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Sony is readying to shut down PlayStation Vita production in Japan  
by Staff [02.19.19]
The company has posted a warning on the Japanese website for the two remaining PlayStation Vita models that cautions "shipments are scheduled to end soon."
Console/PC

See how Ubisoft tested The Division with automated players at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [02.19.19]
The folks at Ubisoft know something about testing big open-world games, and at GDC 2019 next month they're presenting a cool talk all about improving game testing through automation.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Blog: Creating a sustainable PR program for your mobile game  
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.19]
Here's a brief explainer on how to create a sustainable PR program around a mobile game's development, broken out in 3 phases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nitro Games begins layoff talks, could cut workforce in half  
by Chris Kerr [02.19.19]
Finnish mobile studio Nitro Games could lay off over half of its workforce in an attempt to reduce operating costs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Revenue and profit up as Paradox experiences best year to date  
by Chris Kerr [02.19.19]
"Continuous updates and expansions give our games a long life, both in terms of number of players and recurring revenue."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What is a meta-game? 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.19]
A question I hear pretty often is, "What is a meta-game?". There are two pretty similar but also quite distinct and different answers which we're going to talk about.
Design, Business/Marketing

Breaking down categories of action in strategy games 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.19]
Brandon "wayward" Casteel offers a theory of how players' actions operate in the context of strategy games.
Console/PC, Design

Designing new, exciting places to clean up gore in Viscera Cleanup Detail's new DLC
by Jupiter Hadley [02.18.19]
The developers behind Viscera Cleanup Detail -- in which players clean up the gory remnants of violent sci-fi encounters -- talk about the design of the recent DLC, The Vulcan Affair.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Wizards of the Coast shares community-building tips at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [02.18.19]
Come to GDC 2019 and learn how to more effectively build communities for your games and market your brand on a variety of platforms, direct from the Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons people!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, Video, IGF

Blog: Pitching your game to prospective investors  
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.19]
Rebekah Saltsman is the co-founder of indie developer-publisher Finii, and she's going to run through some pitching tips that might help you when meeting prospective investors.
Business/Marketing

Respawn has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from Apex Legends  
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Community manager Jay Frechette broke the news on Reddit, and told players the studio is keen on the idea of a dedicated reporting tool.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer Game Store shutting down after 10 months 2
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Razer didn't specify exactly why it has decided to turn its back on the storefront, simply explaining the decision is part of its wider "realignment plans."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How is our small video game blog managing on Patreon?  
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.19]
If you were ever interested in the behind the scene numbers of a small gaming blog's Patreon, then I'm going to open up my wallet and show you everything that's in it.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch System Era's Brendan Wilson break down the making of Astroneer  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
System Era co-founder Brendan Wilson dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

Employees at Blizzard's France location unsure if their jobs are safe  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Due to French labor laws, an estimated 400 employees at Blizzard's Versailles, France location could be left waiting for months to see if they've lost their jobs or not. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Tencent is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren't in target demographic  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Video game research outfit EEDAR published a report earlier this week showing the results from a survey among US players to determine genre trends of 2018. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nintendo, Wizards of the Coast, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Here are just some of the companies looking to fill positions in programming, marketing, and more on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Business/Marketing, Recruitment