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Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.03.20]
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K21 will cost $10 more on next-gen consoles 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
It's too early to tell if this new MSRP is an outlier or a next-generation norm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

'Change starts today' says Ubisoft CEO, after years of allegations arise  
by Bryant Francis [07.02.20]
Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot has announced a series of changes after years-worth of allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse emerged.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Backlash to criticism harms The Last of Us Part II 4
by Bryant Francis [07.02.20]
Backlash to criticism of The Last of Us: Part II only adds to toxicity around discussing the game, says contributing editor Bryant Francis.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Balancing accessibility with depth to make vehicles feel great  
by Staff [07.02.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Criterion Games' Matthew Harris explore good principles for video game vehicle design that can apply to everything from racecars and X-Wings.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Westworld creators take aim at Fallout in upcoming Amazon Studios series  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
The minds behind HBO's Westworld adaptation are working with Amazon on a live action show based on Bethesda's Fallout series. creators
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

COVID-19 and pivot towards game development lead to layoffs at Kongregate  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
Kongregate has laid off a, reportedly sizable, portion of its staff, a decision the company says in a statement to Gamasutra was set in motion by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Learn id's early coding principles from John Romero at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.02.20]
Next month GDC Summer attendees will have a rare opportunity to learn about the codebase that powered id's earliest, most influential games from co-creator (and game industry veteran) John Romero.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK government urged to 'immediately' classify loot boxes as gambling  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.20]
The House of Lords Gambling Committee has recommended that loot boxes are classified as gambling in the UK.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox is hosting a demo event for Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest  
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
We've seen Steam rally behind the idea of digitally-hosted game demo events, and now Xbox is doing the same through a partnership with Summer Game Fest.
Console/PC, Indie

Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash's final days approach  
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
Support for Flash is expected to cease at the end of 2020, and Kongregate is changing some of its platform features to ready for that shift.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: The mechanics of explosive growth in Roblox 1
by Staff [07.01.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Roblox's Adam Miller dissects the explosive growth of Roblox as a company and platform and shares lessons that can help other companies looking to accomplish similar feats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PlayStation now has a dedicated initiative for indie games: PlayStation Indies 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
PlayStation has unveiled a new indie-driven initiative and the first nine games it's elevating as part of a new drive to 'spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation.'
Console/PC, Indie

The Ubisoft paradox: How the publisher enabled a culture of abuse and control 6
by Chris Kerr [07.01.20]
"It is such a well-functioning system of control, because there is a lot of conversation happening in the company. It just leads nowhere. An audit in Ubisoft leads nowhere 9 times out of 10."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn hidden histories of women in computing with Brenda Romero at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.01.20]
Veteran game maker Brenda Romero will be presenting a fascinating talk at GDC Summer next month about some of the overlooked but vital contributors to the history of computing and game development.
Console/PC, History, GDC

Sponsored: Learn what it takes to catch a cheater in online games in this free webinar  
by Irdeto [07.01.20]
Join in on this free webinar to learn about modern threats to multiplayer games and how Denuvo Anti-Cheat addresses those threats without requiring modification of the game's source code.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Webinar

European retailers can no longer sell download codes for Nintendo-published titles  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.20]
Nintendo said the decision was made after carefully examining the "evolving European marketplace," and came into effect today.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sinespace dev partners with Unity to let Asset Store creators sell models in-game  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.20]
A new partnership will let Unity Asset Store creators sell their 3D models to players in free-to-play MMO Sandbox, Sinespace.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Prioritizing accessibility early on was vital for The Last of Us Part 2's robust features  
by Alissa McAloon [06.30.20]
In an interview with Can I Play That, Naughty Dog discusses how work done early in the development process laid the foundation for The Last of Us Part 2's in-depth accessibility options.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Designing CrossCode to stand out in the retro RPG market 1
by Bryant Francis [06.30.20]
CrossCode's lead developer and composer talk to us about making and selling a retro-flavored RPG in the crowded markets of 2018.
Console/PC, Indie, Design