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Rockstar clarifies Grand Theft Auto V modding policy  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.17]
Update Grand Theft Auto V publisher Take-Two Interactive came down on a number of mod makers and hack purveyors lately, and now a policy change clarifies what mods it will allow.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Final Fantasy XIV devs recall the issues that led to the game's ill-fated debut  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.17]
Noclip spoke with a number of Square Enix developers to pinpoint some of the development issues that contributed to troubled first version of the online game.
Social/Online, Programming, Production, Video

Twitch and Blizzard forge two-year streaming deal for eSports events  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.17]
The major platform now has third-party streaming rights for over 20 major eSports competitions featuring Blizzard's library of competitive games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

FTC aims to block DraftKings, FanDuel merger over monopolization concerns  
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.17]
Without FTC intervention, the merger would result in one firm that controls over 90 percent of the U.S. fantasy sports market.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Take-Two shuts down a trio of Grand Theft Auto Online cheat providers 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.17]
Following a conversation with the Grand Theft Auto V publisher, three GTA Online cheat providers have ceased operations and laid plans to donate past proceeds to charity.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Those Hidden Coin-Operated E3 Boys  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.18.17]
This week's longform article highlights include behind-the-scenes on Hidden Folks, an interview about the Coin-Operated Americans book, interviews from E3, and much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

According to the ESA, E3 attendance jumped by 18k this year  
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.17]
The ESA has revealed the attendance numbers for the first publicly-attended E3 show and detailed the expo's 2018 dates.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3

Don't Miss: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV  
by Staff [06.16.17]
In this 2014 GDC talk, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn director Naoki Yoshida offers a behind the scenes look at the creation, struggle, and eventual relaunch of the second major Final Fantasy MMORPG.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production

Minecraft's cross-platform online play is powered by Xbox Live, even on the Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.15.17]
An interview with Mojang's CEO explains how and why Microsoft's online service is being used for Minecraft's cross-platform play and possibly sheds light on Sony's reluctance to join in.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Xbox's revamped avatars are 'built with inclusivity absolutely in mind'  
by Alex Wawro [06.14.17]
"Our new avatars are built with inclusivity absolutely in mind," said Microsoft's Kathryn Storm at E3 today. "We want people to feel like we have endless options to really reflect who they are."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, E3

Yahoo eSports is winding down, a casualty of the Yahoo-AOL merger  
by Alex Wawro [06.14.17]
This is significant if you're at all interested in developing or supporting eSports, since Yahoo's eSports arm was a potentially valuable place for getting coverage and building your game's community.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Humble Bundle now has its own subscription game service: Humble Trove  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.17]
The folks at Humble Bundle this week expanded their Humble Monthly game subscription service to include a library of games subscribers can access whenever they want: the Humble Trove.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: Fostering camaraderie in game communities from the ground up  
by Staff [06.13.17]
Smash Sisters founders Emily Sun and Lil Chen take the stage at GDC 2017 to share practical learnings from their side events organized for women, by women in the Super Smash Bros. community.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Rocket League to offer cross-platform multiplayer between Xbox One, PC, and Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.17]
Like Minecraft, Psyonix’s Rocket League is opening up for multi-platform play. And, also like Minecraft, the PlayStation 4 is noticeably absent from the list of supported platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, E3

Final Fantasy XIV ending PS3 support this week 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.13.17]
As of this Friday, Final Fantasy XIV will no longer be playable on the PlayStation 3, effectively marking the end of Final Fantasy MMO support for the previous console generation.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sony takes a page from Jackbox with PlayLink mobile input tech  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.17]
This evening Sony debuted a new tech platform, PlayLink, that appears built to let people play games running on a PlayStation console using their iOS or Android devices.
Social/Online, E3

Elder Scrolls Online dev speaks to the power of megaservers in MMO game design  
by Alex Wawro [06.12.17]
"We have an interesting server structure in ESO that is unique in this generation of online game," says Elder Scrolls Online game director Matt Firor. "What we call megaservers."
Social/Online, Production, Video

Sponsored: Push notification strategies of the top 100 mobile games  
by Alyssa Jarrett [06.12.17]
In Iterable's 2017 User Engagement Top 100 Report, we analyzed the push messaging strategies adopted by the top 100 freemium iOS games in the U.S.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Gamasutra's at E3 2017! Stay up to speed right here  
by Staff [06.12.17]
Gamasutra is on-site covering E3 2017 in Los Angeles this week. Follow our game dev- and business-centric coverage on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, E3

Bethesda announces new mods network, Creation Club 1
by Mathew Kumar [06.12.17]
At Bethesda's E3 press conference in L.A. tonight, the Fallout and Skyrim developer announced a new mods program dubbed "Creation Club."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, E3