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UK devs launch POC in Play initiative in partnership with ustwo Games  
by Emma Kidwell [02.28.19]
POC in Play is a new initiative launched earlier today in partnership with ustwo Games addressing the issue of a lack of people of color in the UK games scene. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sign up now for GDC 2019's all-new mentoring program!  
by Staff [02.28.19]
Launching at GDC 2019 is a brand-new mentoring program to help encourage game development professionals to continue and grow in their personal careers -- and now you can sign up to take part!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Hipfire Games raises additional $205k for VR game Failspace  
by Emma Kidwell [02.28.19]
Helsinki-based VR developer Hipfire Games has raised an additional $205k in funds for its debut VR mobile game, Failspace.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Playdius rebrands as Dear Villagers, plans to focus on PC and console titles  
by Emma Kidwell [02.28.19]
In preparation to reveal a new line-up of games, the French indie publisher Playdius announced earlier today that it has re-branded as Dear Villagers.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony PlayLink developer Wish Studios has shut down  
by Chris Kerr [02.28.19]
"Our ethos was to put the team and their creativity at the heart of everything we did; having to say goodbye to those people has been an unbelievably difficult thing to do."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gooey ranch-em-up Slime Rancher has sold over 2 million copies  
by Chris Kerr [02.28.19]
Monomi Park's quirky blorb wrangler Slime Rancher has surpassed 2 million sales in around 18 months.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dying Light dev TechLand to close Polish publishing department  
by Chris Kerr [02.28.19]
The decision will result in around 13 layoffs by the end of 2019, but won't affect the company's broader publishing and development plans -- including those related to Dying Light 2
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent partners with Intel on its streaming service, Instant Play  
by Emma Kidwell [02.27.19]
Chinese tech giant Tencent is partnering with Intel to launch its own streaming service called Instant Play.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC and see how Blizzard fights toxic player behavior with machine learning 1
by Staff [02.27.19]
Come to GDC next month for a behind-the-scenes look at how Blizzard has applied machine learning to combating toxic behavior -- and why that's had a meaningful impact on the company's business!
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil 2 remake ships 4 million copies in first month 1
by Chris Kerr [02.27.19]
If the remake can maintain its momentum, it might soon eclipse the 4.96 million sales pulled in by the 1996 original -- which is currently the fourth best-selling entry in the franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game Developers Conference 2019 - new and fun content!  
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.19]
With Game Developers Conference 2019 rapidly approaching, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the interesting new conference content we’ve rolled out this year.
Business/Marketing

GOG drops Fair Price Package program, blames rising dev revenue shares  
by Chris Kerr [02.27.19]
"With an increasing share paid to developers, our cut gets smaller. However, we look at it, at the end of the day we are a store and need to make sure we sell games without a loss."
Business/Marketing

Blog: How to prepare for your first game expo  
by Gamasutra Community [02.27.19]
I wanted to put together a checklist and summary that offers some pointers on how to prepare for your first game expo.
Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Make the most of your crowdfunding success!  
by Xsolla [02.27.19]
How do you seamlessly transition from your successful crowdfunding campaign to your own platform? Xsolla Store is the solution.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Skybound cuts ties with Overkill's The Walking Dead devs mid-release  
by Alex Wawro [02.26.19]
Update Overkill's The Walking Dead debuted on PC last November, and console versions were originally launching early this month -- but now license-holder Skybound is washing its hands of the project.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Funcom enters partnership with Legendary to create Dune games 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.26.19]
Funcom released the financial report for its fourth quarter earlier today, saying that it was the most profitable year in the company's history.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic inexplicably hosts AMA in a notorious internet cesspool 11
by Kris Graft [02.26.19]
THQ Nordic found itself in a public relations predicament after deciding to hold an AMA on notorious internet cesspool 8chan, leaving many game devs confused and upset.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Watch these devs compete to make the best game pitch at GDC Pitch 2019!  
by Staff [02.26.19]
GDC Pitch is a special event where select GDC Play devs hone their game-pitching skills in front of a panel of expert judges -- as well as a live audience! 
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Microsoft CEO defends 'principled and democratic' HoloLens military contract 2
by Chris Kerr [02.26.19]
"We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy."
VR, Business/Marketing

Ebba Ljungerud's grand strategy: A chat with Paradox's CEO 2
by Kris Graft [02.26.19]
Paradox Interactive CEO Ebba Ljungerud tells Gamasutra how she will guide the future the company with a focus on improved game accessibility and creative empowerment.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing