1）继与日本手机社交平台GREE合作之后，Unity Technologies最近在日本东京成立了一家新工作室。这个新团队将由Shinobu Toyoda领导，John Goodale任总监兼总裁，Hiroki Omae任地区总监。
Toyoda之前曾在世嘉美国任职15年，而John Goodale此前也曾为世嘉、动视和Crytek等多家西方游戏公司效力，Hiroki Omae则曾在Form Software担任五年的技术总监，自2009年以来一直致力于开发独立游戏。
2）休闲游戏公司Big Fish Games日前聘请亚马逊前高管David Stephenson任公司西雅图工作室的首席财务官，负责监管公司全球战备及运营策划及财政事务。
另一项新功能My World支持用户浏览和访问订阅管理选项，而新的App Social Sharing选项将支持用户通过Facebook、Twitter、BBM、电子邮件和短信分享应用内容。
5）据pocketgamer报道，备受赞誉的PC/Mac独立游戏《King of Dragon Pass》（游戏邦注：曾获第二届独立游戏节最佳视觉艺术大奖）将于9月8日登陆App Store，该版本游戏采用了重新设计的UI，售价6.99英磅/9.99美元。
1）Unity strengthens Japan operations opening a Tokyo office
by Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
Further to its recently announced hook up with Japanese mobile platform GREE, Unity Technologies is additionally expanding its reach into Japan by opening a subsidiary office in Tokyo.
The Japan office team will be led by chairman Shinobu Toyoda, director/president John Goodale and regional director Hiroki Omae.
“The Unity community throughout Japan has grown at an expeditious rate over the last few years,” said Toyoda.
“With the opening of our Japan subsidiary, we look forward to offering our customers in the region full support and localisation of the development platform.”
Nihon no Chiimu
Toyoda moves to Unity after serving as executive vice president at Sega of America for 15 years.
John Goodale has worked for many western companies in the region, including Sega, Activision and Crytek, and speaks Japanese, while Hiroki Omae served as technical director at From Software for five years and has been developing games independently since 2009.
“The establishment of the Unity Technologies Japan office and the addition to our company of such a knowledgeable, passionate team further cement Unity Technologies’ commitment to democratise games development globally,” said Unity CEO David Helgason.
“We look forward to offering the Japanese development community local support.”
The company raised $12 million during July, particularly to fund Asian expansion, and is expected to further announce its plans for China over the coming weeks. （source:pocketgamer）
2）Former Amazon.com executive hired as Big Fish Games CFO
Big Fish Games has hired former Amazon executive David Stephenson as chief financial officer of the Seattle game maker.
His new job at Big Fish will include overseeing worldwide strategic and business planning and finance operations, the company said in an announcement.
Big Fish is one of the largest distributors of casual games. Stephenson follows Mike Vernon, Big Fish’s former CFO who now is CFO at Zulily.
Stephenson has than 20 years of senior financial and operational leadership at Procter & Gamble and Amazon, where he spent 11 years, Most recently he was Amazon’s vice president of finance for the company’s $15 billion North American retail division.
“Big Fish has kept a low profile,” Stephenson said in a statement, “and when I came to know the team and the business I was incredibly impressed, particularly with their culture and talent base, their obsessive focus on developers and customers, and their data driven decision making and operational rigor. Big Fish is a great brand with terrific opportunities ahead and I’m thrilled to be part of the team.”（source:techflash）
3）Report: Apple to ship over 86 million iPhones in 20110
Digitimes is reporting a few interesting numbers for the mobile industry, particularly Apple’s smartphone business. Their research concludes that total smartphone shipments in 2011 will quite possibly exceed 462 million units. This is a 60 percent increase from 2010, in which 288 million units were shipped.
Apple alone is expected to ship over 86.4 million units in 2011. This means that the iPhone would represent an impressive 18.7 percent of all smartphone shipments this year. Last year, Apple shipped 82 percent less, at 47.5 units. On the other hand, Digitimes forecasts that Nokia smartphone shipments will decrease to 74.4 million in 2011, down from over 100 million last year. These statistics, if proven true, mean that Apple would become the number one smartphone vendor in terms of shipment volume.
The numbers regarding Apple are no doubt taking into consideration the imminent release of the iPhone 5. The company is rumored to announce the new product at some point during this month, with a possible release in October. Not only is anticipation for the iPhone 5 extremely high, but it’s likely Sprint will carry the iOS device for the first time. These factors both point to huge demand for Apple smartphones.
Chinese brands Huawei and ZTE will supposedly see large growth in popularity. Digitimes estimates the former company’s shipments will rise over 400 percent this year. While Google’s operating system is very much on the ascendancy right now, it’s clear iOS still drives plenty of demand.（source:intomobile）
4）Blackberry App World updated to version 3.0
by Matt Sakuraoka-Gilman
With a sleek new design that aims to improve the user experience, RIM has released Blackberry App World 3.0 for smartphones running its BlackBerry 7 OS.
Content browsing has been streamlined through the introduction of Channels. These will act as categories for apps, games and themes, making searching for content much smoother.
There’s also a new option to have a My Account button on user’s home screens, by which they will be able to access all BBID, payment and account information.
The new My World feature enables users to instantly view and access subscription management options. The new App Social Sharing option also allows users to share apps through Facebook, Twitter, BBM, email and SMS.
Finally, app search options have been updated with more filters including App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, and Popular.
RIM will be hoping the update will boost the three million apps downloaded per day from the store. （source:pocketgamer）
5）Indie strategy title King of Dragon Pass flying onto iPhone on September 8th
by Anthony Usher
The award-winning Mac/PC indie game King of Dragon Pass is set to hit the App Store on September 8th, complete with a reworked UI and a £6.99/$9.99 price tag.
The game, which combines interactive stories and resource-management, is set in the fictional kingdom of Glorantha, which RuneQuest and HeroQuest fans should already be familiar with.
Developer A Sharp has dropped everybody’s least favourite moments from the game, and has added plenty of new stories to complete.
King of Dragon Pass – which won the Best Visual Arts Award at the 2nd annual Independent Games Festival – has been designed to feature 40 hours of gameplay.
You can pick it up from the App Store from September 8th for £6.99/$9.99. （source:pocketgamer）
6）Diner Dash serves up good eats on iOS for free
by Brandy Shaul
Were you sad to see Diner Dash close its doors on Facebook? If you have an Apple mobile device, you can now fill in a bit of the hole left behind with the game’s closure, as the original Diner Dash is now absolutely free to download via iTunes. Technically, the free version is only for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but you can download it on your iPad as well (the graphics will be much poorer in that case).
Before this sale, Diner Dash could be purchased for $2.99, which makes this a pretty good deal. Add to this the fact that the game is frequently updated with new content (new themed restaurants and levels, for one) and the deal becomes even better!
Sure, downloading an iPhone game won’t bring back the joy of playing as Flo on Facebook, but we certainly won’t turn down a free game. The only thing to keep in mind here, folks, is that this free price will only be around for a limited time. How limited? Unfortunately, PlayFirst doesn’t say, but that just gives you all the more incentive to download it now, even if you don’t plan on playing it until later! （source:games）
7）Chillingo bringing new iPhone platformer Terra Noctis to the App Store this December
by Anthony Usher
Publisher Chillingo is bringing brand-new platformer Terra Noctis to the iPhone this December, just in time for the Christmas rush.
Set in a ‘land of nightmares’, the game sees you controlling Allen – a monster who has been exiled for being too sweet – as he attempts to return home as the scariest beast the world has ever seen.
Each of the game’s four playable regions features unique graphics and nightmare bosses to defeat, as well as fully animated enemies and tough bonus levels.
Each stage houses a secret coin – which allows you to buy new levels – and the word ‘scare’. It’s your job to seek out and collect them.
There’s currently no word on how much Terra Noctis will cost, but we’ll let you know as soon as we’re privy to the price.
Check out the gameplay trailer below while you wait.（source:pocketgamer）
8）Survey: ‘Creative Freedom’ Drives Devs To Go Indie
by Kyle Orland
A new survey of over 100 game developers pursuing or considering independent development finds “creative freedom” is the most popular reason for choosing to forgo a job at an established studio.
The non-scientific survey, conducted by independent developer Daniel Fedor from among readers of his blog and of Gamasutra’s blogs, found 73 percent of 121 respondents saying they “want more creative freedom” in explaining the appeal of indie development.
A majority of respondents also cited a desire to “share ideas with the world” and enjoy “improved working hours” as reasons to make the move.
In addition, 47 percent of respondents said “the chance to earn more than a salary and/or benefits” made independent development look good. A recent Game Developer survey found salaries increasing for many independent developers and contractors through 2010.
A majority of respondents (54 percent) said that the risk of losing steady pay was one of the main reasons preventing them from turning to independent development. Many of those currently working for a major studio said their need to support their family and their personal affinity for co-workers might stop them from making the jump.
Fedor offers his own analysis of the survey’s full results on his Gamasutra blog, recommending that studios offer employees less crunch, more profit-sharing, and more opportunities to be creative to prevent them from striking out on their own.（source:gamasutra）