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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

Watch Bethesda's E3 press conference right here!  
by Staff [06.11.17]
Tune in to Bethesda's E3 press conference at 9 p.m. PT. on Twitch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Watch Microsoft's E3 press conference stream right here!  
by Staff [06.11.17]
Microsoft's E3 press conference is happening this afternoon in L.A. Watch its livestream here.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Video Game Deep Cuts: Oxygen Arms Not Included  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.11.17]
This week's top longform articles & videos include the design of Klei's Oxygen Not Included, a look at Nintendo's Arms, and much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Dropzone dev Sparkypants lays off staff  
by Alex Wawro [06.09.17]
UPDATE Sparkypants, developer of the free-to-play real-time strategy game Dropzone, has laid off 14 staffers from its studio in Baltimore, Maryland.
Social/Online

Report: Game chat app Discord quietly raised ~$50M earlier this year  
by Alex Wawro [06.08.17]
Things seem to be going well for Discord; TechCrunch reports the firm quietly raised about $50 million during a funding round earlier this year in which the company was valued at roughly $725 million.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

StarCraft Remastered dev analyzes the enduring appeal of StarCraft 2
by Alex Wawro [06.08.17]
Nearly 2 decades after Blizzard released StarCraft, the game is still being played at a pro level. Why? StarCraft Remastered lead Pete Stilwell shares his thoughts on what makes an RTS game great.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Twitch Affiliates will now get a cut of game and IAP sales  
by Chris Kerr [06.07.17]
Starting today, Twitch Affiliate program members will be able to earn revenue from the sale of games and in-game items.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blizzard, Disney vet Bill Roper joins Improbable to help devs build virtual worlds  
by Joel Couture [06.06.17]
SpatialOS creator Improbable has just brought on someone else who's been known for their work in creating online kingdoms that bring millions of players together: MMO game dev vet Bill Roper.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: A game dev guide to managing conflict on small teams  
by Staff [06.05.17]
Finji cofounder and CEO Rebekah Saltsman takes the stage at GDC 2017 to share practical advice on how to handle conflict productively when you're working with a small team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

ESA launches lawsuit against Chicago for its tax on online games 3
by Alissa McAloon [06.05.17]
The ESA is taking aim against an amusement tax put in place by the city of Chicago that levies a 9 percent tax on streaming and subscription services that target online entertainment.
Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Chuck E Cheese's Fallen London  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.04.17]
This week's top longform article/video highlights include the history of Nolan Bushnell's Chuck E Cheese arcade restaurants, the backstory of Fallen London, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Having spent over $18M, Shroud of the Avatar dev seeks more investment 7
by Alex Wawro [06.02.17]
The company, founded by game dev veteran Richard Garriott in 2010, seeks to raise $2 million in the next two months as it tries to wrap up work on Shroud of the Avatar.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

EA set to donate $1M to anti-bullying efforts via Play to Give  
by Alissa McAloon [06.02.17]
EA's Play to Give initiative will see a total of $1 million donated to charities for the second year running. This year's donations center around inclusive and anti-bullying organizations.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

31 years later, groundbreaking MMORPG Habitat is coming back online  
by Alex Wawro [06.01.17]
31 years after Lucasafilm Games launched a beta version of its groundbreaking MMORPG Habitat, the game is being brought back online by the folks at Oakland's bastion of game history: the MADE.
Social/Online, Production

Riot Games cofounders will be honored with a BAFTA Special Award  
by Alex Wawro [06.01.17]
This puts the pair among august company, as prior Special Award recipients include veteran game devs like Brenda Romero and Amy Hennig.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Survey: Americans under 35 like eSports as much as actual sports  
by Alex Wawro [05.31.17]
A recent survey suggests "Millennials" (aka anyone between the ages of 18 and 34) in the U.S. are basically evenly split when it comes to whether they prefer traditional sports or eSports.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Klang Games nets additional funding for its SpatialOS-powered MMO, Seed 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.17]
Along with the cash infusion, Klang Games has brought a Harvard Law professor into the development fold to help craft the in-game political structure fueling Seed's multiplayer landscape.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Chappie director considers selling experimental film assets on Steam  
by Alex Wawro [05.30.17]
Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) has a new venture, Oats Studios, that's aiming to release short experimental films on platforms like Steam -- perhaps with downloadable 3D assets.
Social/Online, Art