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Report: Apple Arcade monthly subscription will cost $4.99  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
It's been a few months since Apple unveiled its 'Arcade' game subscription service, and while there's still no official word on pricing, recent reports suggest a monthly subscription will cost $4.99.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Phoenix Labs acquires Bot School Inc to further Dauntless cross-play efforts  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based studio behind Dauntless, has acquired game and platform developer Bot School Inc for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A look back at the development of Ori and the Blind Forest 5
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony announces it's buying Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.19.19]
Sony has announced that it's purchasing longtime PlayStation exclusives developer Insomniac Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Halo Infinite and Halo 5: Guardians creative director has left 343 Industries  
by Chris Kerr [08.19.19]
Halo Infinite creative director Tim Longo has left developer 343 Industries as part of a leadership reshuffle.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing communities for kindness 3
by Victoria Tran [08.19.19]
How to better set up your game communities for kinder user experiences.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dicey Dungeons Gets Rad, Patreon Follows  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.18.19]
This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard names David Messinger new chief marketing officer  
by Alissa McAloon [08.16.19]
Activision Blizzard has brought on its first chief marketing officer in David Messinger, a longtime employee of CAA.
Business/Marketing

Learn what works (and what doesn't) in AR/VR advertising at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.16.19]
Check out these cutting-edge XRDC talks on how industry leaders are are applying AR/VR/MR tech to develop unique, exciting experiences that inspire customer passion and encourage social sharing!
VR, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Steam's 'Follower' counts: A discoverability gem hidden in plain sight  
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.19]
GDC's Simon Carless zeroes in on one particular part of game discoverability: one particular hidden gem of a statistic - Steam's follower counts.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Klang secures $22.3 million in funding for SpatialOS-powered MMO Seed  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.19]
Klang has now raised a total of $37.42 million for Seed's development.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Superhot Team aims to support 'weird but smart' devs with new indie fund  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.19]
"We want to help enable a few more properly independent studios exist in the world," says the team. "Weird but smart money to weird but smart developers."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Discover what it takes to build great medical AR/VR/MR apps at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.15.19]
Attend XRDC in October to learn firsthand what it takes to design effective AR/VR experiences that can provide meaningful benefits to the healthcare industry and improve patient outcomes!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Epic Games opens new Cologne studio with Factor 5 founders  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.19]
Epic has opened a new studio In Cologne, Germany, that'll be led by the founders of Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and Turrican developer Factor 5. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Bloodborne and Mass Effect 3 composer forms new audio production company  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.19]
Bloodborne and Mass Effect 3 composer Cris Velasco has founded a new "full-service audio production company" called The Audio Hive.
Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity launches two new classroom tools to help teach programming  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.19]
Unity has officially launched a pair of new classroom tools called Create with Code and Unity Teach to help teach game design and computer science.
Production, Business/Marketing

XRDC Innovation Report reveals games remain the top focus for AR/VR/MR devs  
by Staff [08.14.19]
The results of this year's XRDC Innovation Report reveal that games truly are the driving focus for AR/VR/MR development, with Entertainment and Education following close behind.
VR, Business/Marketing

Tencent doubling down on season passes as mobile titles drive revenue  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
Revenues and profits were up at Tencent during the last quarter, thanks in part to the performance of mobile games including Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic acquires Darksiders dev Gunfire and racing studio Milestone  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
THQ Nordic has closed out the first quarter of the fiscal year by announcing a flurry of acquisitions, including Darksiders developer Gunfire and racing game specialist Milestone.
VR, Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn what makes for great location-based VR experiences at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.13.19]
Come to XRDC in October and learn firsthand what it takes to build and operate (and design games for) one of the largest free-roam location-based VR venues in Europe!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC