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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces special in-game items to support veterans 1
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Activision Blizzard announced a new in-game pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where 100% of proceeds go toward supporting veterans find high-quality careers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam surpasses 30 million domestic users in China  
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Steam has surpassed more than 30 million users in China following the partnership between Valve and Chinese publisher Perfect World to bring the platform overseas.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs air grievances with Steam reviews, regional pricing, and dev support 19
by Alissa McAloon [10.19.18]
An insightful read from Polygon gathers feedback from several game devs about Steam’s review system, regional pricing, and overall developer support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Games as a service drives huge market value spike for EA, Activision  
by Chris Kerr [10.19.18]
The combined market value of U.S. publishers EA and Activision has grown by $79 billion since 2012, largely thanks to the success of the games-as-a-service model.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Skybound CEO aims to finish out The Walking Dead with '100%' former Telltalers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
In an AMA held on Reddit, CEO of Skybound Games Ian Howe and former creative director at Telltale Kent Mudle answer questions from players to try and shed light on the Telltale deal.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sixth annual Day of the Devs line-up features over 70 games  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
Double Fine and iam8bit announce the 70 games which will be present at the sixth annual Day of The Devs.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Rockstar devs comment on work culture after 100-hours backlash 2
by Chris Kerr [10.18.18]
Rockstar has given its employees permission to speak frankly about working conditions at the studio on social media, and it's resulted in some interesting tales from behind the scenes. 
Production, Business/Marketing

The Division developer: Politics in games are 'bad for business' 10
by Emma Kidwell [10.17.18]
According to Ubisoft Massive COO Alf Condelius​, the decision to avoid taking a political stance in video games is a purely a monetary one, as politics are "bad for business."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join the Digital Extremes team as a PR Manager  
by Staff [10.17.18]
The studio is looking for someone to plan, produce and execute world-class strategic PR initiatives with the purpose of broadening the awareness of Warframe, its community, and the company’s other products.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Steam store pages now officially support animated gifs 7
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.18]
Valve has rolled out an update to Steam that allows devs to embed animated gifs directly into the “about” section of a game’s store page.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get tips on making better VR games straight from Viveport at XRDC  
by Staff [10.17.18]
You'll want to see these XRDC talks if you're at all curious about the state & future of the VR market, as Viveport is HTC's VR app store and one of the big markets for VR games and entertainment.
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is now open for registration!  
by Staff [10.17.18]
Now's the time to register for GDC 2019! You'll want to look at pass options and register early to get the best price. Plus, some passes have limited quantities so if you’re interested, don't wait!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Rockstar debacle prompts devs to spotlight their crunch-free games  
by Chris Kerr [10.17.18]
One particularly interesting response to the Rockstar debacle came from Vlambeer co-founder Jan Willem Nijman, who implored his fellow devs to spotlight their crunch-free projects.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

China's Huawei thinks it can capture Switch market...with a $1,000 phone 4
by Chris Kerr [10.17.18]
Chinese tech outfit Huawei believes it is capable of taking on the Nintendo Switch with its new $1,000 smartphone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GTA V cheaters' assets frozen following Australian court ruling  
by Emma Kidwell [10.16.18]
Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive crack down on GTA V cheaters after an Australian federal court granted search and seizure orders against players associated with cheating software.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft selects new CFO to take over beginning in 2019  
by Emma Kidwell [10.16.18]
Ubisoft announced today that chief financial officer Alain Martinez will retire from the company at the end of 2018, with Frédérick Duguet taking over the role beginning in 2019.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discord game marketplace and subscription service enter global beta 7
by Chris Kerr [10.16.18]
Discord has launched the worldwide beta for its fledgling game storefront and Nitro subscription service, meaning both can now be accessed by the platform's 150 million registered users.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Exhibiting at GDEX 2018 - The great postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.18]
It's hard to show off your game at an expo. It's even harder when you're a solo indie dev. It's absolutely ridiculous when your game is a JRPG, one of the hardest genres to demo. Here's my experience.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony has fixed the messaging bug that's been crashing PS4s  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.18]
UPDATE In addition to sharing a way affected PlayStation 4 users can escape the text-triggered crash loop, Sony has released a firmware patch to address the bug itself.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco agrees to European distribution deal for Cyberpunk 2077  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.18]
Bandai will be responsible for distributing and promoting the open-world RPG in 24 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing