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Oculus, Microsoft, and Viveport sign on as top-tier sponsors of XRDC!  
by Staff [09.27.18]
The XRDC team is excited to announce that tech titans HTC, Microsoft, and Oculus have signed on to help out as Platinum Sponsors of the show, bringing with them their cutting-edge tech and tricks.
VR, Business/Marketing

'First on Discord' initiative launching with seven (timed) PC exclusives 2
by Chris Kerr [09.27.18]
Game community platform Discord has revealed which games will be the first to debut exclusively though its fledgling Discord Marketplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Carbine Studios will shut down WildStar on November 28 5
by Chris Kerr [09.27.18]
"It has been our great privilege to share those adventures with all of you over the last four years. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, those adventures are coming to an end."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

French publisher Bigben scoops up Eko Software for nearly $10 million  
by Bryant Francis [09.26.18]
French publisher Bigben is buying up developer Eko Software, which is currently developing Warhammer: Chaosbane.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Oculus mobile app now works with the Rift headset  
by Bryant Francis [09.26.18]
Rift Developers looking to drive sales for their wares on the Oculus store can now make use of the company's mobile app.
VR, Business/Marketing

Immerse yourself in the future of AR/VR training & education at XRDC!  
by Staff [09.26.18]
Top talent from across the fields of AR/VR/MR will be at XRDC in San Francisco next month, where you'll have a chance to study the cutting edge of how this tech is being used to help people learn!
VR, Business/Marketing

Report: Telltale was in funding talks one day before majority shutdown  
by Chris Kerr [09.26.18]
Telltale Games' "majority closure," which resulted in the bulk of its staff being laid off without severance pay, came only a day after potential investors walked away from funding talks.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: A classic postmortem of the trailblazing Ultima Online  
by Staff [09.25.18]
In this 2018 GDC session, Raph Koster, Starr Long, Richard Garriott de Cayeux (Lord British himself) & Rich Vogel talk about the things that went wrong and right in making and running Ultima Online.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Big Fish Games laying off 15% of staff to focus on 'social casino' and 'casual' games 1
by Alex Wawro [09.25.18]
Yup, it's another layoffs story. Word is spreading today that Big Fish Games is cutting roughly 15 percent of its workforce, including a number of executives, to focus on casual & social casino games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Activision hits Spyro fan game with cease and desist order 3
by Alissa McAloon [09.25.18]
The creators of the Spyro the Dragon fan game Spyro: Myths Awaken have received a letter from Activision’s legal team calling for the end of development on the project.
Business/Marketing

2K launches 'Foundations' program to support underprivileged communities  
by Chris Kerr [09.25.18]
The initative will help underprivileged neighborhoods by providing "essential technology upgrades" in community centres, and also refurbishing local basketball courts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Telltale looking to work with 'potential partners' to finish The Walking Dead 1
by Chris Kerr [09.25.18]
Telltale claims it's working on a solution to finish The Walking Dead, but the news hasn't gone down too well with many game developers.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Devil May Cry 5's microtransactions designed as an 'option...to save time' 10
by Emma Kidwell [09.24.18]
Devil May Cry 5 will include microtransactions for in-game orbs initially obtained through combat or exploration if players wish to speed up the upgrade process and add buffs earlier.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Guild Wars 2 in-game currency no longer available in Belgium  
by Chris Kerr [09.24.18]
The issue appears to be unique to Belgium, as some players in the country have succeeded in buying gems by using a VPN to make it seem like they're connecting to the store from another region.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Examining the debate behind loot boxes 15
by Gamasutra Community [09.24.18]
With more concerns regarding regulating loot boxes, today's post takes a look at the appeal, design, and debate of this polarizing microtransaction.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Unavowed Ninja's Red (Dead) Redemption 1
by Gamasutra Staff [09.24.18]
This week's highlights include analysis of adventure title Unavowed, a cover story on Fortnite streamer Ninja, & detailed impressions of Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Stillfront acquires Imperia Online developer for $11M  
by Emma Kidwell [09.21.18]
The Swedish firm Stillfront Group announced today that it has acquired developer Imperia Online, known for the medieval-themed MMO strategy game of the same name $11.7 million. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Jagex fires RuneScape moderator for stealing player gold 2
by Chris Kerr [09.21.18]
Update "During our rigorous routine system checks, irregular activity was identified on small number of accounts, including the movement of wealth and items back into the live game."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Record 78.3 million people played Fortnite in August  
by Chris Kerr [09.21.18]
It's a tidbit that highlights the enduring popularity of Epic Games' last-person-standing shooter, which launched in July 2017.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch abruptly blocked in China & delisted from local iOS App Store  
by Alex Wawro [09.20.18]
Video streaming platform Twitch has suddenly hit a wall in China, as the Twitch website is currently inaccessible in the country & the Twitch iOS app has been removed from Apple's regional App Store.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing