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Devs are now required to contact Valve for release date changes on Steam 5
by Alissa McAloon [08.08.19]
Update: Valve says the change was made to counteract frequent changes that were "confusing to players and frustrating for other developers"
Console/PC, Social/Online

18% of all physical ESRB-rated games have received an 'in-game purchases' label  
by Alissa McAloon [08.07.19]
The ESRB notes that 18 percent of all rating assessments for physical video games have resulted in an in-game purchases notice to date. That label itself was only implemented in April of 2018.
Social/Online

Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony to launch platform-wide rules on loot box disclosures 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.07.19]
Both console makers and many game publishers are working with the Entertainment Software Association to mandate loot box probability disclosures by 2020.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2020 seeks smart game industry Business & Marketing talks!  
by Staff [08.07.19]
If you have a great pitch for a talk that would fit in the Business & Marketing track at Game Developers Conference 2020, organizers want to hear it -- but fast, because submissions close August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick 'feels good' about Google Stadia's release  
by Alissa McAloon [08.06.19]
Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick is optimistic about Stadia, though he notes that how the platform will fare with players remains to be seen.
Social/Online

Psyonix is removing paid, randomized loot boxes from Rocket League this year  
by Alissa McAloon [08.06.19]
Exactly what form that change will take is up in the air, but Psyonix explains that the system will somewhat resemble one implemented by Epic Games in Fortnite Save the World earlier this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Chinese Room's Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs postmortem 22
by Staff [08.05.19]
This classic feature reveals how Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs was born of an ethos shared by Swedish indie (and Amnesia franchise creator) Frictional Games and British indie developer The Chinese Room.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Digital net revenue up to $427.8 million for the quarter at Take-Two Interactive  
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.19]
Take-Two Interactive has closed out the first quarter of its 2020 fiscal year with both net revenue and net bookings on the rise, prompting the company to raise its full-year projections after only one quarter.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Layoffs at Nexon America as two California-based offices are closed 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.19]
According to a post from one of the developers affected, the restructuring of Nexon America has resulted in the closure of Nexon’s Division Partners Office and a number of layoffs.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Video: Delivering data-driven dynamic gameplay effects in For Honor  
by Staff [08.05.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Aurelie Le Chevalier dives into For Honor's modifiers system, a data-driven system that allows designers to dynamically create gameplay effects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Got a great pitch for a GDC 2020 Production & Team Management talk? Submit it now!  
by Staff [08.05.19]
GDC 2020 organizers seek experienced producers who have shipped games or managed live games to share their best techniques or experiences which helps them produce better games or build better teams!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite World Cup's Fire-y Youngblood  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.03.19]
This week's roundup includes Epic's Fortnite World Cup, analyses of Nintendo's new Fire Emblem and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as time loops in games, Candyland, Elsinore and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

An in-game casino gave GTA Online its biggest player surge since launch  
by Alissa McAloon [08.02.19]
Developer Rockstar Games says that ribbon-cutting has caused players to flock to the game in a way they hadn’t seen since Online’s launch in 2013.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Building an audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets  
by Staff [08.01.19]
Early on, Ooblets already had a large following. In this 2017 story, the makers of the game explain how publicly sharing their game's development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Ninja, one of Twitch's top streamers, has left the platform for Mixer  
by Alissa McAloon [08.01.19]
Tyler Blevins, known by the moniker Ninja online, announced today that he’ll be exclusively streaming on Microsoft’s Mixer platform from this point forward.
Social/Online

Steam's Interactive Recommender landed 10,000 new games on wishlists 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.01.19]
Valve has published a sort of progress report for its debut Steam Labs projects, reflecting on how each has done so far and introducing new features on the way.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Balancing the old with the new in Monster Prom's fandom-friendly DLC  
by Staff [07.31.19]
For Monster Prom: Second Term, Beautiful Glitch had the challenge of creating more content for a narrative game without breaking the lore of the first, all while keeping a thirsty fandom thriving.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Chrome continues to wind down Flash support with latest browser update  
by Alissa McAloon [07.31.19]
Adobe itself is set to end support for Flash in 2020, and web browsers like Google Chrome are gradually introducing features to wean users off the plugin.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Got a great idea for a Programming talk? Pitch it now for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [07.31.19]
Hey game makers: If you've got a great idea for a Programming talk that would be a good fit for the 2020 Game Developers Conference, submit it before Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Qualcomm and Tencent team up for future mobile game devices and content  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Qualcomm and Tencent have announced a partnership that sees the two collaborating on a number of things in the digital entertainment space, including things like 5G and cloud-based game tech.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet