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Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield will lead PUBG Corp's new studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.26.19]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has appointed industry veteran Glen Schofield as the CEO of its new California studio, Striking Distance. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Tim Sweeney: Epic Games Store exclusives will help devs everywhere earn more  
by Chris Kerr [06.26.19]
Epic Games founder and chief exec Tim Sweeney has suggested that procuring exclusives for the Epic Games Store isn't simply about helping the nascent marketplace compete with rivals like Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdfunding without a graphic designer  
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.19]
Should you spend money on a graphic designer for your crowdfunding campaign, or can you do it yourself? Let's find out!
Design, Business/Marketing

Rovio files trademark lawsuit against hot chicken restaurant 'Angry Birdz' 2
by Chris Kerr [06.26.19]
Rovio is suing a hot chicken restaurant in California for allegedly violating and diluting its Angry Birds trademark.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gumi ups investment in My Crypto Heroes dev Double Jump.Tokyo  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.19]
Gumi has acquired ¥179,536,500 worth of shares in the game dev studio Double Jump.Tokyo, building on an earlier investment in the company from late 2018.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

World War Z has topped 700,000 sales on the Epic Games Store 1
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Saber Interactive's co-op shooter World War Z has sold 700,000 copies on the Epic Games Store alone.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

See the future of location-based AR/VR entertainment at XRDC!  
by Staff [06.25.19]
Location-based experiences are a great way to introduce newcomers to AR/VR, and at XRDC in San Francisco this October you'll get behind-the-scenes insight into how to make them fun and successful.
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Humble has raised $150M for charity through bundles and storefront  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Humble has raised $150 million for charity since launching its pay-what-you-like game bundles back in 2010.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix partners with Gary Sinise Foundation to raise cash for first responders  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers developer Square Enix has launched a fundraising campaign to help support defenders, veterans, and first responders in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The love-hate relationship between marketeers and social media  
by Gamasutra Community [06.25.19]
I often joke that I hate social media, but I always preface that with acknowledging the pros both for business purposes and spreading messages. Let's look at that complicated relationship.
Business/Marketing

Sponsored: How Lord of the Rings Online cranked up store conversions  
by Xsolla [06.24.19]
Here are some best practices that, alongside a partnership with Xsolla, helped Lord of the Rings Online developer Standing Stone Games level up their store conversions and prevent fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft has laid off content creation staff at Mixer and Inside Xbox  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.19]
Microsoft appears to have laid off an unknown number of staff from its internal content creation teams at Mixer and Inside Xbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The U.S. Government has blocked League of Legends in Iran and Syria  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.19]
League of Legends has been blocked in Iran due to rising political tensions between the Middle Eastern country and the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: My Friend Pedro's Elite Beat Agent  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at breakout indie action game My Friend Pedro, a much-deserved history of the excellent Elite Beat Agents series, on Mordhau's surprisingly hot debut, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Project Babel dev Colopl says employees inflated sales to boost app rankings 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.19]
Project Babel developer Colopl says that a pair of employees poured roughly $79,000 into the recently launched mobile game with the goal of artificially raising the game’s ranking on top grossing app lists.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming poses new challenges 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.19]
Senior Analyst Matthew Bailey shares insights from Ovum's latest Game Console Device Forecast -- analyzing key trends shaping the future of the home game console market.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Minecraft: Education Edition is getting an Immersive Reader and new educator resources  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Mojang is making some notable tweaks to Minecraft: Education Edition to help make the learning tool even more accessible.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Dota Underlords has topped 170,000 concurrent users in 24 hours  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Dota Underlords might have only launched yesterday, but Valve's new strategy battler has already surpassed 170,000 concurrent users on PC. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bungie raises over $400,000 for children's hospital during charity livestream  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Destiny developer Bungie has raised over $400,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during a charity livestream.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Learning from the doomed launch of Brigador  
by Staff [06.20.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Stellar Jockeys' Hugh Monahan dissects the development and release of Brigador from both marketing and design perspectives, to help you learn what went wrong.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault