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Overwatch tops League as the most-played game in South Korean 'net cafes 1
by Alex Wawro [06.28.16]
According to South Korean 'net cafe tracking service Gametrics, Blizzard's Overwatch is now the top-played game in PC bangs, knocking longtime #1 League of Legends to second place.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

New Twitch 'Cheers' offer potential source of revenue for streaming devs 4
by Alex Wawro [06.27.16]
Twitch is beta-testing a new feature, "Cheering", that lets viewers post chat messages with animated emotes (or "Bits") they pay for with real money -- and streamers will get a cut.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: The past, present and future of League of Legends eSports  
by Staff [06.27.16]
Riot VP Dustin Beck hopped onstage at GDC 2016 to break down the details of League of Legends' eSports ecosystem, pointing out how -- and why -- Riot has supported its remarkable growth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: 50 common game camera mistakes -- and how to fix them 5
by Staff [06.27.16]
Thatgamecompany's John Nesky speaks passionately at GDC 2014 about the importance of good camera design in games, and what he learned about how to make a great camera in his time working on Journey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Game devs weigh in on the 'Brexit' decision 8
by Alex Wawro [06.27.16]
The world is changing. Last week, the U.K. voted to exit the European Union. Now U.K. game developers, investors and others weigh in on what such a 'Brexit' means for the game industry at large.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

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

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

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 15
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

Blog: Unity, HTML5, CORS, and you 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.16]
When publishing your Unity content to the WebGL target, it is likely you will run into issues with CORS. Here's a bit of guidance to help you out.
Social/Online, Programming

Check out the results of GameCareerGuide's latest Game Design Challenge!  
by Staff [06.22.16]
Gamasutra's education-focused sister site GameCareerGuide offers info for game industry students and beginners -- and every 3 weeks, it also hosts a Game Design Challenge that anyone can take part in.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Analysts weigh in on Tencent's $8.6 billion purchase of Supercell  
by Chris Baker [06.21.16]
We asked industry analysts for their take on Tencent's purchase of an 84.3 percent share of Supercell's stock for $8.6 billion.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: What to do before asking a publisher for money for your game 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.16]
Political Animals dev Ryan Sumo wraps up his blog series on finding a publisher (in Positech Games) by detailing the work and research that went in to getting ready to pitch a publishing deal.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe and see how LawBreakers' gameplay is designed  
by Staff [06.20.16]
At GDC Europe Boss Key Productions' Dan Nanni will deliver an expert talk on how to design a game that's both fun and functional, using the studio's work on multiplayer shooter LawBreakers as example.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC Europe

Get all the game industry insights, data and trends at GDC Europe  
by Staff [06.17.16]
Joost Van Dreunen is the chief of video game market research firm SuperData Research, and at GDC Europe he'll share a wealth of fascinating data about the trends and tendencies of the game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Blog: Debating limited time content in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.16.16]
Here's a look at the pros and cons of using limited-time content as a form of marketing a game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: A simple 10 minute UI litmus test 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.15.16]
Some tips and tricks for gauging the effectiveness of your UI through a simulated experience of a new user.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Zynga snaps up EA's former SVP of mobile publishing, Bernard Kim  
by Chris Kerr [06.14.16]
"I’m very excited to work with Frank and the team to deliver high-quality experiences that drive deeper long-term engagement with mass market audiences."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

CDPR tries its hand at F2P with standalone version of The Witcher's Gwent 2
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Polish developer CD Projekt Red is dipping a toe into the waters of free-to-play game design with Gwent, a standalone digital version of the collectible card (mini)game in the studio's 2015 hit The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, E3