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Hackers hijack Final Fantasy Brave Exivus dev Gumi's website with ransom demand  
by Alissa McAloon [09.22.17]
The group briefly replaced Gumi’s website with a ransom demand and distributed roughly $40 worth of in-game currency to Final Fantasy Brave Exivus players.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Applying game design principles to be a better leader  
by Staff [09.21.17]
At GDC 2017, Happy Brain Science's Scott Crabtree took the stage to share his perspective on how you can apply game design lessons to your work as a game dev leader.
Serious, Design, Video, Vault

In the wake of CSGO Lotto, FTC takes to Twitter to clarify its disclosure policy  
by Alex Wawro [09.20.17]
In a live Twitter Q&A inspired by its recent case against YouTubers who stealthily promoted their own CS:GO gambling site, the FTC lays out how devs and influencers should handle disclosure.
Serious, Business/Marketing

PSA: Pitch your talks now for the GDC 2018 Educators Summit! 1
by Staff [09.14.17]
Next March, GDC 2018 will again have a Summit of talks dedicated specifically to game education, this time with a new name: the GDC Educators Summit! Make sure to pitch your talks for the Summit now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Video: A game professor's guide to working in academia  
by Staff [09.12.17]
Developer-turned-academic Ian Schreiber takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a primer on what to expect when considered a career in academia, including a breakdown of career paths and requirements.
Serious, Student/Education, Video, Vault

PAX Report: Rep. Jayapal speaks on players and political consciousness
by Katherine Cross [09.08.17]
"You have this enormous voice as a community, and we need it. We are at a crossroads on so many levels and issues, really the very soul of our country."
Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Games For Change expands its student game dev contest to L.A.  
by Alex Wawro [09.01.17]
A new partnership with the Annenberg Foundation will help Games For Change include L.A. in its upcoming student game dev challenge, which aims to inspire kids to make games about real-world issues.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Layoffs loom at Radiant Worlds after SkySaga development halts 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.22.17]
With development stalled, Radiant Worlds was unable to renew its contract with its publisher, cutting the studio off from its only income source and putting every position within the development house in jeopardy.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Valve says it's cracking down on big key requests to combat Steam skulduggery 12
by Alex Wawro [08.17.17]
Valve confirms that yes, the company is more closely scrutinizing devs' outsized requests for Steam keys in an effort to combat people using them as "a way to manipulate Steam systems." 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Layoffs hit Hibernum Creations as dev downsizes to 'key personnel'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.16.17]
The Canadian studio Hibernum Creations has laid off the majority of its staff, over 100 employees, as the mobile game developer begins the process of selling off its assets.
Serious, Business/Marketing

5 game dev students set to receive AIAS Foundation scholarships  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.17]
This year, five students have been awarded $2,500 as part of the Foundation’s three annual scholarship offerings.
Serious, Business/Marketing

National Videogame Museum opens scholarship program for young Texan devs  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.17]
The National Videogame Museum has established four $1,500 scholarships for aspiring game developers.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Discord shuts down server and accounts linked to white supremacists
by Alex Wawro [08.14.17]
The company publicly took down a number of accounts and a chat server associated with an alt-right website in an ongoing effort to combat 'white supremacy, Nazi ideology, and all forms of hate.'
Serious, Business/Marketing

Devs, submit your pitches for great GDC 2018 Design talks now!  
by Staff [08.14.17]
If you have a talk that'd fit perfectly in the Design track at Game Developers Conference 2018, organizers want to hear it -- and they're only accepting submissions through this Thursday, August 17th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

Now's the time to pitch great Business & Marketing talks for GDC 2018  
by Staff [08.11.17]
If you aim to speak at the Game Developers Conference next year, better hurry -- time is running out to submit your talk! The deadline is next Thursday, August 17th.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Submit your great Production & Team Management talks for GDC 2018!  
by Staff [08.10.17]
The GDC 2018 Production & Team Management track is looking for talks, especially from experienced producers who have shipped games and seek to share their best techniques or experiences!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, GDC

New study sheds light on how playing games literally shapes the brain 1
by Alex Wawro [08.09.17]
A recent study suggests that playing specific genres of games regularly may cause the players' brains -- specifically, the hippocampus -- to grow (3D Mario games) or shrink (Call of Duty).
Console/PC, Serious

GDC 2018 seeks your submissions for great Audio talks! 1
by Staff [08.09.17]
If you have a talk that would fit perfectly in the Audio track at Game Developers Conference 2018, organizers want to hear it -- and they're accepting submissions through Thursday, August 17th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Audio, GDC

War Child opens submissions for its latest 'Help' charity game jam  
by Alex Wawro [08.08.17]
This year UK charity War Child is taking submissions (via Itch.io) through November of mobile games made with Unity that have been built in six days or less, and are no larger than 50 megabytes.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Now's the time to pitch your best Programming talks for GDC 2018  
by Staff [08.08.17]
Hey devs! GDC officials seek great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Programming talks for the GDC 2018 Main Conference, from now through August 17th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, GDC