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Popular game pitch-off GDC Pitch returns for GDC Summer next week  
by Staff [07.29.20]
Game Developers Conference are excited to confirm that the popular GDC Pitch event will return in a special online-only format for next week's all-digital GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic Games' Sweeney calls out Apple, Google for 'exploitative' platform fees 4
by Chris Kerr [07.29.20]
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has branded Apple and Google "exploitative" for imposing a 30 percent store fee on their respective mobile marketplaces.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Moss developer Polyarc raises $9 million to explore AR development  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.20]
Moss developer Polyarc has secured $9 million in Series B funding to create augmented reality experiences. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox Game Pass is all about the power of word-of-mouth marketing  
by Alissa McAloon [07.28.20]
"When people feel like you're over-delivering on value, they want to not only continue to use your service but they want to tell their friends about it."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get expert analysis of the State of the Industry game dev survey at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.28.20]
Trained industry analysts at Omdia have had time to unpack the data, and at GDC Summer next month attendees will have access to their in-depth breakdown of how the coronavirus has impacted game devs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

DIY game platform Roblox tops 150 million monthly active users  
by Chris Kerr [07.28.20]
Online free-to-play game platform Roblox now has over 150 million monthly active users, according to developer Roblox Corporation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Op-Ed: Game development in a time of upheaval  
by Michael Chu [07.28.20]
"To create inclusive characters is not to surrender the creative vision, and to say that embracing diversity means losing that agency or that it is a creative burden is simply untrue and must be rejected," writes Michael Chu, newly-hired narrative director at 2K's 31st Union studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Google Play Indie Games Festival winners have been announced  
by Chris Kerr [07.28.20]
The winners of the Google Play Indie Games Festival have been announced, spotlighting some of the best and brightest indie games on the Android marketplace. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Are platforms devaluing games to gain market share? 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.20]
All about 'free games' and backlogs, and the stealth rise of the subscription games service. And how perhaps the one you’re not paying attention to is the one that’s going to sneak up behind you?
Indie, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Valve is quietly testing a Playtest button on Steam  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.20]
It looks like Valve has been quietly testing a 'Playtest' feature on Steam that would make life much easier for players and developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Huuuge Games has acquired Bow Land developer Double Star  
by Chris Kerr [07.27.20]
Huuuge Games has acquired Finnish games studio Double Star for an undisclosed fee, according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Does the video game industry have a $29 billion cheating problem?  
by Irdeto [07.27.20]
Whether it's prize money or pride at stake, one player's cheating can now have a direct impact on the gaming experience of millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Ubisoft QuĂ©bec boss departs 'independently' of emerging allegations  
by Bryant Francis [07.24.20]
Ubisoft Québec managing director Andrée Cossette has announced her departure from the company, which is allegedly independent of the emerging allegations of abuse dogging the studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ghost of Tsushima sold over 2.4 million copies in three days  
by Chris Kerr [07.24.20]
Playstation 4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima has sold over 2.4 million copies during its first three days on shelves. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Respawn responds to crunch and burnout complaint posted on Glassdoor 1
by Chris Kerr [07.24.20]
Respawn has responded to a negative review left on Glassdoor that complained of "burnout, stress, and heavy anxiety on the Apex Legends project."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Scope out up-and-coming creators in the GDC Summer Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.23.20]
As you finalize plans to attend the all-digital GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out the exhibitors showcasing their work in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn from Microsoft and other industry leaders in the GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase  
by Staff [07.23.20]
The online platform where we'll be hosting GDC Summer next month is filling out with attendees, speakers, and sponsors, so now's the time to start planning out who you'd like to meet and learn from!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn how to launch an indie studio from your bedroom at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.23.20]
Thinking about starting your own indie studio, but don't know how? Find out at GDC Summer next month, direct from Decoy Games cofounders Ahmed and Khalil Abdullah!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Final Fantasy XIV Online has surpassed 20 million registered users  
by Chris Kerr [07.23.20]
Final Fantasy XIV Online has crossed 20 million registered users, according to developer Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing