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Researchers push back against WHO's planned 'gaming disorder' 1
by Alex Wawro [03.01.18]
The article in question is co-authored by over 30 scientists and researchers from institutions around the world, and is being publicized by publisher trade bodies in the U.S., Europe, Korea, and more.
Serious

Former EA devs reflect on work culture 14 years after EA Spouse 9
by Emma Kidwell [02.26.18]
In a piece published by Glixel earlier today, former Electronic Arts developers reflect on their employment 14 years after the Live Journal post EA Spouse shed light on the company's labor practices. 
Serious, Business/Marketing

Learn to better understand your players' social values at GDC 2018  
by Staff [02.23.18]
Come to GDC 2018 to see Riot Games' Tash Elliott and Jeffrey Burrell share how the League of Legends dev has researched and acted upon the social values their players have across the world.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

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 10
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.
Serious

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.
Serious

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.
Serious

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