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Nintendo staff working from home after employee tests positive for coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Employees at Nintendo's offices in California and Washington are being permitted to work from home after someone working in the company's Redmond offices tested positive for the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Free press advocates unveil new library of censored works -- in Minecraft  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
"The library is filled with...articles that were censored...these articles are now available again within Minecraft – hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game."
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Dreams dev testing the waters of letting players monetize their work  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Media Molecule today opened up a special beta program for its game-making PS4 game Dreams which will allow select players to put their Dreams creations to commercial use beyond PlayStation's ecosystem.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic just made it easier to play Pokemon Go in self-isolation 1
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic is attempting to make the augmented reality title easier to play in "an individual setting" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Aragami developer Lince Works nets $3.4 million to fund next project  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Aragami developer-publisher Lince Works has received $3.4 million in funding to push ahead with the development of its sophomore title. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

EGX Rezzed postponed until July due to COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
UPDATE: EGX Rezzed been postponed until the summer due to the coronavirus outbreak, and will now take place in July.
Business/Marketing

Report: AR headset maker Magic Leap exploring a sale at $10 billion valuation 3
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Augmented reality company Magic Leap is exploring the possibility of a sale, according to a report from Bloomberg.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Nvidia's brilliance, Google's foresight, and the necessity of adding something new 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.20]
Using Google Stadia and Nvidia Geforce Now as building points, Neil Schneider highlights opportunities for getting more game developers on board with the client-cloud industry.
Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard names veteran Google exec Daniel Alegre as president and COO  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Activision Blizzard has named veteran Google executive Daniel Alegre as its new president and chief operating officer.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Our data, experiences, and key takeaways from PAX Rising  
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.20]
PAX Rising marks our most successful show to date, breaking our previous best show’s record in the first two days alone. In this article, we’ll explore the data, our experience, and my key takeaway.
Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Warzone surpasses 6 million players in 24 hours  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Call of Duty: Warzone has attracted over 6 million players during its first 24 hours on digital shelves.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Moon Studios' Ori and the Blind Forest postmortem 5
by Staff [03.11.20]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori and The Blind Forest.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft, Ubisoft, and others move to replace E3 2020 with digital events  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
A number of major game companies including Microsoft and Ubisoft will look to host digital events this summer after E3 2020 was canceled earlier today.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

BitSummit indie game festival called off to prevent coronavirus spread  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
BitSummit, the annual independent game development festival that takes place in Kyoto, Japan, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

E3 2020 cancelled due to 'overwhelming' coronavirus concerns 5
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
E3 2020 has been called off due to the "increased and overwhelming" concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Development agency Amber snaps up PositronX dev Scorpious Games  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
Work-for-hire development agency Amber has acquired Scorpius Games for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Wishlists have been added to the Epic Games Store 1
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
Wishlists have been added to the Epic Games Store so users can keep tabs on those titles they're keen to add to their collection.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Informer lays off 6 staff in restructure as publisher Cathy Preston retires  
by Alissa McAloon [03.10.20]
Game Informer Andy McNamara shared news of Preston’s retirement in a post to the site today, noting also that six unnamed staff members have been laid off from Game Informer this week as well.
Business/Marketing

Sayonara Wild Hearts dev signs multi-year partnership with Annapurna Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [03.10.20]
Telling Lies and Outer Wilds publisher Annapurna Interactive has agreed a multi-year partnership with Swedish developer Simogo.
Production, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires AI-driven art software company and ArtEngine maker Artomatix  
by Chris Kerr [03.10.20]
Based in Dublin, Artomatix is a leading AI-driven 3D content creation platform that uses neural networks to streamline artistic workflows.
Art, Production, Business/Marketing