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"It's not Hitman without IO": Why Square Enix set the franchise free

President and CEO Yosuke Matsuda tells GamesIndustry.biz the reasons behind the surprise split with IO Interactive

By James Batchelor

Could UK retail sell 2m games over Black Friday?

This weekend will be a huge period for hardware and software

By Christopher Dring

Magic: The Gathering is Sesame Street

Why I Love: Voyageur developer Bruno Dias says that 25 years on, the collectible card game is transitioning from a popular product to a cultural fixture

By Bruno Dias

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Playground Games hires GTA V, Metal Gear Solid and Hellblade devs for open-world action RPG

Forza Horizon developer also secures new 200-person studio, which will bring headcount up to 400

By James Batchelor

Multiple layoffs at Gazillion day before Thanksgiving

Staff to lose insurance, severance, and paid time off

By Haydn Taylor

Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringement

Connecticut-based HoloTouch claims that HoloLens actually infringes two of its patents

By James Brightman

BrightLocker wants to go beyond Kickstarter and Early Access

CEO Ruben Cortez on a platform that will open up the creative process to gamers, and unlock new revenue streams for developers

By Matthew Handrahan

Star Wars Battlefront loot boxes investigation continues, say Belgian authorities

Hawaii also considers legislation against "Star Wars-themed online casino"

By Haydn Taylor

UK Budget 2017: games fund extended, R&D credits boosted and better maths education

The Chancellor of the Exchequer also confirmed plans to invest 500m in the Tech sector

By James Batchelor

Ninja Theory in profit only three months after Hellblade launch

Game way ahead of nine-month target as it approaches 500,000 sales

By Haydn Taylor

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Publisher to donate 75% of Axiom Verge sales to support developer's son

BadLands forgoes profits as Axiom Verge prepares for retail launch on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch drives GameStop global sales to just shy of $2bn for latest quarter

Hardware and software demand counters slight decline in pre-owned sales

By Haydn Taylor

Tencent to publish PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China

Bluehole's new partner obliterates any notion on a ban in PUBG's biggest market

By Matthew Handrahan

AppLovin abandons acquisition plans, opts for $841m debt financing

Orient Hontai Capital invests further into mobile marketing firm, after US government questions previous takeover bid

By James Batchelor

Apple reportedly buys AR startup Vrvana for $30 million

Multiple sources confirm the acquisition of the creator of the Totem mixed reality headset

By Matthew Handrahan

Loot boxes are not bad game design, say devs

Star Wars aside, loot boxes are here to stay; "It's just us dinosaurs that remember buying a game once for a fixed price and getting a set experience"

By James Brightman

FCC is about to dismantle net neutrality

Gamers who rely on equal access to the internet may no longer have any such guarantee

By James Brightman

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age sells 1 million

PS4-exclusive HD remaster of PS2 game hits milestone a little over four months after release

Dan Gilbert makes multimillion investment in 100 Thieves

Cleveland Cavaliers owner helping former Call of Duty pro player's apparel line to field a team in 2018 League of Legends LCS

By Brendan Sinclair

Publishers are "the most valuable piece of the puzzle" right now

We Are Fuzzy's Maxx Burman offers a not-so-fuzzy view of indie development in 2017 as he readies his first project, Sleep Tight

By Brendan Sinclair

Wargaming's symbiotic relationship with education and marketing

Director of special projects Tracy Spaight explores the applications for AR and VR outside of gaming

By Haydn Taylor

Clicker Heroes developer drops free-to-play model over ethical concerns

“We really don't like making money off players who are in denial of their addiction," says Playsaurus

By Haydn Taylor

Steam overhauls user reviews to counter spam bots

Platform holder seeks to take power away from accounts that rate an "excessive number of reviews"

By Haydn Taylor

Tappx continues global growth with China office opening

New office marks significant milestone for growth of company, says CEO

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