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2K pens deal with the NFL to develop multiple new football games 2
by Chris Kerr [03.10.20]
The deal gives 2K the rights to create "non-simulation football game experiences," meaning EA's annual Madden NFL franchise will remain will remain unchallenged in the realm of realistic football sims.
Production, Business/Marketing

Disruptor Beam lays off devs as it transitions to a game tech provider  
by Alex Wawro [03.09.20]
Disruptor Beam laid off a number of staff today, less than a week after it sold off its Star Trek Timelines game to Tilting Point and stated plans to refocus on its Disruptor Engine game platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Reggie Fils-Aimé to join GameStop board of directors 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.20]
Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé is joining GameStop’s board of directors next month, a shift that comes as GameStop continues to work toward its turnaround and image revamp.

Yes, Your Grace amasses $600,000 in revenue over launch weekend 1
by Chris Kerr [03.09.20]
Yes, Your Grace, a kingdom management RPG developed by Brave At Night and published by No More Robots, has made over $600,000 in revenue during its launch weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tim Sweeney says Epic will throw support behind Nvidia GeForce Now  
by Chris Kerr [03.09.20]
Epic Games founder and chief exec Tim Sweeney said the Fortnite maker will "wholeheartedly" support Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud streaming platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Not For Broadcast, The Longing Of Kirby  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.07.20]
The latest highlights include looks at Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

2K Games is the latest publisher to pull games from GeForce Now  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
All 2K Games titles have been removed from Nvidia's GeForce Now streaming service today, though the company representative making the announcement noted Nvidia is working with 2K to get them back.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apex Legends dev says Forge stab-and-switch was meant to foil data miners  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
"It started as a fun way to misdirect data miners who, at the time, felt like they had solved our next legend and had ruined our surprise,” designer director Jason McCord recently told Dot eSports.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Microsoft aims to give hourly staff their full pay despite COVID-19 cutbacks 2
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
Many Microsoft devs are working from home due to COVID-19 concerns, and now the company says even though hourly contractors are working less, it still plans to pay them their usual rates.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How I built a game studio from the ground up 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.20]
To ship my first game, I juggled many hats such as sole programmer, writer, and project manager, all the while working full time in another industry. Here is what I learned.
Production, Business/Marketing

Bungie activates remote work policy in response to COVID-19 outbreak 1
by Chris Kerr [03.06.20]
Bungie employees around the globe are being asked to work remotely in order to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Take-Two CEO: COVID-19 may make believers out of remote work skeptics in games  
by Alex Wawro [03.05.20]
"I'm one of them, by the way; I'm not a big believer in remote work," Take-Two Interactive chief Strauss Zelnick said today at a Morgan Stanley event. "But I think I may be surprised."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

E3 loses creative directors iam8bit months before show 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.20]
iam8bit has fully dropped out of E3 2020, announcing that the company will no longer be working alongside the E3 team to deliver the overhauled expo floor experience planned for the 2020 show this June.

The Strong Museum and Kongregate partner to preserve Flash games  
by Chris Kerr [03.05.20]
The Strong Museum has partnered with web gaming portal and publisher Kongregate to start preserving Flash games.

Op-ed: The upsides, downsides, and future of AAA game development 3
by Harold Ryan [03.05.20]
ProbablyMonsters founder Harold Ryan, who led Destiny and Halo creator Bungie as president and CEO for 15 years, offers extensive thoughts on how to make the AAA process better for game developers.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Mobile devs scrap Zombies mode due to quality concerns  
by Chris Kerr [03.05.20]
The Call of Duty: Mobile dev team have scrapped the popular shooter's Zombies mode because it wasn't up to scratch.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Playrix acquires Armenian casual mobile game developer Plexonic  
by Chris Kerr [03.05.20]
Mobile publisher Playrix has acquired Armenian casual game developer Plexonic for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The ESA is 'actively assessing' new COVID-19 info, but says E3 is still on  
by Alissa McAloon [03.04.20]
The Entertainment Software Association has posted an updated statement on June’s E3 plans as concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continue to rise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google picks California as the home for its second Stadia studio  
by Alex Wawro [03.04.20]
Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment branch today unveiled a new studio in California which aims to develop "exclusive games" for the company's nascent streaming game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Phoenix Games acquires Romanian live-ops company Studio Firefly  
by Chris Kerr [03.04.20]
Phoenix Games has purchased Romanian live-ops company Studio Firefly for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing