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Report: Riot Games, Epic Games come under US Gov't scrutiny over Tencent ties 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.20]
Bloomberg reports that the US Committee on Foreign Investment has sent letters of inquiry to both Riot Games and Epic Games due to their business ties to Tencent games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored Q&A: Advice from Microsoft's GDX lead for taking on next-gen's biggest challenges  
by Kris Graft [09.14.20]
"You make it fun, we make it run." In this Q&A, the head of Microsoft's Gaming Developer Experiences team runs down what game devs need to know to keep their games thriving across key platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Rocket League's life as a free to play game starts September 23  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.20]
Rocket League developer Psyonix finally cemented the launch date for the game's big free-to-play shift, announcing via a trailer that the now five year old game will go F2P on September 23.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA to replace Origin with EA Desktop as services rebrand continues  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.20]
EA is testing a new desktop client that will, once out of beta, replace its current Origin app and take another step toward retiring the Origin branding in full.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Mediatonic's plan to exile Fall Guys cheaters to a cheaters-only queue backfired 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
The plan was to have cheaters matchmake exclusively with other cheaters, but the Fall Guys team noticed its plans for Cheater Island were actually hurting the game's reputation.
Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online

ViacomCBS sells Metacritic, GameSpot, others to Red Ventures in $500 million deal 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
According to Variety, the $500 million deal is expected to close later this year, and brings brands like GameSpot, Metacritic under Red Ventures ownership. 
Social/Online

Apple's updated iOS App Review Guidelines basically put the kibosh on Stadia, xCloud  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.20]
Under Apple’s already-implemented App Review Guideline updates, streaming services that deliver console-hosted games to mobile over the cloud like Stadia and Project xCloud aren't allowed as-is.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Apple pauses plans to end 'Sign In with Apple' support for Epic Games accounts  
by Alissa McAloon [09.09.20]
It's a change that almost certainly marks the latest escalation of Apple and Epic's conflict over what does or does not constitute anti-competitive behavior.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet



Emotion in Game Design, Video Game Storytelling, and Tips To Help Memory | GameDev Weekly Digest 04  
by Jacob Jameson [09.18.20]
This weeks GameDev Digest looks at Emotion in Game Design, Video Game Storytelling, and Tips on how To Help Memory | GameDev Weekly Digest 04
Design Programming Production Serious Indie Social/Online

2021 will be a landmark year for cloud gaming, generating $4bn in consumer spending 3
by George Jijiashvili [09.17.20]
New research from market analyst firm Omdia shows that cloud gaming revenues will hit $12bn by 2025. Boosted by the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PlayStation Now, cloud gaming will generate $4bn in consumer spending in 2021 alone.
Business/Marketing Console/PC Social/Online Smartphone/Tablet

Combating Toxicity in Online Games  
by Phaedra Boinodiris [09.16.20]
AI holds great promise in the ability to stem online toxic behavior from within games, but there are complications that can be daunting.
Design Production Social/Online

Simplify Your Life With Mesh Simplifier 2
by Ruben Torres Bonet [09.15.20]
Lose those extra vertices you don’t need from your meshes and make the life of your GPU a bit easier.
Programming Console/PC Serious Indie Social/Online Smartphone/Tablet VR

Recurrence and Rationale in Game Music: Game Composers and the Importance of Themes (Pt. 4)  
by Winifred Phillips [09.15.20]
Fourth of a five-part article series based on composer Winifred Phillips' talk during the GDC 2020 online conference in March: "From Assassin's Creed to The Dark Eye: The Importance of Themes." Included: a discussion of recurrence, including rationale.
Audio Design Production Console/PC Indie Social/Online


Playco — Tokyo, Mountain View, San Francisco, Seoul, Remote, Remote
[09.06.20]
Senior Game Engineer
100% Remote, Tokyo, Mountain View, San Francisco, Seoul

Kano — Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
[08.28.20]
QA Automation Engineer


Windwalk Games — Austin, Texas, United States
[08.24.20]
Lead Artist