Category Archives: Industry

Self-publishing is not the answer

It is an answer. Alex Champandard summed up my entire previous blog post as: Essentially, making self-published games requires the skills running a business — and not everyone has, or wants, those. He should know: He has the skills for running a business as well as deep programming skills. Just look at AIGameDev. Here is […]

Marketing, sales, and other scary new game development tasks

Yesterday morning in the office, after my second cup of espresso, I wrote a tweet. And then another, and another, and pretty soon I had about 6 or so: The rise of social games means more developers need to get comfortable with the concepts of marketing, selling and profit. Seth Godin makes a strong argument […]

Arkane: We’ll move on from EA project cuts interviewed Raphael Colantonio during last week’s Game Connection in Lyon about the loss of the EA project: “We’re moving on,” said CEO and creative director Raphael Colantonio. “We do have some reserves, some cash that allows us to wait for a while, to find deals and reassign staff. But the right deals – that’s […]

THQ closes multiple studios

Robin just pointed out that THQ is laying off a ton of people as well as EA. Paradigm Entertainment has been closed, one third of the staff at Juice Games in the UK has been laid off, Mass Media has been closed, Helixe may have been closed, Locomotive Games has been closed, and staff from […]

Bad news

I originally posted this on Thursday night, but I forgot that some people in Lyon might read this before the company meeting where all was explained, so I took it down for a while. This evening I noticed three industry friends twittering about being sorry for their friends’ loss. I was worried – what was […]

Jack Thompson no longer licensed to practice law

Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out: The disbarment means that Thompson is no longer licensed to practice law and may not apply for reinstatement. Of course, I doubt this will impress a major league troll like Mr. Thompson. His buffoonery makes Jörg Haider look like reserved, reasonable person. (Why yes, […]

Google to buy Valve?

No commentary, just the rumor via Alice. Google to buy Valve, says the Inquirer. Is it over Steam? It makes little sense otherwise. Then again, I can’t really be bothered to think about it.

David Perry corrects GameStop CEO about digital distribution

It seems GameStop CEO Dan DeMatteo crossed the boundaries of sane, well-reasoned discourse while criticizing digital distribution of games. Dave Perry corrects him over at Shacknews: […] I hate to think someone this powerful can put out this kind of nonsense in an interview, and confuse professional investors, that might have been interested in the […]

IPhone Software Sales Take Off

There has been a lot of news about the iPhone as a gaming platform lately. Here’s a quote from a Wall Street Journal article I found particularly interesting: Videogame specialist Sega Corp. says it sold more than 300,000 copies in 20 days of its $9.99 Super Monkeyball game, in which players guide an orb around […]

10Tacle Studios AG files for bankruptcy

10Tacle Studios AG files for bankruptcy (in German). Bye bye to that last bit of money they owe me from a few months ago I guess. I am not the only one they still owe money to. The big question for a lot of people in the German-speaking industry will be: What took them so […]