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Sony confirms PlayStation 5 release window, teases new gamepad tech 1
by Chris Kerr [10.08.19]
On Tuesday Sony confirmed its next-generation console will be called the PlayStation 5, and will be launching in time for holiday 2020.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Monster Hunter: World shipments and digital sales cross 14 million units  
by Chris Kerr [10.07.19]
The new milestone was announced on the game's official Japanese twitter account (via Reddit), and comes less than two years after the title launched.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter controversially sends unionization to a vote after staff firings 4
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
Kickstarter has told staff it will recognize a union if employees vote for one in an election certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Business/Marketing

EA leaks personal information of 'approximately 1600' FIFA 20 players  
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
EA has confirmed it leaked the personal information of "approximately 1600" players who registered for the upcoming FIFA 20 Global Series esports tournament.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Stardew Valley creator distances from under-fire publisher Chucklefish 3
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone has clarified his relationship with the game's publisher Chucklefish, which is accused of exploiting volunteers during the development of Starbound.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Discord makes layoffs due to 'active shift in talent needs' 6
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
No concrete reason was given for the cuts, with the company simply explaining it has made an "active shift" in its talent needs. 
Business/Marketing

Unity acquires live game management platform ChilliConnect  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
Unity has acquired live game management platform ChilliConnect for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Monument Valley developer Ustwo threatened with legal action over union busting  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has accused Monument Valley developer Ustwo Games of union busting, and is threatening the studio with legal action. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Master the art of porting your game to Oculus Quest at XRDC this month!  
by Staff [10.02.19]
Come out to XRDC in San Francisco later this month and learn about the ins and outs of building games for the Oculus Quest during two days of top-shelf AR/VR/MR learning and networking!
VR, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Chat with the makers of Overland today at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [10.02.19]
Take a ride in Overland with a dog at your side with the folks from Finji today at 3PM EST on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Rocket League is binning loot boxes in exchange for 'blueprints'  
by Chris Kerr [10.02.19]
Rocket League developer Psyonix is replacing loot boxes with a new system called 'Blueprints' in a bid to be more transparent.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG cross-play between Xbox One and PS4 has launched 1
by Chris Kerr [10.02.19]
The latest update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on consoles will enable cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Mario & Luigi developer AlphaDream has filed for bankruptcy 1
by Chris Kerr [10.02.19]
According to reports, a combination of stagnant revenue streams and development costs had left the studio with around $3.7 million in debt.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Choice design with Zachtronics' Matthew Burns - GDC Podcast ep. 2 2
by Kris Graft [10.01.19]
Matthew Burns of Zachtronics joins the new GDC Podcast to talk about his arresting visual novel Eliza, a story about the ethical conflicts surrounding an AI therapy program. How does a game with so little choice say so much about player agency?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Skywalker Sound, Ubisoft, and Unity among this month's XRDC highlights!  
by Staff [10.01.19]
There's a ton of great stuff to see and do at XRDC later this month, so today we highlight some more popular offerings to give you a heads-up on what talks to catch at this premier AR/VR/MR event!
VR, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to begin preserving video games  
by Chris Kerr [10.01.19]
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has announced plans to collect and preserve Australian video games. 
Business/Marketing

Blog: Steam has a lack of data scientists 15
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.19]
This post is about some obvious and hidden long term mistakes Steam is making. As a commercial product, Steam has two goals: making profits and preserving its ecosystem. They are failing on both fronts.
Business/Marketing

Sony lowers price of PS Now streaming service and adds 'marquee' titles  
by Chris Kerr [10.01.19]
Sony has significantly expanded its PlayStation Now roster and lowered the price of the streaming service to push its cloud gaming offering forward.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia chief Atsushi Morita has retired  
by Chris Kerr [10.01.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Japan Asia president and SIE corporate director Atsushi Morita has retired at 60 years of age.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

What's your style as a creative leader?
by Tanya X. Short [10.01.19]
This three-part series will cover three aspects of creative leadership, i.e. that messy head-space where lead designer meets producer, starting with creative direction as internal pitching.
Production, Business/Marketing