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Net sales and profits up at Square Enix despite HD game struggles  
by Chris Kerr [11.08.19]
Smart device, PC browser, and MMO titles have propped up Square Enix's game division after HD game sales fell short.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Net revenue up 74% at Take-Two thanks to Borderlands 3, NBA, GTA, and others  
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.19]
Take-Two Interactive has raised its revenue forecasts for fiscal 2020 as Q2 GAAP net revenue jumps from $492.7 million to $857.9 million year-over-year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

CoD and WoW push Activision Blizzard to better-than-expected Q3 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.19]
Revenue at Activision Blizzard is down year-over-year but higher than expected for the quarter, something the company credits to better-than-expected performance for both Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

China details new play time and spending restrictions for minors playing online games  
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.19]
A notice shared by China's State Administration of Press and Publication dives into six new measures that aim to better track and restrict how much time and money minors spend playing PC and mobile games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Revenue down at Nexon as Dungeon&Fighter works to win back players  
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.19]
Quarterly revenue is down year-over-year for Nexon, a decline the company says was expected after exchange rate woes and an unpopular update cut revenue and engagement for Dungeon&Fighter in China.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Turning love into a cooperative game mechanic in The Game Bakers' Haven  
by Aron Garst [11.07.19]
The team at Haven dev The Game Bakers set out to make a different sort of game about romance and use love, not as a goal or reward, but as a mechanic and system felt throughout every aspect of the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video

So far, game spending is over $27 billion for 2019 in the US  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.19]
Consumers in the United States have spent just over $27 billion on video games and related goods in 2019, a slight 1 percent increase from the same 9 month period in 2018.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Niantic opens up Pokemon Go sponsored location program for smaller businesses  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.19]
Niantic’s location-based AR game Pokemon Go will soon let a wider variety of businesses set up sponsored in-game Pokestops.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Niantic opens Niantic Creator Program to fund and support AR-minded devs  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.19]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has unveiled the Niantic Creator Program, a multipronged initiative that aims to support developers working in real-world augmented reality.
VR, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Supercell scraps upcoming title Rush Wars after failing to find the fun 1
by Chris Kerr [11.06.19]
Supercell has scrapped upcoming "build and battle" title Rush Wars after the beta was met with a  lukewarm reception. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Vainglory dev Super Evil Megacorp raises $10.5 million as it refocuses on next project  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.19]
Vainglory developer Super Evil Megacorp is turning its attention toward its next project and handing off day-to-day management of Vainglory to a different studio.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Fabulous investigating after Devolver Digital accuses its app of ripping off Gris  
by Alissa McAloon [11.05.19]
The makers of the self-help app Fabulous are looking into a video created a few months back that, as pointed out by publisher Devolver Digital earlier today, bore similarities to Nomada Studio's Gris.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: Stranded In Luigi's Death Mansion  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.03.19]
This week's roundup includes impressions of Death Stranding through Luigi's Mansion 3 to Modern Warfare as well as neat pieces on food in games, Junji Ito's influence, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: David Brevik's tale of designing the original Diablo 13
by Alex Wawro [11.01.19]
With Diablo IV recently confirmed, take a moment to refresh yourself on where the series started with this report from designer David Brevik's GDC 2016 postmortem of the original Diablo.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, History

What the Golf? is going on in this Q&A 1
by John Harris [11.01.19]
Copenhagen-based Triband is the studio behind what is easily one of the funniest, most joyful games of the year in What the Golf? The team answered...most of our questions.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Designing Grindstone's super satisfying board-clearing gameplay 1
by Aron Garst [10.31.19]
Dan Vader, lead writer and designer on the brilliant Grindstone from Capy Games, explains the iterative process that brought about one of the most satisfying puzzle games in recent memory.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Zynga reports record Q3 revenues and weaker-than-expected profits  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.19]
Record-setting performance from games like Merge Dragons! and Empires & Puzzles is a key reason Zynga today reported better-than-expected earnings during its most recent quarter.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Revenue up at Rovio, though high user acquisition costs impact operating profit  
by Alissa McAloon [10.30.19]
The end of Rovio's Q3 sees the company with year-over-year gains in revenue for both its game division and the group as a whole, though operating profit came in below estimates.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The GDC Film Festival returns for GDC 2020 -- submit your film today!  
by Staff [10.30.19]
Heads up, film-makers: The 2020 Game Developers Conference will play host to the third annual GDC Film Festival, and you have until Friday, December 6th to submit your work for potential inclusion!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Deep Dive: Inside the narrative design and 'multiple middles' of Mutazione 1
by Hannah Nicklin [10.30.19]
In this nuanced look at game storytelling Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin walks you through how she joined up with the Mutazione crew to flesh out and build the narratives of this mutant soap opera.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive