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SpatialOS dev Improbable is setting up its own game development studios  
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.19]
Tools-maker Improbable is setting up two studios, one in Edmonton and one in London, to develop online games powered by its SpatialOS tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Dev shares real talk about the personal costs of living in fear of layoffs  
by Emma Kidwell [03.06.19]
Game developer Katie Chironis discusses the personal costs of living in fear of layoffs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Tips on porting your indie game (and how we can help!)  
by Matthew Tighe, CTO and Founder; Steve Longhurst​, Technical Director, DO games [03.06.19]
Indies can handle porting by themselves, but there's significant investment required - likely several months per platform. DO games' tech leads offer tips on porting, and explore whether a dev partner is right for your game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Valve bans sexual violence game from Steam, but stops short of condemning it 14
by Alissa McAloon [03.06.19]
Valve has ruled that an adult game about committing sexual assault against women will not launch on Steam due to the fact that it “poses unknown costs and risks”.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2019 debuts free to all GDC @ The Gardens space  
by Staff [03.06.19]
This year GDC will be complemented by a new initiative aimed at giving everyone a place to relax and unwind while listening to live performances from some of the industry's leading musicians!
Social/Online, GDC

EA soliciting help from Anthem players to figure out PS4 crashing issues 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.19]
Electronic Arts has publicly acknowledged an issue in the PlayStation 4 version of Anthem that causes the game to crash the entire system and is investigating the issue.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Multiplayer Skyrim mod criticized for lifting code from another mod  
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.19]
An in-development Skyrimmultiplayer mod called Skyrim Together is facing criticism for seemingly taking code from the Skyrim mod SKSE.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get legal experts' perspective on how the law is impacting game dev at GDC!  
by Staff [03.05.19]
A panel of legal experts will take to the stage at GDC 2019 to discuss top legal developments in games, from Fortnite dances to Nintendo's stance on ROMS!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Anthem is crashing entire PlayStation 4 systems, say players 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.04.19]
It's a fairly severe issue in a high-profile game like BioWare's latest, and one that unfortunately comes during an already turbulent launch period.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Ape Out To Those Lost Toejam Histories 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.03.19]
This week's highlights include pieces on Ape Out & the Toejam & Earl reboot, plus the history of the 'game over' screen, the effects of Brexit on the UK game biz, and more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Roblox boasts over 1 billion hours of engagement per month  
by Alissa McAloon [03.01.19]
The figure is 20 times the monthly engagement the online sandbox platform saw back in 2013.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come to GDC and see how Blizzard fights toxic player behavior with machine learning 1
by Staff [02.27.19]
Come to GDC next month for a behind-the-scenes look at how Blizzard has applied machine learning to combating toxic behavior -- and why that's had a meaningful impact on the company's business!
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Report: Amazon, Comcast, and EA now among potential Nexon buyers  
by Alissa McAloon [02.27.19]
Reuters reports that each of the three companies has submitted initial bids for NXC Corp, the holding firm that houses Nexon.
Social/Online

PUBG's dev team has turned to machine learning to fight off cheaters  
by Alissa McAloon [02.27.19]
PUBG's anti-cheat team dives into its cheat-fighting measures, offering fellow game devs a look at how the folks behind the landmark battle royale deal with nefarious players.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored Content
Make the most of your crowdfunding success!  
by Xsolla [02.27.19]
How do you seamlessly transition from your successful crowdfunding campaign to your own platform? Xsolla Store is the solution.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Don't Miss: Most players won't finish your game - and that's not a bad thing! 61
by Staff [02.26.19]
Most players won't play to the end of your game. That's not a tragedy -- that's a feature of video games' design landscape.
Social/Online, Design

The duo behind the Running Man challenge are suing Epic over a Fortnite dance 2
by Alissa McAloon [02.26.19]
Epic Games has another lawsuit on its hands over a dance emote featured in Fortnite, this time over The Running Man.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Devs pull Devotion from Steam following review bombing spree 7
by Alissa McAloon [02.25.19]
Update What started as review bombing from Chinese players has escalated over the weekend, and ultimately resulted in Red Candle Games removing its latest project from the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Attend GDC 2019 and get a data-driven look at why people play games!  
by Staff [02.25.19]
Quantic Foundry cofounder Nick Yee will break down the data gathered from a survey of over 400,000 game players at GDC 2019!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Devotion Of An Art Sqool Hades  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.24.19]
This week's highlights include a look at smash hit Taiwanese horror game Devotion, quirky AI art tutoring game Art Sqool, and the latest behind-the-scenes video on Supergiant's Early Access title Hades.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing