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Humble backs away from controversial Humble Bundle slider changes 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.05.21]
Sliders are here to stay, though Humble says it's likely to iterate on the feature once the Humble Bundle redesign is out the door.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty Warzone, Mobile drive 70% jump in Activision revenue, record Q1 MAUs  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Call of Dutys expansion into both mobile and free-to-play is doing great things for Activision as the company reports new records in MAUs and, for parent Activision Blizzard, revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sweeney asked Xbox to time free multiplayer launch with Epic's first Apple attack  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Day one of the Epic v. Apple trial granted us insight into Epic Games' financial history, and it looks like day two is giving us a peek at Epic CEO Tim Sweeney's email outbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic v. Apple trial offers rare look into Epic financials, billions of Fortnite revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look into the company's earnings.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony invests in Discord, plans to integrate Discord into PSN next year  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Sony has made a minority investment in chat platform Discord, and in doing so kicked off a partnership that will see the popular voice and text chat service connect with PlayStation in 2022.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft debated reducing revenue share on consoles as well as PC  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Microsoft reportedly considered reducing the share it takes from digital game sales on console as well as PC, but eventually decided against changing revenue splits on Xbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Ready Player, Everyone? Finding long-term success in gaming and esports  
by Adam Day [05.03.21]
With gaming and esports experiencing a boom in 2020, how can we ensure that we’re setting up gaming and esports for long-term success? Read on to learn about the emerging technologies and trends leading these industries into the future.
Social/Online

Riot will retain and review voice chat clips as part of Valorant's reporting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
A shift in policy means that Riot Games will now record snippets of voice chat in Valorant, but only in cases where a report is filed against a player over behavior in in-game voice channels.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Stadia announces & launches its next big feature: A search bar 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.21]
Stadia is rolling out a handful of changes to its interface, including an updated library IO, sorting options, and a search bar on Stadia for Web.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Modders have made $350 million through Minecraft's official mod marketplace  
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.21]
Minecraft modders peddling wares through the game's official mod marketplace have made a combined $350 million off of their creations since the Mojang-sanctioned portal went live in 2017.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sega partners with Double Jump Tokyo to sell NFTs of classic game assets  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.21]
SEGA is now, with the help of Double Jump.Tokyo, looking to give the assets for both classic and new IP the NFT treatment.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Multiverse raises $17.5 million for video game-inspired digital tabletop platform  
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.21]
One More Multiverse, a digital tabletop platform inspired heavily by 2D RPGs, has raised $17.5 million at the close of a Series A funding round.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: Join PlayStation as a Sr. Product Manager  
by Staff [04.26.21]
The Senior Product Manager for Online Safety will be responsible for leading the definition of product requirements and deliverables for our online safety and moderation products.
Social/Online, Recruitment

Sponsored: Learn to protect against criminal attacks on games in this free webinar  
by Akamai Technologies [04.26.21]
How much do you really know about how the criminal economy works when it comes to the video game industry?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Webinar

Humble Bundle redesign axes sliders, limits charity donations to 15% 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.21]
Once the change rolls out, Humble Bundle purchasers will only be able to designate either 5 or 15 percent for charity versus the previous ability to fully customize how funds were divvied up.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

With over $303M in profit, CD Projekt boasts best-ever year following Cyberpunk 2077 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.21]
CD Projekt says that it sold over 13.7 million copies of Cyberpunk 2077 between the game's December 10 launch and the end of both the calendar year and its fiscal year weeks later.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs' new navigation options are now a bona fide Steam feature  
by Alissa McAloon [04.21.21]
A feature trialed in Steam's experimental Steam Labs program has now been upgraded to appear on Steam proper.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.21]
What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but should be? This and more game platform round-ups within...
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam's built-in Playtest feature is now live for all devs  
by Alissa McAloon [04.21.21]
Valve first announced a limited rollout of Steam Playtest last November but has now opened the tool up to all devs with games on Steam.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Discord no longer in acquisition talks with Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.21]
Discord has reportedly walked away from a potential sale to Microsoft, according to sources close to the discussion.
Social/Online