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Steam's latest change aims to prevent buyers from gaming regional pricing  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Steam users can now only change the country on their account every three months, a move that aims to prevent people from fibbing about their location to score cheaper games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft's special Cyberpunk 2077 refund policy ends July 6  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Nature is healing. Microsoft has quietly announced that its special refund provisions for CD Projekt Red's infamous Cyberpunk 2077 are coming to a close.
Console/PC

Meet your host of the 2021 IGF Awards: Victoria Tran!  
by Staff [06.23.21]
Innersloth Games’ Victoria Tran will be your host for the 2021 IGF Awards.
Indie, Design

Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
Business/Marketing

EA buys Golf Clash developer Playdemic from AT&T and WB Games for $1.4 billion  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
EA has acquired Golf Clash developer Playdemic from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T for $1.4 billion in cash.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
How Midwinter Entertainment improved Scavengers' gameplay with rigorous testing  
by Improbable [06.23.21]
Sponsored: Discover how a tactical collaboration empowered Midwinter Entertainment to focus on what they do best.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Production, Sponsored Article

Pokemon leakers told to pay $150,000 each in damages to The Pokemon Company  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Two leakers have been told to pay The Pokemon Company a sizable $150,000 each in damages after taking and uploading photographs of an unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and disempowering experiences.
Business/Marketing

Rovio will revive some older Angry Birds titles after pulling them from sale  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Rovio is working to revive a number of older Angry Birds titles after quietly pulling them from sale.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo will shut down the Splatoon 2 Online Lounge in July  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
The feature allows players to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange online battles using their smart device by sending a URL link that allows other players to join a room.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires 3D data optimization software provider Pixyz Software  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Unity has acquired 3D data preparation and optimization software provider Pixyz Software for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The new theory of horror driving Dead Space 2 5
by Staff [06.22.21]
Take a look back at the design philosophy that drove the horror of Dead Space 2.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Lead DevOps Engineer  
by Staff [06.22.21]
Remedy Entertainment is looking for a Lead DevOps Engineer.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS  
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.21]
The 'early game' -- or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match -- is a first impression that players experience over and over again, whether they're playing competitively or solo. It makes sense to try to do it right.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.22.21]
We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game Rubber Bandits - plus lots more!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

At GDC 2021, you can celebrate 25 years of Quake with John Romero  
by Staff [06.22.21]
Happy Birthday Quake! Get in on the celebration when you attend GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

GameStop to invest in 'growth initiatives' after raising $1.12 billion through ATM Offering  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
GameStop has raised $1.12 billon dollars after selling 5 million shares of common stock through an at-the-market equity offering program.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Designing an effective logo for your game  
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.21]
This is an article explaining the step-by-step process on how to design a logo for your game, from the initial research to final logo design.
Art, Business/Marketing

Tencent grabs majority stake in The Cycle and Spec Ops developer Yager  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Spec Ops: The Line and The Cycle developer Yager.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Online Services expanded with free anti-cheat and voice chat tools  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Epic Games is expanding its Epic Online Services toolkit with two free services in the form of Easy Anti-Cheat and Voice.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing