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August 2019 Archive

    1. Night in the Woods developer Alec Holowka dies
    1. Critique Gaming: "We try to explore reality in meaningful ways"
    2. Valve reportedly fighting EU antitrust charges
    3. Yu-Gi-Oh is the best-selling boxed game in EMEAA charts
    4. Sam Barlow on crafting stories players tell themselves
    5. Astral Chain: Critical Consensus
    6. First speakers announced for Best Places To Work Awards UK
    7. Knock Knock raises $4m for messenger-based mobile games
    1. CD Projekt first-half revenues climb 26%
    2. Voice actor shares a second warning about Skyrim composer
    3. Former colleagues accuse Alexis Kennedy of abuse, retaliation
    4. NBA 2K20 trailer sells the thrill of gambling | Opinion
    5. Oculus VR faces two allegations of sexual assault and harrassment
    6. Ken Wong apologises following accounts of abuse from former employee
    7. Modus Games acquires The Balance Inc
    8. Koch Media CEO: "We should welcome Epic and their business model"
    9. How to get your game released on Google Stadia
    10. Night in the Woods team cancels game amid Alec Holowka allegations
    11. Niko Partners: Mobile esport games grossed $15.3bn worldwide last year
    12. Nine Steam pre-release marketing tips from Valve's Alden Kroll
    13. Cerberus Interactive raises $1.75m for location-based mobile games
    1. Blizzard sues over "brazen" Warcraft clone
    2. LCG Entertainment relaunches Telltale Games brand
    3. Developers sound off after abuse accusations
    4. More developers come forward with accounts of emotional abuse and sexual assault
    5. Blending comedy with capitalism in The Outer Worlds
    6. Sony clamps down on Vita hacking
    7. "I spent 300 days on the road last year meeting developers"
    8. Darq developer offers Epic revenue to charity if given non-exclusivity
    9. Ubisoft exec criticises Steam's "unrealistic" business model
    10. Tetrageddon Games developer warns women about Skyrim composer
    1. Ready closes $5m Series A investment round
    2. The Podcast: Selling fridges to survive
    3. Warner Bros opens new mobile studio in San Diego
    4. Ancestors - The Humankind Odyssey: Critical Consensus
    5. Accessibility Unlocked offers support to disabled developers in Australia and New Zealand
    6. Five must-see PAX West panels from
    7. Gamescom: Opening Night Live attracts 500,000 viewers
    8. PewDiePie reaches 100m subscribers
    9. UK Charts: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe takes No. 1 (but it should be Minecraft, again)
    10. Six men arrested over alleged Counter-Strike match fixing
    11. Playtika acquires Best Fiends developer Seriously
    1. Control: Critical Consensus
    2. Microsoft's Age of Empires studio won't be developing games
    3. OG wins Dota 2's International for second straight year
    4. Nintendo Wii U, 3DS eShops to stop accepting credit cards in UK, EU
    5. Metro 2033 movie in the works
    6. World of Warcraft is hearthing back home again with Classic
    7. Ion Fury retains controversial in-game content after all
    8. Bungie - "We need to dispel the notion Activision was some prohibitive overlord"
    1. The Persona series has sold over 10m units
    2. Riot Games reaches preliminary settlement in class action lawsuit over gender discrimination
    3. The joyful representation of The Sims
    4. ISFE: EU games industry worth over €21bn
    5. Restoring trust in Star Wars Battlefront II
    6. New Google Play design emphasises game discovery
    7. Grand Theft Auto V is back on top in the EMEAA charts
    8. PlayStation Productions is now working on the Uncharted movie
    9. Scopely announces Barcelona and Dublin expansion
    10. DICE cancels Battlefield V competitive mode to focus on bug fixes
    11. The future for platform holders is cooperation, not just competition | Opinion
    1. Tencent partners with Razer for cloud gaming hardware, overseas expansion
    2. Play Ventures closes first funding round at $40m
    3. Steam no longer allowing payments in Argentinian pesos
    4. Sweating the details of diversity in Marvel's Spider-Man
    5. Telling Lies: Critical Consensus
    6. UK Investment Summit Early Bird ends next week
    7. New publisher Modern Wolf commits to "ethical development practices"
    8. Oculus VR loses its head of mobile
    9. Nintendo continues marginal improvements to ethical mineral sourcing
    10. Apple delays new rules around data tracking in kids' games
    11. Modified DayZ receives MA15+ rating in Australia
    1. Hatch arrives in Germany
    2. Microsoft contractors listened to user audio from Xbox consoles
    3. Valve to keep original Steam up in China
    4. Respawn at the Apex of community dysfunction | Opinion
    5. Borderlands 3's secret weapon is in the writers' room
    6. Gears 5 "ahead of the industry" on monetising without loot boxes
    7. GOG has fulfilled two million Community Wishlist requests
    1. Sony publishes ReadySet Heroes on Epic Games Store
    2. GameStop lays off 120, 14% of total staff
    3. Fire Emblem: Three Houses sold an estimated 800k digital units in July
    4. Ubisoft rebrands its German studios
    5. Game Informer lays off 'many' staff
    6. Microsoft has "no plans" to release more Xbox exclusives on PS4 or Nintendo Switch
    7. Remastering Yakuza for the modern world
    8. Sony open to PC versions of PlayStation exclusives
    9. Jobs Roundup: Kate Edwards joins Global Game Jam as executive director
    10. Survey highlights culture of overwork and toxicity in UK games industry
    11. Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution
    12. Phoenix Labs acquires Bot School Inc
    13. New entertainment distributor 4Side launches in Italian market
    14. Starbreeze reports pre-tax loss as it sheds non-core assets
    15. What will be the biggest video games of Christmas 2019?
    1. Robot Entertainment CEO: Orcs Must Die 3 "would not be possible without Google"
    2. Ion Fury developers apologize for sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic remarks
    3. Sony, Ubisoft receive multiple honors in Gamescom Awards 2019
    4. Sony acquires Insomniac Games
    5. Cyberpunk 2077, more games coming to Google Stadia
    6. Xbox expands Nintendo Switch support with Ori and the Blind Forest
    7. Growing into Growtopia
    8. Mojang ends development on Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack
    9. UK Charts: Crash Team Racing still No.1 (but it should be Minecraft)
    10. Respawn devs roped into Reddit feud with fans over Apex Legends loot box furore
    11. The Podcast: Is this podcast 'political'?
    12. DARQ dev highlights "double standard" of Epic Game Store
    13. The onslaught of regulation against games and esports | Opinion
    1. Tim Longo departs 343 Industries
    2. How Ark: Survival Evolved "fell into sustainable revenue" without skins or loot boxes
    3. Reboot Develop Red confirms The Coalition, Panache Digital and Myst creator for its debut event
    4. DuckTales makes a staggering last-minute comeback in EMEAA charts
    5. Geoff Keighley wants Gamescom Opening Night Live to unite the industry
    6. My.Games to launch new PC gaming storefront
    7. Stop asking "is it political?" It always is | Opinion
    1. Activision Blizzard appoints new Chief Marketing Officer, Chief People Officer
    2. NPD: Nintendo sweeps July, though Madden takes the crown
    3. Loot Crate files for bankruptcy, lays off over 50
    4. Lockwood Publishing closes funding round led by Novator, CCP Games CEO
    5. Klang Games raises over $22m in Series B funding for persistent MMO Seed
    6. ELeague to broadcast Nintendo 2019 World Championships on CBS
    7. Epic Games and Factor 5 founders opens new studio in Cologne
    8. Superhot launches indie development fund
    9. What we can learn from... Warframe
    10. Epic apologises following release of re-skinned cosmetic item
    11. Ubisoft on politics in games: "We know we're not taking it far enough"
    12. Bloodborne composer co-founds new audio production company
    13. Nintendo clamps down on YouTube game music channels
    14. Pre-tax earnings more than double at Stillfront Group in Q2
    15. Gfinity Esports Australia shutting down this November
    16. Dota 2 tournament The International begins with a $33m prize pool
    1. THQ Nordic AB board proposes name change to Embracer Group
    2. Metaari: US surpasses China as top-buying country for game-based learning
    3. G2A fudges own history in response to developer complaint
    4. Unity brings Create with Code, Unity Teach programs out of beta
    5. Ustwo: Giving creativity the attention it deserves
    6. How Astroneer creates an enjoyably unsafe space
    7. Loots details new live streaming platform for the "TikTok generation"
    8. Xbox, Google and Epic complete Investment Summit speaker line-up
    9. Game revenues rise as Tencent enjoys end of China's approvals freeze
    10. THQ Nordic strengthens portfolio with Goodbye Kansas Game Invest acquisition
    11. Bungie: Working on Destiny 2 "starting to wear people down”
    12. Statespace raises $2.5 million for esports training platform
    13. THQ Nordic confirms new Saints Row title after strong Q1
    14. THQ Nordic acquires Darksiders developer Gunfire Games
    15. THQ Nordic buys Milestone Interactive for €44.9m in cash
    1. Imperator: Rome plus multiple game expansions lift Paradox's Q2
    2. Newzoo: Fans watched 81.8m hours of the Fortnite World Cup across Twitch, YouTube
    3. US delays tariff on game consoles
    4. Strauss Zelnick says if violent games caused gun violence, he wouldn't sell them
    5. Nate Mitchell leaves Oculus
    6. Like a boss: The secrets behind great boss design
    7. Ubisoft loses Rocksmith patent suit
    8. Sega letting movie makers make the movie
    9. Isbit Games shut down
    10. Industry veterans launch payment platform for esport tournament winnings
    11. Xbox considers multi-platform options for some first-party studios
    12. Singularity 6 lands $16.5m investment
    13. Creature in the Well's limiting, limitless unknown
    14. DayZ will be modified worldwide to lift Australian ban
    15. Industry veterans launch hyper casual development outfit JaffaJam
    16. Subnautica dev demands G2A pay $300,000 to cover lost chargebacks
    17. Dr. Mario World continues to lag after first month
    1. Over half of Madden NFL 20 week one sales were digital
    2. Tim Willits joins Saber Interactive
    3. Spilt Milk pulling plug on Lazarus
    4. Only 19 developers have called for G2A's key blocking tool
    5. No More Robots: Anybody making games needs to think about localisation
    6. Pixelles is helping mid-career mothers stay in games
    7. Twitch CEO apologises after Ninja's old channel used to promote porn
    8. Epic Games faces class action lawsuit over Fortnite data breach
    9. Steam Workshop items for Valve games to require official approval
    10. Valve clamping down on abuse of Steam's Popular Upcoming list
    11. Annapurna exploring bankruptcy protection
    12. Crash Team Racing limps to the top of the UK chart
    1. Discord adds limited gameplay streaming
    2. The Podcast: It's a family show
    3. No More Robots: "I'm just doing D&D, but in a Discord server"
    4. Madden 20 just about squeezes into EMEAA Charts' Top 10
    5. Fuel Games rebrands itself as Immutable
    6. Infinity Ward says Modern Warfare isn't political, debates how it ever could be
    7. Twitch launching its own streaming software
    8. ESPN, ABC pull Apex Legends tournament show in wake of mass shootings
    9. Trump's video game scapegoating feels downright nostalgic | Opinion
    1. Epic Games commits to loot box transparency across portfolio
    2. Walmart taking down violent video game demos, displays
    3. Activision Blizzard sees sagging sales, profit, engagement
    4. Loot boxes a matter of "life or death," says researcher
    5. A Way Out sells two million copies
    6. Growing the industry with evening-sized games
    7. Sharkmob on balancing social responsibility against revenue
    8. Police say there is no danger after Twitch HQ threatened
    9. FIFA 19 and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe are best-selling games in Europe this year
    10. UK spent £1.6bn on video games in the first half of 2019
    11. Browser-based game platform Hiber closes $1m seed funding round
    12. NetEase revenue and profit up in Q2 following strong international performance
    13. Take-Two investigating streamer over Borderlands 3 leaks
    14. VR streaming platform Vreal shuts down and lays off staff
    15. Nexon profits tumble in Q2 despite rising revenues
    16. DayZ refused classification in Australia after Five Star Games submission
    17. Animoca Brands acquires Quidd in $5m share-only deal
    18. One year later, Riot leadership, employees, say things are improving
    1. Consumer advocates to ESRB, FTC: Loot box odds disclosure is not enough
    2. What did the FTC hear in its loot box workshop?
    3. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft to require loot box odds disclosure
    4. Dangen Entertainment: What it really costs to run an indie publishing label
    5. UK's Video Games Tax Relief has paid out £324m in five years
    6. German games market's headcount declines, but small companies on the rise
    7. Hideo Kojima among "stars from the industry" to appear at Gamescom: Opening Night Live
    8. NetEase reveals plans for $700m esports stadium in Shanghai
    9. ESA also leaked E3 2018's media attendee list
    10. Niche developer offers game to schools for free
    11. At Schell Games, culture is the antidote to crunch and conflict
    1. Wasteland 3 investors will receive lump payout following studio acquisition
    2. Psyonix removes paid, randomized crates from Rocket League
    3. DuckTales: Remastered to be pulled from sale
    4. Yuke's splits from WWE 2K franchise
    5. Ooblets dev stands by comments about toxic, entitled gamers
    6. TaxWatch: Activision Blizzard has dodged taxes on billions
    7. Immortalising your grandmother in a WWII game
    8. Sega, TinyBuild and Daedalic join Investment Summit at PAX
    9. This War of Mine: Five years later
    10. Square Enix kicks off financial year with Q1 sales of $501m
    11. EVO in trouble with Bandai Namco, Konami and Solid Snake actor David Hayter
    12. Gearbox, Revolution Software and MachineGames join Devcom 2019
    13. ESA defends against Trump's proposed video game crackdown
    14. Ninja departure is "unlikely to diminish" Twitch
    15. Nexon closes second US office in a month
    16. Pokémon Duel will go offline on October 31
    17. nWay introduces blockchain solution to its development platform
    18. IGDA, IGDAF issue statement on weekend shootings in the US
    1. Strauss Zelnick: Take-Two is "open-minded" on streaming, subscriptions
    2. ESA has previously leaked media's personal details for E3
    3. Borderlands 2 has sold 22 million units to date
    4. Take-Two Interactive ups full-year guidance following strong recurrent returns
    5. Epic Games denounces "disturbing trend" of harassment toward its partners
    6. Microsoft's Double Fine acquisition results in early Psychonauts 2 investor payout
    7. Slitherine acquires Master of Magic franchise
    8. XRDC: 59% of AR/VR developers are working on games
    9. Red Kite Games: New IP still in development following Sumo acquisition
    10. Nexon to fully acquire stock in Embark Studios
    11. Mixer criticised for "breast-focused" streamer clothing guidelines
    12. The flawed Kinder Egg defence
    13. Obsidian "is not a crunch studio"
    14. Ooblets dev received thousands of "hateful, threatening messages" over Epic exclusivity
    15. Ninja off to strong start on Mixer
    16. Roblox now has 100m monthly active users
    17. UK Charts: Fire Emblem: Three Houses scores second week at No.1
    1. E3 accidentally leaks personal details of journalists, YouTubers and analysts
    1. Faze Clan countersues its Fortnite pro Tfue
    2. Glu Mobile sees record quarterly bookings in Q2 2019
    3. Halo TV series pushed to 2021
    4. Tencent launches its cloud services on WeGame in China
    5. Nintendo and Tencent working to localize Switch games for China
    6. Activision and Midway show you can't spell 'layoffs' without 'ffs'
    7. The Podcast: Rockstar's tax returns
    8. Fire Emblem: Three Houses conquers the EMEAA retail charts
    9. Over half of Chinese consumers prefer free-to-play or ad-monetised games over premium
    10. Bridging the gap between games and non-gamers with Twelve Minutes
    11. Koch Media expands into Poland with new dedicated office
    12. The Fortnite World Cup is a glimpse of esports' future | Opinion
    13. Epic launches Unreal Engine Authorized Training Partners progam
    14. Bungie delays free-to-play Destiny 2 to October
    15. NetEase to publish Creative Assembly's Total War series in China
    1. Google testing 'Play Pass' subscription for Android
    2. GTA Online's Diamond Casino & Resort update brought in record player numbers
    3. Xbox One S All-Digital Edition has launched in China
    4. Takehito Soeda: Sony essentially "founded an entire business" to bring PS4 to China
    5. My.Games partners with iDreamSky for mutual international expansion
    6. Ninja departs Twitch for Mixer exclusivity deal
    7. GameStop reportedly lays off over 50 amid ongoing restructuring
    8. Voodoo opens Istanbul office
    9. Epic exclusivity deal covered Ooblets' sales forecast across all stores
    10. What to do when Bolivia hates you
    11. Bidstack buys fraud prevention firm Pubguard
    12. Automaton Games enters administration
    13. After Japanese, Korean success, Zynga turns to China
    14. Capcom profits up 50.8% thanks to "highly profitable" digital downloads
    15. Fortnite World Cup hit a peak 2.3m concurrent viewers
    16. Modern Pick Entertainment to acquire "substantial" stake in Slightly Mad Studios
    17. EA: Our players often choose other platforms over Nintendo Switch