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Valve to start blocking accounts that gamble Team Fortress 2 gear 3
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.17]
Valve is taking action against Steam accounts that trade or are involved with sites that wager Team Fortress 2 items in lieu of casino chips.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox Live Gold prices set to double in India  
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.17]
The price of both monthly and yearly Xbox Live Gold memberships in India are set to jump significantly at the end of next month.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Jordan Mechner and Mark DeLoura to receive top honors at the GDC Awards!  
by Staff [01.30.17]
Veteran game developer Jordan Mechner (Karateka) and game industry advocate Mark DeLoura will be honored with the Pioneer and Ambassador awards at the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Elite Dangerous players will soon be able to co-pilot ships in VR  
by Chris Kerr [01.30.17]
Frontier Developments will soon give players the ability to co-pilot and inhabit a four-person interstellar freighter from inside virtual reality.
VR, Business/Marketing

How would the Affordable Care Act repeal impact independent developers? 9
by Lexi Pandell [01.30.17]
"After all the talk about small business and creating jobs, anything that makes it scarier to strike out on your own and start a new business is a loss to our entire economy."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Namco founder and former president, Masaya Nakamura 1
by Chris Kerr [01.30.17]
Namco founder Masaya Nakamura passed away on January 22 at the age of 91, Bandai Namco has confirmed. 
Business/Marketing

Blog: How a two speed market drove over $30 billion games deals in 2016  
by Gamasutra Community [01.30.17]
Last year was a record breaker for games, with tech M&A advisor Digi-Capital's new Games Report 2017 recording $30.3 billion games deals in 2016. But what put a rocket up deal makers last year?
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Neo Geo Yakuza  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.29.17]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, looks at Neo Geo collecting insanity, Yakuza translations, and more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs, don't post positive Steam reviews of your game under fake names 12
by Alex Wawro [01.27.17]
Game developer Lunyov Artem Pavlovych has copped to posting positive reviews for his game under fake names, not long after Valve delisted him from Steam for the infraction of Steam's review policy.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Why games are critical to Tencent's Disney-esque ambitions  
by Alex Wawro [01.27.17]
In an interesting Backchannel analysis, a former Riot Games employee analyzes how Riot owner Tencent may be trying to build an entertainment empire to rival Disney -- on the back of video games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

How Sam Barlow's new employer is trying to make films interactive  
by Alex Wawro [01.27.17]
"Explicit interactivity is going to yield to implicit interactivity, where the movie is watching you," veteran game dev Brian Moriarty tells The New Yorker in a new feature on interactive films.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How Android devs can make money beyond Google Play 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.17]
In this article I'd like to tell you about them and share HeroCraft's experience in alternative game distribution.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Naughty Dog's postmortem of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves  
by Staff [01.27.17]
At GDC 2010, then co-lead game designer Richard Lemarchand earnestly explains the ways in which Naughty Dog faced many entirely new challenges in the creation of their hit game Uncharted 2.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Zenimax wants $4B from Facebook over alleged Oculus tech theft 8
by Alissa McAloon [01.27.17]
The legal battle between Zenimax and Facebook approaches an end as both sides delivered closing argument from on Thursday after weeks of proceedings.
VR, Business/Marketing

Download your copy of the GDC 2017 State of the Industry report!  
by Staff [01.27.17]
Game Developers Conference officials are happy to release the full results of the 5th annual GDC State of the Industry survey, and now you can download a copy of the full report for yourself. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Penny Arcade announces tabletop focused event, PAX Unplugged 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.27.17]
Penny Arcade has opted to bring its popular Penny Arcade Expo event to a fifth location, but this newest show seeks to appeal to a different kind of enthusiast.
Business/Marketing

SAG-AFTRA president: Voice actor strike entering 'crucial phase' 3
by Chris Kerr [01.27.17]
The U.S. screen actors guild has said its strike against video game companies such as EA, Insomniac, and WB Games is now entering a "crucial phase."
Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

Phil Mansell named COO and acting CEO of Runescape dev, Jagex  
by Chris Kerr [01.27.17]
Runescape developer Jagex has named Phil Mansell as its new COO and acting CEO following the departure of outgoing CEO, Rod Cousens. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Overwatch surpasses 25 million registered players 1
by Chris Kerr [01.27.17]
Blizzard's ever-popular hero shooter Overwatch just surpassed 25 million registered players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More game developers laid off by GSN Games  
by Alex Wawro [01.26.17]
Update These cutbacks notably come less than six months after a round of layoffs that included veteran game dev Steve Meretzky, and are believed to encompass a variety of game dev positions.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing