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GOG puts Heaven's Vault up for sale after declining to sell the game at launch 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.16.19]
The CD Projekt-owned storefront GOG has walked back an earlier decision about Inkle Studios' Heaven's Vault, announcing that it has changed its mind and will now sell the game on the digital store.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GameStop taps design firm R/GA to help keep its stores relevant 1
by Alex Wawro [07.16.19]
Struggling retailer GameStop is working with design firm R/GA to come up with new designs for its storefronts that offer 'streamlined' venues focused on things like eSports, or retro games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK publisher Merge Games creates $4 million indie game fund  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
UK publisher Merge Games has created a $4 million indie games fund to help smaller devs finance their projects and extend their marketing reach.
Production, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter suspends funding campaign for online game RAW over honesty concerns 1
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the funding campaign for RAW, a sandbox MMORPG inspired by Grand Theft Auto Online and Rust.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

NetEase nabs minority stake in Dead by Daylight dev Behaviour Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Chinese internet and online game company NetEase Games has picked up a minority stake in Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive.
Production, Business/Marketing

PlayStation's former portfolio strategy head is now tackling game licensing at Disney  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.19]
Disney has tapped John Drake as its vice president of business development and licensing for games.
Business/Marketing

Respawn will deal with Apex Legends cheaters by making them fight each other 3
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdfunding and video games - A 2019 mid-year update  
by Gamasutra Community [07.15.19]
What is the state of Kickstarter for video games in the first half of 2019? ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux has all the answers.
Production, Business/Marketing

'Reality-focused' game dev Surrogate secures $2 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Finnish reality-focused game developer and video streaming company Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Red Candle won't be re-releasing Devotion (yet) following China controversy 1
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Devotion dev Red Candle claims a scandal involving an art asset that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping has caused "immeasurable harm," and said it won't be re-releasing the game anytime soon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch Lite-s Up, 2019's Best Games So Far  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.14.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Switch Lite announcement and Valve's experimental discovery mechanisms, as well as some picks on 2019's best games so far, Dragon Quest Builders 2, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gears 5 to drop depictions of smoking after urging from Truth Initiative 9
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative has successfully lobbied Turner's ELeague, Microsoft, and The Coalition to make the Gears franchise tobacco-free going forward.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Controversial freelance firm Fiverr opens game services store 1
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The freelancing services company that's drawn heat for its advertising and cheap services has announced a dedicated push into the game development space.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Charting the record $9.6B games investment over the past 18 months
by Gamasutra Community [07.12.19]
Digi-Capital’s new Games Investment Report Q3 2019 shows a record $9.6 billion games investment in the last 18 months. Yet at the same time games company M&As and IPOs dropped to 2010 levels.
Business/Marketing

Smartphone maker Rokit launches $50 million game development fund 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Smartphone maker Rokit has launched a $50 million game development fund to support indies and startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Under fire from game devs, G2A proposes new 'Key Blocker' tool 3
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Under fire key reseller G2A has proposed a new 'Key Blocker' tool to give devs more control over how their titles are resold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
One of the most influential FPS titles of all time, GoldenEye defied expectations and set the standard for NPC AI for future generations.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs is Valve's new home for experimental Steam features  
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
Valve is shining the spotlight on some new ideas it has been toying with for Steam through a page of experimental features called Steam Labs.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing