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The Sims 4 records peak high of 10 million monthly active users 3
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
The Sims 4 is proving that age is but a number after attracting over 2.5 million new players over the past two months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Lack of Smart Delivery won't prevent PS5 owners from playing Cyberpunk 2077  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
Anybody who picks up a copy of Cyberpunk 2077 on the PlayStation 4 will be granted a PlayStation 5 version when the next-gen console launches.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tonic Games Group is the new parent company of UK dev Mediatonic  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
The Tonic Games Group has been announced as the new parent company of developers Mediatonic and Fortitude, and publishing label The Irregular Corporation.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

California court dismisses Magic Leap lawsuit against competitor Nreal  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
A California court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Magic Leap against Chinese augmented reality company Nreal, according to a report from TechNode.
VR, Business/Marketing

Examining the indie ins and outs of today's game distribution platforms 2
by Liz Henges [06.19.20]
We take a fresh look at the most prolific storefronts in the game industry, and speak with indie game developers about their experiences with each.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Starting in July, iOS games will require gov't approval to launch on China's App Store  
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.20]
Starting July 2020, Apple is tightening up its policies for games and apps looking to launch on the iOS App Store in China.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Discoverability, Steam's Summer Festival & 'Not-E3' Showcases 3
by Simon Carless [06.18.20]
Another round-up of all the good things happening in the game discoverability space - from Steam Summer Festival to 'not-E3' showcases.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Zynga launches $25 million charity fund to foster inclusion and diversity
by Chris Kerr [06.18.20]
Zynga has established a $25 million fund to help charities focused on fostering diversity and inclusion within the games industry. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Chat with game industry experts at GDC Summer's new Ask Me Anything sessions  
by Staff [06.18.20]
GDC organizers debut a new series of "Ask Me Anything" live Q&A sessions at GDC Summer in which attendees will get to ask industry experts practical questions about key topics in game development.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Kowloon Nights launches $2 million game investment fund for Black creators
by Chris Kerr [06.18.20]
Global video game investment fund Kowloon Nights has launched a new $2 million fund dedicated to Black creators and studios working on PC and console projects.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft could launch xCloud streaming service as part of Xbox Game Pass  
by Chris Kerr [06.18.20]
Microsoft intends to launch its xCloud game streaming service later this year as part of its Xbox Game Pass subscription package. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The game is the boss - Housemarque's Resogun postmortem 7
by Staff [06.17.20]
This incredibly detailed postmortem, written by Resogun lead programmer Harry Krueger, offers a look behind a huge number of technical and creative decisions behind the popular shooter.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Snap is being revived on the Nintendo Switch  
by Chris Kerr [06.17.20]
The much-loved Pokemon Snap franchise is making a comeback after collecting dust for over 20 years.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Humble's huge 'Fight for Racial Justice' charity bundle has already raised over $1.3M
by Chris Kerr [06.17.20]
Humble has launched a massive 'Fight for Racial Justice' charity bundle to help support organizations fighting for racial equality.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Finding, choosing, and managing moderators 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.17.20]
Kitfox Games communications director Victoria Tran has put together a guide on finding the perfect fit.

Report: Fortnite maker Epic could sell stake at $17 billion valuation 3
by Chris Kerr [06.16.20]
Fortnite developer Epic Games is reportedly looking to raise $750 million in a deal that would value the company at $17 billion. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Reducing stress when you own a game company 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.20]
When you own a game company your decisions can result in success or failure. Here are five things I do that help me reduce stress while (hopefully) helping others do the same.

Tomb Raider and Deus Ex dev Eidos Montreal opens new R&D studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.20]
Deus Ex and Tomb Raider developer Eidos Montreal has opened a new research and development studio called Eidos Sherbrooke with parent company Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Latest Fortnite event attracts 12M in-game players, another 8.4M via streams  
by Chris Kerr [06.16.20]
Fortnite's latest season-ending event attracted a mammoth 12 million in-game players, with another 8.4 million watching it live on Twitch and YouTube.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox expands on Smart Delivery, confirms game progress will carry forward  
by Chris Kerr [06.15.20]
Xbox has shared more details about its new Smart Delivery system, which will allow players to pay once to access supported games on multiple consoles across different generations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing