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Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning The Sea Of Solitude  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.05.19]
This week's roundup includes some amazing highlights from the Summer Games Done Quick speedrun series, a look at intriguing new title Sea Of Solitude, and lots more still.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Developers and G2A clash over the impact of grey market keys on indies 6
by Alissa McAloon [07.05.19]
The infamous key reselling site G2A has published a lengthy blog post defending its business practices after the storefront came under fire from developers and publishers.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo is 'investigating' 5G and streaming tech, but refuses to 'chase trends' 2
by Chris Kerr [07.05.19]
Nintendo is "investigating" how technologies such as cloud streaming and 5G will affect the video game landscape, but has rejected the notion that following those trends is absolutely critical.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Former Paradox CEO defends studio's continuous DLC model as 'fair and balanced' 1
by Chris Kerr [07.05.19]
Former Paradox CEO and president Fredrik Wester has defended the company's approach to DLC as "fair and balanced."
Production, Business/Marketing

Research lessons from the making (and near-breaking) of Halo 2  
by Chris Kerr [07.04.19]
"I'd argue that, just like for the players in our games, there is an ideal level of failure for researchers. If every study is equally successful, it just means that we aren’t innovating enough."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

French government launches 'Join the Game' campaign to recruit game devs  
by Chris Kerr [07.04.19]
The French government is trying to convince game developers to ply their trade in France through a new campaign called 'Join the Game.'
Business/Marketing

Shovel Knight has surpassed 2.5 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.04.19]
Shovel Knight has sold over 2.5 million copies in just over five years, according to developer Yacht Club Games. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Zachtronics games are now free for public schools and educational nonprofits  
by Alex Wawro [07.03.19]
Dubbed Zachademics, the new initiative allows teachers and other educators to request licenses for Zachtronics games if they're going to be used for teaching purposes.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: MVP like Nintendo in 1980 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.19]
How one of Nintendo's least-known Minimum Viable Products shaped the history of handheld gaming.
Design, Business/Marketing

Shenmue 3 dev to offer backer refunds over Epic Games Store exclusivity 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.19]
Ys Net is offering multiple solutions for backers upset by the game's timed PC exclusivity, but reiterates that both Epic and publisher Deep Silver have provided vital support to the project so far.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

See all XRDC has to offer at a 20% discount with this special holiday promo!  
by Staff [07.02.19]
Now through July 8th (next Monday) at 11:59pm PST, get 20 percent off the price of your XRDC pass with the special 4th of July promo code XR19JULY20!
VR, Serious, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Free-to-play studio Redhill Games secures $11.4 million investment  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.19]
Redhill Games, the studio opened by former Remedy CEO and Wargaming development exec Matias Myllyrinne last year, has secured $11.4 million in funding. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve is exploring 'several ways' of doing untethered Index VR 2
by Chris Kerr [07.02.19]
Valve might have only just launched its Index VR headset, but the company is already dreaming up ways to improve the device.
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

Focus Home reports record year as Farming Simulator 19 passes 2 million sold  
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.19]
Focus Home Interactive closed its 2018-2019 financial year with record revenue, a milestone it hit with no small amount of help from strong sales of both Vampyr and Farming Simulator.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chinese government revokes business license of Devotion publisher Indievent 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.19]
The Chinese government has revoked the business license of one of the companies behind the Taiwanese horror game Devotion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Darkest Dungeon's 'camp counselor' approach to community management  
by Staff [07.01.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk John Lindvay explains why Darkest Dungeon dev Red Hook adopted a 'camp counselor' approach to community management, and how it helped foster strong relationships with players.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Sony considers turning to studio acquisitions as competition rises 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.19]
SIE CEO Jim Ryan says that "content is becoming more important than ever before" now that major players like Google are making moves in the game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Editor Roundtable: What's up with game subscription services? 4
by Staff [07.01.19]
The Gamasutra editorial team takes a moment to discuss what game subscription services mean for the video game business.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Age of Empires series brings in over 1 million players each month 1
by Chris Kerr [07.01.19]
There hasn't been a new mainline Age of Empires release in close to 15 years, but the real-time strategy franchise still has a fair bit of pulling power.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nexon becomes majority owner of fledgling Swedish studio Embark  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.19]
Tokyo-headquartered publisher Nexon has grabbed a majority stake in Stockholm-based studio Embark, which was established by DICE founder and EA's former chief design officer Patrick Söderlund.
Production, Business/Marketing