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Valve not letting Steam users gift Counter Strike: GO during Summer Sale  
by Bryant Francis [06.24.16]
Valve has cut off players from gifting each other CS:GO during the Steam Summer Sale, says it has to do with community building.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Here's (probably) why VR made you sick at E3  
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.16]
I just want to make sure you know why you felt barfy after playing virtual reality games at E3.
VR, Design

Devs Answer: How will the Brexit decision impact your business? 1
by Bryant Francis [06.24.16]
We ask game developers on Twitter for their thoughts on how the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Industrial Light & Magic seeks a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [06.24.16]
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Lucasfilm's VFX/animation studio, is looking to hire a programmer to write game code alongside a team of artists and designers at its San Francisco, CA office.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Life Is Strange leads this year's Games For Change award winners  
by Alex Wawro [06.24.16]
Last night Dontnod Entertainment took home multiple awards for its 2015 game Life Is Strange at the 13th annual Games For Change Festival's award ceremony in New York.
Serious, Business/Marketing

MachineGames gives Quake a new episode for its 20th birthday  
by Alex Wawro [06.24.16]
To celebrate Quake's 20th, Wolfenstein: The New Order studio MachineGames (which, like id Software, is now owned by ZeniMax Media) released a new Quake episode this week.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Oculus swears off the use of hardware checks as DRM on PC 1
by Alex Wawro [06.24.16]
Oculus VR eased up on its DRM policies by updating its software client so that it no longer checks to see if an Oculus Rift headset is connected to a player's PC before allowing them to launch a game.
VR, Business/Marketing

Halo Wars 2 and the challenge of bringing new players into the RTS genre 1
by Bryant Francis [06.24.16]
343 and Creative Assembly think they've figured out how to attract new players to the strategy genre with their latest entry in the Halo Wars series.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, E3

Learn why 'idle games' click with players at GDC Europe 2016  
by Staff [06.24.16]
At GDC Europe 2016 Kongregate's Anthony Pecorella will study how "idle games" have evolved -- and what lessons game devs can learn. Prepare to get inexplicably excited about seeing numbers go up!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Blog: Classic vs. modern horror in video games and beyond 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.16]
The horror medium has changed dramatically over the last two decades. So what has the game industry learned (and can still learn) from the horror genre?
Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The difference between Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch's classes and heroes 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.16]
Brazilian game programmer Arthur Canzi Zeferino offers an analysis of how Team Fortress 2 classes and Overwatch heroes relate to each other.
Design

UKIE reassures British game devs following Brexit 3
by Chris Kerr [06.24.16]
"UKIE will continue to work hard with colleagues in government and other sectors to ensure we continue to have the best possible business environment for our sector."
Business/Marketing

How much time and money should QA take (pt. 2)?  
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.16]
Project planning sets the scope of the game and its features and, through those, the amount of effort, time and money that is planned for it.
Production, Business/Marketing

7 successful Early Access games that all developers should study 2
by Holly Green [06.24.16]
We sought input from several game developers on which games offer instructive examples of how to truly take full advantage of an early access campaign.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Firaxis partners with GlassLab for educational version of Civilization V 2
by Bryant Francis [06.23.16]
The new version of Civilization V, titled CivilizationEDU, will be produced in partnership with GlassLab Games, who also developed SimCityEDU.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Hi-Rez Studios is hiring an experienced Concept Artist  
by Staff [06.23.16]
The Tribes: Ascend and Smite developer seeks an experienced concept artist to take a senior position at Hi-Rez Studios' Alpharetta, Georgia HQ to work on "exciting new game projects."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Recruitment

Video: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II to be an eSport  
by Staff [06.23.16]
At GDC 2011 Blizzard's Dustin Browder takes the stage to deconstruct the design of Starcraft II and examine how its competitive multiplayer was tuned to serve the needs of a global eSports community.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Museum accepts collection of artifacts from Oregon Trail dev MECC  
by Alex Wawro [06.23.16]
New York's Strong Museum of Play has accepted a collection of software, photographs, documents and other artifacts documenting the life and death of the Minnesota Educational Computing Corporation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: China is now the global leader in video game revenues 1
by Alex Wawro [06.23.16]
Heads up, game devs: China's booming games market has now overtaken the U.S. (at least, in market research firm Newzoo's estimation) to become the world's biggest source of video game revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: Why I trust Valve's judgment on seasonal sales 12
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.16]
In this timeless blog, Defender's Quest dev Lars Doucet analyzes what Valve's Steam Sales get right: "The games you see on your front page now depend mostly on you. And that's as it should be."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing