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Access to Red Dead Online's poker restricted by regional gambling laws 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.20.19]
Rockstar Games added poker to Red Dead Online when it brought the game out of beta last week, but the feature now looks to be restricted in certain regions due to varying gambling laws.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Marvel, The Pokemon Company partner with NetEase to launch games in China  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.19]
NetEase has formed strategic partnerships with Marvel and The Pokemon Company to help the pair launch new games in China.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony launches PlayStation Productions to turn games into movies and TV shows  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.19]
Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched a new production studio called PlayStation Productions that will develop film and television projects based on the company's extensive video game catalog.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Defiant Studios axed as Lords of the Fallen 2 developer  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.19]
CI Games claims it was forced to end its development partnership with Defiant after the studio failed to meet key milestones and delivered work of subpar quality; Defiant disagrees with the assessment.
Console/PC, Production

Blog: What would Mavis Beacon do? Punish you  
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.19]
A short essay looking at the design of the game Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Teaches Typing.
Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Environmental storytelling in Generation Zero  
by Emil Kraftling [05.20.19]
Here at Avalanche Studios we often refer to our game worlds as the "main character," and seeing as there were almost no other characters in Generation Zero, that felt more relevant than ever.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.17.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The world design of Diablo III 21
by Staff [05.17.19]
Blizzard designer Leonard Boyarsky talks to Gamasutra about the process of expanding the Diablo universe significantly with the third installment of the series, talking about what has both worked and what has not.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics, FoxNext Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Recruitment

CD Projekt Red talks Cyberpunk 2077 crunch, vows to be 'more humane' to devs 10
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
CD Projekt Red leadership says speaking publicly about crunch acts as a commitment to treat its devs more humanely.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Video: Writing and designing Star Trek: Bridge Crew for VR  
by Staff [05.17.19]
In this talk from GDC 2017, Red Storm Entertainment's Jay Posey shares his experience as lead writer and senior designer developing Ubisoft's VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
VR, Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Minecraft has sold 176 million copies in 10 years 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
This week marks the 10th anniversary of Minecraft’s very first release and Microsoft now says that the game has sold over 176 million copies worldwide in that decade.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Magic Leap acquires Mimesys to boost spatial computing offerings  
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
The augmented reality company Magic Leap has acquired Mimesys, a Belgium-based startup behind co-presence conferencing technology that brings hologram-like projections to AR conferences.
VR

Riot ignores calls to scrap mandatory arbitration for all employees 3
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
League of Legends maker Riot Games has refused to completely scrap its mandatory arbitration policy, despite employees staging a mass walkout over the issue less than two weeks ago.
Production, Business/Marketing

New Minecraft Earth AR game takes a cue from Pokemon Go  
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
Mojang has unveiled a new Minecraft game, and it's an augmented reality mobile experience called Minecraft Earth.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Teething pains for Epic Games Store as publishers opt out of debut 'Mega Sale' 4
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
UPDATE The Epic Games Store made a little bit of history yesterday by kicking off its first ever 'Mega Sale,' but it seems some publishers aren't keen to take part.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Was it worth quitting my job to go indie? 11
by Gamasutra Community [05.17.19]
Two years ago I quit my job as an architect to pursue my dream of making video games. Now that the game is out, was it a good idea, financially speaking?
Production, Business/Marketing

'Herd' is the word: Developing the Pikmin-inspired The Wild at Heart  
by Aron Garst [05.17.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Moonlight Kids, who aim to expand on the ideas of Nintendo's Pikmin and add their own twist to "herd-like" game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video: How RimWorld found success through ridiculous, contrarian design 1
by Staff [05.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester looks at how it was designed not as a game, but as a story generator, and how its crazy, ridiculous design found surprising success.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Get a job: Join Deep Silver Volition as a Technical Animator  
by Staff [05.16.19]
Volition is seeking an experienced, creative problem-solver to help identify design and animation goals and then drive solutions to get the best possible performance from its characters.
Art, Recruitment