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The Xbox Series X will support backwards compatibility at launch 1
by Chris Kerr [12.18.19]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer outlined the decision, and said the oblong unit will be able to play some Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles at launch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has topped $1 billion in sell-through revenue  
by Chris Kerr [12.18.19]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has brought in over $1 billion in sell-though revenue worldwide, less than two months after it hit shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Industry vet Kate Edwards to be honored with Ambassador Award at 2020 GDCAs!  
by Staff [12.17.19]
Organizers of the 20th annual Game Developers Choice Awards are excited to announce that the 2020 Ambassador Award will be given to game industry vet Kate Edwards during GDC 2020!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Keywords expands game service line with $12.5 million triple acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [12.17.19]
Keywords Studios has acquired translation technology developer Katan, creative marketing company Ichi Holdings, and recording studio Syllabes for a combined €11.2 million. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Animoca Brands buys Power Rangers: Legacy Wars developer nWay  
by Chris Kerr [12.16.19]
Mobile studio Animoca Brands has agreed to fully acquire Power Rangers: Legacy Wars developer nWay Inc. for $7.69 million. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga opens new UK mobile studio to expand racing game portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [12.16.19]
U.S. mobile and social games company Zynga has opened a new studio in the UK to expand its racing portfolio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Final Fantasy XIV Online has passed 18 million registered players  
by Chris Kerr [12.16.19]
Final Fantasy XIV Online has surpassed 18 million registered players, according to developer-publisher Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Naughty Dog to donate all cash from Jak and Daxter re-releases to charity 1
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Naughty Dog will donate every bit of revenue from sales of Limited Run Games’ physical Jak and Daxter re-releases to charity.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dangen chief Judd steps down following harassment, mismanagement allegations  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Ben Judd has stepped down as the CEO of Japan-based indie publisher Dangen Entertainment after being accused of sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and corporate mismanagement.
Production, Business/Marketing

Case Study: A 'peek' at Golf Peaks' multiplatform sales 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Luke Spierewka of Polish indie studio Afterburn shares insights into the sales of the multiplatform golf-puzzle game Golf Peaks, shedding light on what other devs might expect from similar mobile-first games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop plans to wind down Nordic presence, close more stores to cut costs  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.19]
GameStop is in the process of winding down its operations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, an exit that aims to help the company get its finances back on track.
Business/Marketing

Double Fine veteran Greg Rice is Sony's new global head of indie accounts  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Double Fine’s former VP of business development Greg Rice has joined Sony Interactive Entertainment as the global head of indie accounts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apply now to participate in the GDC 2020 low-income pass lottery! 1
by Staff [12.11.19]
Game Developers Conference organizers have once again donated a number of complimentary passes for GDC 2020 that will be given away (via lottery) as part of a special low-income GDC pass program!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Pokemon Go developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in communities around the world during 2019. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Getting your big break as a game composer (2020 edition)  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.19]
Game composer Winifred Phillips discusses ways for new composers to get their first game gig, including advice on the effectiveness of demo reels, networking tips, and a discussion of middleware.
Audio, Business/Marketing

Report: Former Platinum CEO Tatsuya Minami opens new studio M-Two Inc.  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Former Capcom producer and Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami has formed a new studio called M-Two Inc.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil 2 remake has passed 5 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
The remake business is booming over at Capcom, with the studio’s reimagining of Resident Evil 2 having sold over 5 million copies since launching in January.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Turning a negative Steam review into a positive  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.19]
Any developer knows the frustration of receiving a negative review. While it isn't always guaranteed, with a little open dialogue, you stand a good chance of turning it around.
Business/Marketing

Get a job: Kongregate is hiring a Business Development Manager  
by Staff [12.10.19]
The Business Development Manager is an integral member of the Business Development team driving growth in Kongregate's publishing program.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment