Items tagged business

Don't Listen To Business Indies

Tags: business, critique

The Ratings Game, Part 1: A Likely and an Unlikely Suspect

You know what's scary? It's been almost three decades since videogames first got an audience rating system, and countless scientific studies later we still have to spend too much time defending the reality that videogames don't cause violence. Makes me wonder if this idea will ever die.

Tags: business, history, critique

Gabriel Knight Creator Jane Jensen's Successful Second Act: Erotic Novelist

Ever wanted to know what Jane Jensen was up to after Gabriel Knight and Sierra stopped being a thing? I hadn't thought of that, but Vice Magazine has us covered. It's a fascinating story, too, and it made me realize something. Just like real-time strategies didn't go anywhere but simply evolved into more focused genres like tower defense and MOBA, adventures became many little things, like room escape games, hidden object games and walking simulators. And there's nothing wrong with that, though it does betray an environment where few games can be large and ambitious anymore. But the wheel still turns.

Tags: adventure, business, history

DriveThruRPG Post-Brexit?

Tags: tabletop, business

Opera buys GameMaker Studio maker YoYo Games for $10 million

Tags: tools, business

Money for the honey!

A look at Hive Time's finances and pay-what-you-want pricing

Tags: long, business, postmortem

GoldenEye 007 Fan Remake Shut Down by James Bond License Holders

And all the IP holders have gained is a lot of ill-will. They could have had free advertising instead. Good job breaking it, hero.

Tags: shooter, business, critique

COVID-19 and pivot towards game development lead to layoffs at Kongregate

Wait, what? I guess the layoffs shouldn't surprise anyone after the previous announcement, though having them come without warning just a day later is ugly. But how in the world do you blame the ongoing health crisis for the woes of an internet company that does everything online by definition?! Your business should be booming right now! You know, from all the people stuck at home with not much to do.

Tags: business, critique

Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash's final days approach

Tags: business, preservation

My 10 Year Game Development Journey

Things are different in the Philippines (via

Tags: long, cool, business, case study

Playdate & the LA Zine Fest, weird games, and what it means for “Playdate” to lose its name…

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The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo

The story of a man, a lie, a video game handheld, and a business empire.

Tags: business, cool, history

Blizzard's substance-less BlizzCon statement speaks volumes

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"I Want To Breathe Again": Three Industry Developers Come Forward With Sexual Assault Allegations

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Steam now has an official LGBTQ+ tag, hub page

Tags: business, representation

Gamasutra - State of California investigates Riot for systematic gender discrimination

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Ubisoft continue to claim their games don’t have political stances, are still wrong

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How capitalism killed one of the best video game studios

Spoiler: it's about Valve

Tags: business, case study

Retro Games with Shameless Product Placement

Tags: business, retrogaming

Nintendo pulls Switch eShop game after dev reveals he sneaked in basic code editor "Easter egg"

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Apex Legends updates less to maintain dev quality of life

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BioWare’s awful response to Kotaku’s exposé pours petrol on a raging PR fire

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Activision Blizzard reports historic financial gains amid major layoffs

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Itchio outshines Steam by staying small and weird

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Blizzard and Black Women: Is it beef?

Tags: business, representation, critique

GOG makes another offensive tweet, offers non-apology

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Zombie Orpheus cancels contract with GOG over transphobia

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Making games like Red Dead Redemption 2 shouldn’t be such hard work

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Making games like Red Dead Redemption 2 shouldn’t be such hard work

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The Games Industry is Toxic

Content Warnings: crunch, burnout, layoffs, general toxicity

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Even a decade in, GOG doesn't want to try and be the Steam-slayer

Tags: cool, business