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Steam Labs' latest addition is a dedicated News Hub for news and events  
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.20]
The latest new tool to launch under Steam Labs builds on some of the concepts put forth in the platform's Steam Library redesign by putting news posts, updates, and events front and center in the News Hub.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google picks California as the home for its second Stadia studio  
by Alex Wawro [03.04.20]
Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment branch today unveiled a new studio in California which aims to develop "exclusive games" for the company's nascent streaming game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Division 2 is headed to Stadia this month with PC cross-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Breaking down the digital barrier between platforms could help The Division 2's Stadia launch dodge the issues other online games have had on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Why Destiny 2 is leaving cosmetic loot boxes behind and working to balance 'FOMO'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Bungie has slowly been adapting its action MMO game Destiny 2 to better fit its resources now that the game is a self-published title.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Free-to-play PS4 and PC game Let it Die surpasses 6 million downloads  
by Alissa McAloon [03.02.20]
Let it Die, the tower-climbing hack-and-slash from Grasshopper Manufacture and GungHo Online Entertainment, has officially surpassed 6 million downloads across all platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA is working with FIFA 20 players to test and fix connectivity issues 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.02.20]
The EA Sports team behind FIFA 20 is launching a live testing initiative to gather real-world data on elements of the game that are in need of improvement.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning Cyberpunk 2077's Shadow Dust  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.20]
The latest link highlights include a crazy Dark Souls speedrunning exploit, Cyberpunk 2077 from a couple of different angles, the lovely looking new title Luna The Shadow Dust & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA bans pro FIFA player from all EA games for threatening messages and behavior 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.25.20]
EA cited behavior that included post "abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players" as reason for the upgraded ban.
Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Your World Of Horror's Clockwork God  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.22.20]
Highlights include a raft of new games, from World Of Horror through Lair Of The Clockwork God to Hunt: Showdown and beyond, as well as voxels and Apple Arcade, and an investigative piece on GameStop.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Bethesda Softworks pulls all games but Wolfenstein: Youngblood from GeForce Now 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.20]
Another major publisher has removed its library from Nvidia’s recently launched game streaming service.
Social/Online

GeForce Now passes 1 million signups during free trial period  
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.20]
Nvidia's take on a cloud streaming service has crossed 1 million signups across both GeForce Now's free option and the 90-day free trial of its paid tier.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Pokemon-inspired MMO Temtem passes 500,000 copies sold  
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.20]
Temtem, developer CremaGames’ take on the monster collecting genre, has officially surpassed 500,000 worldwide sales.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PUBG, Black Desert add new PS4 and Xbox One cross-play features  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.20]
Two major online games announced new features for cross-console play this week, continuing console games’ slow march toward a more cross compatible future.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Kitfox's Victoria Tran aims to kill toxic game communities with kindness 2
by Staff [02.20.20]
Kitfox's Victoria Tran will be at GDC 2020 to show you how to build kinder communities around your games! Here she chats a bit about why you should go, and how studying prisons shaped her perspective.
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

GTA IV to return to Steam after cutting Games for Windows Live support  
by Alissa McAloon [02.19.20]
Grand Theft Auto IV’s exit from Steam wasn’t a permanent one; the game is headed back to the platform, but must sacrifice its multiplayer to do so.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Stadia support arrives on 19 non-Google Pixel phone models this week  
by Alissa McAloon [02.18.20]
Google's not-so-steady rollout of new Stadia features continues with the announcement of support for nearly 20 new devices, the first non-Pixel mobiles to work with the service.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Following Project Nova's 'end', CCP won't be as public with its early projects  
by Alissa McAloon [02.18.20]
The project was revealed a few years back, but the hubbub around it and now its 'cancellation' has CCP rethinking how it shares information on potential new releases with its community.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Watch GDC 2020 speakers (try to) pitch you their talks -- in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.18.20]
As you're planning out your time at GDC 2020 next month, organizers want to remind you that some speakers have taken the time to make great, brief (60 seconds-ish) pitch videos for their talks! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Come to GDC and see how Mortal Kombat 11's revamped tutorial mode was built!  
by Staff [02.17.20]
Few studios know the challenge of teaching fighting games better better than Mortal Kombat maker NetherRealm, and at GDC next month you'll see how Mortal Kombat 11's revamped tutorial mode was made!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: You Got Politics In My Dreams  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.15.20]
The latest highlights include the politics in games discussion re-ignited by Tim Sweeney's DICE comments, the full launch of Media Molecule's Dreams, a look at new games like Wide Ocean Big Jacket, & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing