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Tencent makes 'substantial investment' in retro streaming service Antstream 1
by Chris Kerr [07.23.19]
Chinese tech and game company Tencent has made a "substantial investment" in retro streaming platform, Antstream Arcade.
Business/Marketing

A Bloodstained Q&A with Koji 'Iga' Igarashi  
by Kris Graft [07.23.19]
Legendary game developer Koji "Iga" Igarashi of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame answers our questions about the making of his latest game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft pledges support to open source 3D creation tool Blender  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.19]
Ubisoft has followed Epic Games in supporting open source 3D creation tool Blender by joining the Blender Foundation's development fund as a corporate Gold member.
Art, Business/Marketing

Tencent and The Pokemon Company are making games together 1
by Chris Kerr [07.22.19]
Tencent and The Pokemon Company have formed something of a power couple after agreeing to make games together.
Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is 'well positioned' to succeed in larger game market, claims CEO 1
by Chris Kerr [07.22.19]
Microsoft chief exec Satya Nadella claims the company is already "well positioned" to succeed in what's going to be a much larger gaming market.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tekken 7 has crossed 4 million sales worldwide 1
by Chris Kerr [07.22.19]
Tekken 7 has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide, according to a tweet from developer Capcom. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: In The Sky, The Dungeon Master Reigns  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.20.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Thatgamecompany's Sky, the rise of the professional dungeon master, and the far-ahead tech of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on N64, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

After 28 years, cofounder Frank Pearce is leaving Blizzard 2
by Alex Wawro [07.19.19]
Blizzard Entertainment published a blog post today in which company cofounder Frank Pearce lays out his plan to leave the company after 28 years and "pass the torch to the next generation."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sega ends publishing partnership with narrative studio Interior Night  
by Chris Kerr [07.19.19]
Sega has scrapped its publishing deal with Interior Night, the narrative studio founded by former Quanitc Dream and Sony Entertainment Europe designer Caroline Marchal back in 2017.
Production, Business/Marketing

Different Tales is a new studio from two of the devs behind The Witcher  
by Chris Kerr [07.19.19]
Founded by The Witcher head story designer Artur Ganszyniec and project lead Jacek Brzezinski, Different Tales intends to tell slow burning stories "rooted in the common human experience."
Production, Business/Marketing

id Software studio director Tim Willits is stepping down after 24 years  
by Chris Kerr [07.18.19]
Tim Willits, the studio director, level designer, and former co-owner of id Software, is leaving the company after 24 years.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Oculus Quest teardown shows how the standalone VR headset was built  
by Chris Kerr [07.18.19]
If you're curious to learn how Oculus squeezed a mountain of tech into its standalone Quest virtual reality headset, you'll want to check out these pictures.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

PC overtakes PlayStation 4 as Ubisoft's most lucrative platform this quarter 1
by Chris Kerr [07.18.19]
There's been a changing of the guard at Ubisoft, with PC replacing the PlayStation 4 as the company's most lucrative platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Inside Steam Diving Bell, a tool for 'Wikipedia binging' Steam games 7
by Lars Doucet [07.18.19]
"Diving Bell's chief strength is its dumbness," says dev Lars Doucet, creator of the recommendation tool. "It's dead simple, transparent, & predictable, but the results are delightful and surprising."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Living the freelancing dream while avoiding the nightmare  
by Staff [07.17.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game writer Greg Buchanan discuses strategies to cope with the positive and negative aspects of freelance work, and ultimately build your career and reputation!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blog: Finding the fun in monetizing Archero - Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [07.17.19]
Welcome to part three of my look into Archero! This time we’ll focus on the monetization aspect of the game and how it doesn’t intrude on the fun.
Design, Business/Marketing

Odyssey and Siege push Ubisoft to a better-than-expected quarter 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.19]
Ubisoft credits Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Rainbow Six Siege for that performance, two games that notably released before Q1 even began.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Detective Pikachu is the second highest grossing video game movie ever
by Chris Kerr [07.17.19]
Pokemon Detective Pikachu has become the second highest-grossing video game movie of all time after bringing in $429 million worldwide at the box office.
Business/Marketing

Indie publisher Private Division splits from Swedish dev The Outsiders  
by Chris Kerr [07.17.19]
Private Division, the indie publishing label owned by Take-Two, has parted ways with Swedish developer The Outsiders.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdfunding and tabletop games - A 2019 mid-year update  
by Gamasutra Community [07.17.19]
ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux looks at the state of board games on Kickstarter in the first half of 2019.
Design, Business/Marketing