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EA praises its own 'ethical, fun, and enjoyable' loot box use in FIFA  
by Alissa McAloon [06.19.19]
Electronic Arts' Kerry Hopkins distanced FIFA's loot box-equivalent packs from gambling in a hearing with the UK Parliament and said the game's 'surprise mechanics' are often enjoyed in a healthy way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: Using email lists for fun, profit, and building your own fan club  
by Staff [06.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game developer Chris Zukowski explains how to level up your email list, and why a well-run email list can be 5-10 times more effective than Twitter or Facebook!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Zynga-owned Empires & Puzzles has surpassed 34 million downloads  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.19]
Zynga and Small Giant Games' popular match-3 battler Empires & Puzzles has surpassed 34 million downloads worldwide.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Check out Opus Magnum dev Zachtronics' entire game design history for free  
by Chris Kerr [06.18.19]
Here's something neat! You can now grab SpaceChem and Opus Magnum developer Zachtronics' complete game design history without spending a dime.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Niantic has acquired Beasts of Balance developer Sensible Object  
by Chris Kerr [06.18.19]
Pokemon Go creator Niantic has acquired augmented reality and hybrid board game developer Sensible Object for an undisclosed fee.
VR, Business/Marketing

Video: How the 'indiepocalypse' changed the shape of indie success  
by Staff [06.17.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, indie dev Jason Rohrer digs into some data behind the 2014-2018 'indiepocalypse' to help indies figure out how not to waste 4 years of their life on the next high-profile flop.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blog: Does Sony's absence mean game over for E3? 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.17.19]
ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux takes his annual data-driven look at the media coverage of E3, this year assessing what impact (if any) was caused by Sony's absence.
Business/Marketing

Elite Dangerous dev Frontier signs first third-party publishing deal 1
by Chris Kerr [06.17.19]
Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster developer Frontier Developments has made its first move into the world of third-party publishing.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: E3, E3, E3 (and some Non-E3!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.14.19]
This week's roundup is E3-packed, including discussion of best games, Nintendo, the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft's xCloud vs Google Stadia (or not!), as well as another 10+ links that aren't about E3 at all.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop closing down ThinkGeek's standalone online store 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.14.19]
GameStop is closing down the standalone online store for ThinkGeek and rolling the brand's collectibles business into the main GameStop website.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

E3 2019 saw fewer attendees than last year 1
by Chris Kerr [06.14.19]
E3 attendances have dropped slightly since 2018, with the Entertainment Software Association revealing this year's show attracted 66,100 attendees from around the world.
Business/Marketing, E3

Nintendo is 'evaluating' game streaming technology 1
by Chris Kerr [06.14.19]
If you mentioned game streaming right now, people would likely tell you about Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia. One name that probably wouldn't crop up, however, is Nintendo.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Blog: So you want to have a kick-ass Steam page? 17
by Gamasutra Community [06.13.19]
A detailed dive into everything your Steam page should feature in order to be as efficient as possible.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix working to preserve and release entire game library 1
by Chris Kerr [06.13.19]
Square Enix has been making games for over three decades, and now the company is looking to digitize and preserve each and every one of them.
Business/Marketing

State of California investigates Riot for systematic gender discrimination 1
by Chris Kerr [06.13.19]
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has filed an investigation enforcement action against League of Legends maker Riot Games.
Business/Marketing

Steam developers can start uploading assets for new library layout  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Steam might be a few weeks away from trialing its new Steam Library layout, but eager developers can start uploading and previewing new assets today. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic Games has acquired group video chat platform Houseparty  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Fortnite maker Epic Games has acquired synchronous social network Houseparty for an undisclosed fee. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Microsoft revamping Xbox Live gamertags so users can share the same name  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
Microsoft is changing how Xbox Live gamertags work so multiple users can (sort of) claim the same name.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Novaquark secures $11.2 million in funding to continue Dual Universe development  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
French developer Novaquark has netted $11.2 million to continue the development of its massively multiplier online game, Dual Universe.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft ending Xbox One backwards compatibility efforts to focus on next-gen 3
by Chris Kerr [06.11.19]
Microsoft is winding down its Xbox One backwards compatibility efforts so it can focus on bringing "thousands of games from all four console generations" to Project Scarlett.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3