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GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

This week Minecraft on 360 broke all digital-sales records on its first day, controversial marketing specialist Paul Christoforo filed a lawsuit against N-Control, Activision Blizzard touted Skylanders as bigger than Angry Birds, and Take-Two delayed BioShock Infinite.

You’ll also find reviews for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition,  Toy Soliders, Lone Survivor, and Awesomenauts.

Other GamesBeat stories included:

The DeanBeat: A tale of two industry giants

7 reasons why you should play The Secret World

Vita sales struggle in a new, tablet-ruled world

Carmageddon devs run over Double Fine’s Tim Schafer in the name of Kickstarter

Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition is a successful port of an imperfect gem (review)

Minecraft on Xbox 360 breaks digital-sales records in first day

Civilization V: Gods and Kings will give you a reason to rebuild your empire (hands-on preview)

Toy Soldiers: A Great War in a small box (review)

The Sims Social on life support? EA says no way

Official DICE servers disappear from Battlefield 3

Skylanders is bigger than Angry Birds, says Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard says Black Ops II may be the biggest Call of Duty ever

World of Warcraft still on top with 10.2M subscribers in first quarter

5 Kickstarter games we may never see

Electronic Arts and Insomniac Games announce Outernauts for Facebook

Who wants a Wii U? Not three out of four gamers

Bethesda and id release 20th anniversary edition of Wolfenstein 3D as web/mobile game

Controversial marketing specialist Paul Christoforo files a lawsuit against N-Control

Are Chinese gamers addicted to crack?

Adventure game veteran Jane Jensen reaches Kickstarter goal

Mojang talks Minecraft subscriptions, boycotting E3

Lone Survivor delivers story better than big-name games (review)

MMORPG writer discusses the thin line between labor and love (exclusive)

Awesomenauts: Think of it as multiplayer online battle arena training wheels (review)

Company of Heroes 2 explores WWII’s Eastern front

Journey designer: PlayStation Network players “more likely to be interested in artistic games” than 360 or Wii

VentureBeat:

Why China’s game business will hit $20B by 2016 (exclusive interview)

Cmune spreads UberStrike to new platforms and raises funds from Skype founder

Game sales crash 42 percent in April with a light release schedule and early Easter

Facebook games don’t have to be stupid, according to AviNation (exclusive)

Call of Duty, Skylanders lead Activision Blizzard to beat analysts’ expectations

Milestone for a mobile blockbuster: Angry Birds hits 1 billion downloads

Take-Two delays highly anticipated BioShock Infinite until Feb. 2013

EA’s focus: Brands, platforms, and talent

Zynga launches Bubble Safari as it moves into arcade-style social games

Starhawk developers learned from social games that “analytics is king” (interview)

Hackers disrupt the gameplay of Zynga’s YoVille social game

EA chief suggests that Zynga overpaid for OMGPOP/Draw Something

Angry Birds creator Rovio says merchandising is 30 percent of revenue

Awesome! Raptr will give you targeted rewards just for playing games


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