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Avatar Reality Raises $4.2M For 3D Virtual World, Hires Industry Vet Trent Ward

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Avatar Reality, developer of the massively multiplayer online virtual world platform Blue Mars, has raised an additional $4.2 million from Kolohala Ventures and co-founder and games industry veteran (and somewhat of a legend) Henk Rogers. That brings the total invested in the company to more than $13 million, according to...
Avatar Reality Raises $4.2M For 3D Virtual World, Hires Industry Vet Trent Ward

What Games Are: My Three GDC Themes

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. The Game Developer’s Conference was, as expected, a whirlwind. Folks from all across the games industry and associated media...
What Games Are: My Three GDC Themes

Microsoft Sheds Old TV Baggage to Focus on New Xbox

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Microsoft is planning to reveal details about its new Xbox video game console at an event in May, as the games industry prepares for a new generation of hardware that it hopes will lift sales....
Microsoft Sheds Old TV Baggage to Focus on New Xbox

How a Dream PetHouse turned into an expensive nightmare | Harry Day

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An iPad app aimed at children allows vast amounts of money to be traded for virtual fruit and seeds – as we found to our costMy seven-year-old sister Lily is scarily competent with technology; she can change my phone's screensaver, send a text message and download apps. The flipside to...
How a Dream PetHouse turned into an expensive nightmare | Harry Day
"Protestors" call games industry a "temple of sin," demand repentance

Angry Birds maker Rovio hires former EA exec Oskar Burman to head new Stockholm games studio

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Rovio, the Finnish company behind the hit game franchise Angry Birds and the recently released Amazing Alex, has appointed Oskar Burman, formerly the head of EA’s Easy Studios, as the new general manager of its Stockholm office. Burman notes on his Twitter feed that the new Stockholm studio is opening...
Angry Birds maker Rovio hires former EA exec Oskar Burman to head new Stockholm games studio

It's time to call game over on sexuality harassment | Denis Farr

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Complaints from US conservatives about same-sex relationships in video games smack of bigotry rather than 'children's safety'"This isn't about protecting children, it's about political harassment." These are the words of Jeff Brown, the VP of corporate communications of video games company EA, given to Gamesindustry International when asked about the...
It's time to call game over on sexuality harassment | Denis Farr

This week's new events

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Pick Me Up, LondonWith a packed roster of cartoonists, graphic novelists and illustrators, this leading graphic arts fair and festival certainly promises to live up to its name. Highs include Jessica Albarn's sinuous drawings conjuring contemporary fairytales, George Hardie, the man behind the artwork for Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of...
This week's new events
'Minecraft' aims to reel in families, young gamers with new Realms subscription service

Zynga's COO has stepped down from the company, exiting its board as well

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Today it was filed with the SEC that Zynga’s COO, John Schappert, has stepped down from his role at the company, and is leaving its board. Zynga has had a troubled past few months, with a declining share price, and dissapointing earnings. Previously, it had become known that Zynga’s CEO Mark Pincus,...
Zynga's COO has stepped down from the company, exiting its board as well

King taps tech industry veteran Robert Cohn as a new member of its board of directors

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Game company King today announce that it’s adding tech industry veteran and former co-founder and CEO of voice mail supplier Octel Communications Robert Cohn to its board of directors. “We are excited to have Bob join our board given his broad experience with public and private companies across the globe and...
King taps tech industry veteran Robert Cohn as a new member of its board of directors

Here's what we expect from Sony's Wednesday event

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Sony will announce the PlayStation 4 (PS4) tomorrow. If it doesn’t happen, I give my editors permission to beat me senseless with a first-gen PlayStation 3. Chances are Shoe and Jason won’t have the pleasure of doing that because all clues point to a new system (though I’m sure...
Here's what we expect from Sony's Wednesday event

Box Of Awesome Is Like A Free Birchbox For Kids Stuffed Full Of Games, Books, Music, And More

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Serial games entrepreneur and sometimes angel investor Dylan Collins has a new project, which he no doubt describes as “awesome”. Aiming to help solve the discovery problem faced by physical and digital products targeting the fickle market that is kids, the aptly named Box Of Awesome is like a free...
Box Of Awesome Is Like A Free Birchbox For Kids Stuffed Full Of Games, Books, Music, And More

Tax breaks for UK games industry

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The chancellor has announced tax breaks for the games industry, a move welcomed by the industry....
Tax breaks for UK games industry

Bafta video game awards 2012 – watch live

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The UK games industry is gathered in london for the 2012 Bafta video game awards, being hosted again this year by comedian Dara O'Briain. Will it be the super hero thrills of Batman: Arkham city, the physics-based spills of Portal 2, or the hard-boiled chills of LA Noire that dominate...
Bafta video game awards 2012 – watch live

Google hires Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer for Android

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Google may be branching out into making games, after hiring a games industry veteran. Noah Falstein, designer of a number of games over his 23-year career, has been picked up by the search giant and given the title "Chief Game Designer," suggesting that the company could be producing its own...
Google hires Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer for Android

The Guardian becomes media partner for London Games Festival

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We'll be hosting at least three events during the capital's celebration of games, taking place between 27 September - 28 OctoberThe Guardian will be the first ever official media partner for the London Games Festival, it has been announced. We'll be running our own events as part of the annual...
The Guardian becomes media partner for London Games Festival

This week's new games

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Nick Gillett rounds up the news from the biggest gaming show of the year, E3E3 is the international games industry's annual bunfight, a jam-packed gathering for which new announcements are hoarded and luminaries duly trundled out. This year's show lacked really big news, with Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all simply...
This week's new games

Press Start: Gearbox buys Homeworld, Nordic Games buys Darksiders and more

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Plus, Xbox 720 rumour round-up, new Vlambeer cloning row, and games industry event planned in lovely Leamington SpaA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.Gearbox Software has acquired the Homeworld franchise | GamasutraThe intergalactic real-time strategy sim is now in the company of Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines...
Press Start: Gearbox buys Homeworld, Nordic Games buys Darksiders and more

Games Industry Transitions In 2013: Will Consoles And Windows Rise Again?

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. For retailers and publishers in video games, Christmas is the busiest time...
Games Industry Transitions In 2013: Will Consoles And Windows Rise Again?

Budget 2012: could this be the year for the UK games industry?

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We chat to Tory MP Justin Tomlinson and TIGA CEO Richard Wilson about the chances of games industry support in this week's budgetRichard Wilson is feeling optimistic. Again. The CEO of video game industry trade body, Tiga, has spent the last three years lobbying parliament for tax credits and other...
Budget 2012: could this be the year for the UK games industry?

What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. The thrill of the win, of achieving – often...
What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games
Gamers spend $3.4B on all types of games in Q1

Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes – review

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Xbox 360/PC/PS Vita/Wii/PS3; £39.99; cert 7+; Traveller's Tales/Warner BrosIt's mind-blowing at this stage that gamers still can't seem to get enough of the Lego series of games. After all, Traveller's Tales hasn't strayed much from the basic gaming template it introduced with its first Lego Star Wars instalment in 2005,...
Lego Batman 2: DC Heroes – review

Zynga adds 9m mobile users in Q1 as smartphone and tablet bets pay off

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Reflects increased emphasis on phones and tablets across the social games industryAt the end of 2011, Zynga had 12m monthly active users (MAUs) on mobile for its social games. Three months later, it had added 9m, taking it to 21m mobile MAUs. And before you ask, no, that wasn't just...
Zynga adds 9m mobile users in Q1 as smartphone and tablet bets pay off

Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

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Chancellor's autumn statement brings good news for UK creative industries with a 25% tax relief and £6m fund for trainingGeorge Osborne has confirmed that the UK's video game, animation and "high end" television industries will benefit from a 25% tax relief from April 2013.The chancellor had already promised some form...
Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

Activision Blizzard unveils a record $4.7bn in revenues

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Video game giant announces 7% rise in revenues as the Call of Duty franchise continues to sweep all before itVideo game giant Activision Blizzard unveiled a 7% increase in revenues to a record $4.76bn (£3bn) in 2011, up from 2010's $4.45bn thanks in part to the sales success of the...
Activision Blizzard unveils a record $4.7bn in revenues

GDC survey of developers finds interest in mobile greater than consoles

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The Game Developers Conference polled more than 2,500 people who attended last year’s conference, finding that more of the respondents are developing for smartphones and tablets than for any other platform. 38 percent of developers surveyed released their last game on smartphones and tablets, and 55 percent are developing...
GDC survey of developers finds interest in mobile greater than consoles

UK games industry waits for games tax break announcement | Gamer/Law

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UK games industry waits for games tax break announcement | Gamer/Law

Ten Questions for Yat Siu, Co-Founder of "Fast Food"-Style Game Studio Animoca

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If you’ve never heard of Animoca, it’s probably because — like nearly every company in the mobile games industry — the Hong Kong-based studio has never had a huge hit on the scale of Temple Run or Candy Crush Saga. And Animoca couldn’t be happier about that. Co-founder Yat Siu...
Ten Questions for Yat Siu, Co-Founder of "Fast Food"-Style Game Studio Animoca
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