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Video Game Deep Cuts: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing, DOOM 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.20]
The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop abruptly shuts down all stores in California 1
by Alex Wawro [03.20.20]
Word is spreading today that GameStop stores in California are closing down as the state continues to push for closure of all non-essential businesses to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Job stability, quality of life, Windjammers with Dave Lang - GDC Podcast ep. 7  
by Kris Graft [03.20.20]
Dave Lang, founder of Iron Galaxy Studios, joins the latest GDC Podcast to talk about creating a studio that's built to last, quality of life in the game industry, and old rumors about Midway Games and the mafia.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Mobile versions of Call of Duty and PUBG driving game revenue at Tencent  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.20]
The company said the likes of PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and the 'Teamfight Tactics' mode within League of Legends were some of its biggest earners.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: A guide to working remotely in games  
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.20]
Indie game producer Alyssa Kollgaard breaks down her best tactics and strategies for finding success while working remote in games. For those devs and studios affected by COVID-19, it's a must read!
Business/Marketing

Square Enix implements work-from-home policy due to COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.20]
Square Enix has followed the lead of other large studios like EA and Ubisoft and implemented work-from-home policies across all locations to combat the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop pauses trade-in program for 9 days due to COVID-19 concerns 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
GameStop is temporarily halting its trade-in program in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and implementing a handful of other new policies to minimize the risk to staff working at its retail locations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop rules itself 'essential retail' and therefore immune to lockdown closures 8
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
GameStop’s top brass have decided the video game retailer counts as an essential business during coronavirus times, and has told store management to keep its locations open despite local lockdowns.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC organizers plan new 3-day GDC Summer event for August  
by Staff [03.19.20]
GDC organizers have announced GDC Summer, a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development, to be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: The benefits of Paradox's long-term DLC model  
by Staff [03.19.20]
At GDC 2018 Henrik Fahraeus and Shams Jorjani explain why Paradox Development Studio switched over to a new DLC model, and reveal how it has proven beneficial for both the company and players.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

GameStop bumps up Doom Eternal release to cut back on in-store crowds  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
Doom Eternal was previously slated for a March 20 launch alongside Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but game retailer GameStop has opted to release the game a day early in the interest of promoting social distancing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Project management in the time of COVID-19  
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.20]
Squeaky Wheel cofounder Ryan Sumo describes his process for project management of remote teams.
Production, Business/Marketing

Razer will start manufacturing surgical masks to help fight COVID-19 2
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Game peripheral maker Razer, best known for creating neon-drenched keyboards, mice, and headsets, will start making surgical masks to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile studio Scopely nets $200 million for more acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Mobile studio Scopely has raised $200 million in Series D funding to accelerate its investment and acquisition strategy.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Thatgamecompany opening new San Francisco office to support Sky  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Journey and Flower developer thatgamecompany is preparing to expand with the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Untitled Goose Game nabs Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!  
by Staff [03.18.20]
The goose is loose, and it took home top prize for developer House House at this year's prestigious Game Developers Choice Awards! Other big winners include Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba Is You!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

A Short Hike wins Grand Prize at the 2020 Independent Games Festival! 2
by Staff [03.18.20]
Adam Robinson-Yu’s A Short Hike won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize for Best Independent Game at the 22nd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards tonight!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC, IGF

Sony details PlayStation 5 tech specs in extensive 'deep dive' 1
by Chris Kerr [03.18.20]
Sony has unveiled what sort of tech will be powering the PlayStation 5 in a 'deep dive' reveal hosted by system architect Mark Cerny.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rise in online gaming in the U.S. 1
by Chris Kerr [03.18.20]
The spread of the coronavirus and subsequent self-isolation strategy has led to a sharp rise in the number of people playing video games and using streaming platforms.
Business/Marketing

Miniclip acquires UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.20]
Miniclip has acquired UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square from Outplay Entertainment for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing