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March 2019 Archive

    1. Valve teasing VR headset, the Valve Index
    2. Gameloft partners with CARE for Dragon Mania Legends charity event
    3. Man responsible for fatal swatting call sentenced to 20 years
    4. Hacker sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for accessing Microsoft, Nintendo servers
    5. The Elder Scrolls Online honored with inaugural GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Video Game
    6. Humble Bundle co-founders stepping down after best year ever
    7. Turtle Beach has sold 30 million headsets in North America to date
    8. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice dominates EMEAA charts
    9. Digital Minister Margot James: "This government is committed to helping games companies"
    10. Apple's Arcade can succeed - if it aims at families | Opinion
    1. Epic: "It's never our intent to keep people away from playing a game"
    2. Players' Lounge raises $3m for buy-in gaming competitions
    3. Twitch Prime offering members full year of Nintendo Switch Online
    4. Adi Shankar producing Hyper Light Drifter TV series
    5. Rovio invests $3m in Play Ventures gaming fund
    6. Matchington Mansion surpasses $100m as competition sees downloads rise
    7. Kaz Hirai retires as chairman of Sony Corporation
    8. Legal experts weigh in on controversial European copyright directive
    9. CD Projekt plans to create 250 new jobs despite last year's profit and revenue decline
    10. Microsoft scrubs Notch references from Minecraft
    11. Bethesda reveals "buddy pass" for Wolfenstein: Youngblood
    12. The case for a smaller, more portable Nintendo Switch | Opinion
    13. Another World designer Eric Chahi returns with new studio Pixel Reef
    14. Monolith Soft is staffing for a new Legend of Zelda project
    15. Kenichiro Takaki departs Marvelous for Cygames
    1. Creative Assembly welcomes David Bowman as studio development director
    2. #1ReasonToBe: "Inclusivity is a battle we can win"
    3. GameStop partners with three esports organisations
    4. The next generation starts with you | Opinion
    5. Electronic Arts closes Japan office as part of mass layoffs
    6. Judgement sales surge following voice actor drug charge controversy
    7. Creating a harmony of music and game development
    1. EA lays off 350 amid major organizational changes
    2. Daedalic: "If we do this right, no one else will be able to make a Gollum game"
    3. How to pitch your video game at PAX East
    4. Relinquishing Control: Remedy's paradigm shift
    5. Sony pulls full game download codes from all stores
    6. Critical Consensus: Tom Clancy's The Division 2
    7. Viveport Infinity subscription costs $12.99 per month, starts April 2
    8. GDC 2019 attendance sets new record at 29,000
    9. 1939 Games receives $3.6m investment
    10. PlayStation VR has sold 4.2 million units worldwide
    11. UK Charts: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the seventh new No.1 of the year
    1. Kabam acquires Riposte Games & Co
    2. PUBG Corp, NetEase settle copyright lawsuit
    3. Take-Two founder Ryan Brant dies
    4. Warframe nears 50 million players
    5. Apple reveals game subscription service Apple Arcade
    6. Vicarious Visions founders sign publishing deal with EA
    7. Philadelphia Overwatch team getting $50m arena
    8. Unions, diversity, and risk-taking: How GDC, IGF Award winners want to change the industry
    9. God of War wins six G.A.N.G. Awards at GDC 2019
    10. GAME shrugs off Google Stadia threat
    11. Motion Twin's Dead Cells passes 1m units sold
    12. Valve adds soft currency gambling to Dota Plus subscription
    13. Blizzard to cut link between loot boxes and real money in Heroes of the Storm
    14. Krafton's hunt for the next PUBG
    15. Nintendo to unveil two Switch models this summer, The Wall Street Journal reports
    16. Xbox launches video series focused on ID@Xbox games
    1. Digi-Capital projects worldwide game revenues to hit $200b by 2023
    2. Sony launches State of Play direct marketing show
    3. The Podcast: Live from (near) GDC 2019
    4. Roblox on creating kinder communities
    5. Mobile strength pushed Tencent past $19bn games revenue in 2018
    6. SuperData: Apex Legends' $92m launch month the best ever for a free-to-play game
    7. GameStop appoints George Sherman as new CEO
    8. Epic Games Store is making the industry better but “gamers don't see that”
    9. Nintendo reveals the best-selling indie games on Switch
    10. Devil May Cry 5 shipped 2m units in two weeks
    11. Google Stadia can succeed if it follows Fortnite's footsteps | Opinion
    1. Valve stays the course despite intensifying competition
    2. "If we make room for them, then there is no room for anyone else"
    3. Dorian lands $2m in seed funding
    4. Walmart exploring its own game streaming service - Report
    5. Would a Google Stadia subscription service be bad news for the industry?
    6. Metro Exodus on Epic Store outsells its predecessor on Steam -- but what does that tell us?
    7. GAME revenue dips but profits jump on 'relentless' cost savings
    8. Xbox will reportedly "go big" on streaming at E3 2019
    9. Google Stadia will support the Xbox Adaptive Controller
    10. Epic offers support for third-party key sales -- but not for exclusives
    11. WarDucks raises €3.3 million for location-based AR mobile game
    12. Indies clean up at GDC Awards 2019
    1. Phil Harrison: Stadia starts an "inevitable and one-way shift" away from consoles
    2. Loot boxes aren't the problem but how we use them is, says legal expert
    3. Cuphead will bring Xbox Live to Switch
    4. Epic Games Store line-up expands with Private Division, more Ubisoft titles and Quantic Dream exclusives
    5. Epic Games announces $100m MegaGrants program, launches free Online Services tools
    6. Maximum Games to fully launch new indie publishing label Modus Games
    7. Snapchat to unveil gaming platform next month - Report
    8. Oculus: "It's no longer a burden to get into virtual reality"
    9. Oculus "phasing out" Rift, launching $399 Rift S this spring
    10. Kickstarter employees launch unionization effort
    11. Mega Crit's Slay the Spire has sold 1.5m copies
    12. Google Stadia has promise, but GDC failed to address its biggest obstacles | Opinion
    13. NPD: Anthem was the best-selling game in February
    1. EA: People want inclusive games with friendlier communities
    2. Persona 5 and the merger of style and substance
    3. Google unveils first details of Stadia streaming service
    4. Games for Change Accelerator to offer funding and support for social impact games
    5. Doodle Jump Space Chase dev's closure was third wave of layoffs since November
    6. The Chinese Room has grown 10x since Sumo acquisition
    7. Nvidia moves toward global rollout for GeForce Now cloud platform
    8. UK games retail: Prices continue to rise as supermarket power wanes
    9. Media Create to halt public disclosure of Japanese sales figures
    10. “We need to move away from short-form VR experiences”
    11. Team17 reports record profits in maiden financial year
    12. Call of Duty: Mobile will launch outside of China
    13. Atari VCS console delayed following spec boost
    14. Unity partners with Tencent for China, cloud gaming services
    1. Chet Faliszek and Kimberly Voll form Stray Bombay Company
    2. 5th Planet closes Nottingham studio
    3. Community management post-Christchurch massacre | Opinion
    4. Suda51: Grasshopper team "stronger" for Travis Strikes Again experience
    5. Epic Games awards final $500k round of Unreal Dev Grants
    6. When and what to culturalize?
    7. Double Eleven acquires VooFoo Studios
    8. EA pulls 32-bit support for The Sims 4
    9. Epic responds to accusations of Steam data mining
    10. UK Charts: Slow start for The Division 2
    1. Steam removes "off-topic review bombs" from overall game review scores
    2. Hello Games announces No Man's Sky Online
    3. Goodbye Kansas invests in Framebunker
    4. Beat Saber sells over 1m copies
    5. Axiom Verge producer files suit against BadLand Publishing for $200k
    6. EA builds its own esports broadcast studio
    7. The high cost of a Wii U retail release
    8. The Podcast: Bad Influencers
    9. Julian Gollop defends Epic Games Store exclusivity for Phoenix Point
    10. Four Indian cities ban PUBG Mobile
    11. Kicking off the streaming wars | Opinion
    12. Steam Link Anywhere launches in beta
    13. Turtle Beach acquires PC peripherals company Roccat
    1. Facebook launching new Gaming Tab
    2. Asteri acquires Prima Games
    3. GDC 2019 Preview: 18 must-see sessions
    4. Blind Squirrel secures $5m in funding for first self-published game
    5. Mukti: Acknowledging the grim reality of human trafficking in India
    6. Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android, but not Switch (yet)
    7. Tencent shares reach six month high after difficult 2018
    8. Supernova Capital acquires Shadow Warrior developer Flying Wild Hog
    9. Discord Game Store refocuses on Nitro subscription, devs can now sell games directly
    10. God of War leads BAFTA nominations
    11. BioWare, Riot Games and Ubisoft headline initial speaker line-up for Develop:Brighton
    12. Curve Digital parent Catalis acquires Bomber Crew developer
    13. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery grosses $110m in first year
    14. Team spaces in Call of Duty esports league reportedly cost $25m each
    15. Wargaming announces new IP in built with Amazon game tech
    1. Ninja reportedly earned $1m for promotion of Apex Legends
    2. Fortnite adjusts cross-platform play to separate out Switch and mobile users
    3. About those rumors Sony is buying Take-Two...
    4. Former Rovio executive launches gaming management consultancy
    5. Evolving the way we think about community | Opinion
    6. "Our whole world fell apart": The fall of Splendy Games
    7. Jump Holdings raises $1m for ARG/AI social sim game
    8. Brendan Greene leading new Special Projects division at PUBG Corp
    9. Spyro Reignited gets full subtitle support four months after launch
    10. Brawl Stars made $150m in its first three months
    11. Fellow Traveller launching online-only conference LudoNarraCon
    12. Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan after actor arrested for alleged cocaine use
    1. Jade Raymond appointed new VP at Google
    2. Take-Two settles copyright case with another GTA V cheat creator
    3. Minecraft headed to Xbox Game Pass
    4. App Annie: Tencent retains spot as top revenue-earning publisher for third year
    5. Devil May Cry 5 is Capcom's second UK No.1 of 2019
    6. Forte partners with Ripple to establish $100m developer fund
    7. Amazon, Team17, Jagex and Skybound complete PAX East Investment Summit line-up
    8. When good monetization meets bad ethics
    9. War Child UK Armistice raised $380,000 in 2018
    10. Jobs Roundup: Critical Force announces new CEO
    11. GameByte: Parents' increase game spending for their kids by 34% in 2018
    12. EA apologises for delay in dealing with Sims community sexual predator
    13. Meet The Indies returns to EGX Rezzed
    14. Don't let your first game be your last | Opinion
    1. Trendy Entertainment rebrands to Chromatic Games
    2. 5th Planet Games secures up to $4.85m for acquisitions
    3. Tim Sweeney: Storefront battle will be won with developer support
    4. Limited Run sponsors Investment Summit at PAX East
    5. Enjin launches charity platform in partnership SENS Research Foundation
    6. Black jackets, sunglasses, and radical accountability as a worker co-op
    7. partners with Italian Video Game Awards 2019
    8. House of Lords calls for new Digital Authority to regulate tech giants
    9. The eyes have it: Creating believable digital humans
    10. Google patent application describes notification system for multi-device controller
    11. Respawn has banned over 355,000 Apex Legends cheaters since launch
    12. Valve terminates contract with Artifact designer
    1. Octopath Traveler ships over 1.5m units
    2. 2 Milly, Alfonso Ribeiro, others drop lawsuits against Epic Games over dances
    1. The Podcast: Valve does the right thing for the wrong reason
    2. Gris moves 300k
    3. Xsolla backs Investment Summit at PAX East
    4. Marvel Strike Force nets $150m
    5. Blizzard cuts more than 200 US jobs as part of Activision restructure
    6. Improbable opens first development studios in London and Edmonton
    7. Konami building esports centre in downtown Tokyo
    8. Skybound terminates Starbreeze's Walking Dead licensing agreement
    9. Anthem's launch and the power of the sunk-cost fallacy | Opinion
    1. Valve lays off 13, some involved with VR
    2. Blizzard brings original Diablo to GOG
    3. Building a better world through games
    4. Sony launches PS4 Remote Play for iOS
    5. EA foregoes EA Play press conference for E3
    6. Rape Day prompts call for UK government review
    7. Hennig: "Things are clearly not working the way they used to"
    8. Paradox opens new California studio, Paradox Tectonic
    9. Gismart announces investment program for indie devs
    10. Cloud games tech firm Hadean raises £7m
    11. "We're killing our capacity for creativity"
    12. Rogue Games closes $1.25m financing round
    13. Nintendo introduces Nintendo Labo VR Kit
    14. Nintendo reportedly asks mobile partners to stop players from spending so much
    1. Valve removes rape fantasy game from Steam
    2. Academics call for industry co-operation on gaming disorder
    3. BrightLocker dissolved as devs claim unpaid debts
    4. The Influencer is dead. Long live the influencer
    5. Nominations open for inaugural Develop:Star Awards
    6. Warriors Gaming Squad drafts NBA 2K League's first woman player
    7. Disc-less Xbox arriving in May, report suggests
    8. Developers are manipulating Steam's Popular Upcoming list
    1. Vivendi sells remaining Ubisoft shares
    2. Newzoo: Games are the third most-popular mobile app category
    3. One Hour One Life dev struggles with unofficial port
    4. Steam is in the rape fantasy business | Opinion
    5. The sweet science of Armadillo Run
    6. We're losing the history of the App Store | Opinion
    7. ERA declares "Generation Rent" as ownership gives way to subscriptions in entertainment
    8. Full crunch, no crunch, self-crunch: One developer's career and going solo
    9. Rovio in talks to sell streaming service Hatch
    10. Law firm encouraging shareholders to sue Activision Blizzard over Bungie split
    1. Anthem reportedly shutting off PS4s, Sony issuing refunds
    2. New studio Reworks opens, raises $1.5m in funding
    3. Night in the Woods creators form worker cooperative The Glory Society
    4. From "schokly" licensed games to a critically acclaimed indie
    5. THQ Nordic parent company apologizes for 8chan AMA
    6. Apex Legends hits 50 million players
    7. Dear Villagers: "We're trying to find the best indie games that could be AA"
    8. Tencent among shortlisted bidders for Nexon
    9. PlayStation Japan signals imminent end to PS Vita shipments
    10. Activision recognises $164m revenues from giving up Destiny rights
    11. Framed creator Joshua Boggs opens new studio
    12. UK Charts: Anthem holds No.1 as LEGO Movie 2, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Trials Rising make Top 10
    1. Anthem soars to top of EMEAA charts
    2. California man sues Epic Games over "predatory" loot boxes
    3. Tencent adds "digital lock" to certain games in China
    4. Mobile gaming studio Sviper raises $2.8m
    5. Room 8 Group announces new independent co-development studio
    6. Digital distribution: A diagnosis for disruption
    7. Thunderful, Sold Out, Snail Games and join PAX East Investment Summit
    8. Tickets on sale for the EGX Rezzed Industry Party and GI 100 drinks reception
    9. Activision Blizzard: 800 job cuts could “negatively impact” our business
    10. The Podcast: When THQ Nordic visited 8chan
    11. Average Nintendo Japan employee earns $80,000, works less than 8 hours per day
    12. Dropbox's Angela Roseboro is Riot Games' first chief diversity officer
    13. Merchandise firm Numskull forms games publishing division with Rising Star vets
    14. Is Red Dead Redemption Online tanking Take-Two's share price? | Opinion