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Video Game Deep Cuts: Summer In Mara's Shipbreaker Wildfire 1
by Gamasutra Staff [06.20.20]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts (new games/best links of the week!) features Summer In Mara, Beyond Blue, and... 3D graphics card box art?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discoverability, Steam's Summer Festival & 'Not-E3' Showcases 3
by Simon Carless [06.18.20]
Another round-up of all the good things happening in the game discoverability space - from Steam Summer Festival to 'not-E3' showcases.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Over 900 demos are featured in Steam's week-long Summer Game Festival  
by Alissa McAloon [06.17.20]
Valve put out an open call for game demos to be featured in its third digital Game Festival, and hundreds of game developers rose to the occasion.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Google cuts Stadia Premiere Edition price from $130 to $100 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.20]
Stadia has dropped the price of its TV-centric starter kit by $30, reducing the price tag for that Stadia Premiere bundle from $129.99 to $99.99.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PAX pivots to digital show after canceling PAX West and PAX Aus over COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.20]
PAX organizers Penny Arcade and ReedPOP have announced that two of its remaining 2020 PAX shows have officially been called off.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

An EVE Online mini-game is helping researchers better analyze COVID-19 data  
by Alissa McAloon [06.15.20]
CCP Games has brought Project Discovery back online to help scientists better understand how COVID-19 impacts human immune systems during a pandemic that has weighed on much of the world's population.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: Embracing the future of open-source game servers with Nakama  
by Heroic Labs [06.15.20]
Whether you're building a realtime intensive game with server authoritative physics to detect bullet pathing and collision or a Merge style game with deeply social player accounts, Nakama can do it all.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Last Of Us, The First Little Orpheus 2
by Gamasutra Staff [06.12.20]
The latest links of the week include new games The Last Of Us Part II & Little Orpheus, plus PC shareware relic Ken's Labyrinth & lots more!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Wednesday is your last day to register early for GDC Summer at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [06.12.20]
Early registration for August's all-digital GDC Summer event ends Wednesday, ​June 17th at 11:59 PM PT, so conference organizers encourage prospective attendees to register now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Playable Worlds raises $10 million to beef up cloud-based game tech  
by Alissa McAloon [06.11.20]
Playable Worlds, the studio founded by MMO vet Raph Koster last year, has raised $10 million in Series A funding to power the development of its unannounced sandbox MMO.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Designing Mortal Kombat 11's empowering tutorial mode 1
by Staff [06.10.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk NetherRealm Studios' Brian Keschinger explains how NetherRealm improved its in-game tutorials to better onboard Mortal Kombat players and increase player engagement.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Bungie will cycle out content to keep Destiny 2 fresh well into next-gen  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.20]
Today's stream focused on laying out a future for Destiny 2, both for the next few years of content and the ever-increasing hoard of seldom-played missions and activities that came before.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Red Candle Games' Devotion is getting a relaunch (in Taiwan)  
by Alissa McAloon [06.08.20]
Red Candle Games' 2019 horror game Devotion is moving closer to a rerelease after a storm of online controversy caused the dev to pull the game from sale early last year. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Video: Harmonizing the creative and business goals of Dead by Daylight  
by Staff [06.08.20]
In a GDC 2020 virtual talk Behaviour Interactive's Isabelle Mocquard and Dave Richard explain how to turn the tension that can exist between creative and biz devs into a win-win monetization strategy.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valorant Rants, Skelattack... Attacks?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.05.20]
From a new Konami indie publishing initiative (Skelattack) to the release of Riot's much-hyped Valorant, plenty to talk about this week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA Access inches closer to Steam launch as more EA games go up for sale  
by Alissa McAloon [06.04.20]
A handful of new Electronic Arts published games have shown up on Steam alongside a reminder that EA Access is soon to arrive on the Valve-owned storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to build multiplayer games with open source and Google Cloud  
by Google Cloud [06.04.20]
As the popularity of global multiplayer games continues to rise, game companies often face a difficult trade off on how to spend their developer resources - build the next great game, or manage backend infrastructure?
Social/Online, Webinar, Whitepaper

Sweeney: EGS free game promos boost a game's Steam and console sales too  
by Alissa McAloon [06.03.20]
Sweeney tells GameSpot that free games bring “tens of millions of new users” to the Epic Games Store while also increasing sales of a game on other storefronts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

10 quick store page improvements to get your game ready for the Steam Summer Sale 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
Steam's summer and winter sales drive the most post-launch purchases of your game. Is your page ready for all this traffic?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

GWU Seattle calls for removal of GWU International member over 'exclusionary behavior' 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.01.20]
The Seattle chapter of GWU are calling for changes to be made to GWU International following allegations that a prominent member "engaged in exclusionary behavior and bullying."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing