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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

Reboot Develop Blue is the latest game event rescheduled due to coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Organizers confirmed today that the upcoming Reboot Develop Blue event in Croatia will be postponed until the fall due to travel bans and other issues caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Check out the lineup of GDC 2020 virtual talks and awards you can stream next week!  
by Staff [03.13.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening next week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, GDC

Free press advocates unveil new library of censored works -- in Minecraft  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
"The library is filled with...articles that were censored...these articles are now available again within Minecraft – hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game."
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

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

BAFTA opts for online-only game awards as COVID-19 concerns grow  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
The event follows in the footsteps of several others that have had to pivot away from their usual format as a result of the coronavirus that has spread to 125 countries in only a matter of months.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Discord loosens streaming limits to help teams work remote during COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Discord intends to help individuals and teams better handle their usual tasks while working remote during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by expanding the platform's screen share features
Social/Online

Activision Blizzard cancels March and April Overwatch League events over COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Activision Blizzard has officially called off all scheduled Overwatch League events for the months of March and April, a decision made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
Social/Online

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

Call of Duty: Warzone offers a free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale mode  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.20]
Activision has revealed its long rumored (and partially leaked) new mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Call of Duty: Warzone, an add on that includes a 150-person, free-to-play battle royale mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online

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

Apex Legends dev says Forge stab-and-switch was meant to foil data miners  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
"It started as a fun way to misdirect data miners who, at the time, felt like they had solved our next legend and had ruined our surprise,” designer director Jason McCord recently told Dot eSports.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Take-Two CEO: COVID-19 may make believers out of remote work skeptics in games  
by Alex Wawro [03.05.20]
"I'm one of them, by the way; I'm not a big believer in remote work," Take-Two Interactive chief Strauss Zelnick said today at a Morgan Stanley event. "But I think I may be surprised."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs' latest addition is a dedicated News Hub for news and events  
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.20]
The latest new tool to launch under Steam Labs builds on some of the concepts put forth in the platform's Steam Library redesign by putting news posts, updates, and events front and center in the News Hub.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google picks California as the home for its second Stadia studio  
by Alex Wawro [03.04.20]
Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment branch today unveiled a new studio in California which aims to develop "exclusive games" for the company's nascent streaming game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Division 2 is headed to Stadia this month with PC cross-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Breaking down the digital barrier between platforms could help The Division 2's Stadia launch dodge the issues other online games have had on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Why Destiny 2 is leaving cosmetic loot boxes behind and working to balance 'FOMO'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Bungie has slowly been adapting its action MMO game Destiny 2 to better fit its resources now that the game is a self-published title.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Free-to-play PS4 and PC game Let it Die surpasses 6 million downloads  
by Alissa McAloon [03.02.20]
Let it Die, the tower-climbing hack-and-slash from Grasshopper Manufacture and GungHo Online Entertainment, has officially surpassed 6 million downloads across all platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online