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Epic Games Store now requires two-factor authentication to claim free games 1
by Chris Kerr [04.29.20]
The Epic Games Store will temporarily require users to enable two-factor authentication to claim free games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Manticore's new Core platform aims to bring fresh blood into game dev  
by Alex Wawro [04.29.20]
Manticore Games unveil Core, a new F2P online game platform that aims to bring fresh blood into game dev and foster the birth of the next 'it' genre with a drag-and-drop toolset for game design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Bloodborne's design makes players the experience points 52
by Staff [04.28.20]
This timeless 2015 Tim Rogers feature takes us on a tour of Bloodborne's design -- and that of the Souls series, while he's at it -- to explain what makes the games work as well as they do.
Console/PC, Design

Stadia Connect brings PUBG to the cloud, details new 'First on Stadia' timed exclusives  
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.20]
After receiving some criticism online for its slow cadence of game announcements, the Stadia team at Google has dropped a new Stadia Connect video focused entirely on games headed to the platform over the next year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

Video: Bringing replays to World of Tanks: Mercenaries  
by Staff [04.28.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Wargaming Sydney's Andrew Glover educates devs about the potential problems and solutions of integrating a server-side record and replay system into a multiplayer game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Macarthur Fortune Holding acquires Runescape dev Jagex for $530 million  
by Chris Kerr [04.28.20]
Runescape developer-publisher Jagex has been acquired by global asset management company Macarthur Fortune Holding for $530 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo closing 'limited' Wii U and 3DS eShops in the Caribbean and Latin America  
by Chris Kerr [04.28.20]
Nintendo is closing its 'limited' Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops in a handful of Caribbean and Latin America countries.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Developing your game's community for maximum pre-release fans 1
by Simon Carless [04.28.20]
It seems important to me that devs spend a lot of time on nurturing their game community before launch. But many can't or don't. Here's advice on how you can do a better job!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Infinity Ward is hiring an AI Engineer  
by Staff [04.27.20]
Infinity Ward is currently seeking an AI Engineer to work on Call of Duty Modern Warfare alongside the team at its Woodland Hills, CA offices.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Video: Better animation through machine learning  
by Staff [04.27.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Ubisoft's Simon Clavet shows off a new animation system that combines physical and data-driven animation methods to create a more convincing effect.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Video, Vault

Humble's Conquer COVID-19 bundle raises $6.5 million for pandemic relief  
by Alissa McAloon [04.27.20]
Humble's latest charitable bundle has ended its run, and raised over $6.5 million for COVID-19 relief efforts in the process.
Console/PC, Indie

Ziggurat Interactive acquires catalog of 3DO titles from Prism Entertainment  
by Chris Kerr [04.27.20]
Modern and retro game publisher Ziggurat Interactive has acquired a catalog of 3DO titles from Prism Entertainment for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

AuthorDigital nets $5.5 million to open new studio Adept Games 1
by Chris Kerr [04.27.20]
U.S. game company AuthorDigital has secured $5.5 million in funding to open a new studio called Adept Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Remixing Renaissance Art in The Procession to Calvary  
by Bryant Francis [04.27.20]
Developer Joe Richardson discusses the process for making The Procession to Calvary, an animated adventure game built on the back of Renaissance paintings.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: XCOM's Cloudpunk Industries Of Titan  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.25.20]
The latest piece rounding up the week's notable writing and videos in games includes pieces on new games from Cloudpunk to Industries Of Titan, plus a bunch of neat historical writing & research.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Games that cleverly incorporate texting and web browsing 2
by Staff [04.24.20]
There are just a few games have managed to accurately convey how people use texting and the internet in their everyday lives. They're intriguing examples for how we might tell stories for a digital age.
Console/PC, Indie

Obituary: Hellblade mental health consultant Jenny Esson  
by Bryant Francis [04.24.20]
Jenny Esson, one of the mental health professionals who contributed to the development of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice has passed away at age 45 from COVID-19.
Console/PC, Design

Fortnite's virtual Travis Scott gig attracted a record 12.3 million concurrent players 1
by Chris Kerr [04.24.20]
Fortnite's virtual Travis Scott concert attracted 12.3 million concurrent users, which according to developer Epic Games is a new all-time record.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Blizzard, Ubisoft, and other studios went remote in the time of COVID-19  
by Bryant Francis [04.24.20]
Blizzard, Ubisoft, and other game development studios and publishers explain how their companies transitioned to remote work to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Console/PC, Production

160K Nintendo accounts hacked due to Nintendo Network ID security breach 1
by Chris Kerr [04.24.20]
Nintendo has confirmed that around around 160,000 Nintendo Accounts have been hacked due to a security breach relating to Nintendo Network IDs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing