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Profit up at Capcom thanks to strong Monster Hunter World: Iceborne sales  
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
With 2.8 million units shipped, Capcom's sizable Monster Hunter World expansion pack was the leading contributor to the company's profit rise for the first half of the fiscal year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Learn about the state and art of Japanese game preservation at GDC 2020  
by Staff [10.29.19]
At GDC 2020 Necrosoft Games director Brandon Sheffield will share a firsthand account of his work traveling Japan as a writer and researcher contributing to Other Ocean's classic game collections!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

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

Valve disables container key sales and trades in CS:GO due to rampant fraud  
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
Valve has made the call to remove the ability to sell and trade container keys in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after the realization that most all key purchases were being used to facilitate fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Shigeru Miyamoto named 'Person of Cultural Merit' by the Japanese government 1
by Chris Kerr [10.29.19]
Legendary game designer and Nintendo stalwart Shigeru Miyamoto has been named a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government.
Console/PC, Art, Design

The Valkyrie Profile-inspired design of Indivisible 1
by Bryant Francis [10.29.19]
Mike Zaimont and Mariel Cartwright of Lab Zero Games break down the design and production processes that brought Indivisible to life.
Console/PC, Design

Kojima Productions' Death Stranding will come to PC months after PS4 launch  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
Kojima Productions' debut title Death Stranding is launching on PC, rendering the SIE-published title a console-exclusive on PlayStation 4 as 505 Games steps in to publish the game on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

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

Video: Lightning-fast game design lessons from the GDC 2019 Microtalks  
by Staff [10.28.19]
At GDC 2019 expert speakers get 20 slides apiece (each of which is displayed for 16 seconds before auto-advancing) to help them share a piece of game design wisdom -- in 5 minutes 20 seconds or less!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Report: Sony looking to sell PlayStation Vue as service continues to lose money  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
PlayStation Vue is reportedly hemorrhaging money, and sources say Sony is looking to offload its digital TV service as a result.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam is nudging players to update early reviews after they've played more  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
Valve is looking to fine-tune Steam reviews by asking players if they'd like to update their older reviews after they've put significantly more time into that game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

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

Tales from the making of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast  
by Bryant Francis [10.28.19]
The developers of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast look back on the original game's development and how much has changed in their game-making careers.
Console/PC, Design

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

Inspired by 'Golden Age of RTS,' The Red Solstice 2 is strategy steeped in dread  
by Cian Maher [10.25.19]
We speak with Hrvoje Horvatek, CEO of Croatian studio Ironward and lead designer on The Red Solstice 2, about the game's classic RTS influence mixed with an original spin.
Console/PC, Design, Video

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