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BioWare hits pause on seasonal content to work on full Anthem overhaul 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.10.20]
BioWare’s future plans for Anthem include a sizable redesign to overhaul the game’s core loop and progression.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Collaborate with friends and meet new ones at these GDC 2020 Community Spaces!  
by Staff [02.10.20]
This year GDC will host four community spaces (Narrative, Design, Audio, and Art), each appointed comfortably with creative aids to help you communicate and collaborate with fellow GDC attendees!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Pedestrian Mario Paint Pagan  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.08.20]
Latest links include a look at The Pedestrian, the people composing music in Mario Paint, the odd 'dead MMO' setting of PAGAN: Autogeny, streaming legality & Valentine's Day gaming for couples.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

With 2 million sold, Take-Two is unsure how Game Pass affected The Outer Worlds  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.20]
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick offered some guarded commentary on how Game Pass affected the launch of The Outer Worlds and what role subscriptions services play in Take-Two's future.
Console/PC, Social/Online

King's Sabrina Carmona wants more women in game dev leadership 4
by Staff [02.07.20]
Senior producer Sabrina Carmona is coming to GDC to show you how to diversify your studio and get more women into leadership! Here, she opens up about why that's important and her own career in games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Stadia's free tier to launch at some point in 'the next few months'  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.20]
Stadia launched to paying Founders and Premier Edition purchasers back in November, and the free tier billed as Stadia Base will open the service up to the general public in a matter of months.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Recurrent consumer spending made up 37% of Take-Two's $930 million Q3 revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [02.06.20]
Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and NBA 2K games continue to reap rewards for Take Two Interactive.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Activision Blizzard saw $6.49 billion in revenue during 2019 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.06.20]
Activision Blizzard as a whole generated $6.49 billion in net revenue during 2019, with $4.93 billion of that revenue coming directly from digital sources.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ubisoft's net bookings beat expectations, though still down from last year  
by Alissa McAloon [02.06.20]
Ubisoft reported €455.5 million in net bookings for the quarter ending December 31, 2019, a figure that’s down 24.8 percent year-over-year but about €45.5 million higher than Ubisoft was expecting.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Why forums can be great for indie discoverability and community  
by Staff [02.05.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Stray Fawn Studio's Philomena Schwab explains how forums (and useful plugins) can still be useful for indie devs looking to build stable online communities around their games.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Will Wright returns to GDC this year with a talk you won't want to miss!  
by Staff [02.05.20]
Legendary game designer Will Wright (SimCity, The Sims) will be at GDC 2020 next month to tell you all about what he's working on now, what he's learned, and how it all ties into game design!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

GeForce Now: Nvidia implements aggressive pricing to consolidate cloud gaming position  
by Piers Harding-Rolls [02.04.20]
Industry analyst and IHS Markit Technology games research head Piers Harding-Rolls explores the potential impact and expectations of Nvidia's GeForce Now cloud-based game streaming service.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Now out of beta, GeForce Now offers cloud-based streaming of owned Steam and EGS games 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.04.20]
Nvidia's Stadia competitor GeForce Now allows its users to stream their own games to other devices, completely dodging potential concerns over an unappealing launch library as it exits beta.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

What 'Dragons Love Tacos' taught me about game discoverability 1
by Simon Carless [02.04.20]
Right now, my kid is a little bit obsessed with the kids book Dragons Love Tacos. I thought it might be an excellent starting point to examine why some things break out - and how you can stand out better with your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC State of the Industry: Nearly half of game makers still work over 40 hours/week  
by Staff [02.03.20]
Many work more, with some GDC 2020 State of the Industry survey respondents saying they worked as much as 80+ hours in a given week -- but self-pressure was the most common reason given.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Whitepaper, GDC

38,000 Flash games will live on after Flash support dies this year thanks to Flashpoint  
by Alissa McAloon [02.03.20]
The folks at BlueMaxima are working to preserve the thousands of Flash games that defined the early days of web-based games, and have already snagged over 38,000 titles
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Kentucky Routes, Savage Planets, Mythic Quests  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.01.20]
The latest highlights include the Kentucky Route Zero ending chapter, the debuts of Journey To The Savage Planet and SpellTower+, and the upcoming game dev-themed TV show from the 'Always Sunny' crew.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA wants to stop including daily and monthly active user data in earnings reports 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.31.20]
Electronic Arts COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen says the company is shying away from including metrics like daily and monthly active users in its quarterly reports.
Social/Online

Discord no longer doubles as a game launcher as two non-core features get the axe  
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.20]
Part of the decision to cut features comes from Discord's desire to zero in on its core purpose and focus on offering utilities that "don't make [Discord] bulky and take away from the core chat experience."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Only 23% of EA's $5.4 billion net bookings in the last year came from non-digital sources  
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.20]
Electronic Arts says that 77 percent of its overall net bookings for the trailing twelve month period ending December 31, 2019 came from digital sources.
Console/PC, Social/Online