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Net Neutrality repeal effective starting on April 23 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.22.18]
The FCC published a revocation order to the Federal Register today which dissolves net neutrality effective on April 23.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing

Level up your game dev teaching skills at the GDC Educators Summit  
by Staff [02.20.18]
With GDC 2018 coming up fast, organizers share details on some great GDC Educators Summit talks from developers and educators about the tricks of teaching the next generation of game developers.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

GDC 2018 is proud to once again donate passes to the Indie Giving Charity!  
by Staff [02.19.18]
GDC 2018 organizers are excited to continue their partnership with the Indie Giving charity effort by donating 30 GDC 2018 Indie Games Summit tickets - contribute now to get your pass!
Indie, Serious, GDC

Mafia III dev Hangar 13 hit with layoffs 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.18]
Mafia III developer Hangar 13 has laid off a number of staff members in what its parent company describes as a move to 'ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans.'
Console/PC, Serious

The Fire Fades: Dealing with the scourge of burnout in game dev 8
by Joel Couture [02.09.18]
Gamasutra speaks with a medical professional and a handful of devs about their personal stories of burnout, and how, as an industry, we can better prevent the awful practices that lead to it.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production

Report: Gameloft closes New Orleans studio, layoffs at Gameloft Madrid 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.18]
Update:Gameloft has reportedly closed its New Orleans office and laid off roughly 40 staff members in the process. A source tells Gamasutra that Gameloft Madrid recently laid off 50 devs as well.

Germany is considering a ban on loot boxes 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.06.18]
The German Youth Protection Commission stated that it's now considering a ban on loot boxes after research conducted by the University of Hamburg found too many elements of gambling in video games. 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Kids' prosthetics nonprofit Limbitless receives free GDC Play space at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [02.06.18]
Organizers have donated space in the GDC Play area, where Limbitless will be showcasing some of its prosthetics tech -- and how games are being used to help kids learn to use those prosthetics.
Serious, GDC

Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder? 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.05.18]
In a piece published by The Guardian, industry figures give their opinions about the World Health Organization's decision to include "gaming disorder" in its draft of the next diagnostic manual.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Capcom lays off workers at Dead Rising studio  
by Emma Kidwell [02.05.18]
Capcom Vancouver employees have been hit with layoffs after a studio restructuring affected 30 percent of the studio.
Serious, Business/Marketing

How Tetris was discovered in America 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.02.18]
Experienced video game historian Norman Caruso has published a new video to his Gaming Historian YouTube channel which breaks down the story of Tetris.
Serious, Design, Video

Valve suspends Counter-Strike co-creator after arrest for sexual exploitation of a child  
by Alissa McAloon [02.02.18]
Valve has suspended Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe following his arrest for sexual exploitation of a child.

PSA: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2018 at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [01.29.18]
With just over 48 hours to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2018 ends Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific, now's the time register at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Study examines how the top 100 bestselling games portray drug use  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.18]
Addiction awareness organization Archstone published a study examining the top 100 bestselling games per console to investigate the types of drug use present per game.

PSA: GDC 2018 attendees, book your travel and accommodations!  
by Staff [01.25.18]
If you're planning on attending GDC 2018 in March, book your travel and accommodations sooner rather than later -- you can access discounted rates via the GDC Travel hub!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Court rules illegal bot makers must pay $1.3 million to Twitch  
by Emma Kidwell [01.24.18]
A California judge has ordered illegal bot makers Michael and Katherine Anjomi to permanently shut down their operations and pay Twitch a total of $1,371,139.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Examining educational games through the lens of 'fun'  
by Emma Kidwell [01.23.18]
In this 2015 GDC talk, GlassLab's Erin Hoffman presents a new theory of "fun" by positing fun as shorthand for a very complex psychological process by which humans convert stress into satisfaction through insight.
Serious, Design, Video

Minecraft: Education Edition introduces chemistry update  
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.18]
Microsoft announces the introduction of chemistry into Minecraft: Education Edition, featuring new crafting tools designed to explain different chemistry concepts to students.

Parents, don't forget to register for childcare at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.22.18]
Reminder: If you're planning to bring kids with you when you attend GDC 2018, the advance deadline to register for the KiddieCorp on-site childcare program is February 20th -- less than a month away!
Serious, Business/Marketing

How Shooty Skies dev Mighty Games aims to do serious games right 1
by Katherine Cross [01.18.18]
Contributor Katherine Cross chats with the team at Australian indie Mighty Games about their new serious games branch, Mighty Serious, and the ethics of making F2P games about real-world issues.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing