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Catch a truly Classic Game Postmortem of Star Wars Galaxies at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.21.19]
Leading devs Raph Koster and Rich Vogel will be presenting a Star Wars Galaxies Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2020 in March that promises to reveal insightful stories and key lessons learned.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mobile developer and tool maker N3twork secures $40 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Mobile game company N3twork has secured $40 million in Series C funding to expand its first-party games portfolio, live publishing platform, and media network.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Sword and Shield have topped 6 million sales worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have sold over 6 million units worldwide in one week, becoming the fastest-selling Switch game to date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Writing great video game characters with Brandon Sheffield - GDC Podcast ep. 4  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
Brandon Sheffield is lead writer on Lab Zero's excellent action RPG platformer Indivisible. Find out how he injects humor, emotions, and personality into Indivisible's dozens of characters.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

GDC 2020 debuts new Summit to help devs find funding and forge deals!  
by Staff [11.20.19]
The new Game Funding & Investment Summit will bring together game developers, investors, and deal-makers to help build new projects and partnerships!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC YouTube Top 5: NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
For November, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Frank Lantz, director of NYU Game Center and a veteran of the game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Take-Two leads $20 million funding round into Spellbreak developer Proletariat  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
Spellbreak developer Proletariat has secured $20 million in Series C funding to ramp up production on the fantasy battle royale title.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Pokemon Sword and Shield have sold over 1.36 million retail copies in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have amassed over 1.36 million physical sales in Japan during their first three days on shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blockchain-based game studio Mythical Games nets $19 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
Mythical Games, the LA-based studio established last year by a group of former Activision devs, has raised $19 million in venture funding.
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile party app Bunch nets $3.85M from Supercell, Tencent, and others  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
A group of notable game companies including Supercell, Tencent, and Riot Games have invested $3.85 million into mobile party app, Bunch.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: DreamHack Atlanta 2019 - A Neko Ghost, Jump! showcase postmortem 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.20.19]
We talk in-depth about our experience showcasing Neko Ghost, Jump! for the first time at a convention. All the struggles and wins.
Business/Marketing

Viveport president Rikard Steiber is leaving HTC  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.19]
Viveport president and SVP of virtual reality, Rikard Steiber, is leaving HTC at the end of the year.
VR, Business/Marketing

Mixed reality game streaming platform LIV secures $2.6 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.19]
Mixed reality game streaming platform LIV has secured $2.6 million in Series A funding to expand its development team and integrate more third party studios.
VR, Business/Marketing

German government to continue $55 million game development fund  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.19]
The German government has approved plans to set aside €50 million ($55.4 million) in the federal budget for 2020 to promote game development in the country.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A guide to scrappy social media management 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.19]
Reduce, reuse, recycle! Oh, and also do the same to your social media content.
Business/Marketing

How players shop during a Steam sale: An in-depth analysis 11
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.19]
Steam sales drive game purchases. But what is happening on an individual buyer level? How can we make our games and store pages more appealing to increase purchases? I spent hours watching and interviewing players to find out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Stadia delivers on low-latency, high quality cloud gaming - but is that enough? 4
by Kris Graft [11.18.19]
Google Stadia works great. But the technical side of game streaming might have been the "easiest" problem to solve when it comes to Stadia's overall acceptance and success.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo is bringing paid subscriptions to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp  
by Chris Kerr [11.18.19]
Nintendo is preparing to introduce a subscription plan into Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, doubling down on the model initially used in Mario Kart Tour last month.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google expands Stadia launch lineup to 22 titles right before launch 1
by Chris Kerr [11.18.19]
Google has expanded its Stadia launch lineup to 22 games, mere hours before the cloud-gaming platform officially rolls out on November 19.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Genre viability on Steam and other trends - An analysis using review count 15
by Danny Weinbaum [11.18.19]
Does genre affect your success odds? Using a database of review count-based revenue projections, we dive deep into sales trends on Steam. We look at which tags sell the best, as well as sales trends in release date and review score.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing