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Blog: Side hustling advice from full time game devs  
by Gamasutra Community [01.08.19]
Su and Peter became business partners over four years ago and their company, Ugo3D, now has a potential valuation of $200 million dollars. Here's how they reached that point.
Production, Business/Marketing

Paradox acquires Prison Architect franchise from Introversion  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.19]
Paradox will acquire all the rights and assets to the prison building and management sim, and will take ownership of the franchise on all current and future platforms. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Marvel's Spider-Man has sold over 9 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.19]
Insomniac's uber-polished superhero effort reached that milestone on November 25, 2018, less than three months after it launched on September 7.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 sales have exceeded 91.6 million units worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.19]
Lifetime PlayStation 4 sales have now surpassed 90 million units, with strong holiday sales pushing the console over the line.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Design lessons learned from a decade at Nintendo's EAD 2
by Staff [01.07.19]
Motoi Okamoto was a member of Shigeru Miyamoto's Entertainment Analysis and Development department for a decade. He recounts the making of many of Nintendo's best-loved (and biggest-selling) titles.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 to host a Classic Game Postmortem of Lemmings!  
by Staff [01.07.19]
One of the creators of the original Lemmings is coming to GDC 2019 in March to present a unique look at the making of this classic game! 
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo open to moving away from home consoles, says company president  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.19]
"In the long-term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles -- flexibility is just as important as ingenuity."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Welcome To 2019, Already  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.06.19]
This week's highlights include a detailed look at what 2019 may bring in terms of business trends & games - as well as a whole host of other leftover 2018 highlights, daily 'meditations' on games, a Chinese indie megahit, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

CFO Amrita Ahuja parts ways with Blizzard to join up with a mobile payment company  
by Alissa McAloon [01.04.19]
Blizzard Entertainment’s chief financial officer Amrita Ahuja has departed the company, and the game industry entirely, to join up with the mobile payment company Square as its new CFO.
Business/Marketing

Red Dead Redemption 2 leads list of GDC 2019 Choice Awards nominees!  
by Staff [01.04.19]
Other games receiving multiple nominations include Sony Santa Monica's God of War, Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man, and Lucas Pope's innovative puzzle whodunnit game Return of the Obra Dinn!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Eugen Systems says devs were fired for 'misuse of tools,' not strike participation 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.04.19]
Former Eugen Systems developers say their sudden firings were the result of retaliation over labor disputes, but the company says that wasn't the case.
Business/Marketing

Half-Life 2 and Portal writer Erik Wolpaw has rejoined Valve 1
by Chris Kerr [01.04.19]
Half-Life 2 and Portal writer Erik Wolpaw has rejoined Valve nearly two years after leaving the studio. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Star Control makers defend DMCA takedown against Star Control: Origins 14
by Chris Kerr [01.04.19]
Star Control designers Paul Reiche III and Robert Frederick Ford have defended their decision to issue a DMCA takedown against Star Control: Origins.
Production, Business/Marketing

Bethesda resolves copyright lawsuit against Westworld devs  
by Emma Kidwell [01.03.19]
Bethesda Softworks has resolved a lawsuit it brought against Behaviour Interactive and Warner Bros. last June for copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair competition. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Japan has made reselling digital game keys illegal without creator's permission 4
by Emma Kidwell [01.03.19]
As of December, a new Japanese legal amendment has made it illegal to resell digital game keys without explicit consent from software makers.  
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Nexon founder looking to sell controlling stake for $8.9 billion 1
by Chris Kerr [01.03.19]
Shares in the Tokyo-based video game company reportedly jumped by around 30 percent following the news.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Games now account for over half of entire UK entertainment market  
by Chris Kerr [01.03.19]
"The games industry has been incredibly effective in taking advantage of the potential of digital technology to offer new and compelling forms of entertainment."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

TickTock Studios acquired by Rebellion and rebranded as 'Rebellion North'  
by Chris Kerr [01.03.19]
"We've worked with the team at TickTock Games for a while now, and we know they'll continue to prosper as Rebellion North."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Here's what 2019 will be like for the game biz 15
by Joost van Dreunen [01.03.19]
In this opinion piece SuperData Research founder Joost van Dreunen examines 10 major trends for 2019, from a fresh wave of consolidations to a fragmentation of PC game marketplaces.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

China issues 80 new game licenses, Tencent not included  
by Emma Kidwell [01.02.19]
China announced that it approved 80 new game releases in late December, but the list of approved titles does not seem to include any releases from Tencent. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing