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Phil Spencer: VR is isolating, isn't a priority for Project Scarlett 3
by Chris Kerr [11.26.19]
Microsoft has no intention of diving headfirst into the virtual reality waters with its next home console, Project Scarlett.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The community-driven development of Vecter 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.19]
Listening to players can be somewhat controversial within the game-dev world, but I'm doing just that and it's turning Vecter into a popular game with high approval ratings.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Valve issues string of Steam bans after publishers caught abusing Steamworks 2
by Chris Kerr [11.26.19]
Valve has pulled around 1000 games from Steam after publishers were caught abusing Steamworks.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

NetEase has purchased a stake in Surgeon Simulator dev Bossa Studios  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.19]
Chinese internet and game company NetEase has secured a minority stake in Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread developer Bossa Studios.
Production, Business/Marketing

Behaviour Interactive scrapping Deathgarden due to lack of players  
by Chris Kerr [11.25.19]
The multiplayer survival title only hit shelters on August 14, 2018, but it has struggled to attract players leaving Behaviour with no choice but to abandon the project.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Google responds to claims it misled consumers over Stadia launch performance 2
by Chris Kerr [11.25.19]
Google has responded to accusations it deceived consumers by making false promises about the performance of Stadia titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rebellion has purchased Xenon and Speedball developer The Bitmap Brothers  
by Chris Kerr [11.25.19]
Sniper Elite and Strange Brigade developer Rebellion has purchased the brand and portfolio of UK game studio The Bitmap Brothers for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Half-Life: Alyx On Planet Stadia Zoo  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a video & other notes on VR surprise Half-Life: Alyx, some very odd economy-related shenanigans in Planet Zoo, plus Apple Arcade games you missed, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Handling Unity scene hierarchy and performance 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.22.19]
Your Unity scene hierarchy is reducing the performance of your game. That we knew from last post. But what can you do about it? Let's find out.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Analyst: Men more likely than women to buy games based on reviews  
by Chris Kerr [11.22.19]
Video game analyst Newzoo has released a new report that looks at how men and women discover and choose games in the West.
Business/Marketing

Blog: A trailer analysis of Manifold Garden 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.22.19]
Discussing genre in game marketing best starts with the trailer. In this trailer breakdown of Manifold Garden, we discover what works well for associative puzzle marketing design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blizzard and NetEase win Overwatch copyright lawsuit in China 1
by Chris Kerr [11.22.19]
Overwatch maker Blizzard Entertainment and Chinese distributor NetEase have been awarded $569,000 after a court found Chinese publisher 4399 Network guilty of copyright infringement.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Swedish startup Coherence nets $2.5 million to build 'democratic' dev platform 1
by Chris Kerr [11.22.19]
Swedish tech startup Coherence has netted $2.5 million in funding to continue developing its 'democratic' game development platform.
Production, Business/Marketing

Valve shares platform and launch details for VR exclusive Half-Life: Alyx  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
After giving fans a few days to get to grips with the news, Valve has shared more details about its long-awaited return to the Half-Life franchise.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Catch a truly Classic Game Postmortem of Star Wars Galaxies at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.21.19]
Leading devs Raph Koster and Rich Vogel will be presenting a Star Wars Galaxies Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2020 in March that promises to reveal insightful stories and key lessons learned.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mobile developer and tool maker N3twork secures $40 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Mobile game company N3twork has secured $40 million in Series C funding to expand its first-party games portfolio, live publishing platform, and media network.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Sword and Shield have topped 6 million sales worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield have sold over 6 million units worldwide over the weekend, becoming the fastest-selling Switch game to date.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Writing great video game characters with Brandon Sheffield - GDC Podcast ep. 4  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
Brandon Sheffield is lead writer on Lab Zero's excellent action RPG platformer Indivisible. Find out how he injects humor, emotions, and personality into Indivisible's dozens of characters.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

GDC 2020 debuts new Summit to help devs find funding and forge deals!  
by Staff [11.20.19]
The new Game Funding & Investment Summit will bring together game developers, investors, and deal-makers to help build new projects and partnerships!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC YouTube Top 5: NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
For November, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Frank Lantz, director of NYU Game Center and a veteran of the game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC