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Ubisoft works with HitRECord to crowdsource assets for Beyond Good & Evil 2  
by Emma Kidwell [06.11.18]
Ubisoft is collaborating with the creative platform HitRECord to let developers contribute assets for Beyond: Good and Evil 2.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Game Advocacy introduces '50 Over 50' list to combat industry ageism 4
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.18]
Game Advocacy has debuted its "50 Over 50" list that highlights 50 exceptional game developers over the age of 50 in the hopes of combating ageism in the game industry.
Business/Marketing

Devs say no Friday the 13th DLC due to copyright dispute  
by Emma Kidwell [06.11.18]
Future DLC for Friday the 13th: The Game is put on indefinite hold due to a long-running copyright dispute.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Two weeks in, Detroit: Become Human surpasses 1M sold  
by Staff [06.11.18]
Quantic Dream’s latest PlayStation exclusive narrative-based adventure has surpassed 1 million copies sold worldwide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA adds new releases to Origin Access via $100 Premier membership tier  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.18]
EA is expanding its existing Origin Access program with a new $100-per-year membership tier that grants subscribers full access to new releases in addition to the company’s Access catalog.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

We Are initiative hopes to connect and inspire women in games  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.18]
The Entertainment Software Association has established the 'We Are' initiative to connect women with diverse backgrounds in the video game industry. 
Business/Marketing, E3

Xbox using machine learning to load Game Pass titles 'twice as fast' 1
by Chris Kerr [06.11.18]
The new feature uses machine learning to understand how people play, allowing it to identify which files are essential when starting a new game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Ninja Theory joined Microsoft to 'fly without the threat of falling down' 3
by Chris Kerr [06.11.18]
The Hellblade developer believes the move will allow it to "aim higher than we've ever dared, to really fly, without the threat of falling down."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Keywords acquires game production outfit Blindlight  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.18]
Keywords Studios has acquired Hollywood-based game production outfit Blindlight for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Bethesda working on new sci-fi property, Starfield 4
by Kris Graft [06.11.18]
At E3 in Los Angeles Sunday evening, Bethesda unveiled the upcoming game Starfield, its first new property in 25 years.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diggin' In Bethesda's Carts  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.10.18]
This week's highlights include a retrospective of the Diggin' In The Carts game music album, a unique video on the history of Bethesda, and many more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft adds five game studios to first-party stable 2
by Kris Graft [06.10.18]
At Microsoft's E3 press conference in Los Angeles today, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced the addition of five first-party studios, including the makers of State of Decay, We Happy Few, and Hellblade.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

New Jersey bans esports betting with new, unclear legislation  
by Emma Kidwell [06.08.18]
New Jersey quietly banned esports betting earlier this week with a new bill containing unclear language over what is considered sports betting, and if esports falls under that umbrella.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Trendy Entertainment eyeing blockchain-based rewards for Dungeon Defenders II 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.08.18]
Trendy plans to implement a blockchain protocol, specifically Loot, into Dungeon Defenders II by early 2019 and, if so, will be the first dev to pick up that specific protocol.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Valve clarifies what games count as 'straight up trolling,' sort of 10
by Alissa McAloon [06.08.18]
Actions speak louder than 1,169 words as Valve's removal of more games from Steam offer a bit more explanation of what the company means when it says “trolling” games aren’t welcome on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

With Tencent's help, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot opens new game studio 2
by Alex Wawro [06.07.18]
Veteran indie Tim Keenan (Duskers) has been tapped to be Bad Robot Games' new creative director, with longtime Bad Robot Interactive chief Dave Baronoff now serving as Bad Robot Games division chief. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, E3

Battletech developer let go after sexual harassment allegations 2
by Emma Kidwell [06.07.18]
Harebrained Schemes, the studio behind Battletech, has dismissed one of its designers after sexual harassment accusations were brought to light.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook launches new program for gaming streamers just starting out  
by Emma Kidwell [06.07.18]
Facebook announced the launch of its Level Up program today, designed to help new and aspiring streamers foster a community using its platform.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

Valve's new policy on Steam games splits opinions among devs 15
by Emma Kidwell [06.07.18]
Game developers express their mixed opinions over Valve's new policy over what is and isn't allowed on the Steam Marketplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Austrian court ruling could hold YouTube liable for copyright infringing content 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.07.18]
The preliminary decision means that, if upheld, YouTube, and potentially other major platforms, are legally accountable for the content posted by users on its platform.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing