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This Week In The Business: The Metroid Atrocity

“Help us stop this atrocity of a game from bearing the beloved Metroid franchise name and make Nintendo halt production on it.” — Quote from a fan petition with 12,000 signatures so far, regarding Nintendo’s upcoming Metroid Prime: Federation Force game for the 3DS.


This Week In The Business: Paris Hilton's Just Not Worth It

QUOTE | “It’s not worth paying for Paris Hilton.” – EA Mobile’s general manager Bill Mooney, explaining why not all celebrity brands are worth licensing for mobile games.


This Week In The Business: Buying Broken Games

“At that point, we’re asking people to part with their money, and they should not be getting a broken product.” — Tripwire VP Alan Wilson, explaining why he thinks Steam’s Early Access program is being abused by some developers.


Desura Owner Files For Bankruptcy, Leaves Developers In Limbo

Just a few weeks ago, digital storefront Desura appeared to be taking steps to deal with delayed payments to developers on its service. The problems were blamed on a lack of an automated system, but with Desura’s owner, Bad Juju Games, now filing for bankruptcy, it appears the issues went much deeper.


Sorry Hot Topic, GameStop Is The Proud New Owner Of ThinkGeek

In the face of a purchase agreement from GameStop valued at $US140 million, ThinkGeek parent company Geeknet terminated the $US122 million deal with Hot Topic it announced last week.


This Week In The Business: Three Out Of Four Ain't Bad

“You look at the relatively thin field at the top and we’ve sort of died and gone to heaven in terms of the opportunity.” — Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, explaining that they see themselves as #3 out of only four companies making AAA games.


Developer Fights Publisher Over $1 Game Sale

The developers of StandPoint were surprised to wake up on Monday and discover their game was being sold for $US1 on a flash deal site. They have tried to end their publishing contract for months, alleging they haven’t been paid. Suddenly, that same company was apparently trying to cash-in.


This Week In The Business: Rest In Peace

“I think the old publishing model has died, where it’s just a bunch of suits and they’re doing marketing. It’s changed dramatically.” — Stardock CEO Brad Wardell, explaining why developers need a full partner to help bring games to market.


This Week In The Business: A Coool $US3.7 Million A Day

$US3.7 million — Amount of revenue Mixi’s mobile game Monster Strike made per day last quarter, according to the company’s earnings report; that’s an increase of 829 per cent in revenue over the previous year’s quarter.


This Week In The Business: Gonna Be Sick

“Getting people sick isn’t a choice.” — Valve’s Chet Faliszek, talking about how the future of VR depends on finding a solution to motion sickness in its users.


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