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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).

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. 

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. 

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.

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