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Equity crowdfunding platform Fig acquired by Republic  
by Alissa McAloon [04.17.20]
The hybrid investment slash crowdfunding platform Fig has been scooped up by Republic, a similarly geared investment platform aimed at helping the masses invest in startups.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Sega shuttering two mobile games after parting ways with developer Demiurge 1
by Chris Kerr [04.17.20]
Sega is shutting down its Sega Heroes and Crazy Taxi Tycoon mobile titles after its split from developer Demiurge Studios. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter Riders tops 5 million downloads in Japan after two months  
by Chris Kerr [04.17.20]
Monster Hunter Riders has amassed over 5 million downloads in Japan in less than two months.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Riot Games acquires Hytale developer Hypixel Studios  
by Chris Kerr [04.16.20]
Hypixel is the studio behind Hytale, a community-powered block game that "combines the scope of a creative sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game."
Production, Business/Marketing

Superplus Games nets $4.7 million to create casual PvP titles for mobile  
by Chris Kerr [04.16.20]
Finnish mobile studio Superplus Games has raised $4.7 million to create player-versus-player casual games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Selena Gomez suing fashion game makers for using likeness without permission 1
by Chris Kerr [04.16.20]
American singer Selena Gomez is suing the makers of fashion-focused mobile title Clothes Forever - Styling Game for using her likeness without permission.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

A quick guide to international remote teams in game dev  
by Rowan McDonald-Nyland [04.16.20]
Gameloft game designer Rowan McDonald-Nyland shares lessons learned in working across time zones, as well as advice on addressing the challenges and opportunities of international game development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Cooking Mama: Cookstar drama thickens as publisher asserts right to publish 2
by Alex Wawro [04.15.20]
In a statement today Cooking Mama: Cookstar publisher Planet Entertainment defended the company's right to publish the game, which was released on Switch last month and quickly pulled from stores.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Understanding how people shop for games on Steam  
by Staff [04.15.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk game developer and marketer Chris Zukowski explains why he spent months watching people browse Steam, and shares the results of his research.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Gamescom eyes digital show as Germany extends COVID-19 ban on events through August  
by Alex Wawro [04.15.20]
Update Following Germany's announcement that its ban on big public gatherings will be extended through August, Gamecom organizers have made the call to host an online event instead.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Indie Megabooth winding down operations due to coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [04.15.20]
Founder Kelly Wallick and the Indie Megabooth team published a farewell note today explaining that the long-running indie game showcase will wind down operations for the duration of the pandemic.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Nifty Games secures over $12 million to develop sports titles for mobile  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.20]
Mobile developer-publisher Nifty Games has raised over $12 million in Series A funding to create a range of officially licensed sports titles.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Rumble Rush is being shut down one year after launch  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.20]
Pokemon Rumble Rush is being shut down one year after it launched on iOS and Android.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nordisk Film invests $4.5 million into Finnish mobile studio Nitro Games  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.20]
Nordisk Film has invested SEK 45 million ($4.5 million) into Finnish mobile studio Nitro Games to become the company's largest shareholder.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Cooking Mama license holder threatens legal action against Cookstar publisher  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.20]
Cooking Mama license owner Office Create Corp is preparing to take legal action against Cooking Mama: Cookstar publisher Planet Entertainment LLC for releasing the game without authorization. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Latest iteration of EGM ceases publication of daily features  
by Alex Wawro [04.14.20]
Update EGM's Josh Harmon published a post to the EGM website today explaining that the outlet will stop publishing new features, though its archive will remain online "for the foreseeable future."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Firaxis Games' classic postmortem of XCOM: Enemy Unknown 4
by Staff [04.14.20]
After this week's surprise announcement of XCOM: Chimera Squad, reflect back on this classic postmortem of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Firaxis Games' X-COM reimagining which launched a new franchise.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History

PlayStation is pulling together a $10 million fund to support indie devs during COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [04.14.20]
Sony Interactive Entertainment's Play At Home initiative aims to help independent devs weather the current financial uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Breaking Walls nets $1.75 million to push ahead with Away: The Survival Series  
by Chris Kerr [04.14.20]
Canadian studio Breaking Walls has raised $1.75 million to boost development on Away: The Survival Series.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Capcom implementing work-from-home policy until early May  
by Chris Kerr [04.14.20]
Monster Hunter and Resident Evil developer Capcom has implemented a remote working policy in Japan as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production, Business/Marketing