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September 2018 Archive

    1. UK Charts: FIFA takes No.1, but physical launch sales plummet
    1. Valve changes offensive Artifact card name
    2. No PlayStation Experience this year
    3. Ubisoft, Fig, other companies form Blockchain Gaming Alliance
    4. 562 adapts to VR growing at a Snailiens' pace
    5. Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit cancelled after three series
    6. "It's not enough to point at Bayonetta or FemShep and say 'job done'"
    7. Liquid Media acquires rights to 65 classic video game titles
    8. Over 50 games firms on board for One Special Day 2018
    9. Oculus Quest will "end up competing with the Nintendo Switch as a device"
    10. Jobs Roundup: Nintendo veteran joins Reach Robotics
    11. Epic will remove "embarrassing" breast physics from Fortnite
    12. Telltale Games and the lure of the cliff edge
    13. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is going offline next month
    14. Vivendi will sell all Ubisoft shares by March 2019
    1. Toys for Bob donates sizable Skylanders collection to Strong Museum
    2. Club Penguin Island shuts down, "dozens" of developers reportedly laid off
    3. Newzoo: Catering to families with Xbox Game Pass could be key to closing gap on Sony
    4. 2018 will go down as the Year of the Bad Employer
    5. Nintendo wins lawsuit against unlicensed Mario Kart-themed tourist attraction
    6. Initial raft of First on Discord games revealed
    7. Nate Nanzer: "The train has left the station" on esports opportunities
    8. British Esports Association, West Ham and GAME team up for activity week
    9. More than 1,000 jobs lost to studio closures over the past year
    10. The importance of honesty and learning difficult lessons when seeking VC funding
    11. Industry reacts to Sony's cross-play U-turn
    12. The Game Awards 2018 opens submissions for Student Competition
    13. Carbine Studios shutting down
    1. Oculus mobile app incorporates Rift support on iOS and Android
    2. 25% of Nintendo Switch owners have downloaded the Online app
    3. Bigben acquires Eko Software for €8.5 million
    4. Telltale pulls season passes for The Walking Dead: The Final Season
    5. Oculus reveals Santa Cruz as Oculus Quest at OC5
    6. GLAAD adds Outstanding Video Game category to its Media Awards
    7. Building a business in the niche
    8. Sony finally allows Fortnite cross-platform play
    9. Two weeks left to enter Best Places To Work Awards Canada
    10. How Odyssey is changing the face of Assassin's Creed
    11. Sumo's revenues rose 60 per cent in H1 2018
    12. Xbox reviving X0 event this November
    13. Valve offers full support on Steam to all new controllers
    14. Telltale Games could have been saved by AMC, Smilegate deal
    15. EGX 2018 industry attendees exceed 2,500
    16. Microsoft to add mouse and keyboard support for Xbox One
    17. Nintendo allays Switch cloud save fears with 180-day recovery period
    18. Amazon offers more monetisation options for Alexa skills devs
    19. Drawn to Death will be taken offline in March 2019
    20. Big Fish Games cuts 15 per cent of its workforce
    21. ArenaNet pulls plug on in-game transactions for Guild Wars 2 players in Belgium
    22. 2K Foundations to provide basketball and STEM education facilities in US cities
    1. HTC's Viveport to waive platform fee for devs in Q4
    2. World of Warcraft up, League of Legends down
    3. Pokemon GO total revenue reaches over $2 billion
    4. Former Telltale employees sue studio for labor law violations in mass layoff
    5. NBA 2K League reflects on its rookie season
    6. Metal Gear Solid was ahead of its time
    7. Andy Yates promoted at Nintendo UK
    8. “There are an awful lot of blockchain startups, and most of them will fail"
    9. Telltale Games was scuppered by failed finance round
    10. Capcom launching Street Fighter esports league in Japan
    11. Bow To Blood developer needs to sell 40,000 copies to break even
    12. Tencent and PUBG Corp hosting $600,000 mobile tournament
    13. Telltale: "Multiple potential partners" could save The Walking Dead's final season
    1. Fans delay football game with esports protest
    2. UK Charts: Phenomenal Spider-Man sales continue
    3. Brie Code's #SelfCare passes 500,000 downloads
    4. "Nutaku is like Kongregate. With sex. And five times the traffic"
    5. Magic Leap and HoloLens competing for military funding
    6. Stillfront Group acquires Imperia Online for €10m
    7. Best Places To Work 2018 UK finalists revealed
    8. H1Z1 reforms developer team, rebranding as Z1 Battle Royale
    9. Telltale's treatment of staff "a problem endemic in the industry"
    10. Nintendo Switch Online suffers connection failures in China
    11. How AliSports plans to turn the corner and turn a profit in esports
    12. Winners of Abertay's Dare Academy announced at EGX 2018
    13. Walking Dead's final season unlikely to be completed amid Telltale woes
    1. Google details experimental features for Daydream VR
    2. Street Fighter V pro out of tourney after domestic abuse allegations
    3. Mass layoffs reported at Telltale Games
    4. Jagex moderator fired for abusing power, stealing player currency
    5. Retrotainment's cartridge revival
    6. Filling the gap in UK games funding
    7. DreamTeam secures $5m seed funding investment from Mangrove Capital
    8. EnVision Esports staff will be paid outstanding salaries if Dot Esports pulls two articles, says former CEO
    9. Ukie study shows potential of esports as a route to games careers
    10. Overwatch League gets its first female coach
    11. Fortnite had a record 78.3 million players in August
    12. Nintendo tries out streaming on Switch in Japan
    1. Twitch has been blocked in China
    2. Apptutti partners with security firm to help bring Korean games to China
    3. ReadyUp closes $2 million seed funding round
    4. Disruptor Beam, Tilting Point partner for $29m user acquisition and publishing deal
    5. Blizzard cracks down on third-party Overwatch apps
    6. Sony adding download option to some PlayStation Now games
    7. GamesAid donates £213,120 to nine charities
    8. Spider-Man sells 3.3 million in three days
    9. "Be careful what you wish for" when after a publisher, says Team17 CEO
    10. Going in Blind to VR development
    11. "Companies really need to ask themselves if they're serious about diversity"
    12. Valve will start moderating Steam comments next week
    13. Sony to end production of PS Vita in Japan next year
    14. Earthbound Games raises £750k to self-publish Axiom Soccer
    15. Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu forced to stop work due to ill health
    16. Why the BBC is investing in video games (again)
    1. Nintendo Online App allows voice chat with strangers for select games
    2. Rocket League reaches 50 million players worldwide
    3. Outfit7 opening new Barcelona studio
    4. Rockstar confirms Red Dead Online
    5. THQ Nordic acquires Alone in the Dark and Act of War
    6. Funsolve gets "seven-figure" investment from Outright Games
    7. Aaryn Flynn joins Improbable
    8. How do you evaluate a mobile game's profit potential?
    9. Valve and Ubisoft fined for breach of French consumer law
    10. First uncensored adult game on Steam pulled from sale in 28 countries
    11. Sega pushes Mega Drive Mini to 2019
    12. Deep Rock Galactic and the advantages of open development
    13. Sony to launch PlayStation Classic on December 3
    1. NPD: Madden NFL 19 scores while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 returns
    2. Scum sells 1 million units in three weeks of early access
    3. Nintendo introduces Fortnite Switch bundle with V-bucks included
    4. Ubisoft introduces Alexa skill "Alexios" for Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    5. Niantic rolls out beta PokeStop nominations in Brazil and South Korea
    6. YouTube Gaming migrates to main YouTube hub
    7. UKIE responds to Migration Advisory Committee immigration post-Brexit report
    8. Capcom closing Vancouver studio
    9. "We've never made a game with a jump button, and we don't plan to start now"
    10. Skillz doubles revenue run-rate once more to $400 million
    11. Switch owners in Japan are getting a "cloud version" of Assassin's Creed Odyssey
    12. Brian Fargo wants to buy back Interplay
    13. Writing the video games of the future
    14. LawBreakers officially taken offline
    15. Keywords marks a strong six months with two new acquisitions
    16. Wargaming opens UK studio for new MMO
    1. Apple, Kabam veterans form new indie publisher Rogue
    2. Star Wars: Rivals shutting down ahead of full launch
    3. Public investigation supports evidence that loot boxes are "psychologically akin to gambling"
    4. International gambling regulators unite on skins gambling, loot boxes
    5. Hear Creative Assembly, Jagex, Sports Interactive and more discuss careers at EGX
    6. Playing the long game with Guild Wars 2 storytelling
    7. The need for visible women in esports
    8. Epic Games offers up $10m prize pool for Fall Skirmish
    1. UK charts: Slow start for Tomb Raider as Spider-Man reigns supreme
    1. Spider-Man swings in at the top of EMEAA charts
    2. PlayStation is the third most-recognized brand in the UK
    3. Supercell, Rovio, and Space Ape sign up for One Special Day 2018
    4. Why do gamers still buy physical games?
    5. UKIE: Only 19% of parents set and enforce screen time limits for their children
    6. Nintendo details 2019 line-up for Switch - but why so early?
    7. Treyarch bosses explain decision to drop single-player campaign from Black Ops 4
    8. Pokemon Go and the potential of seasonality
    1. Nintendo Switch NES controllers will be Online Service-exclusive
    2. Twitch hires new head of diversity and inclusion
    3. I Expect You To Die reaches $3 million in revenue
    4. Kowloon Nights providing initial funding for The Last Guardian director's next project
    5. Streaming, subscriptions won't be game changers - Take-Two
    6. PUBG Mobile reaches 20 million daily active users
    7. Tiny Lab, Google, ad companies accused of violating Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
    8. Barriers to China will come down - Zelnick
    9. Sky partners with The Walking Dead producer for joint mobile venture
    10. Singularity 6 hopes to dominate a lack of competition
    11. Further job cuts at GAME as UK boxed game sales fall 8%
    12. China may not need six months to start approving games again - analysts
    13. Two Point Hospital and PES 2019 dominate EMEAA charts
    1. The Void teams up with ILMxLAB for Disney, Marvel VR projects
    2. Making a retro indie game stand out from the crowd
    3. Remedy Entertainment is adapting Alan Wake into a television series
    4. Not every game needs to sell 500k - Devolver
    5. Team17 posts 25% profit bump in "maiden" financial results
    6. Nintendo Switch Online service launches September 18
    7. Rovio grants master toy license to Jazwares
    8. Investment Summit has sold out
    9. 11-11: Memories Retold is a melting pot of international industry talent
    10. Riot brings in former Uber exec Frances Frei as part of culture rehabilitation efforts
    1. Sony pledges to work toward using 100% renewable electricity by 2040
    2. Valve is now approving sexually explicit games again
    3. PC second only to mobile for gaming in the US - EEDAR
    4. Former Danganronpa, Zero Escape, Fate/Grand Order developers form Too Kyo Games
    5. Pokemon GO sees 35% increase in active users since May
    6. Lowering the language barrier for aspiring Arab developers
    7. Games expected to account for 76% of global mobile revenue in 2018
    8. Homeworld: Sideswiped by a Story
    9. Insomniac: Creating Stormland is a "journey of discovery"
    10. The games industry guide to EGX
    11. Esports BAR returns to Miami on September 24th
    12. PUBG becomes first Steam game to have one million concurrent players 365 days running
    1. NIST adds gaming software to National Software Reference Library
    2. Some Nintendo games won't support cloud saves
    3. EA may go to court over loot boxes in Belgium
    4. Ex-Zynga director of product starts Fort Mason Games
    5. Chinese hold on new video game licenses may last another 4-6 months
    6. DeltaDNA: Increase in casual spenders for F2P games resulting in more balanced revenue sources
    7. Single-player not going anywhere - Igarashi
    8. German consumer association warns Sony over "customer-hostile" PSN terms and conditions
    9. Jagex profit and revenue spike in another record year
    10. Jobs Roundup: Activision chief marketing officer leaves for NFL
    11. Australian games site to run charity gaming marathon for disadvantaged families
    1. UK charts: Spider-Man is fastest-selling game of the year
    1. Unity and Google Cloud unveil Open Match
    2. Two Riot employees exit following PAX session controversy
    3. SoCal Regionals steps up security measures
    4. Fortnite beta invite to download conversion rate on Android similar to iOS
    5. Sensor Tower: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp reaches $50m in worldwide player spending
    6. Xbox: “I can't think of a holiday that has more AAA games in such a tight time period”
    7. Overwatch League adds six more teams
    8. Overwolf and Intel launch $7 million mod fund
    9. Xbox adds Alexa and Cortana voice support
    10. Unity boss says VR hardware still not right for consumers
    11. Square Enix COO Mike Sherlock dies
    12. Is the Olympics relevant for esports?
    1. Dundee's games industry boosted by £9m InGAME R&D centre
    2. Nantworks invests in Daybreak Game Company, creates new joint publishing division
    3. GameStop sales slip as retailer continues exploring a sale
    4. Hollow Knight tops EU Nintendo Switch eshop charts for August
    5. Breathing life into Dead Cells
    6. THQ Nordic acquires IP rights to Kingdoms of Amalur
    7. War Child Armistice is about “giving players a choice, not shoehorning in a charity message”
    8. Outright Games and PlayStack complete Investment Summit line-up
    9. Tencent to verify Chinese Honor of Kings players against public security records
    10. Scum sells 700,000 in first week
    11. Brianna Wu's Congress bid fails, vows to run again in 2020
    12. Steam adds "Adults Only" filter for games with "explicit sexual content"
    13. AppLovin acquires Max
    14. IO Interactive focusing on serving players, not games-as-a-service
    15. Eve Online studio CCP acquired by Pearl Abyss
    16. Robot Cache secures $3m funding from Millennium BlockChain
    17. Fire Emblem Heroes summer revenue up 34 per cent over 2017
    1. Roblox closes on $150 million Series F funding round
    2. SuperData acquired by Nielsen Holdings
    3. PlayStack acquires Hisome
    4. FIFA 18 sells over 24 million copies
    5. F1 2018 dominates EMEA charts
    6. Rovio teams with Imagine Dragons to fight cancer
    7. 505 Games to publish first title by Typhoon Studios
    8. 21st Century Fox invests $100m into streaming startup Caffeine
    9. Steve Gaynor: “Gone Home is the defining game of my career”
    10. EA Bioware commits to free story DLC for Anthem
    11. Amazon hits $1 trillion market cap one month after Apple
    12. QC Games: “We may make terrible calls, but at least they're ours”
    13. Two Point Hospital patch removes Denuvo anti-tamper software
    14. Rainbow Six Siege follows Fortnite with 2-Step Verification
    1. Athlon Games to develop new Lord of the Rings title
    2. Marvel's Spider-Man: Critical Consensus
    3. Tencent suspends global community manager after multiple sexual harassment claims
    4. Microtransactions "an unfortunate reality in modern gaming" - NBA 2K19 dev
    5. Xbox, BBC Studios, CI Games and LivingBridge join Investment Summit
    6. The video game creator turning his grief into art
    7. Nintendo Switch nears 5m sales in Japan
    8. No Fortnite PS4 cross-play because 'PlayStation is the best place to play'
    9. No esports in Olympics because 'killer games' promote violence
    10. Green Man Gaming's £100m IPO: “We've grown between 25 to 30% every year”
    1. Valve: Creating Artifact is not a "zero-sum game"
    2. Riot responds to controversy over women and non-binary PAX workshops
    3. Sony shuts down PlayStation 2 after care service
    4. Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end
    5. Devolver removes neo-Nazi tattoos from Scum
    6. Jacksonville shooting victim suing EA for negligence
    7. Phantom Brigade developer merges with Brace Yourself Games
    8. UK Charts: PES launch sales drop 42% year-on-year