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Betting platform nabs license for cryptocurrency gambling on eSports  
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Live-betting esports platform Unikrn had its crypto-gambling license approved by the Isle of Man earlier today, allowing for users to legally gamble on video game competitions via crypto-currency. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA Origin Access includes more indie games in its repertoire  
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Last week EA announced its new collection of games available to Origin Access subscribers for the month of October, which includes many indie games this time around.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Submissions for the 2019 DICE Awards are now open to developers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.23.18]
Registration for the 2019 DICE summit is now open, with the annual event returning to Las Vegas from February 10 to the 13 at a new venue, the Aria Resort & Casino.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Warhammer: Vermintide devs acquire A Sweet Studio AB  
by Emma Kidwell [10.22.18]
Independent studio Fatshark, best known for Warhammer: Vermintide, announced earlier today that it has acquired neighboring Swedish game developer A Sweet Studio AB. 
Indie, Business/Marketing

Significant layoffs at Trion Worlds following acquisition by Gamigo 2
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.18]
Update According to a source close to the matter, only around 25 developers across both of Trion Worlds' two studios have been given the choice of remaining with the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Join Ubisoft and Buzzfeed in a free crash course on licensing your own IP
by Staff [10.22.18]
Do you own your own IP, but don't know where to start when it comes to licensing? Join LIMA and the Global Licensing Group as they host Ubisoft and other experts in a free presentation.
Business/Marketing

EA Motive founder Jade Raymond departs EA  
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.18]
Jade Raymond has departed Electronic Arts, leaving behind the Canadian studio EA Motive she founded in 2015.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Astro Genius, Redeemed  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.21.18]
This week's highlights include a rave for Astro Bot VR, why game devs aren't getting Genius Grants, and a delightful Red Dead Redemption recap, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 introduces special in-game items to support veterans  
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Activision Blizzard announced a new in-game pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where 100% of proceeds go toward supporting veterans find high-quality careers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam surpasses 30 million domestic users in China  
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
Steam has surpassed more than 30 million users in China following the partnership between Valve and Chinese publisher Perfect World to bring the platform overseas.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs air grievances with Steam reviews, regional pricing, and dev support 19
by Alissa McAloon [10.19.18]
An insightful read from Polygon gathers feedback from several game devs about Steam’s review system, regional pricing, and overall developer support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Games as a service drives huge market value spike for EA, Activision  
by Chris Kerr [10.19.18]
The combined market value of U.S. publishers EA and Activision has grown by $79 billion since 2012, largely thanks to the success of the games-as-a-service model.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Skybound CEO aims to finish out The Walking Dead with '100%' former Telltalers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
In an AMA held on Reddit, CEO of Skybound Games Ian Howe and former creative director at Telltale Kent Mudle answer questions from players to try and shed light on the Telltale deal.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sixth annual Day of the Devs line-up features over 70 games  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
Double Fine and iam8bit announce the 70 games which will be present at the sixth annual Day of The Devs.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Rockstar devs comment on work culture after 100-hours backlash 2
by Chris Kerr [10.18.18]
Rockstar has given its employees permission to speak frankly about working conditions at the studio on social media, and it's resulted in some interesting tales from behind the scenes. 
Production, Business/Marketing

The Division developer: Politics in games are 'bad for business' 10
by Emma Kidwell [10.17.18]
According to Ubisoft Massive COO Alf Condelius​, the decision to avoid taking a political stance in video games is a purely a monetary one, as politics are "bad for business."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join the Digital Extremes team as a PR Manager  
by Staff [10.17.18]
The studio is looking for someone to plan, produce and execute world-class strategic PR initiatives with the purpose of broadening the awareness of Warframe, its community, and the company’s other products.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Steam store pages now officially support animated gifs 7
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.18]
Valve has rolled out an update to Steam that allows devs to embed animated gifs directly into the “about” section of a game’s store page.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get tips on making better VR games straight from Viveport at XRDC  
by Staff [10.17.18]
You'll want to see these XRDC talks if you're at all curious about the state & future of the VR market, as Viveport is HTC's VR app store and one of the big markets for VR games and entertainment.
VR, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is now open for registration!  
by Staff [10.17.18]
Now's the time to register for GDC 2019! You'll want to look at pass options and register early to get the best price. Plus, some passes have limited quantities so if you’re interested, don't wait!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC