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These were the most downloaded games on the PlayStation Store in 2018  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.19]
FIFA 19, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2 topped the PlayStation Store download charts in 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blizzard and NetEase extend China publishing deal until 2023  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.19]
The pair have been working together to publish Blizzard titles in the region for the past 11 years, and have now extended their publishing agreement until January 2023. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Growing the conversation on game design 12
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.19]
Despite how it has come to define this industry, the study of game design for a lot of people continues to be discounted, and it's time for that to change.
Design

All the ways of doing a beta 3
by Staff [01.11.19]
Giving players access to the beta of a new game before it's released is a great way to get feedback and find bugs. With different ways to give players access to a beta, how do developers choose?
Console/PC, Production

Epic, Improbable start fund to lure devs away from Unity amid engine kerfuffle 6
by Kris Graft [01.10.19]
Epic Games said Thursday night it has partnered with Improbable to establish a $25 million fund to "assist developers who are left in limbo by the new engine and service incompatibilities that were introduced today."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Creating the characters and world of Mafia III
by Staff [01.10.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk, Hangar 13's William Harms discusses how the team used real history to inform Mafia III's characters and overarching narrative
Console/PC, Design, Video

Bungie takes Destiny 2 publishing rights back from Activision 2
by Emma Kidwell [01.10.19]
Activision and Bungie are splitting after eight years of partnership, with the Destiny franchise being transferred to developer Bungie, which will assume full publishing rights. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: GameStop ownership to change hands as early as mid-February  
by Alissa McAloon [01.10.19]
Two companies are quietly in the process of bidding for the physical game retailer GameStop and the business could go up for sale as early as mid-February, according to a source familiar with the company.
Console/PC

Report: Amazon is developing its own game streaming service  
by Emma Kidwell [01.10.19]
Amazon is reportedly developing its own cloud-based streaming service that would allow players to download and play games by streaming them through the Internet. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: WWE is hiring an Interactive Games Manager  
by Staff [01.10.19]
WWE is looking for an experienced project manager with an understanding of free-to-play and mobile games to join its company as a Manager of Interactive Games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Don't Miss: Honest tales from the trenches of AAA game writing 4
by Bryant Francis [01.10.19]
This 2015 feature shares stories from a panel of accomplished game writers, offering everything from basic advice on getting into games writing to anecdotes on the triumphs and struggles of making their biggest projects.
Production

Tencent picks up 36% ownership of Warhammer: Vermintide 2 dev Fatshark  
by Alissa McAloon [01.10.19]
Reports from the Swedish website DI Digital say that the deal sets Tencent back around $56 million in exchange for a 36 percent stake, making the Chinese company a minority owner in Fatshark.
Business/Marketing

GDC is the place to be if you want to sharpen your VR game dev skills!  
by Staff [01.10.19]
If you want to level up your skills and make better, more successful virtual reality experiences, this year's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is where you want to be!
VR, Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: HELLCOUCH  
by Joel Couture [01.10.19]
HELLCOUCH has players playing with seating arrangements, "performing the sacred butt ritual" in order to free a demon from a couch.
Indie, Design, Video, alt ctrl gdc

God of War nominated for 12 awards at 2019 DICE Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [01.10.19]
Winners in each category are set to be announced at the DICE Awards show on February 13, while AIAS members will start the voting process to determine this year’s winners on January 11.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Blizzard states importance of 'inclusive' workplace after discrimination allegations 4
by Chris Kerr [01.10.19]
Overwatch developer Blizzard has reiterated the importance of maintaining an "inclusive and respectful work environment" after a former employee made some concerning allegations against the studio.
Business/Marketing

Go inside the design of Supercell's new hit game Brawl Stars at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.10.19]
Between Clash of Clans and Clash Royale the folks at Finnish game dev Supercell have proved they've got serious game design chops, and at GDC you'll get to see how they've built their latest hit!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Blog: A look at the virtual cities of Grim Fandango  
by Chris Kerr [01.10.19]
An excerpt from the forthcoming Virtual Cities atlas taking a closer look at Grim Fandango's Rubacava.
Console/PC, Design, Production

THQ Nordic has acquired the rights to Outcast 2
by Chris Kerr [01.10.19]
The action-action-adventure title was originally developed by Belgian studio Appeal, and was first released on PC back in 1999. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity changes terms of service to block SpatialOS projects 20
by Chris Kerr [01.10.19]
A change to the Unity terms of service means all existing SpatialOS titles, including production games and those still in development, are now in breach of the company's license terms.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing