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Gamasutra's Best of 2018: The top 10 games of the year 3
by Staff [12.28.18]
There were so many games that were great in 2018. Here are the 10 games that stood out in the minds of Gamasutra's writers this year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steel Division dev Eugen Systems fires six employees involved in pay dispute
by Chris Kerr [12.27.18]
Prior to the sackings there were around 21 developers left at the French studio, which has been lambasted by staff over the years for failing to compensate them for overtime and ignoring wage laws.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Celeste has sold over 500,000 copies since January  
by Chris Kerr [12.27.18]
Game director and designer Matt Thorson broke the news on Twitter, and promised to update Celeste with some new "farewell levels" in 2019.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: The top 10 game developers of the year  
by Staff [12.27.18]
The achievements we saw from game developers, from indie to triple-A, were incredible. Here are the game developers that left an indelible mark on 2018, and pushed the art of game development forward.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC for a postmortem look at the making of Candy Crush Friends Saga!  
by Staff [12.26.18]
Come to GDC 2019 in March to get a postmortem look at the game design, art vision, and strategy behind the making of the new Candy Crush game, as well as the goals and challenges of expanding the world of this successful IP.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Best Of The Best Of The Year  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.23.18]
This week's highlights include a multitude of 'best of' lists of the top games of the year - from video through group round-ups to individual highlights.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discord raises another $150M after opening its own games store  
by Alex Wawro [12.21.18]
The folks Discord snuck in here today at the end of 2018 to announce they've raised $150 million in another round of funding led by Greenoaks Capital. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

100 support staff take cash offer and voluntarily leave Blizzard 5
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.18]
Over 100 staff at Blizzard Entertainment's Cork office in Ireland, which houses the company's main European customer service operation, will be leaving by the end of 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

G2A's payment service is charging users for inactivity 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.18]
G2A Pay is charging a recurring service fee for members who are inactive for over 180 days, justifying the charge because it costs money to upkeep their services.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Kris Graft's top 7 games  
by Kris Graft [12.21.18]
From mechs to dinos to a derelict ship, Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft lays out his top games of 2018.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga to acquire Empires & Puzzles dev Small Giant for initial $560M  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
"We've been impressed by the quality and momentum of Empires & Puzzles as we add another forever franchise into Zynga's portfolio."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gris has turned a profit after one week on sale  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
The title launched on December 13 for Switch, Windows and Mac, and has been met with largely positive reviews.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Marvel Avengers Academy shutting down at the end of 2018  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.18]
An in-game announcement has revealed Marvel Avengers Academy is being shut down by developer TinyCo at the end of 2018.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

FBI removes top offending 'DDoS for-hire' sites  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
The FBI announced earlier today that it took action against 15 domains that reportedly helped take down other people’s websites, game servers and other online services through DDoS attacks.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Walking Dead Game's final season is releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store  
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
Skybound Games and Epic Games have partnered to bring Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season on PC exclusively to the Epic Games store for all future purchases.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

iOS App Store Guidelines update hints at giftable in-app purchases  
by Alissa McAloon [12.20.18]
A quiet update to the App Store Review Guidelines suggests that the official iOS app marketplace is looking to enable gifting for in-app purchases in the future.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Cloud Imperium raises $46M from private investment 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.20.18]
Cloud Imperium UK Ltd and Cloud Imperium US LLC, the studios behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42, have raised $46 million in funds from a private investment in the Cloud Imperium Group.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Ultimate worldwide sales topped 5M in first week  
by Chris Kerr [12.20.18]
That figure includes both physical and digital sales, and would make sense given we know the game has sold over 4.2 million units in the U.S. and Japan alone. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer debuts keyboard and mouse duo designed for the Xbox One 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.19.18]
Razer and Microsoft are collaborating to release a wireless keyboard and mouse combo designed specifically for the Xbox One.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

343 Industries is teaming up with Limbitless to provide Halo-themed prosthetics 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.19.18]
Halo developer 343 Industries is partnering with Limbitless Solutions, a non-profit creating prosthetic limbs to children, to offer "bionic arm" prosthetics to young kids. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing