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The FTC is holding a public workshop in August to discuss loot boxes  
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
The Federal Trade Commission has set a date for first leg of its loot box investigation and is looking to explore different topics surrounding the monetization system through a public workshop.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Jam City acquires Berlin-based studio 231 Play  
by Emma Kidwell [04.05.19]
Jam City has acquired the Berlin-based studio 231 Play, now rebranded as Jam City Germany, with founders Matthias and Thomas Hoechsmann remaining to oversee development and operations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How devs deal with making enemies that feel 'okay' to kill 2
by Carli Velocci [04.05.19]
Gamasutra chats with devs from around the industry about good enemy design, and what's involved with creating enemies that feel 'okay' to kill -- without making killing feel okay.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch online services face UK investigation  
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
The United Kingdom's Competitions and Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the fairness of refund policies and auto-renewals for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo online services.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Valve argues it should be excluded from EU geo-blocking accusations 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
Valve has fired back at today’s geo-blocking accusations from the European Commission, saying that, in short, Steam as a platform can’t be held responsible for the actions of the named publishers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EU investigating Valve and 5 major publishers for illegal geo-blocking  
by Chris Kerr [04.05.19]
"In a true Digital Single Market, European consumers should have the right to buy and play video games of their choice regardless of where they live in the EU."
Business/Marketing

Nintendo adding VR modes to Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey  
by Chris Kerr [04.05.19]
The decision to rework two huge franchises for Labo VR is a fairly big statement of intent from Nintendo, and perhaps indicates the company has even bigger plans where virtual reality is concerned.
VR, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to succeed as an indie dev at PAX East 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.05.19]
PAX East 2019 marks my third major showcase of Summoners Fate and I continue to learn from our experiences. Here’s three things we did different to stand out as an indie dev.
Business/Marketing

God of War wins big at BAFTA Game Awards 2019  
by Chris Kerr [04.05.19]
Sony Santa Monica's acclaimed adventure game took home five awards including the coveted Best Game prize.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

A deep dive into Steam's discovery queue 6
by Kris Graft [04.05.19]
Game developer Erik Johnson looked at nearly 700 games over the course of three months in his Steam discovery queue. What he learned could help you understand how players are finding -- or not finding -- your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Game Bar update takes cues from Nvidia, Discord  
by Alex Wawro [04.04.19]
Microsoft is beta-testing a bunch of new features for its Game Bar overlay on Windows 10, including video capture/sharing, cross-platform chat, and new volume and performance controls.
Console/PC

Microsoft responds to sexual harassment allegations within company  
by Bryant Francis [04.04.19]
Microsoft has responded to our queries about the company's plans for acting on reports of sexual harassment being ignored by human resources.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Fallout almost didn't ship with its key SPECIAL system  
by Emma Kidwell [04.04.19]
In an interview with PC Gamer published last year developers across the various Fallout games discussed the early days of development, and how the game evolved into what it is today. 
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Frictional Games is hiring an Audio Lead/Sound Designer  
by Staff [04.04.19]
The Frictional Games team is looking for a Europe-based developer to create lovingly designed, eerie, and memorable soundscapes on par with Amnesia: The Dark Descent and SOMA.
Audio, Recruitment

Snapchat's new Snap Games platform includes games from Zynga, Spry Fox  
by Alissa McAloon [04.04.19]
Snapchat has unveiled its long-rumored game platform, and announced the first developers partnering with the company to bring social games to the service.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

BioWare GM (internally) addresses complaints from Anthem devs 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.04.19]
BioWare general manager Casey Hudson has (internally) addressed Kotaku's story on Anthem developer grievances, telling his team that “these problems are real and it’s our top priority to […] solve them.”
Console/PC, Production

Steam users review bomb Borderlands in response to Epic exclusivity deal 17
by Chris Kerr [04.04.19]
Yesterday publisher 2K announced Borderlands 3 would only be heading to Steam in April 2020, six months after it launches exclusively on the Epic Games Store, and some fans aren't happy.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Buy-one-get-one-free sale helps Risk of Rain 2 attract 650,000 players in first week  
by Chris Kerr [04.04.19]
The offer gifted players who purchased the $19.99 Early Access title within 48 hours a second copy of the game that could be shared with a friend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Breach developer QC Games has shut down  
by Chris Kerr [04.04.19]
"Thank you for all the kind words of support and constructive feedback over the months, and thank you for believing in QC Games and Breach."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Developing a pixel bloodstain system 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.04.19]
Let’s talk about blood in video games, and the 2D pixel bloodstain system developed for a weird narrative experience called NetherWorld.
Programming, Design