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Games drive strong earnings for Angry Birds maker Rovio  
by Alex Wawro [05.02.17]
The folks at Rovio Entertainment reported their earnings for the first quarter of the company's fiscal year this week, and the numbers look good -- thanks primarily to the company's game business.  
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has sold 2M copies in under two months  
by Alissa McAloon [05.02.17]
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hit the 1 million sold milestone just 16 days after its Early Access launch, and less than a month later its sales have already doubled.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Online games in China are now required to disclose random loot box odds 3
by Alex Wawro [05.01.17]
Riot Games and other devs have either published said data or, in the case of Valve with Dota 2, temporarily suspended players' ability to buy 'loot box' equivalents in China until they can comply.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure 31
by Mike Stout [05.01.17]
Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into 8 beats, and runs 2 notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis in this timeless post.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Multiplayer dev First Strike Games is partnering up with Nexon for its first release  
by Alissa McAloon [05.01.17]
First Strike Games, which was created last year by ex-Halo developers from 343 Industries, has partnered up with Nexon to release its inaugural, and yet unannounced, multiplayer game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Cute TOSE Burnout  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.01.17]
This week's longform article/video highlights include a GDC talk on 'the aesthetics of cute', the hidden story of TOSE, & the return to car wrecking of key Burnout developers.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Conveying character via first-person animations in Overwatch  
by Staff [04.28.17]
At GDC 2017 Blizzard's Matthew Boehm breaks down how to convey a sense of character in a first-person game. It comes down to answering tricky questions like: How would McCree reload a revolver?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Video, Vault

Get a job: Microsoft is hiring a Senior Technical Artist  
by Staff [04.27.17]
Microsoft's Xbox Design Studio is looking for an experienced Senior Technical Artist to join its Avatars Team in Redmond, Washington.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Recruitment

Creator of DDoS program used against Minecraft and RuneScape sentenced to prison 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.17]
The program has been used in more than 1.7 million DDoS attacks, including some against Sony, Microsoft, TeamSpeak, Minecraft, and RuneScape.

FoldIt dev has a new game that's helping map the human brain  
by Alex Wawro [04.24.17]
"You can see this as symbiosis -- computers learn from what people are doing and they do better," Center for Game Science director Dr. Zoran Popovic tells The New York Times about its new game Mozak.
Social/Online, Serious, Design

Video: Game localization shenanigans in the Chinese-speaking world  
by Staff [04.24.17]
At GDC 2017, IGDShare organizer and experienced localizer Jung-Sheng Lin tries to help devs avoid calamity by running down some of the potential pitfalls of localizing for the Chinese-speaking world.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: Deus Ex's China Lineage 1
by Gamasutra Staff [04.23.17]
This week's highlights include a classic Deus Ex postmortem, making Steam games successful in China, and the surprise smash hit Lineage 2 mobile game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How the art of Guild Wars 2 is designed not to look dated over time 3
by Alex Wawro [04.21.17]
The style "never puts graphics before art," ArenaNet's Horia Dociu tells RPS. "The ideas and artistic creativity have to take lead if we don't want our game to look dated after many years."
Social/Online, Art

Valve aims to improve Dota 2 matchmaking by tying phone numbers to accounts 9
by Alissa McAloon [04.21.17]
Valve hopes to cut down on the number of people that use multiple accounts by requiring players to register a phone number prior to joining ranked queue.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Multiplayer level design tips from a Call of Duty modder turned pro 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.17]
Treyarch's Muhammad Ayub talks about the different design elements and considerations that go into creating a quality multiplayer map for a first-person shooter like Call of Duty.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

eSports to join 2022 Asian Games as a medal-eligible sport  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.17]
The Olympic Council of Asia is seemingly eyeing sports titles like FIFA and both multiplayer online battle area and real-time strategy games for inclusion in future Asian Games events.

Video: Lessons learned retrofitting Evolve for accessibility  
by Staff [04.18.17]
At GDC 2017, Gaikai's Tara Voelker breaks down what Turtle Rock learned when it took steps to make the asymmetrical multiplayer shooter more accessible to more players post-launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

New Facebook game initiatives aim to win back devs and reshape strategy 2
by Kris Graft [04.18.17]
With web-based social games years past their prime, Facebook has been looking for realistic ways to reshape its games business and rebuild interest -- and trust -- with game developers.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Tencent takes aim at Steam with its upcoming distribution service WeGame 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.17.17]
Update Riot Games owner Tencent has announced plans to expand its Tencent Games Platform outside of China as a global game distribution service called WeGame.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony is cutting online support for Kill Strain and 5 other games this summer  
by Alissa McAloon [04.17.17]
Sony has laid plans to permanently shut down online features for a handful of games, including one PlayStation 4 title that released less than a year ago.
Console/PC, Social/Online