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Humble has raised $150M for charity through bundles and storefront  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Humble has raised $150 million for charity since launching its pay-what-you-like game bundles back in 2010.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix partners with Gary Sinise Foundation to raise cash for first responders  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers developer Square Enix has launched a fundraising campaign to help support defenders, veterans, and first responders in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The love-hate relationship between marketeers and social media  
by Gamasutra Community [06.25.19]
I often joke that I hate social media, but I always preface that with acknowledging the pros both for business purposes and spreading messages. Let's look at that complicated relationship.
Business/Marketing

Sponsored: How Lord of the Rings Online cranked up store conversions  
by Xsolla [06.24.19]
Here are some best practices that, alongside a partnership with Xsolla, helped Lord of the Rings Online developer Standing Stone Games level up their store conversions and prevent fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft has laid off content creation staff at Mixer and Inside Xbox  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.19]
Microsoft appears to have laid off an unknown number of staff from its internal content creation teams at Mixer and Inside Xbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The U.S. Government has blocked League of Legends in Iran and Syria  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.19]
League of Legends has been blocked in Iran due to rising political tensions between the Middle Eastern country and the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: My Friend Pedro's Elite Beat Agent  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at breakout indie action game My Friend Pedro, a much-deserved history of the excellent Elite Beat Agents series, on Mordhau's surprisingly hot debut, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Project Babel dev Colopl says employees inflated sales to boost app rankings 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.19]
Project Babel developer Colopl says that a pair of employees poured roughly $79,000 into the recently launched mobile game with the goal of artificially raising the game’s ranking on top grossing app lists.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Consoles are resilient for now, but cloud gaming poses new challenges 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.19]
Senior Analyst Matthew Bailey shares insights from Ovum's latest Game Console Device Forecast -- analyzing key trends shaping the future of the home game console market.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Minecraft: Education Edition is getting an Immersive Reader and new educator resources  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Mojang is making some notable tweaks to Minecraft: Education Edition to help make the learning tool even more accessible.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Dota Underlords has topped 170,000 concurrent users in 24 hours  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Dota Underlords might have only launched yesterday, but Valve's new strategy battler has already surpassed 170,000 concurrent users on PC. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bungie raises over $400,000 for children's hospital during charity livestream  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.19]
Destiny developer Bungie has raised over $400,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during a charity livestream.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Learning from the doomed launch of Brigador  
by Staff [06.20.19]
In this 2017 GDC session, Stellar Jockeys' Hugh Monahan dissects the development and release of Brigador from both marketing and design perspectives, to help you learn what went wrong.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
by Staff [06.20.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Azerion has purchased Spil Games' mobile game division  
by Chris Kerr [06.20.19]
Media, video game, and tech company Azerion has purchased Dutch studio Spil Games' mobile gaming division for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Creating natural looking geometry in Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.20.19]
For Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy we translate generated tile data into natural looking level geometry. Here's how we do it.
Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Monument Valley dev ustwo appoints new leaders to help multi-project transition 1
by Chris Kerr [06.20.19]
Monument Valley developer ustwo games has expanded its leadership team to better transition towards multi-project development.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Cultist Simulator mobile: The all-singing, all-dancing data dump  
by Lottie Bevan [06.20.19]
We launched a mobile port of Cultist Simulator on the App Store and Google Play in April 2019. Here’s how it’s gone so far. I hope you like DATA!
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA praises its own 'ethical, fun, and enjoyable' loot box use in FIFA 15
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.19]
Electronic Arts' Kerry Hopkins distanced FIFA's loot box-equivalent packs from gambling in a hearing with the UK Parliament and said the game's 'surprise mechanics' are often enjoyed in a healthy way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: Using email lists for fun, profit, and building your own fan club  
by Staff [06.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game developer Chris Zukowski explains how to level up your email list, and why a well-run email list can be 5-10 times more effective than Twitter or Facebook!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault