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Sponsored: How Lord of the Rings Online cranked up store conversions  
by Xsolla [06.24.19]
Here are some best practices that, alongside a partnership with Xsolla, helped Lord of the Rings Online developer Standing Stone Games level up their store conversions and prevent fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: My Friend Pedro's Elite Beat Agent  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at breakout indie action game My Friend Pedro, a much-deserved history of the excellent Elite Beat Agents series, on Mordhau's surprisingly hot debut, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Subscription services unlikely to replace traditional game sales, says WBIE 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.19]
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment president David Haddad tells VentureBeat that streaming and traditional premium sales serve two different types of players.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Anthem's rocky launch hasn't dissuaded EA, says CEO  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.19]
"BioWare has to evolve and has to expand and has to test the elasticity of that brand. [...]That's what you're seeing with Anthem today.”
Console/PC, Social/Online

Keeping up with the surprise success of Mordhau  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.19]
The development team behind the historical brawler Mordhau discuss the game’s creation and its post-launch plans in an interview with PC Gamer.
Social/Online

Global esports director Kim Phan departs Blizzard  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.19]
Blizzard’s global esports director has stepped down from the position and left Blizzard, marking the second major esports-related vacancy to hit the company in the last month.
Social/Online

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