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GDC organizers plan new 3-day GDC Summer event for August  
by Staff [03.19.20]
GDC organizers have announced GDC Summer, a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development, to be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero among 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
The Strong Museum has named the 12 games shortlisted for this years World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees, a list that includes repeat nominees like Minecraft alongside some fresh faces.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Mobile studio Scopely nets $200 million for more acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Mobile studio Scopely has raised $200 million in Series D funding to accelerate its investment and acquisition strategy.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Thatgamecompany opening new San Francisco office to support Sky  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Journey and Flower developer thatgamecompany is preparing to expand with the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Untitled Goose Game nabs Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!  
by Staff [03.18.20]
The goose is loose, and it took home top prize for developer House House at this year's prestigious Game Developers Choice Awards! Other big winners include Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba Is You!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Miniclip acquires UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.20]
Miniclip has acquired UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square from Outplay Entertainment for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Deca Games acquires DragonVale following Backflip Studios closure  
by Alissa McAloon [03.17.20]
Deca Games is taking over Backflip Studios' free-to-play mobile game DragonVale, an acquisition that comes months after Backflip was closed down by parent company Hasbro.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Samsung is discontinuing its PC-to-phone game streaming app PlayGalaxy Link  
by Alissa McAloon [03.16.20]
Samsung has made the call to discontinue its in-beta PC to phone game streaming app PlayGalaxy Link, a decision made only months after the service was fist revealed.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Mobile studio Bazooka Tango raises $2.5 million to expand portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
Mobile game studio Bazooka Tango has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to create new titles based on original and existing properties.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week! Here's the lineup 1
by Staff [03.15.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening this week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Ori's Will, Duty's Call, Nioh's Sequel?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.15.20]
The week's highlights include neat impressions on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call Of Duty Warzone, and Nioh 2, plus pieces on pixel pets, bullet painting in GTA V & Kabaddi.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Niantic just made it easier to play Pokemon Go in self-isolation 1
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic is attempting to make the augmented reality title easier to play in "an individual setting" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Jack Yarwood [03.13.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Deep Dive: Turning phone UX into game mechanics in horror game SIMULACRA 2  
by Jeremy Ooi [03.12.20]
Jeremy Ooi, co-founder of Kaigan Games, explains how he and his team turned the common mobile phone user experience into game mechanics in the "found phone" SIMULACRA horror games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Microsoft, Ubisoft, and others move to replace E3 2020 with digital events  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
A number of major game companies including Microsoft and Ubisoft will look to host digital events this summer after E3 2020 was canceled earlier today.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

E3 2020 cancelled due to 'overwhelming' coronavirus concerns 5
by Chris Kerr [03.11.20]
E3 2020 has been called off due to the "increased and overwhelming" concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule  
by Staff [03.10.20]
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce plans to stream talks during the week GDC 2020 would have taken place, March 16-20!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Pixel Pets: How game developers bring animals to life  
by Stacey Henley [03.10.20]
We speak with developers behind games including Shelter 3, Pupperazzi and more to find out various approaches to imbuing virtual animals with real emotions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Disruptor Beam lays off devs as it transitions to a game tech provider  
by Alex Wawro [03.09.20]
Disruptor Beam laid off a number of staff today, less than a week after it sold off its Star Trek Timelines game to Tilting Point and stated plans to refocus on its Disruptor Engine game platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Not For Broadcast, The Longing Of Kirby  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.07.20]
The latest highlights include looks at Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing