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Rockstar pledges 5% of Red Dead and GTA Online revenue to fight COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [04.01.20]
Rockstar will be donating 5 percent of revenue from purchases made in GTA Online and Red Dead Online from April 1 to May 31 to COVID-19 relief efforts. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision has dished out over 50,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone  
by Chris Kerr [04.01.20]
Activision is clamping down on cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone, and has already issued over 50,000 permanent bans worldwide.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

What happens when an outbreak ruins your game announcement plans?  
by Aron Garst [04.01.20]
Sabotage Studio's Thierry Boulanger opens up about how the success of The Messenger allowed the studio to start in on Sea of Stars, and the impact COVID-19 has had on the game's development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Eidos-Montreal hosting Deus Ex flash sale to help those affected by COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.20]
Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix are putting a hosting a flash Deus Ex sale and donating the proceeds to charity.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Cyberpunk dev CD Projekt Red donates $950,000 to help fight COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.20]
The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has donated $950,000 to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Showcasing on Steam's Game Festival: the real numbers!  
by Simon Carless [03.31.20]
Luciano Iurino from Spanish dev The Troglobytes, who have Hyperparasite, their relentless twin-stick shooter/roguelite set in the roaring '80s, discussed the positive effects of having their game in the new Steam Game Festival.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Colopl acquires game and interactive novel developer Mages for $14.92 million  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.20]
Japanese mobile developer-publisher Colopl has acquired entertainment company Mages for approximately $14.92 million.
Production, Business/Marketing

Kojima Productions working remotely after employee diagnosed with COVID-19  
by Alex Wawro [03.30.20]
Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions announced today that all staff currently working will be doing so from home for the foreseeable future after a sick employee was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Star Citizen dev Cloud Imperium raises $17.25 million in funding 10
by Chris Kerr [03.30.20]
Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium has raised an additional $17.25 million in funding from existing investors.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Future shuts down Official Xbox Magazine after almost two decades  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.20]
UK based publisher Future has shut down the long-running Official Xbox Magazine, almost two decades after the publication first hit shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game industry backs 'Play Apart Together' campaign to slow spread of COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.20]
A host of major game companies including Activision Blizzard, Twitch, Riot Games, and Unity have banded together to promote the World Health Organisation's 'Play Apart Together' campaign.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding and effectively implementing live ops 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.20]
Trying to nail down the sometimes slippery concept of live ops and define what exactly it means and how it's done.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony says COVID-19 won't impact PS5 launch (yet) 1
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
Though the spread of COVID-19 has dented Sony's profits, the company says it still plans to launch the PS5 on schedule (for now).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent and Huawei are working on a mobile cloud gaming platform  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
Chinese tech companies Tencent and Huawei have partnered up to develop a mobile cloud gaming platform.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Sony will begin limiting PSN download speeds in the U.S. 1
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
The PlayStation maker explained it must "take appropriate action" to ensure internet stability during the COVID-19 pandemic
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop to close at least 320 stores in 2020  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
U.S. retailer GameStop plans to close at least 320 stores in 2020 as it pushes ahead with its "de-densification plan."
Business/Marketing

Assassin's Creed actor Abubakar Salim forms UK studio Silver Rain Games  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft voice actor Abubakar Salim has launched a new game studio called Silver Rain Games.
Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop ends 2019 with sales down year-over-year, but 'increased financial flexibility'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.20]
GameStop's end-of-year reporting for the 2019 financial year totes a newly strengthened balance sheet created by the year's cost-cutting and reboot efforts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Develop: Brighton moved to November due to COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.26.20]
UK game dev conference Develop: Brighton has been postponed until November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic signs Playdead, Remedy, and genDesign to new publishing label 1
by Chris Kerr [03.26.20]
Epic Games has formed a new multi-platform publishing label and signed deals with The Last Guardian developer genDesign, Limbo creator PlayDead, and Control maker Remedy.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video