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CEDEC survey sheds light on how much Japanese game devs get paid

Japanese game industry trade body CESA recently polled nearly 2,000 game devs in Japan about how much they’re paid, and the results suggest it’s less than devs in the West. …


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Are paid apps dead? There’s only 1 among the US 50 top-grossing, and it’s Minecraft

Even when you narrow down to focus only on the 50 top-grossing mobile games in the US, Minecraft: Pocket Edition is the only premium entry — the rest are free-to-play games. …


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Disclosing paid content legally: A practical guide

Whether you’re a developer, blogger, vlogger, YouTuber or streamer, when it comes to creating paid content, there are certain legally required disclosure requirements you need to know about. …


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Blog: The paid mods question

Reader Kevin Murphy writes: “A look at the economics of the paid mods debate, and how damaging it could be to the industry depending on how it would be implemented.” …


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Microsoft Puts Foot Down To Stop Paid Advertisements Using Minecraft

Microsoft has had about enough of people using Minecraft for advertising purposes. An update to the game’s commercial usage guidelines lays down the law regarding what advertising agencies and other corporations can’t do using Minecraft.

Companies may not build a server or mod that promotes their products. An example of this might be a restaurant or other commercial establishment built within Minecraft.

Production companies are not permitted to create Minecraft versions of their television or movie properties or otherwise use the game to expand their own lore. They are not allowed to create a movie trailer using the game either.

“We want to empower our community to make money from their creativity, but we’re not happy when the selling of an unrelated product becomes the purpose of a Minecraft mod or server,” writes Mojang’s director of creative communications Owen Hill. “That doesn’t feel right, or more importantly, fun. The new rules are an attempt to stop these things from happening.”

In December, Verizon hired Minecraft YouTuber SethBling to assist with creating a working cell phone within Minecraft. You can see that in a video that also features popular Minecraft personality "Captain Sparklez."

This won’t impact server and video monetization. Fans are still permitted to build brand-related things in the game, too. So if you really love a particular restaurant or store, you won’t be prohibited from doing that yourself. Despite that, a number of Minecraft streamers and YouTubers are speaking out against the changes.

[Source: Mojang]

 

Our Take
It’s easy to see why other brands would want to latch onto Minecraft’s popularity. But to do so without permission is just a lawsuit waiting to happen. Now that Microsoft and Mojang have put it in print, it should be clear that proper licensing is required for anything like what’s described above.

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Blog: Fears of Apple’s paid search plans

“A recent report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is investigating adding paid search to the App Store. Upon reading the article, I must admit that my immediate reaction was one of concern.” …


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Konami Outlines Details On Paid Metal Gear Online DLC

Late last month, Konami revealed that some new DLC would be making its way to Metal Gear Online in March. Today, the publisher has providing additional information on the Cloaked in Silence pack, which includes three maps and Quiet as a playable character. You'll also be able to add some additional personality to the game – but it'll cost you.

The Cloaked in Silence DLC will set you back $ 3.99, and it includes the following maps (with descriptions from Konami):

 

  • Coral Complex: A dedicated Motherbase environment, allowing players to access tall towers, use storage containers and other internal areas as cover for tactical advantage. Coral Complex mixes open areas and a myriad of hiding opportunities.
  • Rust Palace: Set within Afghanistan, the Rust Palace is a large multi-level building. The skeletal nature of the decrepit ruin means that cover is scarce, and the internal areas are rich in dusty rooms and high-up sniping positions.
  • Azure Mountain: An outdoor plain under Africa’s baking sky. A small cluster of buildings offers scant cover, with only derelict walls and occasional scrubland surrounding the massive rock known locally as the Cradle of Spirits. 

 

Players can also use Quiet in the game, taking advantage of her movement speed and ability to jump up to areas that would otherwise require the use of a ladder.

Players who want to use in-game emotes will be able to do so in several new downloads, which Konami is calling Appeal Actions. Characters can equip up to five of these emotes. Each of these downloads – the Basic Appeal, Battle Appeal, Dance Appeal, and Hero Appeal packs – costs $ 1.99.

There will be a free update to the game in March, too, timed with the release of the paid DLC. It adds a new competitive mission type called Sabotage, where players have to either destroy or Fulton the opposing side's missile before the timer ends. Attackers have to first hack into computers to deactivate an electromagnetic barrier, at which point defenders can either focus on rearming the barrier or protecting the missile.

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22cans switches Godus Wars DLC from paid to free after fan outcry

The Godus development debacle continues. Is it possible to finish the game and repair the company’s reputation with fans? …


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Devs at Electronic Arts now have a bit more paid parental leave

Developer and publisher Electronic Arts has opened the new year by expanding its paid parental leave program for U.S.-based employees who have been with the company over a year to a full ten weeks. …


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The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing Out Today With Significant Paid DLC

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is out today on Xbox One, more than a year after its announcement and more than two since the PC debut. The game is part of December’s Xbox Live Games with Gold, but if you want the full experience, it isn’t entirely free.

The game is listed for $ 14.99 for those that don’t have Games with Gold. Alongside the core game are two $ 3.99 DLC packs. Each includes an entirely new character class, different weapons, a new skill tree, different perks, three class-specific quests, and two additional maps for the single-player campaign.

The core game includes a single class that can be customized in different ways, but not to the extent that the Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic DLC allows. Xbox Live Gold members can grab The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing now as part of the Games with Gold program. For more on this month’s offerings, check out our previous coverage.

[Source: Xbox.com]

 

Our Take
Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus are great ways for publishers to reinvigorate communities, energize franchises, and revitalize monetization for add-on content. However, with only class in the core Van Helsing game and two years since PC release, this doesn’t feel great. 

While not a universal rule, late ports typically bundle in some or all of the content released as paid add-ons for other platforms. Two years later, it would have been nice to see the full experience delivered without day one DLC that amounts to more than 50 percent of list price.

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