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Daybreak Games restructures internal studios around key franchises  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.20]
Daybreak Games has restructured its internal studios so it can better focus on the development of individual franchises.
Production, Business/Marketing

UK's top mental health nurse wants crack down on loot boxes 1
by Chris Kerr [01.21.20]
NHS mental health director Claire Murdoch claims the controversial monetisation method "sets kids up for addition" by effectively teaching them to gamble at a young age.
Design, Business/Marketing

Court overturns $10.1 million verdict against Nintendo in Wii Remote lawsuit  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.20]
A federal court in Dallas has overturned a jury verdict against Nintendo that ordered the company to pay $10.1 million to iLife Technology for allegedly violating its motion tracking patents.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

GTA developer Rockstar pushes back against UK tax abuse allegations  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.20]
Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar has refuted the suggestion its abusing the UK government's Video Game Tax Relief initiative and dodging corporation tax.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: TikTok owner ByteDance planning big push into mobile games 1
by Chris Kerr [01.20.20]
TikTok owner ByteDance has been quietly building an internal game division so it can break into the lucrative mobile games market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is your 21st century games career what you thought it'd be? 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.20]
Video game careers aren't straightforward. There are more paths than becoming a studio employee, growing a company, or shooting for the indie dream. How do you think yours will look in the '20s?
Business/Marketing

Tencent intends to further diversify investments outside of games 1
by Chris Kerr [01.20.20]
Tencent wants to step up its investment efforts outside the world of video games, and intends to "pay more attention to smart retail and payment platforms."
Business/Marketing

Unsubtle Rainbow Six Siege DDoS dealers hit with Ubisoft lawsuit  
by Alex Wawro [01.17.20]
Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit in California against a group it claims are in the business of selling access to services which can disrupt the servers of (among other things) Rainbow Six Siege.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: 2020's Most Exciting, 1983's Most Breakout Games  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.17.20]
The latest highlights include a look at 2020's most anticipated PC games, 1983's 'breakout' game (fine, it's a book excerpt from a 1983 tome about Breakout!), plus looks at Android: Netrunner & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft pledges to wipe out its carbon footprint by 2050  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.20]
Microsoft has outlined plans to not just reduce, but completely remove its carbon footprint in an attempt to combat the climate crisis.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Following Cyberpunk delay, CD Projekt Red expects dev team crunch 2
by Chris Kerr [01.17.20]
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has said that delaying the game until September won’t negate the need for crunch.
Production, Business/Marketing

The top 7 reasons women quit game development
by Pixelles [01.17.20]
Game development-focused feminist non-profit Pixelles highlights problem areas--and solutions--in retaining women within game development studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: PlayStation is hiring a Digital Analytics and Monetization Manager (Esports)  
by Staff [01.16.20]
In this role, you will need to drive narrative, solve ambiguous problems, and communicate extremely effectively in order to be able to evangelize and champion Esports across PlayStation up to the Executive level.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Devs, submit your games now for GDC 2020's Day of the Devs showcase!  
by Staff [01.16.20]
Hey game devs, good news: Double Fine and iam8bit's popular game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want to participate!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: How to talk about games with those who don't approve  
by Staff [01.16.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk educators Lindsay Grace, Mia Consalvo, Roger Altizer, and Andy Phelps provide devs with the facts they need to competently reply to those opposed to the game industry.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Report: The Switch Lite topped 1 million sales in Japan in three months  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.20]
The Switch Lite surpassed 1 million sales in Japan alone during its first three months on shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg named honorary VP at SpecialEffect  
by Alissa McAloon [01.16.20]
SpecialEffect, a UK-based charity that works to bring games and accessibility tech to players with disabilities, has named Xbox Marketing head Aaron Greenberg an honorary vice president.
Business/Marketing

OpenCritic reviews have been added to the Epic Games Store 4
by Chris Kerr [01.16.20]
The Epic Games Store has integrated OpenCritic reviews so that shoppers can see which titles come recommended by the review aggregator.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gio Corsi is now IllFonic's Chief Product Officer  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.20]
PlayStation's previous global second party games head and noted PS Vita advocate Gio Corsi has joined up with IllFonic as the studio’s new product chief.
Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Valve Index headset sold out globally as Half-Life: Alyx nears launch  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Valve's own Index VR headset appears to have sold out globally following the unveiling of Half-Life: Alyx, the prophesied third entry in the acclaimed Half-Life series.
VR, Business/Marketing