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Video: Improving game dev tool design through editor triage  
by Staff [07.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, tools designer Robin-Yann Storm discusses multiple approaches for tool and editor triage, intended for immediate application in a game development environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Overwatch's new cheat detection will end matches when cheats are used  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.19]
Blizzard has already been testing new changes to Overwatch’s cheat detection system on the PTR that shuts down matches when the game detects cheating is taking place.
Console/PC, Social/Online

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

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 7
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

Ubisoft puts kibosh on Assassin's Creed XP-farming exploit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Ubisoft is changing how Story Creator Mode works in Assassin's Creed Odyssey to prevent players from building "farming quests."
Console/PC, Design

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 2
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

Don't Miss: Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by Staff [07.11.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Devs express optimism, caution over Steam interactive recommender  
by Bryant Francis [07.11.19]
Steam's new interactive recommender tool has some devs optimistic about the future of selling games on Steam, but the continued commitment to algorithms has others worried.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam embraces machine learning with interactive recommendation tool 13
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
Valve has launched a new (but experimental) feature for Steam that builds a layer of interactivity onto the storefront’s existing recommendation system.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: The importance of finding your platform champions  
by Staff [07.11.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk dev relations expert Nick Suttner shares practical insights and anecdotes of how to think about and approach potential champions behind big platforms like Oculus or Sony.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

RuneScape dev Jagex says sale is possible, but not set in stone  
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
RuneScape developer Jagex has countered reports that its parent company has sold its shares in the studio, noting that the situation is "evolving."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Stadia's dev partners program has received more than 4,000 applications  
by Alissa McAloon [07.11.19]
The goal of the program is to link Google up with developers interested in launching a game on Stadia, and Google has so far seen over 4,000 applicants.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury following Iron Maiden trademark lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
3D Realms has changed the name of its first-person shooter Ion Maiden to Ion Fury after being sued by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden for trademark infringement. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The Switch may be getting a new processor and flash storage 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
Nintendo's new handheld-only Switch Lite stole the headlines when it was announced yesterday, but the company also appears to be working on an upgraded version of the original Switch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan due to negative impact on players 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banned in Jordan by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing