be about to purchase Hong Kong-based games company Leyou Technologies for $1.4 billion.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Betheda has halted development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2
by Chris Kerr [12.09.19]
Bethesda has paused development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends for the "foreseeable future," casting the future of the card battler into doubt.
Production, Business/Marketing