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Video: The business of fair play  
by Staff [09.30.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session, Riot Games' Weszt Hart breaks down how "fair play" can be a useful measuring stick for how effective a Player Dynamics team is performing at a studio.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Blog: Creating my facts-first game metrics website GameDataCrunch  
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.20]
I'm working on a new website called GameDataCrunch.com, a new way to understand the game industry by looking at metrics and slicing them up in a bunch of different ways.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt backtracks on anti-crunch commitments ahead of Cyberpunk launch  
by Chris Kerr [09.30.20]
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red has regained on its promise to avoid mandatory crunch on the long-gestating RPG.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Lessons from a year of running Remnant: From the Ashes  
by Bryant Francis [09.30.20]
One year after the launch of Remnant: From the Ashes, creative director David Adams discusses what Gunfire Games has learned getting into the world of live games.
Console/PC, Design

Epic and Apple don't want Fortnite dispute settled by a jury  
by Chris Kerr [09.30.20]
The legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games will be settled by a judge rather than a jury, if both companies get their way.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sumo Group acquires development studio Pipeworks to break into the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [09.30.20]
The deal is part of Sumo's plan to break into the U.S. market, and includes Pipeworks' 134-strong team and original properties like Prominence Poker
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The real story of Torchlight's music 3
by Staff [09.29.20]
In this thoughtful, detailed interview, Matt Uelmen, composer for Runic Games' Torchlight discusses the tactics he took in creating the music for the game, and his experiences on Diablo and WoW at Blizzard.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

Starting in November, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will include EA Play  
by Alissa McAloon [09.29.20]
A partnership with Xbox and Electronic Arts sees EA's subscription-based library rolled into Xbox's existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Designing game communities for kindness  
by Staff [09.29.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk, Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran explains how developers can build game communities with inherent kindness in mind.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

WWE 2K maker Take-Two heading to trial after copying tattoo artist's work  
by Chris Kerr [09.29.20]
WWE 2K series maker Take-Two Interactive Software is heading to trial over allegations of copyright infringement after a tattoo artist claimed the company reproduced their work without authorization. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Historians discuss A Total War Saga: Troy  
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.20]
Historians Bob Whitaker and Kate Cook discuss A Total War Saga: Troy. Topics include history and myth, the Iliad, Bronze Age civilization, and ancient combat.
Console/PC, Production

Does your game have 'staying power'? 1
by Simon Carless [09.29.20]
This game discovery round up looks at what happens if you have a slow start, but your game is great. Can we all hold out hope and push for that Wandersong-style long tail?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Apple and Epic's big anti-trust showdown likely to take place next summer  
by Alissa McAloon [09.28.20]
A California judge suggested the case be handled by a jury, but has yet to budge on her previous ruling that Apple is within its rights to ban Fortnite from the App Store.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Tekken franchise surpasses 50 million sales  
by Alissa McAloon [09.28.20]
Tekken, one of the longstanding mainstays in the fighting game world, has officially surpassed 50 million sales across the franchise's entire history.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: How Jackbox CEO Mike Bilder is grappling with quarantine-driven success 2
by Bryant Francis [09.28.20]
As stay-at-home orders accelerated, so did the success of Chicago developer Jackbox Games. CEO Mike Bilder breaks down what it's been like with interest in Jackbox at an all-time high.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Amazon's Luna, what's on the Steam front page, and more on discoverability  
by Simon Carless [09.28.20]
All kinds of the latest game discoverability/platform news - from Amazon Luna analysis to front-page Steam explanations and more.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How game companies can do better philanthropy  
by Bryant Francis [09.28.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session, Derrick Morton & Daniel Widner discuss the benefits of incorporating social responsibility as a business strategy for free-to- play games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Phil Spencer: Microsoft 'absolutely' plans on releasing future console hardware  
by Chris Kerr [09.28.20]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer has indicated that Microsoft still intends to release new consoles following the launch of the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Get started with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on Xbox Series X  
by Dolby [09.28.20]
The Xbox Series X|S will be the first consoles to support Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, giving game developers the power to create an unparalleled gaming experience and deliver enhanced audio and graphics.
Console/PC, Art, Audio

Zynga is shutting down FarmVille after over a decade  
by Chris Kerr [09.28.20]
Zynga is shutting down the original FarmVille at the end of this year, over a decade after the popular Facebook title launched.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing