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Playrix acquires Armenian casual mobile game developer Plexonic  
by Chris Kerr [03.05.20]
Mobile publisher Playrix has acquired Armenian casual game developer Plexonic for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The ESA is 'actively assessing' new COVID-19 info, but says E3 is still on  
by Alissa McAloon [03.04.20]
The Entertainment Software Association has posted an updated statement on June’s E3 plans as concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continue to rise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google picks California as the home for its second Stadia studio  
by Alex Wawro [03.04.20]
Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment branch today unveiled a new studio in California which aims to develop "exclusive games" for the company's nascent streaming game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Phoenix Games acquires Romanian live-ops company Studio Firefly  
by Chris Kerr [03.04.20]
Phoenix Games has purchased Romanian live-ops company Studio Firefly for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Epic cancels Unreal Fest Europe 2020 due to coronavirus concerns  
by Chris Kerr [03.04.20]
Epic Games has canceled Unreal Fest Europe 2020 due to uncertainty caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Google calls off I/O 2020 dev conference over coronavirus concerns  
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Google is the latest to call off a planned gathering, but notes that it’ll be looking at ways the conference can 'evolve' to still reach devs following the cancelation.
Business/Marketing

Erica dev Flavourworks nets $650,000 to further develop tactile FMV tech  
by Chris Kerr [03.03.20]
Erica developer Flavourworks has raised an additional $650,000 to continue developing its cross-platform Touch Video technology.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Control and Death Stranding lead BAFTA Games Awards 2020 nominations  
by Chris Kerr [03.03.20]
BAFTA has announced the nominees for this year's British Academy Games Awards, and both Control and Death Stranding are leading the charge with a record-breaking 11 nominations each.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Smaller devs say they won't back Stadia due to a lack of incentives 3
by Chris Kerr [03.02.20]
Google is struggling to attract smaller developers to its platform due to a lack of incentives, according to a report from Business Insider.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Hinterland Studio pulls The Long Dark from Nvidia GeForce Now  
by Chris Kerr [03.02.20]
Hinterland Studio has pulled its survival title The Long Dark from Nvidia's cloud streaming service GeForce Now.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning Cyberpunk 2077's Shadow Dust  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.20]
The latest link highlights include a crazy Dark Souls speedrunning exploit, Cyberpunk 2077 from a couple of different angles, the lovely looking new title Luna The Shadow Dust & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Important GDC 2020 Update 1
by Staff [02.28.20]
After close consultation with partners in the game development industry & community around the world, organizers have made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

CCP calls off EVE Fanfest event over coronavirus concerns  
by Alissa McAloon [02.28.20]
EVE Online developer CCP no longer plans to hold its annual fan gathering in Reykjavik this year, citing global concerns over coronavirus spread as the reason for the cancellation.
Business/Marketing

Modus Games' narrative puzzler Lost Words becomes 'First on Stadia' exclusive  
by Chris Kerr [02.28.20]
Google Stadia has managed a small win today after publisher Modus Games revealed its upcoming release Lost Words: Beyond the Page will launch exclusively on the streaming platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook cancels F8 dev event over coronavirus worries  
by Alissa McAloon [02.27.20]
Facebook has called off the on-location portion of its annual F8 developer conference, citing growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus as the reason for the decision.
Business/Marketing

Mobile studio FunCraft nets $1.8 million to push into casual market  
by Chris Kerr [02.27.20]
FunCraft, a mobile studio formed last year by a group of former Zynga, Juicebox Games, and EA staffers, has secured $1.8 million in funding to create "casual forever" games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima to receive BAFTA Fellowship award  
by Chris Kerr [02.27.20]
Hideo Kojima will be honored with the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship award at the British Academy Games Awards in April.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

GOG will now refund games within 30 days, even if they've been played 4
by Chris Kerr [02.27.20]
Digital game storefront GOG has updated its refund policy to let users fully refund a game within 30 days of purchase, even if it has been downloaded, launched, and played.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Plague Inc. pulled from Chinese App Store over 'illegal' content 4
by Chris Kerr [02.27.20]
The Cyberspace Administration of China has removed Plague Inc. from the country's App Store over the inclusion of "illegal" content.
Production, Business/Marketing

What does $1M in Steam sales look like? Academia: School Simulator case study 11
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.20]
Simon Carless dives deep into the Steam sales of Early Access game Academia: School Simulator. The game's generated $1 million in sales so far...but how much of that does the dev actually see?
Indie, Business/Marketing