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Nexon to acquire Swedish game developer Embark Studios  
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.19]
Nexon has once again increased its investment in Embark Studios, this time setting the stage for a full acquisition of the Stockholm-based game developer.
Production, Business/Marketing

Rift surpasses Vive as VR devs' top platform in new XRDC Innovation Report  
by Staff [08.05.19]
The free XRDC 2019 Innovation Report offers nuanced, wide-reaching perspective on the AR/VR/MR industries: verything from what platforms devs are focusing on right now to how they’re being funded!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Roblox has surpassed 100 million monthly active users  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.19]
DIY game platform Roblox has surpassed 100 million monthly active users, according to developer Roblox Corporation. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite World Cup's Fire-y Youngblood  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.03.19]
This week's roundup includes Epic's Fortnite World Cup, analyses of Nintendo's new Fire Emblem and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as time loops in games, Candyland, Elsinore and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: What an art-house indie learned from a year of working in F2P  
by Staff [08.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, PlayDots' Margaret Robertson reveals some surprising truths about what she learned in the shift from an indie career to one at a successful free-to-play game company.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: PlayStation is hiring a Global Partner Marketing Manager  
by Staff [08.02.19]
As a Global Partner Marketing Manager, you'll be responsible for shaping the global strategy and operational direction of marketing for your designated accounts and key partnerships.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Google is developing a game and app subscription service called Play Pass 1
by Chris Kerr [08.02.19]
Google is quietly working on a new mobile app and game subscription service for Android users called 'Play Pass.'
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Koch Media opens Polish publishing office to boost presence in Europe  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.19]
Koch is the owner of the Dead Island and Saints Row franchises, which it publishes through its subsidiary Deep Silver, and was last year purchased by THQ Nordic for $148.9 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creative Assembly and NetEase partner up to bring Total War to China  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.19]
The UK studio explained the "long-term partnership" will give NetEase the rights to publish every single Total War title in China.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building an audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets  
by Staff [08.01.19]
Early on, Ooblets already had a large following. In this 2017 story, the makers of the game explain how publicly sharing their game's development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

New 'Game Trials' program will let Switch Online members try games for free
by Chris Kerr [08.01.19]
Nintendo is letting Switch Online subscribers download and play Mario Tennis Aces for free as part of a new initiative called 'Game Trials.'
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Enduring popularity of key franchises helps boost sales and profits at Capcom  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.19]
The enduring popularity of hit titles like Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter: World, and Resident Evil 2 are driving sales and profits at Capcom.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Over 50 'field leaders' laid off at GameStop due to ongoing cost-cutting  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.19]
U.S. video game retailer GameStop has laid off over 50 'field leaders,' which includes regional managers, district managers, HR staff, and loss prevention managers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Russian dev My.Games and Chinese publisher iDreamSky partner for global expansion  
by Chris Kerr [08.01.19]
Russian developer-publisher My.Games has announced a strategic partnership with Chinese game company iDreamSky that will allow both to expand their businesses globally. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The three eras of game discoverability 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.01.19]
It’s possible to divide the eras of video game discoverability into roughly three parts - each of which bleeds messily into the other. Here's what you might be confused about if you grew up in one of these eras.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Automation enters administration and cancels Mavericks: Proving Grounds  
by Chris Kerr [07.31.19]
UK developer Automation Games has canceled its upcoming battle royale title Mavericks: Proving Grounds after entering administration.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Niantic founder examines the state & future of AR games  
by Staff [07.30.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Niantic CEO John Hanke examines the state of augmented reality, helping you imagine possible AR games & experiences that offer persistent shared experiences in the real world.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Switch driving sales at Nintendo as 'foreign exchange losses' cut profits  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Profits are down at Nintendo, despite Switch hardware and software continuing to drive sales at the Japanese console maker.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units faster than any other console 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
The PlayStation 4 has shipped over 100 million units worldwide since launching in November 2013, according to the latest numbers from Sony.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 software revenue dips as hardware shipments hit major milestone  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Sony has released its financials for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and it looks like a slight drop off in software revenue has negatively impacted the company's video game division.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing