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EA Access heading to Steam after U.S. publisher reconnects with Valve 2
by Chris Kerr [10.29.19]
EA is bringing its games back to Steam after moving away from Valve's popular digital marketplace back in 2011 to focus on establishing its own Origin store.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Star Trek Fleet Command publisher Scopely nets $200 million for future acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [10.29.19]
Mobile developer-publisher Scopely has secured $200 million in Series D funding to expand its business through "large-scale acquisition opportunities."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The six year journey to Donut County  
by Staff [10.28.19]
Ben Esposito spent six years of his life making a wonderful game about a hole that eats up a California county -- and he learned a lot along the way.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't overlook your GDC 2020 scholarship opportunities!  
by Staff [10.28.19]
Want to attend GDC 2020? Check out the GDC scholarship partners list, where you'll find links to each program as they're announced as well as further details on other low-cost ways of attending GDC.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

FACEIT and Google-designed 'Admin AI' bans 20,000 toxic CS:GO players in six weeks  
by Chris Kerr [10.28.19]
An artificial intelligence designed to address toxicity in competitive games has banned 20,000 players from Counter Strike: Global Offensive as part of its first live implementation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic is suing a Fortnite user experience tester over Chapter 2 leaks  
by Chris Kerr [10.28.19]
Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against a Fortnite user experience tester for leaking information about the game.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft relaunches Xbox All Access financing program with next-gen upgrade option 1
by Chris Kerr [10.28.19]
Microsoft has relaunched its Xbox All Access financing program and has added an option that will let users upgrade to the next Xbox console, codenamed 'Project Scarlett.'
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to effectively manage chargebacks and refunds  
by Xsolla [10.28.19]
Chargebacks and refunds are overlooked costs of video game business that occur after you’ve made a sale. Learn how to effectively manage these costs and lower operational expenses with this free e-book.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Worlds Of Game Addiction 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.27.19]
This week's highlights include a couple of pieces on the hotly awaited The Outer Worlds, and a gratifyingly complex New York Times magazine piece on the nature of game addiction - or indeed, any addiction.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GreedFall beat expectations, led Q2 revenue for publisher Focus Home Interactive  
by Alissa McAloon [10.25.19]
The French publisher, known for recent releases World War Z, Plague Tale, and GreedFall, reported revenue of €79.8 million for the six month period ending September 30, up 80 percent from the year before.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Double Fine's postmortem of Brutal Legend 25
by Staff [10.25.19]
In this classic postmortem, Double Fine outlines the production of its rock god epic Brütal Legend, taking in everything from legal troubles with Activision to nitty-gritty tool development details.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to plan for performance and scale for multiplayer games in a free webinar  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Learn about the pros and cons of different infrastructure implementations, and tactics to employ to maximize performance and minimize cost in this one-hour webinar!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New budget ends IDM tax credit for video game studios in Alberta, Canada  
by Alissa McAloon [10.25.19]
The budget revealed by Alberta's United Conservative Party government this week a program that aimed to encourage the growth of Alberta's game industry through a refundable tax credit.
Business/Marketing

Ubisoft is suing Rainbox Six Siege cheat provider MizuSoft  
by Chris Kerr [10.25.19]
Ubisoft is suing cheat provider Mizusoft for allegedly selling "hundreds of thousands of dollars" worth of Rainbow Six Siege cheats.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Former Xbox exec Mike Ybarra joins Blizzard as EVP and GM  
by Alissa McAloon [10.24.19]
Former Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Mixer corporate vice president Mike Ybarra has announced that he is joining Blizzard as the company’s new executive vice president and general manager
Business/Marketing

GDC YouTube Top 5: No More Robots' Mike Rose  
by Kris Graft [10.22.19]
In this monthly series we invite brilliant people from the game industry to curate their top 5 videos from the GDC YouTube archive. This month: Mike Rose of Hypnospace Outlaw publisher No More Robots.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Children's Commissioner for England wants urgent action to combat loot boxes  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.19]
The Children's Commissioner for England has said urgent action needs to be taken to better regulate online games, and claims some aspects of game design are starting to "look more like gambling."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Syberia publisher Anuman Interactive has rebranded as Microids  
by Chris Kerr [10.22.19]
Syberia publisher Anuman Interactive is changing its name to Microids, and has opened a new office in Japan.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How commercial games are designed to develop players' skills  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.19]
Through interviews with developers behind commercial titles including Borderlands, Porta, and Tomb Raider, this post explores how such games are designed to exercise certain skills in players.
Design, Business/Marketing

Former Zynga CMO Doug Scott joins Twitch as marketing chief  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.19]
Zynga’s former chief marketing officer Doug Scott has joined the executive team over at Twitch.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing