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This Week In The Business: Steam's Importance To Independents

QUOTE | “I think Steam is … probably the most important thing that’s happened to indie games in the last 10 years.” — Fullbright Company co-founder Steve Gaynor on reactions to his game Gone Home and how indies must think about sales platforms.


This Week In The Business: 'Too Much Like Pornography?'

QUOTE | “You ever feel like what we’re doing is too much like pornography?” — Trip Hawkins, EA and Digital Chocolate founder, asking an odd question while on the difficulty of monetising games.


Let's Not Get Too Excited About Nintendo's 'Mergers And Acquisitions'

In the past, major video game companies like Square and Enix merged. It’s a big deal when something like that happens! Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently mentioned “M&A” (aka mergers and acquisitions), setting off speculation around the internet. But what does he mean? It’s not yet clear — he could just be talking about licensing Nintendo characters.


Report: Dontnot Files For Bankruptcy

Reports are coming out of France saying Dontnod, the studio behind Remember Me, is in a bit of trouble.


This Week In The Business: 'Immaturity And Multiplayer Go Hand In Hand'

What’s happened in the business of video games this past week …


This Week In The Business: The Clueless Gamer Responds

QUOTE | “These Clueless Gamer segments are not serious reviews nor endorsements … We do not believe sponsorship identification is needed.” — Unnamed representative for Conan O’Brien’s show, responding to the news that Red Barrels paid $US35,000 to have their game Outlast featured on the segment.


This Week In The Business: Not As Simple As It Sounds

QUOTE | “We are thinking about a new business structure … It’s not as simple as enabling Mario to move on a smartphone.” — Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, on Nintendo’s loss for the year and what to do about it.


This Week In The Business: $US1 Million Worth Of Pizza Sold On Xbox Live

STAT | $US1 million — Amount of sales that Pizza Hut’s Xbox 360 app has generated in four months by allowing people to order pizza from Xbox Live; “It’s been a source of unbelievable growth for us,” said Pizza Hut.


Nintendo Buys Patents Of Company That Lost Wii Fit Lawsuit

The company that sued Nintendo three years ago has just had its then-disputed patents snatched up by the House of Mario.


Nintendo Has To Give Some Of Its 3DS Money To Another Company

It’s the kind of run Nintendo’s been on lately, that even the company’s one piece of good news – the growing success of the 3DS – has to get a punch in the guts.