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Dev taps blockchain tech to make Pokemon playable on Twitch -- for a price  
by Alex Wawro [06.20.18]
While the game itself isn't terribly fresh (it's basically Twitch Plays Pokemon, For A Price) it is intriguing to see a dev layering in cryptocurrency fees to play a live game on a per-action basis.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Mojang revives Scrolls as the free-to-play PC game Caller's Bane  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.18]
Mojang has relaunched the game as a free-to-play title, this time with the ability for players to host their own online servers and a less controversial name.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Citing Dutch law, Valve drops trading CS:GO and Dota 2 items in the Netherlands 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.18]
The company notes that shutting down those systems was the only practical way to deal with new laws that restrict in-game goods and loot boxes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo and Disney join forces for a Switch-themed game show  
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.18]
Disney is seeking Nintendo fans to appear on the show Nintendo Switch Family Showdown and compete head-to-head in Nintendo Switch-themed challenges.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sensible Object raises $3.2M for R&D toward board games using Alexa 1
by Emma Kidwell [06.18.18]
Sensible Object, developer of the voice-augmented trivia board game When in Rome, has raised $3.2 million to be used toward R&D for board games that will utilize Amazon Alexa.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Analyst: 66% of console players still prefer physical games over digital 4
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.18]
The majority of players still prefer physical games over digital on console, and Nielsen Games reports that the exact opposite is true for players on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Valve introduces limits for new games to prevent 'fake' ones from gaming Steam 3
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.18]
“We don’t believe these constraints will negatively impact real games in any way, and the removal of fake games should improve the store experience for everyone.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Another Grim E3 World  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.18.18]
This week's highlights include lots of E3 news, a Grim Fandango reading to remember, and a stellar analysis of Another World/Out Of This World.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Rabbit, Digital Extremes, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [06.15.18]
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Recruitment

Review manipulators aren't as sneaky as they think they are, warns Valve 3
by Alissa McAloon [06.15.18]
“We ban games and partners all the time for this,” said Valve’s Tom Giardino. “It’s really easy for us to see when you do, even if you you do it slowly.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Following App Store rejection, Valve cuts game purchasing from iOS Steam Link app  
by Staff [06.14.18]
Valve has slightly tweaked the testing build of its Steam Link iOS app to remove game purchasing, likely in response to Apple’s new rules that prohibit such apps in the App Store.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Following GDPR, Steam now discloses a ton of collected account data to users  
by Alissa McAloon [06.14.18]
Now rounded up in one place, Steam users are able to see their past reports, inventory history, uploaded content, award nominations, and much much.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

One day in, Fortnite attracts 2 million downloads on Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
Fortnite and its free-to-play Battle Royale mode have arrived on Switch with a bang, securing more than 2 million downloads in less than 24 hours.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

Telltale is bringing Minecraft: Story Mode to Netflix  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
The developer is launching an adapted version of Minecraft: Story Mode on Netflix that will be playable from within the video streaming platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Playing Fortnite on PS4 blocks players from logging in on Switch 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.18]
Fortnite players receive an error message when they attempt to log in to the Switch version of the game, but the only if their account has been previously associated with Fortnite on PS4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Valve unveils new, Discord-like chat features for Steam  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
Valve has revealed an all new look and feel for its community-focused features that bring its game platform a bit more inline with game-centric communication tools like Discord.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Fortnite uses the Switch hardware for voice chat, not the Switch mobile app  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
The Nintendo Treehouse team offered a look at the Fortnite Switch following the game’s announcement and revealed that, unlike Splatoon 2, Fortnite will use the Switch’s own hardware for voice chat.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Fortnite comes to Switch, though with slightly limited cross-platform play 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.18]
Fortnite has been announced and simultaneously launched on the Nintendo Switch and, like most versions of the game, will feature cross-platform play with everything but the PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Bethesda working on new sci-fi property, Starfield 4
by Kris Graft [06.11.18]
At E3 in Los Angeles Sunday evening, Bethesda unveiled the upcoming game Starfield, its first new property in 25 years.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diggin' In Bethesda's Carts  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.10.18]
This week's highlights include a retrospective of the Diggin' In The Carts game music album, a unique video on the history of Bethesda, and many more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing