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Microsoft xCloud console streaming service goes live in October  
by Bryant Francis [06.09.19]
Phil Spencer announced on the Xbox Stage today that Project xCloud, the company's console-streaming service, would go live this October.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft announces PC Game Pass pricing, adds to Ultimate bundle  
by Bryant Francis [06.09.19]
Microsoft is pricing its standalone PC Game Pass at $10 per month, and adding it to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle for free.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Follow all of Gamasutra's E3 2019 coverage here!  
by Staff [06.09.19]
Gamasutra will be covering E3 both on-site and remotely to bring you the latest news and interviews from the game industry's big L.A. showcase. Follow coverage on our dedicated E3 news page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Combo Breaking E3 With BitSummit Flair  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.08.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at some great community events - from the fighting game scene's Combo Breaker to Japanese indie dev scene's BitSummit, as well as a peek at the first ever E3 Expo & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lawsuit alleges Unity CEO sexually harassed former VP 1
by Bryant Francis [06.08.19]
The lawsuit accuses CEO John Riccitiello of sexually propositioning several Unity employees and says Unity retaliated against the plaintiff after she complained; Unity says it will fight back.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Struggling Starbreeze granted extended reconstruction period until September  
by Chris Kerr [06.07.19]
The Stockholm District Court has granted struggling Payday 2 developer Starbreeze an extended reconstruction period up until September 3, 2019.
Business/Marketing

Sony chief: 'There's no scenario where the PlayStation and Xbox platforms combine' 3
by Chris Kerr [06.07.19]
Sony and Microsoft have no intention of merging the worlds of PlayStation and Xbox, despite the two companies having recently joined forces to explore the world of cloud streaming and AI.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Hatch partners with Samsung to bring 5G game streaming to the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [06.06.19]
Hatch has partnered with Samsung to bring its mobile game streaming service to 5G-capable smartphones in the United States, giving the Rovio-owned company a helping hand in North America.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Naughty Dog is shutting down PS3 servers for Uncharted 2, 3, and The Last of Us  
by Chris Kerr [06.06.19]
Naughty Dog is shutting down the PlayStation 3 servers for Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us after almost 10 years.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sports Direct offers to buy UK retailer Game Digital for $66 million  
by Chris Kerr [06.06.19]
The company was forced to table a mandatory takeover bid after upping its stake in the video game retailer to 38.5 percent.
Business/Marketing

GameStop share price hits 16-year low after Q1 results 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.05.19]
GameStop shares have fallen 36 percent in a single day, making for the sharpest single-day drop the retailer has seen since listing in 2002.
Business/Marketing

See how XR is shaping the future of architecture at XRDC 2019  
by Staff [06.05.19]
You'll have an opportunity to see this and many other insightful talks at the event, but heads up: the deadline to register for XRDC at a discount rate is today (June 5th) at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: Marketing an upcoming Steam game 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.05.19]
This is a collection of guidelines for building a marketing plan of upcoming Steam games. I am not an expert on this area, but I gathered some resources to guide myself and others about the topic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bulletstorm and Gears of War developer People Can Fly opens New York studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly has expanded into North America with the opening of a brand new studio in New York.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony could use 'cross-generational play' to soften next-gen transition 1
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan has explained the company wants cross-generational unity between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners when its next-gen console finally hits shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple is being sued by iOS devs over 'profit-killing' App Store fees 5
by Chris Kerr [06.05.19]
Apple is being sued by a group of iOS developers for pushing "profit-killing" commissions and fees onto App Store devs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: Tomorrow's your last day to save by registering early for XRDC!  
by Staff [06.04.19]
Heads up: The deadline to register for premier AR/VR/MR dev event XRDC at a discount is tomorrow, Wednesday June 5th, at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Mario Kart-themed go-kart company loses against Nintendo in court, again 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.04.19]
The ruling leaves the onceMario-themed business on the hook for damages that could exceed the previous 10 million yen ruling.
Business/Marketing

YoYo Games shuts down publishing division after struggling to 'add value' 1
by Chris Kerr [06.04.19]
YoYo Games general manager Stuart Poole explained the company has struggled to add value to the sector, and has instead decided to focus more of its energy on supporting GameMaker users.
Production, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze is laying off a quarter of its entire workforce 1
by Chris Kerr [06.04.19]
Struggling Payday 2 developer Starbreeze intends to lay off 60 members of staff, which is around a quarter of its entire workforce.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing