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July 2017 Archive

    1. Hinterland sells 1.3m copies of The Long Dark
    2. Epic's Fortnite sells 500,000 in Early Access
    3. Is VR fulfilling its promise this time around?
    4. Women In Games and IMGA announce new mobile awards
    5. Investment Summit Early Bird ends today
    6. Battlefield 1 passes 21m players, Gamescom reveal teased
    7. Summer sales boost UK retail as Crash Bandicoot holds No.1
    8. Pokémon Go takes $5.8m in a single day after failed Fest event
    9. Capcom ramps up Nintendo Switch production following Street Fighter success
    1. Danny Bilson to run USC film school's games division
    2. Pokemon Go Fest attendees sue Niantic
    3. PlayStation Plus fees going up in Europe, Australia
    4. BBC to broadcast Gfinity Elite Series
    5. AltspaceVR to close after lack of investor interest
    6. Capcom returned to profit in Q1
    7. House Party removed from Steam for "pornographic" content
    8. Devcom is ready to fill the gap left by GDC Europe
    9. Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler to step down this year
    10. Konami sees 38% games profit surge in Q1
    11. Tencent buys 9% of Frontier Developments
    12. Grand Theft Auto V's endless success is the story of an era
    1. EA: Streaming plus subscription will be the great disruptor in gaming
    2. Live services power EA to Q1 growth
    3. Indie devs want a publisher "who actually seems to give a shit"
    4. Daniel Kaplan leaves Mojang for Coffee Stain
    5. "There's just no money in it anymore"
    6. Western release considered for Assassin's Creed: Blood Sail
    7. HTC targets first standalone Vive headset at China
    8. Overwatch League players to receive minimum $50k annual salary
    9. Techland opens its own digital storefront
    1. Walmart cancels SNES Classic preorders
    2. Nintendo Switch annual forecast bumped up to 12m by Wedbush
    3. Niantic lays blame for Pokemon Go Fest problems
    4. Dimbulb or bright idea?
    5. Meggan Scavio named president of the AIAS
    6. Wired Productions to support mental health charity TakeThis
    7. Blizzard pledges crackdown on abusive and antisocial Overwatch players
    8. PUBG to hold first LAN eSports event at Gamescom
    9. No, digital isn't cannibalizing retail - NPD
    10. Introducing the Best Places To Work awards
    11. Nintendo Switch hit 4.7 million shipped in fiscal Q1
    12. Flash support will end in 2020, Adobe says
    13. GTA V is UK's best-selling boxed game in 2017 (so far)
    1. GDC names Katie Stern GM
    2. Sega Europe promotes John Clark, Tim Heaton
    3. How death can breathe life into video games
    4. Shut up and make some games
    5. Mobile and console boosted digital market 12% in June - SuperData
    6. Twitch users have raised $75 million for charity
    7. Blizzard shuts down legacy WoW server hours after launch
    1. Gfinity expands into North America with CEVO purchase
    2. VR growth steady as she goes - HTC
    3. Arkane Studios: "Lots of people have done elves and dwarves. F*** that"
    4. Yves Guillemot: Service-based games will grow the market
    5. Niantic offers full refunds after Pokémon Go Fest debacle
    6. Dying Light still attracts 500,000 users a week
    7. UK Retail Charts: Crash Bandicoot just beats Splatoon 2 to No.1
    8. DeNA has 10% of games staff working on Nintendo projects
    9. Starbreeze appoints new head of corporate comms
    10. SteamSpy: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds sales hit 5m
    1. Oculus: The Climb is Rift's best-seller to date
    2. Washington Governor to open VR and indie filled Casual Connect USA
    3. Roblox expects to pay $30m to devs this year
    4. WoW composer Russell Brower made redundant
    5. Name-your-price games storefront LBO launches
    6. Take-Two: “Ideally, we will have at least one triple-A title every year”
    7. Making games under threat of nuclear war
    8. Software up, hardware down in latest Xbox financial results
    9. United States lifts laptop and electronics ban from Middle East flights
    10. Location-based augmented reality games now protected by First Amendment
    11. VR's paths diverge: A question of scale
    1. PS4, Tekken 7 drive June US game sales - NPD
    2. Sonic's run with Archie Comics ending
    3. Phil Harrison sees a "golden age" for games - and it's still to come
    4. Digital game sales to reach $7.8 billion this year - SuperData
    5. Take responsibility for your community
    6. Atari launches wearable push with Speakerhats
    7. UK video games tax relief payouts up 60% to £73m
    8. Walking Dead game designer joins Blizzard
    9. $7m invested in mobile games community platform Plexchat
    10. The Romeros: “We have at least 20 to 30 more years of making games”
    11. Kahoot! learning game platform closes $20 million series A round
    12. Former Kabam COO Kent Wakeford joins Skillz board
    13. Kongregate: HTML5 games can now "compete toe-to-toe with plugins"
    14. Yahoo Japan launches web-based Game Plus platform
    15. Bethesda drops premium DLC model for Doom
    16. Words With Friends TV show in the works
    17. Australian industry laments "devastating" resignation of pro-game Senator
    1. Carol Shaw donates collection to Strong Museum
    2. Why Giant Sparrow built What Remains of Edith Finch without a detailed plan
    3. Razer could be valued at $5bn ahead of IPO - report
    4. Copyright dispute sees River City Ransom: Underground temporarily pulled from Steam
    5. Record attendance for Develop:Brighton 2017
    6. Kate Edwards joins the board at Take This
    7. N3twork buys Agamemnon mobile UA platform
    8. The Podcast: Catching up with the Romeros
    9. Highmark raises $2m for games that battle brain disease
    10. Investment Summit adds Amazon Appstore, Mercia and more to line-up
    11. Supermassive hires industry veteran Jim Woods
    12. Apple appoints first managing director for China
    13. Snowfall's Natasha Trygg promoted to CEO
    1. Splatoon 2: Critical Consensus
    2. BioWare once again to be led by Casey Hudson
    3. Ubisoft's sales are more than 80% digital
    4. How Critical Force achieved 21m downloads without paying for user acquisition
    5. Netmarble's acquisition shopping list
    6. How gacha can benefit Western game developers
    7. Splash Damage teams up with Wargaming
    8. Zynga scraps new Mafia Wars mobile title
    9. American McGee wants Alice community to stop asking about a sequel
    10. Overwatch League vulnerable to MLB trademark dispute
    11. The fanboys making the next Mario game
    12. Subway Surfers developer hires PopCap's Amy Kalson
    13. Enter the Gungeon reaches 1 million sales
    1. VR hand tracking firm Leap Motion raises $50m
    2. Walking Dead dev Next Games acquires Lume Games
    3. Amazon launches Alexa Accelerator
    4. Overwatch League faces uphill battle to profitability - Pachter
    5. Ataribox will be similar to NES Classic
    6. Jagex: RuneScape on mobile will make the MMO a "second-screen experience"
    7. Playdemic's Golf Clash generates $1.1m in a single day
    8. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds tops GTA V on concurrent Steam users
    9. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age tops the UK boxed charts
    10. Pixelmon Minecraft mod shut down
    11. Disney targets virtual and augmented reality with Marvel, Star Wars games
    1. Autodesk will no longer sell game middleware
    2. Echo Fox names Jared Jeffries new president
    3. Zynga apologizes for random DLC pricing experiment
    4. Games business worth $200 billion by 2021 - Digi-Capital
    5. Summer Party 2017: The Pictures
    6. There are no words for Aporia
    7. Oculus permanently bundles Touch with Rift at $499
    8. "Games are the largest provider of critical thinking education in the world"
    9. BadLand expands publishing and development operations
    10. Force Field VR raises €1 million in funding
    11. British Games Institute lays out Finance, Culture and Skills programmes
    12. Gameslab Leeds awards £157,000 in grants
    13. Tackling mobile's "game cloning" issue
    1. Nintendo ends New Nintendo 3DS production in Japan
    2. ESL adds new chief marketing officer and chief revenue officer
    3. Oculus plans $200 VR headset - Report
    4. changes policy in wake of pirated games scam
    5. VR criticism "a little unfair" - Fargo
    6. nDreams secures £2.7m further investment
    7. SuperData predicts 5m digital sales for Destiny 2
    8. Why does Sports Direct want GAME?
    9. Oculus moving on from investing in smaller VR projects
    10. Brie Code and Anita Sarkeesian to keynote European Women In Games Conference
    11. Patriots, Mets and NetEase among first Overwatch League team owners
    12. Sports Direct buys large stake in struggling GAME
    1. Valve dismisses Steam Direct concern
    2. DOTA 2 breaks eSports prize pool record again
    3. Is high-end VR a dead end?
    4. Brian Fargo's inXile secures $4.5m investment from gumi VR
    5. Meet the finalists of Epic and Wellcome's Developing Beyond competition
    6. Harvest Moon publisher reaps what it has sown
    7. Gameloft appoints new UK and Ireland country manager
    8. Riot Games suing Chinese developer behind League of Legends clone
    9. How Pokémon Go has transformed the brand
    10. Logitech buys Astro for $85 million
    11. Ex-343, Insomniac design director founds consultancy firm
    12. Ex-ARM, Guerrilla Cambridge devs form VR firm Virtual Arts
    1. Riot, Jagex become newest Ukie members
    2. Twitch hires social media vet as new SVP of Marketing
    3. BAFTA reveals 2017 Young Game Designers winners
    4. Brian Crecente leaving Polygon
    5. VR leaders won't emerge for another couple years - Climax
    6. "So what the hell is Magic Leap doing?"
    7. Outplay doubles revenue to £15.5m
    8. Gfinity hires new chief commercial officer
    9. New streaming service Jump announced, launches this summer
    10. Vicarious founders' new start-up secures $7m for experimental new ideas
    11. SpiritAI hires Unity's Andy Brammall
    12. Could there be a speculative script industry for narrative games?
    13. Valve bans over 40,000 Steam accounts as summer sale entices cheaters
    14. Line Corporation opens games publishing arm
    15. Oculus' Callum Underwood joins Raw Fury
    1. Making game development global again
    2. Summer Games Done Quick raised $1.76 million
    3. Oculus Rift gets $200/£100 temporary price cut
    4. Ark: Survival Evolved price increase is "outrageous", says DayZ creator
    5. UK Charts: Crash Bandicoot holds No.1 in a week without a single new release
    6. GaymerX Foundation attains certified non-profit status
    7. Amazon acquires cloud service provider GameSparks - report
    8. Nintendo first-party line-up designed to inspire third-party studios
    9. Ubisoft's Jason VandenBerghe joins ArenaNet
    10. Guerrilla Games loses long-serving game director
    1. Microsoft laying off thousands - Report
    2. GREE shuts down all Western operations
    3. Hue, Ether One creators form new studio and indie services firm Advect Productions
    4. Dion sues ZeniMax over Fallout 4 ad
    5. "Design a game that lends itself to catchy review titles or YouTubers' dick jokes"
    6. Around 50 layoffs as GREE Melbourne reportedly closed down
    7. Psyonix: "We see Rocket League as a platform, not as a franchise"
    8. Red 5 shutting down Firefall MMO in favour of mobile version
    9. Namco Bandai signs publishing deal with Duelyst dev Counterplay Games
    10. Rocket League passes 33m players
    11. Paradox refunds “aren't practically possible”, offers free games instead
    12. Making Videogames a Better Place To Work
    1. Outright Games secures Cartoon Network licenses
    2. Ubisoft nominates two independent directors
    3. Sony pulling plug on The Tomorrow Children
    4. FunRock expands with new office in Egypt
    5. Sega embraces "grassroots" games-as-a-service
    6. Sony adds PS4 games to PS Now
    7. eBay pulls SNES Mini listings in attempts to counter scalpers
    8. Former Oculus Europe exec Scott Dodkins joins Odgers Berndtson
    9. Managing Football Manager
    10. New De Blob would be "the perfect indie game"
    11. Crash Bandicoot rescues UK retail market in June
    12. Studio Wildcard doubles Ark price "to ensure retail parity"
    13. Nintendo rules out move into PC publishing
    14. University of California to add Overwatch scholarship
    1. Madcatz vet Jon Middleton to push Madefire towards gaming audience
    2. Lessons in VR from FuturLab's Tiny Trax
    3. How THQ Nordic will build a successful brand out of a failed one
    4. Film production and investment firm Catalyst launches games division
    5. Chinese games market is the world's biggest at $25.6bn
    6. Brexit prompts League of Legends price hike
    7. Tencent: Honor of Kings restrictions won't hurt game revenue
    8. Nintendo Switch arrests Japanese console market decline
    9. Amazon UK retroactively imposes one-per-customer SNES Mini limit
    10. Cuphead will not be released for PlayStation 4
    11. George Takei joins Fifth Journey as creative director
    12. Ex-Nonstop, King developers form new studio, secure $775,000 in funding
    1. Team17: Digital storefronts need a radical rethinking
    2. Dan Abnett: “Story should be the spine of your game”
    3. Sumo Digital acquires art studio Atomhawk
    4. Valve, ArenaNet veteran Rick Ellis founds Sharkbite Games
    5. Sony's David Perry departs for Instagram influencer marketing firm
    6. Video game distributors prepare for digital future
    7. DCMS is now the department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
    8. Valve to axe Dota 2 Majors in favour of third-party tournaments
    1. PlayStack hires new head of developer partnerships
    2. The Worst E3 Ever?
    3. Line's Disney Tsum Tsum has earned $1 billion
    4. Tencent implements time limits to curb kids' gaming addictions
    5. EGX 2017: Submissions open for Leftfield Collection
    6. Razer files for IPO in Hong Kong
    7. StudioMDHR founders quit jobs, remortgaged houses to work on Cuphead
    8. “Gamers are part of our creative process” - Activision's Eric Hirshberg
    9. Mass Effect: Andromeda won't have story DLC - report
    10. UK Charts: Crash Bandicoot is the biggest single-format release of the year
    11. Glixel's San Francisco office closed, team laid off
    12. Five Nights at Freddy's creator to "step back" from popular series
    13. The Interactive Fiction Archive has a new home