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January 2018 Archive

    1. Microsoft gaming business up 8%
    2. AIAS honouring Genyo Takeda
    3. GDC backtracks on Bushnell award; Bushnell approves
    4. Coffee Stain to acquire Gone North Games
    5. Rockfish Games: Building success, piece by piece
    6. "We want Battalion 1944 to change the shooter genre - even if it fails and dies"
    7. Call of Duty Endowment awards $30,000 each to two UK charities
    8. 212 games approved for UK games tax relief in 2017
    9. Sales and profits both climb at Konami
    10. Scotland now home to more than 4,000 games staff
    11. Games industry generated $108.4bn in revenues in 2017
    12. Capcom income surges thanks to stellar games performance
    13. GDC Awards to honour Tim Schafer and Rami Ismail
    14. Wii Points disabled ahead of Wii Shop closure
    15. Nintendo's revenue rockets as Switch nears 15m sold
    16. Star Wars Battlefront II disappoints with over 7 million sold
    1. EA makes $186m Q3 loss despite rising digital revenue
    2. NetEase and Mattel launch new game studio
    3. TT Games opens new UK studio to develop LEGO titles for mobile
    4. ESL Battle of the Brands raises £16,000 for SpecialEffect
    5. The magic of Loom
    6. Coffee Stain launches gender equality fund to improve developer diversity
    7. Has an accessible games industry undermined its long-term stability?
    8. Sony patents suggest VR-driven redesign for PlayStation Move
    1. Microsoft acquires PlayFab
    2. Teddy Dief leaves Square Enix Montreal
    3. Sega signs Interior Night
    4. "For the consumer, Xbox Game Pass is fantastic. For retail, it just kills us outright"
    5. German trade bodies unite to form one organisation
    6. Monster Hunter World shipped 5m units in its launch weekend
    7. Two Point Studios: “People seemed disappointed it wasn't Dreamcast 2”
    8. Monster Hunter World is the fastest-selling Monster Hunter in UK history
    9. Facebook opens pilot program to nurture more gaming streamers
    10. Microsoft will add direct game sales to Mixer in 2018
    11. Ubisoft withdraws Rainbow Six Siege price hike
    1. Overwatch director says toxicity not solved, but improving
    2. Paragon shuts down April 26
    3. ESPN, Disney XD sign "long-term, multi-event" deal for Madden esports
    4. The house that Capcom (temporarily) built
    5. GAME halves rewards in loyalty programs
    6. Why doesn't Netflix's Castlevania suck?
    7. Jobs Roundup: Major exec reshuffle at Activision, PlayStation, Google and more
    8. Tencent takes minority stake in Skydance Media
    9. YouTube gained 373% more streamers in 2017 - but Twitch still dominates
    10. Microsoft's new weapon in the console war
    1. The Podcast: The Future of Free-to-play
    2. PlayerUnknown's BattleGrounds reaches 4 million players on Xbox One
    3. Share, Stream, and Show - How today's teens interact with mobile games
    4. Valve appeal against $2.4m fine extends four-year legal battle in Australia
    5. Monster Hunter World: Critical Consensus
    6. GPU prices more than double as cryptocurrency craze accelerates
    7. Image & Form and Zoink merge to form new games label
    8. Breath of the Wild is Japan's best-selling Zelda title since Ocarina of Time
    9. ESRB defends its drug-related guidance after study finds video game depiction unrealistic
    10. Twitch wins $1.3m lawsuit against view bots
    11. Starbreeze raises $30m in share sale after failure of Raid: World War II
    12. Nintendo scrapping Miitomo after two years
    13. Washington state senator introduces bill to determine whether loot boxes are gambling
    14. Unity launches official Hub for streamlining workflow
    1. Anthem delayed to 2019 - Report
    2. Digital game sales up 17% in December - Superdata
    3. Devs increasingly supporting Switch - Survey
    4. Meet Sam, Ubisoft's personal gaming assistant
    5. Google Play aims to "fundamentally change the trajectory" of Indian game revenues
    6. Toys R Us closing 182 stores in US
    7. Is Patreon a viable alternative to funding the indie dev dream?
    8. PUBG Corp donating $2m to charity
    9. Nazara buys majority stake in Indian esports firm
    10. Majority of jobs lost at David Jaffe's studio
    11. Aristocrat buys Big Fish for $990 million
    1. Xbox is preparing for a post-console future
    2. "We are giving back the true ownership of the assets to players"
    3. Xbox Game Pass subscription service to include all first party games
    4. PUBG Corp. to kick off 2018 expansion with new Amsterdam office
    5. UK Games Fund opens for fourth round, grants of up to £25,000 available
    6. Facepunch Studios' Rust to leave Early Access after four years
    7. Irdeto acquires Denuvo in bid to beef up security for the games industry
    8. Logitech earned a record $812 million in Q3
    9. Minecraft reaches 74m MAUs from 144m sales
    10. Iconic video game cover artist Bob Wakelin dies
    11. Former PlayStation and Xbox chief Phil Harrison joins Google
    12. GAME CFO Mark Gifford resigns
    1. Epic Games acquires Cloudgine
    2. Robot Gentleman: Success in 60 Seconds
    3. SpecialEffect raises £446,000 during One Special Day 2017
    4. Games development veteran Yuji Naka joins Square Enix
    5. Mail.Ru acquires largest Russian esports company in $100m deal
    6. UK Charts: Call of Duty back at No.1 and Digimon in the Top Ten
    7. Reboot Develop adds Global Game Jam creator, Bossa co-funder and Unity VR chief
    8. Overwatch League player benched following homophobic remarks during livestream
    9. EVE Online players raise $120k for family of deceased developer
    10. Trion Worlds adds premium server with "no lockboxes" to Rift
    11. US games industry revenue hits record $36bn in 2017
    1. To build a future, Italy's games industry must reckon with its past
    2. Gfinity: "We're getting ready for when the esports revenue finally takes off"
    3. Blockchain technology could spell the end of DRM, says Robot Cache founder
    4. Nintendo's share price jumps on Labo reveal
    5. Chinese mobile gaming market sees 250% growth in consumer spend since 2015
    6. Stardew Valley was the world's most downloaded Switch title in 2017
    7. The heavy cost of toxic work culture
    8. US console, PC market up 11% in 2017 - NPD
    1. Oculus Start program aims to lighten the load for VR devs
    2. Sony's dev relations head departs - Report
    3. Hirshberg stepping down as Activision Publishing CEO
    4. Switch sold 1.5 million in US for December
    5. Do we even need a Netflix for games?
    6. City State Entertainment lands $7.5m from Mythic investors
    7. More data, "real feedback" would greatly benefit indies - Clever Endeavour CEO
    8. Facebook to be exclusive broadcaster of two ESL events
    9. Jobs roundup: Former Pandora COO among three key hires at Twitch
    10. Nintendo Labo: the next Wonderbook?
    11. Mobile gaming sessions down by 16% in 2017 but users spending more money than ever
    12. Minecraft boss Matt Booty to lead Microsoft game dev and publishing
    1. Nintendo Labo brings DIY approach to Switch
    2. Twitch names Sara Clemens COO
    3. Fox buys games studio to rival its TV and movie output
    4. Versus Evil's "developer first" approach to indie publishing
    5. ReKTGlobal acquires Rogue
    6. Overwatch League attracts 10m viewers in its first week
    7. Epic's Paragon is struggling in Fortnite's lengthening shadow
    8. YouTube fights "bad actors" with new content policies
    9. Developer detox: How to cultivate a positive company culture
    10. Twitch takes legal action following spambot incident
    11. Tencent working with Chinese police to fight PUBG cheats - report
    12. Epic Games hands out another $200k in Unreal Dev Grants
    13. Jim Ryan named deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment
    1. Disney taps Ludia, Glu, PerBlue, and Gameloft - Report
    2. Brian Fargo creating blockchain-powered PC game storefront
    3. Ultima Underworld and the freedom to make bad choices
    4. Introducing Rebellion Warwick
    5. Games revenues expected to reach $235bn by 2022
    6. Former Driveclub, Motorstorm devs form Wushu Studios
    7. Tencent strikes deal with Lego to develop online games
    8. Eight of the top ten mobile publishers in 2017 were game-related
    1. The dinosaur that will save children from sexual abuse
    2. UK Charts: GTA V is back at No.1 226 weeks after it first came out
    3. Awesome Games Done Quick raises $2.26m for The Prevent Cancer Foundation
    4. The alchemy of Remedy
    5. Ubisoft boosts mobile presence in China with Ketchapp-Tencent deal
    6. Quantic Dream denies allegations of homophobia, racism and toxic studio culture
    7. Horizon Zero Dawn leads with ten nominations for the 21st DICE Awards
    1. Revealed: The 100 best-selling UK boxed games of 2017
    2. Swedish firm G:loot receives largest esports investment in Nordic region's history
    3. GameStop holiday sales jump 11%
    4. Media training for beginners
    5. PlayStation 4 outsold by Xbox One last month in North America
    6. Activision-Hasbro deal expires, Transformers games pulled from digital stores
    7. Nintendo Direct has transformed the company's relationship with its fans
    8. Activision closes only North American distribution centre
    9. Writers Guild Awards 2018: Video game writing nominations announced
    10. Spanish government confirms €6.5m grant for indie devs
    11. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds sells three million units on Xbox One
    12. Japan's return to growth is good news for everyone
    1. Google to monitor popular YouTube channels - Report
    2. Paradox buys stake in Hardsuit Labs
    3. "We don't need to make the buffet anymore"
    4. Nintendo adds Mario Tennis, Donkey Kong, Hyrule Warriors and Dark Souls to 2018 Switch line-up
    5. PlayStack launches new marketing and user acquisition fund
    6. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds most covered game in December 2017
    7. Video games crowdfunding raised $25m in 2017
    8. GTA V was the third best-selling physical game in Europe last year - GfK
    9. Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling games console in France
    10. TIGA publishes guide to forthcoming changes in data protection law
    11. GAME sales up over 5% during Christmas
    1. Steam saw more than 7,600 games debut in 2017 - SteamSpy
    2. Three reasons to soft launch your mobile game
    3. Japanese console market spikes for the first time in 11 years
    4. NSPCC and Aardman partner for mobile game to protect kids from sexual abuse
    5. How Playmob is gaming for a better world
    6. Pokémon Go dropping support for older iPhones next month
    7. 80 years for a sleeveless jacket: PUBG's loot box rates disclosed
    8. Call of Duty halts UK games retail's Christmas decline
    1. Twitch gets Overwatch League rights
    2. Jade Raymond joins AIAS board of directors
    3. IGDA highlights diversity, talent retention issues
    4. Operation Apex: Teaching conservation through virtual reality
    5. Green Man Gaming adds automatic game activation for uPlay
    6. Facebook partners with Xiaomi to bring Oculus technology to China
    7. WHO: "There is increasing and well-documented evidence of gaming disorder"
    8. Nazara Technologies acquires majority stake in Nextwave Multimedia
    9. 5.9 million PS4 consoles sold during 2017 Christmas period
    10. Glu Mobile sells Moscow-based studio for $2.8m
    1. HTC unveils Vive Pro
    2. Cloud Imperium Games responds to Crytek suit
    3. Why Insomniac blew up the moon
    4. Fantastic, Yes receives €1m investment from M2 Entertainment
    5. Virtual reality developer XR Games lands $2.6m investment
    6. Rebellion buys Radiant Worlds
    7. Ukie launches Access to Finance guide with Harbottle and Lewis
    8. Steam breaks 18m concurrent users with largest growth in platform's history
    9. Confusion surrounds GOG's rejection of Opus Magnum
    10. After 5 billion organic downloads, where now for Outfit7?
    11. Asus sets up Chinese esports company with $16m investment
    12. UK Charts: FIFA ends Call of Duty's nine-week stay at No.1
    13. Smosh Games YouTuber departs following sexual assault allegations
    14. Access to finance the leading obstacle to success for UK games industry in 2018
    15. Sony expects 130 PlayStation VR games this year
    1. Zelda, Horizon Zero Dawn lead GDC Award nominations
    2. VR/AR startups drew record investment in 2017 - Report
    3. Jobs roundup: Award-winning technical director joins Ultimatum Games
    4. US government developing school shooting survival sim
    5. Google joins investors in Chinese game streaming platform
    6. "Stop thinking of yourself as a game producer. Think of yourself as a butler"
    7. Marketing consultant firm Giftgaming to be liquidated
    8. App Store generates almost $900 million in seven days
    9. $5.2m raised in Yogscast's Jingle Jam
    10. Investment on crowdfunding site Fig down by 28% in 2017
    11. Nexon appoints Jiwon Park as new COO
    12. Regulators eye game monetisation in 2018
    1. Civilization VI depiction upsets Poundmaker Cree Nation
    2. promotes Brendan Sinclair to North American editor
    3. Nintendo Switch becomes fastest-selling console in US history
    4. Have you seen these studios?
    5. Mad Catz returns under new management
    6. Star Citizen developers raised $34.9m in 2017
    7. Could movie shorts provide a template for funding indie games?
    8. Epic clampdown on real-world guns and copyright-infringing game assets
    9. Funplus Interactive ad deemed misleading by Advertising Standards Agency
    10. Apple waives dev membership fees for US schools, non-profits
    11. Independent Games Festival announces award finalists for 2018
    12. Wands VR developer raises $2.48m
    13. Spanish government cuts €2m fund for indie developers
    14. Apple acquires mobile dev company BuddyBuild
    15. 49% of European gamers like to revisit classic games
    1. IGN fires editor-in-chief - Report
    2. For Kakao, games can be a gateway to the international market
    3. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' CEO plans to make game a "universal media franchise"
    4. Nexon blames PUBG for LawBreakers' struggles
    5. Combatting asocial VR with asymmetrical multiplayer
    6. Platinum Games self-publishing two smaller, fully-owned IPs
    7. Successful video game projects on Kickstarter flatline while tabletop spikes
    8. Rocket League hits 40 million players worldwide
    9. ERA: UK games sales hit £3.35 billion in 2017
    1. Getting Over It creator on getting over clone games
    2. Call of Duty argument leads to fatal swatting - Report
    3. Nintendo delays Switch 64GB game cards to 2019 - Report
    4. Falling under Siege's spell
    5. Can games retail survive 2018?
    6. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday wins Facebook Game of the Year
    7. Pokémon Go finally coming to China, courtesy of NetEase
    8. World Health Organisation recognises 'gaming disorder' as disease
    9. Nintendo forecasts 37m Switch sales by April 2019
    10. Enter The Gungeon sells 75,000 on Switch in two weeks
    11. UK physical game sales are flat year-on-year
    12. Sumo Digital takes over CCP Newcastle studio
    13. PUBG, Rainbow Six, Rocket League, Warframe and Ark top 2017 global Steam rankings
    14. Nexon merges NDoors and Nexon Red
    1. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hits 3m concurrent Steam users