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Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Valve is quietly testing a Playtest button on Steam  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.20]
It looks like Valve has been quietly testing a 'Playtest' feature on Steam that would make life much easier for players and developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Huuuge Games has acquired Bow Land developer Double Star  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.20]
Huuuge Games has acquired Finnish games studio Double Star for an undisclosed fee, according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Does the video game industry have a $29 billion cheating problem?  
by Irdeto [07.27.20]
Sponsored: Whether it's prize money or pride at stake, one player's cheating can now have a direct impact on the gaming experience of millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article, Whitepaper

Ubisoft Québec boss departs 'independently' of emerging allegations  
by Bryant Francis [07.24.20]
Ubisoft Québec managing director Andrée Cossette has announced her departure from the company, which is allegedly independent of the emerging allegations of abuse dogging the studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ghost of Tsushima sold over 2.4 million copies in three days  
by Chris Kerr [07.24.20]
Playstation 4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima has sold over 2.4 million copies during its first three days on shelves. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Respawn responds to crunch and burnout complaint posted on Glassdoor 1
by Chris Kerr [07.24.20]
Respawn has responded to a negative review left on Glassdoor that complained of "burnout, stress, and heavy anxiety on the Apex Legends project."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Scope out up-and-coming creators in the GDC Summer Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.23.20]
As you finalize plans to attend the all-digital GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out the exhibitors showcasing their work in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn from Microsoft and other industry leaders in the GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase  
by Staff [07.23.20]
The online platform where we'll be hosting GDC Summer next month is filling out with attendees, speakers, and sponsors, so now's the time to start planning out who you'd like to meet and learn from!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn how to launch an indie studio from your bedroom at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.23.20]
Thinking about starting your own indie studio, but don't know how? Find out at GDC Summer next month, direct from Decoy Games cofounders Ahmed and Khalil Abdullah!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Final Fantasy XIV Online has surpassed 20 million registered users  
by Chris Kerr [07.23.20]
Final Fantasy XIV Online has crossed 20 million registered users, according to developer Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to stop the U.S. military recruiting through Twitch 16
by Chris Kerr [07.23.20]
U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to prevent military organizations from recruiting using video games and esports. 
Business/Marketing

Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner - GDC Podcast ep. 11 1
by Kris Graft [07.23.20]
On GDC Podcast episode 11, longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Today's the last day to get your GDC Summer advance registration discount  
by Staff [07.22.20]
The advance registration discount period for August's all-digital GDC Summer event ends today (July 22nd) at 11:59 PM PT, so register now to secure your seat at a cheaper rate!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

A record quarter at Ubisoft can't distract from its troubled studio culture  
by Alissa McAloon [07.22.20]
Ubisoft ended Q1 with record engagement and record net bookings, but issues with its studio culture that led to several recently unearthed abuse allegations aren't going to be swept under the rug.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Check out some of the cool indie games in GDC Summer's Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.21.20]
As you finalize your plans to attend GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out some of the promising indie games on display in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: Using machine learning, live telemetry & computer vision to manage communities  
by Staff [07.21.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk Showdown's Alex Casassovici and Beatriz Miravete go over what Showdown's technical team learned as they used advanced tech to truly understand player behavior.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

A complete 'game discovery' primer: 12 links to increase your discoverability factor  
by Simon Carless [07.21.20]
I’ve picked out around ten of the most ‘universal’ articles around how people find your game - thosethat will stand out in a few months (or maybe years!), and themed them for your pleasure.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lovestruck dev Voltage defends conduct following writers strike  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.20]
Lovestruck developer Voltage has defended its conduct after its writing team went on strike over poor working conditions and unfair compensation.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Riot Games creative director Jason Killingsworth has departed the studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.20]
Riot Games creative director Jason Killingsworth has departed the League of Legends developer to expand his publishing company Tune & Fairweather.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing