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Minecraft: Java Edition surpasses 30 million lifetime sales  
by Alissa McAloon [04.03.19]
While Minecraft has since split off into a couple of versions across multiple platforms, the original PC version of the game has now officially crossed 30 million lifetime sales.
Console/PC

Why HandCircus rebuilt the early iOS game Rolando for modern devices 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.03.19]
An interview with the dev team explores the preservation issues faced by mobile platforms and why devs sometimes need to adjust remasters to overcome rose-tinted nostalgia.
Smartphone/Tablet

Don't Miss: Bringing Deer Hunter from concept to retail in just three months  
by Staff [04.03.19]
In this reprint from the December 1998 issue of Game Developer magazine, programmer James Boer shares how parallel and efficient development turned an unlikely sports game into a best-seller in the late 90s.
Design, Production

Epic wants to leave the Epic Games Store exclusivity decision up to devs 6
by Alissa McAloon [04.03.19]
There had been some mention of not pursuing games that are already up on Steam to avoid controversy, but Epic says it still plans to offers devs on Steam the option to go Epic Games Store exclusive.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Civilization VI update brings cross-platform cloud saves to Steam and Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [04.03.19]
It’s a neat feature, but one that comes with a few caveats since the PC version of the game offers content not yet available on Switch.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Borderlands 3 will be a six-month Epic Games Store exclusive on PC  
by Chris Kerr [04.03.19]
The deal means Steam users will have to wait until April 2020 to get their hands on the game, which likely won't go down well in certain circles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

This War of Mine has topped 4.5 million sales and raised over $500k for charity  
by Chris Kerr [04.03.19]
The acclaimed survival game launched back in November 2014 on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux, but has since been brought to a variety of other platforms.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: An open world analysis of Breath of the Wild  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.19]
Analyzing the open world design in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to break down Nintendo's level design and use of topography to guide where the player goes.
Console/PC, Design

Flaregames founder launches Phoenix Games to give smaller devs a leg up  
by Chris Kerr [04.03.19]
"Being part of Phoenix will offer teams and their founders the chance to better compete with the industry’s biggest names by pooling their strengths."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

'Roguelike' from another planet: The big ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove interview 2
by John Harris [04.03.19]
We speak with Greg Johnson, developer behind the original ToeJam & Earl games and the recently-released ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove about laid-back, funky games and roguelike design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

GameStop's fortunes fall amid declining sales of games and consoles  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.19]
Today GameStop reported a $673 million loss on $8.3 billion in global sales in its full-year earnings results, as sales of both new and pre-owned games and consoles declined year-over-year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Humble Bundle cofounders step down because 'we're more startup kinda guys'  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.19]
This week Humble Bundle cofounders Jeffrey Rosen and John Graham confirmed they're giving up their leadership roles at the company (CEO and COO, respectively) as former Kixeye exec Alan Patmore takes the reins.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Laralyn McWilliams on staying optimistic and creative in game dev  
by Staff [04.02.19]
At GDC 2019 veteran game dev Laralyn McWilliams gives a stirring, concise talk about practical ways to stay upbeat and fulfilled during a career in the ever-changing game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

Get a job: ZeniMax Online Studios is hiring a Senior Combat Designer  
by Staff [04.02.19]
ZeniMax Online Studios is looking for a dev to maintain and improve the health of the combat experience including balance, bug fixing, system improvements, and development of new features.
Design, Recruitment

Devs recall moments of instability, indecision, and crunch on Anthem 4
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.19]
Some of the anecdotes shared by the anonymous Anthem developers offer a look at how issues encountered in different parts of development can wear on a team and affect the work they set out to do
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

These are Gamasutra's favorite slides from GDC 2019 1
by Bryant Francis [04.02.19]
The Gamasutra editorial team shares their favorite photos of slides from different GDC 2019 talks.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: Building and balancing Battletech's procedural missions 3
by Staff [04.02.19]
Lead designer Kiva Maginn digs into the details of how Harebrained Schemes' new giant robot strategy game reliably dishes up procedurally-generated side missions that are believable and challenging.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Romero Games partners with Paradox Interactive for upcoming project  
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.19]
Studio co-founder Brenda Romero announced the team-up on Twitter this morning, and notes in a press release that the project itself is set to be a strategy game based on a new IP.
Console/PC

Blog: A short analysis of monetization in Apex Legends  
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.19]
A short analysis of Apex Legends monetization using framework of desire creation and desire fulfilment. TL;DR: Apex sells customizations by shoving it in your face constantly and they are good at it.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

UK video game spending rose to record $7.43 billion in 2018  
by Chris Kerr [04.02.19]
Both software and hardware spending increased in 2018, although the VR and pre-owned games market witnessed some notable declines.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing