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August 2020 Archive

    1. Cyberpunk 2077 tops Best of Gamescom awards
    2. Eiyuden Chronicles Kickstarter raises more than $4.5m
    3. Shaping a warm welcome for wholesome games
    4. Ubisoft apologizes for 'insensitive and harmful' Elite Squad imagery
    5. What hypercasual mobile game publishers look for in developers
    6. UK Charts: Soft week for physical sales despite new releases
    1. Facebook renames its AR/VR studio collective to Facebook Reality Labs
    2. Apple terminates Epic's developer account as promised
    3. Riccardo Zacconi departs King after 17 years
    4. Are corporate celebrations of LGBTQ Pride progress?
    5. Unity launches Android distribution platform globally
    6. The Five Games of Mike Bithell | Podcast
    7. InnoGames promotes Christian Reshöft to CPO
    8. Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment shuts down due to COVID-19
    9. German games fund to offer government support for up to 50% of dev costs
    10. Hitman 3 will have a free next-gen uprade
    11. MAG Interactive acquires Primetime developer Sventertainment AB
    12. Frontier debuts new publishing label Frontier Foundry
    13. Will a Pro model open Switch's second act in 2021? | Opinion
    1. Dignitas launches new women in gaming initiative, _FE
    2. Steam gets a platform-wide chat filter in new Steam Labs experiment
    3. Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart is a PS5 launch window title
    4. Wired launching new gaming sub-vertical
    5. Free and easy ways to cross-promote your game
    6. BitKraft Ventures raises $165m VC fund
    7. Koch Media opens publishing offices in Tokyo and Hong Kong
    8. Film Victoria funds eight more Australian game studios
    9. 2K Games supports NBA protests in the wake of Wisconsin shooting
    10. European market generated €21.6 billion in revenue in 2019
    11. Craft, art, and science: Three ways of teaching game design
    12. Insights into adaptation game design challenges
    13. Xbox brings in Bungie veteran to keep delayed Halo Infinite on track
    14. iOS 14 will "severely impact" monetisation opportunities, Facebook says
    15. CD Projekt Red climbs to record market cap on Witcher mobile AR game
    16. #RaiseTheGame and UKIE join Best Places To Work Awards 2020
    17. Keywords Studios acquires Maverick Media for £3.6m
    18. Sony begins invite-only, one-per-customer PS5 pre-orders
    19. Crayta's cloud-driven dream to democratize game development
    1. Gamezop raises $4.3m in Series A financing
    2. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will cost $70 for next-gen console versions
    3. GTR opens applications for 2020 accelerator program
    4. Razer sees record-high revenues during pandemic
    5. Voodoo opens Singapore, Japan offices
    6. Fall Guys has now sold over 7m units on Steam
    7. Proponent Games launches with first two projects
    8. Six ways to make your user-generated content game successful and lawsuit-free
    9. Fall Guys is the most downloaded PlayStation Plus game of all time
    10. $60+ for a game is an “unfair price,” G2A study finds
    11. Polish games industry is worth nearly €500m
    12. War Child UK partners with game devs on Sporting Champions fundraiser
    13. India's prime minister appeals for games based on "Indian culture and folk tales"
    14. Copyright changes could limit in-game props, but might defeat clones | Opinion
    15. 343 Industries squashes rumours of Halo Infinite dropping Xbox One
    16. Gamecity Hamburg names five projects for Games Life Incubator 2020
    1. Exient Entertainment rebrands publishing labels as Exient Publishing
    2. Developers cut ties with Lab Zero, accuse lead designer of abuse, harassment
    3. Colossi Games raises $650,000 in pre-seed funding for new survival game
    4. What did we learn from the Unity IPO filing?
    5. Is Rocksteady doing enough to tackle abuse? | Podcast
    6. The Sinking City pulled from stores amid legal dispute
    7. Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War trailer blocked in China
    8. DMG launches accelerator for developers from marginalised backgrounds
    9. The literal wandering adventures of The Wandering Band
    10. Epic wins restraining order against Apple but Fortnite remains blocked
    1. Unity prepping an IPO
    2. Ghost of Tsushima sold 1.9m digital units in July
    3. Nintendo Switch Pro rumors resurface, this time expected in Q1 2021
    4. Earthbound and the power of representation | Why I Love
    5. How to pitch an article to
    6. Fall Guys is coming to mobile in China
    7. Democratizing in-app purchase with direct payment
    8. Apple opposes Epic's restraining order, says dispute is "completely avoidable"
    9. Summer Games Done Quick raises $2.3m for Doctors Without Borders
    10. Harnessing the power of positive reviews
    11. Ubisoft drops discs from Xbox collector's editions
    12. Microsoft files statement supporting Epic Games against Apple
    1. UK Charts: PGA Tour 2K21 lands at No.2
    1. Rocksteady responds to sexism accusations again
    2. Why the Shadow Warrior studio is expanding into live games
    3. Diablo 2: The human cost of making a classic
    4. Epic Games turns Apple dispute into Fortnite event
    5. EA, Tencent, and Bandai Namco join Investment Summit Online
    6. Burger King's ad agency frustrates Twitch streamers with "predatory" stunt
    7. Microsoft sells Halo masks to benefit frontline workers
    8. March Capital launches $60m games startup fund
    9. Amazon Games and Smilegate enter exclusive publishing agreement
    10. The silver linings in the clouds of 2020 | Opinion
    11. Aquiris Game Studio's Horizon Chase hits 50m downloads
    1. The National Videogame Museum reopens this weekend
    2. Hiber raises $2.2m to build out its browser-based game platform
    3. Phantasy Star Online 2 tops 1 million players worldwide
    4. Ring Fit Adventure set for official release in China
    5. Hitman 3 for PC to be Epic Games Store exclusive
    6. Making Blaseball, at our mercy
    7. Game devs continue to have cute pets | Creature Comforts
    8. 505 Games: There are "blockers" preventing free next-gen upgrades for Control
    9. PlayStation: Launching a console during a pandemic “is a massive challenge on every front”
    10. Animal Talking: "It's a hobby that spiralled wildly out of control”
    11. Valve assures slow Flight Simulator downloads won't affect refunds
    12. BrainLeap launches games series aimed at children with attention difficulties
    13. Nintendo confirms official Brazilian launch for Switch
    14. Devolver apologises for cancelling legitimate keys during clampdown on Fall Guys scammers
    15. Epic vs Apple judge decided in Apple's favour in similar case
    16. Apple market value tops $2tn
    1. Ex-Rocksteady writer asks for name to be left off Suicide Squad credits
    2. Rocksteady releases employee letter defending it from accusations
    3. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 leads fired
    4. Licensing lessons from Hello Neighbor's success
    5. Kolibri Games opens office in Bucharest
    6. Odyssey Interactive raises $6m to make impactful games for a new generation
    7. Bossa Studios shifts to hybrid remote/office model
    8. Take part in an intimate Q&A with Valve at the Investment Summit
    9. Valve forbids developers to promote other platforms on Steam
    10. Sega will "aggressively" focus on PC ports after Steam strength during lockdown
    11. Foreign developers can only hope to reach China with mobile games | Opinion
    1. EA Play, formerly EA Access, launches on Steam on August 31
    2. RektGlobal has acquired Fearless Media
    3. IGDA issues statement on human rights violations in Belarus
    4. Finnish games industry has raised nearly €500,000 toward protecting biodiversity
    5. Oculus devices to require Facebook accounts to log in
    6. Women at Rocksteady complained of harassment
    7. Deathloop delayed into Summer 2021
    8. Activision: No Woman, No Try | 10 Years Ago This Month
    9. Take-Two Interactive acquires Playdots for $192m
    10. Tera publisher En Masse Entertainment shutting down
    11. P​laying for the Planet ​​Alliance announces Green Mobile Jam results
    12. Mobile version of Fall Guys is a scam, Mediatonic warns
    13. Microsoft Flight Simulator | Critical Consensus
    14. EA facing class action lawsuit over Ultimate Team loot boxes
    15. Australian ratings board reportedly demands in-game purchase warnings appear on game boxes
    16. Eiyuden Chronicle breaks Kickstarter record as it soars past $3m
    17. Apple terminating Epic developer accounts, tools access
    1. Eastshade has made $2m since launch
    2. Firewatch film is still alive, now being made by Snoot Entertainment
    3. Pokémon Café Mix reaches 5m downloads
    4. Tencent acquires minority stake in Voodoo
    5. Epic is doing the right thing the wrong way | Podcast
    6. Epic Games: Why cross-play matters
    7. Lumikai is the first VC fund to focus on India's growing games industry
    8. Jagex Partners signs Shadow Warrior developer in first publishing deal
    9. COVID-19 drives first-half mobile app spending to $50b - App Annie
    10. How EA turned The Sims into a reality TV show
    11. UK Charts: EA Sports UFC 4 battles to No.1
    12. Florida landmark Coral Castle suing Epic Games
    13. Lazlow Jones left Rockstar Games to work on Disney and Netflix shows
    14. A Total War Saga: Troy was downloaded 7.5m times in 24 hours
    1. Ghost of Tsushima was the best-selling game in the US in July
    1. Steady beat of new mobile titles brings Q2 growth for NetEase
    2. Netmarble's global portfolio maintains growth in Q2
    3. EA Access and Origin Access Basic become EA Play
    4. Epic's Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite video is an irresponsible piece of corporate propaganda | Opinion
    5. State of Games: What happens to the industry when the pandemic is over?
    6. Wildlife raises $120m, valuation now reaches $3bn
    7. Ubisoft's Ashraf Ismail fired following misconduct investigation
    8. Six sessions to watch at Devcom Digital 2020
    9. Games dominated UK entertainment sales during initial months of lockdown
    10. Bandai Namco: How long can we sustain working with independent studios?
    11. PUBG Corporation invests $10m in venture capital firm
    12. Sensor Tower: Apple's removal of Fortnite cuts off $1.2b in player spending
    13. Game companies have claimed £444m in UK tax relief since 2014
    14. Stacking the deck against the new console launches | Opinion
    1. Fortnite has also been kicked off of Google Play
    2. Changing Channels: The hunt for the next Witcher
    3. Fortnite removed from App Store after it dodges Apple's rule on direct payments
    4. Changing Channels: How Hello Neighbor went from indie game to cross-media hit
    5. Changing Channels: Epic Games discusses making TV and film with games technology
    6. Changing Channels explores how Gary Whitta turned Animal Crossing into a TV show
    7. Changing Channels: Why are there no James Bond games?
    8. Paradox posts record Q2 revenue and profits
    9. Changing Channels explores how popular franchises translate to video games
    10. Changing Channels: Find out how developers use TV and film techniques to make games
    11. Tencent profits soar amid COVID-19 pandemic
    12. Forza Horizon 3 reaches the end of its life
    13. Changing Channels explores how subscriptions are changing entertainment
    14. Creative Europe wasn't aware of Alexis Kennedy accusations when it gave The Weather Factory money
    15. Changing Channels: Watch Outside Xbox discuss what TV can learn from YouTube
    16. Amplifier Game Invest buys three studios, extends investment in another
    17. Steam Game Festival will return in October
    18. Tune in for Changing Channels, with EA discussing The Sims Spark'd
    19. Embracer Group acquires multiple studios, including 4A Games
    20. Grounded: A big experimental adventure made by Obsidian's tiniest team
    21. Changing Channels kicks off with Metro 2033 author Dmitry Glukhovsky
    22. Only Control Ultimate Edition owners will receive its free next-gen upgrade
    1. GDC announces physical/digital hybrid event for 2021
    2. Four ways game developers can help save the planet
    3. Testronic acquires QA specialist Whyttest
    4. Dreamhack postpones remaining 2020 esports events
    5. Tony Petitti named Activision Blizzard's president of sports and entertainment | Jobs Roundup
    6. New research shows video games improve literacy
    1. Xbox Series X will launch in November
    2. Halo Infinite delayed into 2021
    3. Shroud returns to Twitch
    4. Summoner's War: Sky Arena reaches $2 billion in lifetime revenue
    5. Cold Iron Studios gets sold for the fourth time
    6. THQ Nordic names first North American CEO
    7. Devcom Digital's two-week schedule starts on August 17
    8. Nexon wants to build a virtual theme park for the future
    9. Quakecon At Home raises $30,000 for charity
    10. The impact of COVID-19 on mobile games in H1 2020 and beyond
    11. Goldeneye 64 remake shut down by James Bond licence holders
    12. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 delayed to 2021
    1. US games spending once again reaches record quarterly highs
    2. Amazon rebrands Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming
    3. Fall Guys sells 2m copies on Steam alone
    4. EA shareholders reject executive compensation plan
    5. The Game Developer's Playlist: Earthbound, with Aaron Linde | Podcast
    6. Practical tips to prevent abuse and build team trust
    7. Riot Games creates global deals council and ethics committee
    8. Yoshinori Ono leaves Capcom
    9. Xbox Series S confirmed by leaked controller
    10. Warner Bros restructure suggests games division is no longer for sale
    11. UK Charts: Nintendo Switch accounts for six of the Top Ten
    1. Facebook finally launches Facebook Gaming on iOS -- without Instant Games
    2. Aeon Must Die dev Limestone Games faces accusations of "endless crunch" and IP theft
    3. Interplay silent on Earthworm Jim developer's racist, homophobic remarks
    4. How Code Coven aims to Elevate marginalised developers
    5. Leading names from YouTube, TV, film, books and games set for Changing Channels
    6. Final Fantasy 7 Remake ships 5m units
    7. Tencent reportedly driving Huya and DouYu to merge into livestreaming giant
    8. Trump signs executive order that would ban transactions with Tencent
    9. Apple blocking Project xCloud and Stadia because it can't review every game
    10. The Gaming Stadium goes public on the Toronto Stock Exchange
    11. Voltage Entertainment ends writers strike with new pay deal
    12. Sugar rush financials don't mean we've dodged the COVID bullet | Opinion
    13. Enthusiast Gaming acquires Omnia Media in $11.2m deal
    14. DrDisrespect makes streaming return on YouTube
    1. Hitman 3 is coming to PSVR
    2. Big Run Studios raises $5.25m in seed investment
    3. MapleStory, Dungeon&Fighter in Korea drive Nexon to record Q2
    4. US Army to reinstate its Twitch viewers banned for "harassing and degrading behavior"
    5. StreamElements creates $100,000 Creator Diversity Fund
    6. Elder Scrolls Online and Doom Eternal getting free next-gen upgrades
    7. Games Education Summit goes virtual on September 8th
    8. Is your publishing agreement fair?
    9. Epic Games is now worth $17.3bn following latest funding round
    10. Develop:Brighton will be replaced by an online event
    11. Xbox Game Pass could be a boon for indie developers
    12. Microsoft pulls iOS test for Project xCloud
    13. Blizzard employees reportedly preparing demands for fair pay
    14. 1,100 words of praise for Thirty Flights of Loving | Why I Love
    15. Animal Crossing drives Nintendo Q1 profits up 500% to $1bn
    16. Silver Rain Games delivers on diversity goal with new hires
    1. No More Robots brought in $5 million in revenue in its third year
    2. Zynga's revenues still soaring, losses still deepening for another quarter running
    3. Zynga acquires hypercasual mobile company Rollic for $168m
    4. Animal Crossing is the most-discussed game on Twitter so far this year
    5. Intellivision Amico delayed to April 2021
    6. Ninja returns to Twitch following Mixer shutdown
    7. Fall Guys reaches 1.5m players in 24 hours
    8. Spiders' Greedfall hits one million sales
    9. Five steps to compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act
    10. Games and Online Harassment Hotline launches to "encourage help-seeking behaviours"
    11. Activision: "Warzone caused us to rethink how, when and where we reveal our upcoming title"
    12. Riot Games shutting down for a week
    13. Sega's strong Q1 games performance erased by impact of COVID-19
    14. A quick guide to readable game text
    15. Blizzard is planning online BlizzCon in early 2021
    16. Detroit: Become Human has sold over 5m copies
    1. Call of Duty: Warzone drives second quarter growth for Activision-Blizzard
    2. State of Games: COVID lockdown swung 2020 from "significantly lower" spending than 2019
    3. Ubisoft signs multi-year partnership with cloud gaming provider Parsec
    4. Cloud gaming comes to Xbox Game Pass on September 15
    5. Redesigned Xbox Store revamps navigation and Wish List features
    6. Epic Games Store adds modding support
    7. AbleGamers launches DPAD diversity initiative
    8. BiliBili secures exclusive rights to League of Legends esports in China
    9. Analogue Pocket pre-orders sell out in hours
    10. Blizzard employees share salary details amid unrest over pay disparity
    11. PlayStation software and services drive strong Q1 for Sony
    1. Capcom sees Q1 profits up, driven entirely by its games business
    2. Take-Two: Next-gen software price hikes "reflect the quality of the experience"
    3. Take-Two CEO: "It's a matter of time before the business is entirely digital"
    4. Sony DualShock 4 controllers will not work with PS5 games
    5. EA Sports picks up AC Milan and Inter Milan licenses
    6. Conflict minerals: Which gaming companies may have funded human rights abuses in 2019?
    7. No, really - do we need E3? | Podcast
    8. How to bring your game world to life with impactful sound design
    9. Gayming Magazine launching LGBTQ games awards next year
    10. The complete sales history of Curious Expedition
    11. Destroy All Humans makes Top Three after 12-year absence | UK Charts
    12. Tommy François has left Ubisoft
    13. China updating real name verification for video games in September
    14. Netflix making Beyond Good & Evil movie
    15. Re-watch Live: State of Games right here
    16. Football Manager delayed due to COVID-19 lockdown
    17. Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play
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