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Ziggurat has acquired the BloodRayne franchise and other Majesco licenses  
by Chris Kerr [06.15.20]
Ziggurat Interactive has acquired the rights to the BloodRayne franchise and plans to "further explore and expand" the dormant series.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam: The new 'wishlists to first week sales' expectations 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.15.20]
How many sales of your Steam game should you hope to get in its first week, based on the amount of wishlists you had on launch? Here's a data-filled analysis.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go dev Niantic delays plans to end support for 32-bit Android devices  
by Chris Kerr [06.15.20]
Update: Pokemon Go developer Niantic will discontinue support for 32-bit Android devices at a later date than initially planned after players expressed concerns about the move.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

For sale to good home: Warner Bros' gaming division 4
by Bryant Francis [06.12.20]
According to CNBC, AT&T has decided that it doesn't need a video game division anymore, and is looking to offload Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Last Of Us, The First Little Orpheus 2
by Gamasutra Staff [06.12.20]
The latest links of the week include new games The Last Of Us Part II & Little Orpheus, plus PC shareware relic Ken's Labyrinth & lots more!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Wednesday is your last day to register early for GDC Summer at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [06.12.20]
Early registration for August's all-digital GDC Summer event ends Wednesday, ​June 17th at 11:59 PM PT, so conference organizers encourage prospective attendees to register now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Data suggests almost half of Xbox One users also own a PlayStation 4 2
by Bryant Francis [06.12.20]
New data from Ampere Analysis suggests a strong overlap in console ownership across Xbox and PlayStation owners.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GTA Online is getting a standalone release on PlayStation 5  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.20]
Although GTA V will also be making the next-gen leap, Rockstar explained the lucrative online mode will be getting a standalone release on next-gen machines in the second half of 2021. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil becomes first Capcom franchise to surpass 100 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.20]
Resident Evil has become the first franchise in Capcom history to surpass 100 million worldwide sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has surpassed its $5M goal 1
by Chris Kerr [06.12.20]
The massive itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality has surpassed its target of raising $5 million for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Community Bail Fund.
Business/Marketing

Applications are open for Humble's $1 million Black Game Developer Fund 3
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.20]
Humble has opened up applications for the Black game dev-focused publishing fund announced last week, and shared a handful of details on how the program will work.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC Summer for practical advice on hiring & retaining women leaders in games  
by Staff [06.11.20]
This August GDC Summer will host a talk from King's Sabrina Carmona that offers practical, actionable advice on how to diversify your studio's leadership team and empower more women leaders in games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Virtual concert company Wave nets $30 million to stage more interactive gigs  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.20]
Virtual concert company Wave has raised $30 million in funding to help artists stage interactive gigs in cyberspace, according to a VentureBeat report.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Never Mind The Bollocks: Here's The Game Devs 1
by Simon Carless [06.11.20]
What can we learn from controversial Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren about how to make your video game popular? Some experimental thoughts.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Activision investigating after Modern Warfare update goes rogue on Xbox 1
by Chris Kerr [06.11.20]
Activision is investigating an issue with Modern Warfare that has resulted in some Xbox users being asked to download a whopping 84GB update for the title.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Unity report shows massive spike in video game business due to COVID-19  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.20]
A report from Unity shows that a number of metrics used to measure the strength of the video game business have spiked drastically since the start of COVID-19's spread.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ahead of PS5 showcase, Microsoft confirms Hellblade II will run on Unreal 5 1
by Bryant Francis [06.10.20]
Microsoft has released a new blog announcing that Senua's Saga: Hellblade II is being made with Unreal 5, and trumpeting the Xbox Series X specs in advance of Sony's July 11th announcements.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: As traffic hits all-time high, Jackbox adjusting to dev'ing from home  
by Staff [06.10.20]
Jackbox Games CEO Mike Bilder joined us on the GDC Podcast to explain how his company is dealing with dramatic increases in traffic amid continuing stay at home orders in the time of COVID-19.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has sold over 1 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.20]
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, according to developer ArtPlay. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Canadian publisher Klei donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter charities 1
by Chris Kerr [06.10.20]
Canadian publisher Klei Entertainment will support the Black Lives Matter movement by donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing