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PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
by Staff [06.20.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA praises its own 'ethical, fun, and enjoyable' loot box use in FIFA 15
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.19]
Electronic Arts' Kerry Hopkins distanced FIFA's loot box-equivalent packs from gambling in a hearing with the UK Parliament and said the game's 'surprise mechanics' are often enjoyed in a healthy way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Alpha Protocol delisted from Steam due to publishing rights expiration 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.19]
Obsidian’s Alpha Protocol is no longer up for sale on Steam, a sudden delisting that publisher Sega has now confirmed to Eurogamer is the result of the expiration of its publishing rights.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Minecraft: Story Mode relisted on Xbox 360, but for $100 to deter new buyers 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.19]
Minecraft: Story Mode has been relisted on the Xbox 360, but with a noticeable price hike that’s intended to deter new purchasers from buying the game ahead of its official delisting date.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Designing Gambit Mode for Destiny 2: Forsaken  
by Staff [06.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Bungie's Peter Sarrett dives into how Destiny 2's Gambit mode combines PvE with a smidge of PvP, and explains why it's the story of development gone delightfully right.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Twitch acquires Bebo to bolster esports offerings  
by Alissa McAloon [06.18.19]
Twitch has acquired Bebo, an acquisition that sees the company picking up both the 10-person staff and IP of the social network turned esports company.
Social/Online

Twitch sues unknown parties over flood of explicit videos on Artifact streams  
by Alissa McAloon [06.17.19]
Twitch has filed a lawsuit against the streamers that flooded the Twitch page for Valve's game Artifact with videos of explicit content, despite not currently knowing the identities of those responsible.
Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: E3, E3, E3 (and some Non-E3!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.14.19]
This week's roundup is E3-packed, including discussion of best games, Nintendo, the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft's xCloud vs Google Stadia (or not!), as well as another 10+ links that aren't about E3 at all.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop closing down ThinkGeek's standalone online store 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.14.19]
GameStop is closing down the standalone online store for ThinkGeek and rolling the brand's collectibles business into the main GameStop website.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Steam Remote Play now supports game streaming across different networks  
by Alissa McAloon [06.14.19]
Valve has added out-of-home streaming support to Steam In-Home Streaming, and renamed the feature Steam Remote play following the new addition.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA pledges new reporting tools, periodic Community Reports to combat toxicity  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.19]
The company is taking deliberate steps to keep the community involved in that process, including the creation of policies and programs.
Social/Online, E3

Opinion: Cloud gaming for both Microsoft and Google remains a horseless carriage 10
by Joost Van Dongen [06.13.19]
SuperData Research founder Joost van Dreunen takes a look at the state of cloud-based game services in the wake of E3 2019.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Square Enix is considering its own subscription service  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.19]
Square Enix is considering launching its own subscription service, a move that follows in the footsteps of other major game companies like EA and Ubisoft.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Next Games is making a location-based Stranger Things mobile game  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Netflix has been popping up more and more around video games lately, and its latest announcement sees the video streaming platform partnering with developer Next Games for a Pokemon Go-like mobile game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Rec Room dev Against Gravity secures $24 million in funding  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Rec Room developer Against Gravity has secured $24 million in funding across two rounds.
VR, Social/Online

Xbox head: xCloud aims to complement video game hardware, not replace it  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Xbox head Phil Spencer says that the company views xCloud as a long-term solution, but one that isn't out to render in-home console and PC setups obsolete.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

VR app Virtual Desktop dropping VR streaming feature at Oculus' behest 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Update:: Facebook's Jason Rubin addressed the issue in a Twitter thread, saying "updates that add flawed experimental features, don’t work for some users, or otherwise create a bad experience are not acceptable."
VR, Social/Online

New Ubisoft tool lets Assassin's Creed Odyssey players create custom quests  
by Alissa McAloon [06.10.19]
Ubisoft's freshly announced Story Creator Mode lets Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players create and share their own quests for the game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video, E3

Ubisoft's new Uplay+ subscription launches for PC this year, Stadia in 2020 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.10.19]
Ubisoft is getting into the pay-for-access game library business with Uplay+ later this year, and bringing that service to Google’s cloud-based game streaming platform in 2020.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Shenmue 3 is an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC  
by Alissa McAloon [06.10.19]
Ys Net and publisher Deep Silver decided “that the Epic Games Store would be the best distribution platform option.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3