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Op-Ed: Australia's gambling crackdown signals choppy waters for loot boxes 1
by Katherine Cross [03.08.18]
"The outrage swelling up in Australia about slot machines is...a flashing warning sign for anyone who wants to promote anything that even smacks of gambling," writes contributor Katherine Cross.
Serious, Business/Marketing

These are the people attending the White House's game violence meeting 35
by Chris Kerr [03.08.18]
It's been a week since Donald Trump proposed a meeting with games industry representatives to discuss gun violence and school safety, and now we know exactly who'll be showing up.

Trump's meeting with the game industry over gun violence may be a debate 7
by Alex Wawro [03.07.18]
Game industry execs have been invited to the White House tomorrow to discuss gun violence and violent video games, and it looks like they'll�also be joined by some vocal critics of the game industry.

Washington becomes first state to pass law protecting net neutrality 2
by Emma Kidwell [03.06.18]
Washington becomes the first state to pass a law protecting net neutrality following the FCC's decision to repeal the principle starting on April 23.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Report: Gameloft has shut down Gameloft Madrid  
by Alissa McAloon [03.06.18]
Just one month after Gameloft closed its New Orleans studio, rumors have emerged that the company has shuttered its office in Madrid, Spain as well. 

How an injured dev learned to make games without using his hands 1
by Brittany Vincent [03.05.18]
Longtime game dev Rusty Moyher chats with Gamasutra about exactly how (and why) he created his new game Dig Dog almost entirely without using his hands due to severe RSI.
Indie, Serious, Production

Don't Miss: Video games and gun violence, a year after Sandy Hook 63
by Michael Rose [03.01.18]
Following the horrific 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, the game industry sat down with the Vice President to talk gun violence. A year later we asked: What's come of that? Here's what we found out.

Trump plans to meet with game industry over violent video games 9
by Alex Wawro [03.01.18]
Updated: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced today that Donald Trump plans to meet with unnamed representatives of the game industry next week to discuss gun violence & school safety.

Researchers push back against WHO's planned 'gaming disorder' 1
by Alex Wawro [03.01.18]
The article in question is co-authored by over 30 scientists and researchers from institutions around the world, and is being publicized by publisher trade bodies in the U.S., Europe, Korea, and more.

Former EA devs reflect on work culture 14 years after EA Spouse 9
by Emma Kidwell [02.26.18]
In a piece published by Glixel earlier today, former Electronic Arts developers reflect on their employment 14 years after the Live Journal post EA Spouse shed light on the company's labor practices. 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Learn to better understand your players' social values at GDC 2018  
by Staff [02.23.18]
Come to GDC 2018 to see Riot Games' Tash Elliott and Jeffrey Burrell share how the League of Legends dev has researched and acted upon the social values their players have across the world.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Net Neutrality repeal effective starting on April 23 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.22.18]
The FCC published a revocation order to the Federal Register today which dissolves net neutrality effective on April 23.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing

Level up your game dev teaching skills at the GDC Educators Summit  
by Staff [02.20.18]
With GDC 2018 coming up fast, organizers share details on some great GDC Educators Summit talks from developers and educators about the tricks of teaching the next generation of game developers.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

GDC 2018 is proud to once again donate passes to the Indie Giving Charity!  
by Staff [02.19.18]
GDC 2018 organizers are excited to continue their partnership with the Indie Giving charity effort by donating 30 GDC 2018 Indie Games Summit tickets - contribute now to get your pass!
Indie, Serious, GDC

Mafia III dev Hangar 13 hit with layoffs 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.18]
Mafia III developer Hangar 13 has laid off a number of staff members in what its parent company describes as a move to 'ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans.'
Console/PC, Serious

The Fire Fades: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev 10
by Joel Couture [02.09.18]
Gamasutra speaks with a medical professional and a handful of devs about their personal stories of burnout, and how, as an industry, we can better prevent the awful practices that lead to it.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production

Report: Gameloft closes New Orleans studio, layoffs at Gameloft Madrid 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.18]
Update:Gameloft has reportedly closed its New Orleans office and laid off roughly 40 staff members in the process. A source tells Gamasutra that Gameloft Madrid recently laid off 50 devs as well.

Germany is considering a ban on loot boxes 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.06.18]
The German Youth Protection Commission stated that it's now considering a ban on loot boxes after research conducted by the University of Hamburg found too many elements of gambling in video games. 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Kids' prosthetics nonprofit Limbitless receives free GDC Play space at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [02.06.18]
Organizers have donated space in the GDC Play area, where Limbitless will be showcasing some of its prosthetics tech -- and how games are being used to help kids learn to use those prosthetics.
Serious, GDC

Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder? 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.05.18]
In a piece published by The Guardian, industry figures give their opinions about the World Health Organization's decision to include "gaming disorder" in its draft of the next diagnostic manual.
Serious, Business/Marketing