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NetEase grabs stake in Quantic Dream as studio prepares for multi-platform future  
by Chris Kerr [01.29.19]
"Our objective is to be present on all platforms where there is an audience that can enjoy our experiences."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Deep Silver owner THQ Nordic distances itself from Metro Exodus exclusivity deal 4
by Chris Kerr [01.29.19]
THQ Nordic owns both Koch Media and its publishing division Deep Silver, but today explained Metro is still the intellectual property of Koch, and that the exclusivity agreement was its baby.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA amends FIFA loot boxes in Belgium after regulators increase pressure  
by Chris Kerr [01.29.19]
The publisher had initially refused to remove or amend loot boxes in its FIFA titles, but "after further discussions with Belgian authorities" has agreed to pull FIFA points from sale by January 31.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil 2 remake has shipped 3 million copies in four days  
by Chris Kerr [01.29.19]
The survival horror title launched on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 25, more than 20 years after the original hit shelves way back in 1996.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

NPD crowns Call of Duty the top-selling console game franchise in U.S. for 10th year in a row  
by Alex Wawro [01.28.19]
Decade-long "number one at the till" streak confirmed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Reminder: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2019 at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [01.28.19]
Early registration for the 2019 Game Developers Conference ends Wednesday, January 30th at 11:59 PM Pacific, so take the opportunity to save money on your pass by registering now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Deep Silver pulls Metro Exodus from Steam in favor of Epic Store 15
by Chris Kerr [01.28.19]
Deep Silver has partnered with Epic to exclusively release the PC version of Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store, and will discontinue sales of the game on Steam later today. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How a game engine switch-up brought Starbreeze to its knees 1
by Chris Kerr [01.28.19]
"There wasn't even a file open button when we got Valhalla. It was impossible to use, and this is when it all started to get a bit fucked up."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
A culture of quality: Friday the 13th dev IllFonic is hiring
by Shannon Gerritzen, director of communications for IllFonic [01.28.19]
IllFonic, the studio that developed the no. 3 game on Playstation Store for 2017 Friday the 13th: The Game, is ramping up production on several unannounced projects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Tiny House Anthem Metro Exodus  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.27.19]
This week's highlights include creators building tiny houses in The Sims, impressions of BioWare's much anticipated Anthem, & a whole bunch of new games to check out - from the Resident Evil 2 reboot to FutureGrind through Metro Exodus.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How developers can showcase their game on the go  
by Staff [01.25.19]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Sharkbomb Studios' Martin Nerurkar shows developers how to effectively showcase their game without a booth, no matter what conference they're at.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Tencent uses model's likeness for Ring of Elysium without permission  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.19]
Tencent Games seems to have used the likeness of a model without her permission for a character skin in its game Ring of Elysium.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Facebook shot down safeguards to keep kids from overspending in Facebook Games 4
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.19]
Internal documents now show that the company chose not to implement security measures that would have prevented kids from unknowingly pouring their parents' money into games.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft will modify Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC following feedback  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.19]
Ubisoft has announced that it's making changes to the controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC which came under fire recently.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Come out to GDC for an inside look at the making of Divinity: Original Sin 2!  
by Staff [01.25.19]
Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2 has been called one of the best role-playing games of its time, and at GDC 2019 Larian chief Swen Vincke will show you how it was made!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo restarts Metroid Prime 4 development with series originator Retro Studios 1
by Kris Graft [01.25.19]
Nintendo revealed Friday that it is scrapping current development of the long-awaited Metroid Prime 4 and completely restarting the game's production with series originator Retro Studios out of Austin.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Sea of Thieves experiencing second wind thanks to Twitch  
by Emma Kidwell [01.24.19]
After launching with a few bumps last year, Sea of Thieves is experiencing a resurgance of players thanks to notable streamers showcasing the game on Twitch. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG esports introducing profit-sharing for its teams
by Emma Kidwell [01.24.19]
PUBG Corp., developer behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, announced today that it will support its esports scene by introducing a profit-sharing program for team and league-branded in-game items.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sucker Punch Productions is hiring a Senior Community Manager  
by Staff [01.24.19]
The Senior Community Manager is responsible for directing and conducting day-to-day Web and Social Media interactions with the enthusiasts and fans of Ghost of Tsushima.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

95 more games approved in China, including some from Tencent and NetEase 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.24.19]
So far, over 350 games have been approved, now including one from NetEase and two from Tencent.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing