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Two charities unite to help hospitalized disabled kids play games 4
by Alex Wawro [10.18.17]
This week the charitable organizations AbleGamers and Gamers Outreach announced a partnership that will see them working together to provide more accessible video games to hospitalized children.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Registration is now open for GDC 2018!  
by Staff [10.18.17]
This will be the 32st edition of GDC, the world's largest and longest-running event for game developers, and you can register right now by visiting the official GDC 2018 website!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

EA closing Visceral Games and overhauling its Star Wars game 3
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.17]
Update Electronic Arts is closing down the studio and handing its Star Wars project to EA Vancouver to shift it from a linear adventure to a 'broad experience.'
Serious

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.17]
One of the two had been previously banned as many as nine times.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious

Telltale's Batman seemingly shows real image of assassinated ambassador  
by Alissa McAloon [10.06.17]
Update An image used in-game to depict the aftermath of a bank robbery shares an unsettlingly strong resemblance to a photo of the late Andrei Karlov.
Serious, Art

Connecting educators with the unique teaching ability of games  
by Joel Couture [10.03.17]
Santeri Koivisto, CEO of TeacherGaming, looks to connect teachers with the educational value in games like Kerbal Space Program, Epistory, and Democracy 3.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

New deal brings the voice actors' union strike to a (tentative) end 3
by Alex Wawro [09.25.17]
On Saturday both sides reached a deal that brings the strike to a (tentative) end, though it does not include the royalty payments voice actors were pushing for.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Nex Shadow Of The Outsider  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.24.17]
Some of this week's longform article/video highlights include pieces on Nex Machina's intense gameplay, Shadow Of War's Nemesis system, & the latest Dishonored game's choices.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hackers hijack Final Fantasy Brave Exivus dev Gumi's website with ransom demand  
by Alissa McAloon [09.22.17]
The group briefly replaced Gumi’s website with a ransom demand and distributed roughly $40 worth of in-game currency to Final Fantasy Brave Exivus players.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Applying game design principles to be a better leader  
by Staff [09.21.17]
At GDC 2017, Happy Brain Science's Scott Crabtree took the stage to share his perspective on how you can apply game design lessons to your work as a game dev leader.
Serious, Design, Video, Vault

In the wake of CSGO Lotto, FTC takes to Twitter to clarify its disclosure policy  
by Alex Wawro [09.20.17]
In a live Twitter Q&A inspired by its recent case against YouTubers who stealthily promoted their own CS:GO gambling site, the FTC lays out how devs and influencers should handle disclosure.
Serious, Business/Marketing

PSA: Pitch your talks now for the GDC 2018 Educators Summit! 1
by Staff [09.14.17]
Next March, GDC 2018 will again have a Summit of talks dedicated specifically to game education, this time with a new name: the GDC Educators Summit! Make sure to pitch your talks for the Summit now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Video: A game professor's guide to working in academia  
by Staff [09.12.17]
Developer-turned-academic Ian Schreiber takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a primer on what to expect when considered a career in academia, including a breakdown of career paths and requirements.
Serious, Student/Education, Video, Vault

PAX Report: Rep. Jayapal speaks on players and political consciousness
by Katherine Cross [09.08.17]
"You have this enormous voice as a community, and we need it. We are at a crossroads on so many levels and issues, really the very soul of our country."
Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Games For Change expands its student game dev contest to L.A.  
by Alex Wawro [09.01.17]
A new partnership with the Annenberg Foundation will help Games For Change include L.A. in its upcoming student game dev challenge, which aims to inspire kids to make games about real-world issues.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Layoffs loom at Radiant Worlds after SkySaga development halts 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.22.17]
With development stalled, Radiant Worlds was unable to renew its contract with its publisher, cutting the studio off from its only income source and putting every position within the development house in jeopardy.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Valve says it's cracking down on big key requests to combat Steam skulduggery 12
by Alex Wawro [08.17.17]
Valve confirms that yes, the company is more closely scrutinizing devs' outsized requests for Steam keys in an effort to combat people using them as "a way to manipulate Steam systems." 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Layoffs hit Hibernum Creations as dev downsizes to 'key personnel'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.16.17]
The Canadian studio Hibernum Creations has laid off the majority of its staff, over 100 employees, as the mobile game developer begins the process of selling off its assets.
Serious, Business/Marketing

5 game dev students set to receive AIAS Foundation scholarships  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.17]
This year, five students have been awarded $2,500 as part of the Foundation’s three annual scholarship offerings.
Serious, Business/Marketing

National Videogame Museum opens scholarship program for young Texan devs  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.17]
The National Videogame Museum has established four $1,500 scholarships for aspiring game developers.
Serious, Business/Marketing