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Video Game Deep Cuts: A is for Apple Arcade, B is for rolling bones? 1
by Gamasutra staff [03.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Apple Arcade announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Nintendo and Microsoft  
by Emma Kidwell [03.29.19]
24 year old security researcher Zammis Clark avoided jail time by pleading guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Risk of Rain 2 is running a buy-one-get-one free launch promo 1
by Alissa Mcaloon [03.28.19]
The 3D followup to the 2013 release Risk of Rain is running a limited time promotion to get more eyes on the game and encourage players to team up in its co-op mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Players' Lounge raises $3M for a wager-based, competitive video game platform  
by Alissa McAloon [03.28.19]
It's a hefty investment into a business based around competitive games, and one that has drawn the attention and funds of tech investors and celebrities like Drake.
Social/Online

Wash your game's windows: An argument for clean mechanics 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.19]
Independent game dev Lars Doucet (Defender's Quest) says: "Playing a game with unclear mechanics is like peering through a dirty, smudged window. This calls for some Windex!"
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

GameStop moving into esports with new events venue  
by Emma Kidwell [03.27.19]
GameStop has announced its partnership with esports organization Complexity Gaming to open up the GameStop Performance Center in Frisco, Texas.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Intel and Spirit AI are working on machine learning-powered voice chat moderation 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.27.19]
It's an extension of the AI-powered text moderation tools Spirit AI unveiled last year, and one that sees tech giant Intel stepping in to provide support.
Social/Online

Comcast plans to build a $50 million esports arena in Philadelphia 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.19]
Comcast Spectacor has laid plans to build a $50 million arena in South Philadelphia to host esports and related events.
Social/Online

GDC in Pictures: Highlights from GDC 2019!  
by Staff [03.26.19]
Words alone can't fully convey the experience of spending a week at GDC, so here are a few standout shots of the people, talks, and experiences which made GDC 2019 a success!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Catch up on Gamasutra's extensive GDC 2019 coverage! 3
by Staff [03.25.19]
GDC 2019 may be in the books, but you can catch Gamasutra's coverage from last week right here, from details on Google Stadia to brilliant talks on game design to interviews from game industry luminaries plus all the news you can use.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

6 years in, Warframe nears 50 million lifetime players  
by Alissa McAloon [03.25.19]
The free-to-play game Warframe has nearly clocked 50 million registered players across PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Apple announces its own game subscription service, Apple Arcade 4
by Alissa McAloon [03.25.19]
Apple says the service aims to level the playing field between free and premium mobile games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Video

GDC celebrates record-breaking attendance and locks in 2020 dates! 2
by Staff [03.25.19]
After a record-breaking 29,000 attendees enjoyed GDC last week, organizers are excited to confirm the show will return March 16-20 of next year, with the call for submissions opening this summer!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Sony is pulling digital PS4 games from sale at GameStop, other retailers  
by Alissa McAloon [03.25.19]
Update Sony has confirmed that, moving forward, PlayStation 4 owners will have to purchase their digital games from the PlayStation Store rather than retailers like GameStop.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Game Developers Conference Aftermath  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.24.19]
The weekly update rounding up the best longread & standout articles & videos about games tackles GDC 2019, from Google announcements to session highlights & beyond.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Opinion: After Christchurch - What we owe our game communities
by Katherine Cross [03.21.19]
Katherine Cross takes a look at the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand, and unpacks what game developers must do to keep extremist views from taking hold in their games' communities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Google Stadia supports the Xbox Adaptive Controller  
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.19]
Google unveiled a controller alongside its cloud-based game streaming service Stadia this week, but players aren't locked into using Google-made hardware to play games on the service.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Opinion: Chez Stadia - Google's new cloud platform  
by Joost van Dreunen [03.20.19]
The announcement for Google Stadia was absolutely perfect and flawless. It also told us exactly nothing about the relevant aspects for content creators or consumers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Stadia's biz dev director talks challenges, opportunities in new age of cloud games 3
by Kris Graft [03.20.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Jack Buser, director for games business development at Google, about the boxless future that Stadia is promising.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Google unveils first-party game studio led by Jade Raymond  
by Kris Graft [03.19.19]
As Google took the wraps off its streaming game platform Stadia, the company also announced Stadia Games and Entertainment -- a new game studio headed up by industry vet Jade Raymond.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC