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Industry experts worry some esports orgs are overvalued and headed for trouble 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Esports team owners and professionals are reportedly convinced that many organizations are overvalued, and because of that, a market correction is looming on the horizon. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

A German regulator is taking Nintendo to court over eShop preorder policies  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
The German Consumer Protection Authority (VZBV) is taking Nintendo to court over Nintendo's digital preorder policies, specifically over the strict rule that eShop preorders cannot be canceled.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Battlefield 5 is having trouble balancing for both new and experienced players  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
Battlefield 5 developer EA Dice has rolled back a recent change to the game’s “time to kill” (TTK) after the earlier alteration skewed the game's multiplayer difficulty in favor of newer players a little too much.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam's 'Top Wishlists' filter ranks recent wishlist numbers for unreleased games 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.17.18]
A little-known page on Steam ranks unreleased games according to the number of Wishlists they’ve garnered so far, though the exact metrics being tracked are still somewhat unclear. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

See Blizzard deconstruct Overwatch's social systems at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [12.17.18]
It's a promising talk for those interested in systems design & curbing disruptive player behavior, as you'll learn how & why Blizzard implemented Overwatch endorsements and "Looking For Group" systems.
Social/Online, Production, GDC

5 trends that defined the game industry in 2018 1
by Kris Graft [12.17.18]
The year 2018 lasted approximately 30 normal years. From studio closures to the Fortnite phenomenon, here are the trends that defined the game industry in the longest year in the history of humankind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Below The Ashen Mutant Hades  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.17.18]
This week's highlights showcase Below, Mutant Year Zero, Hades, Gris, and Ashen - all of which have standout features - with reviews in the round-up, as well as more 'best of the year' & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blizzard pulls devs off Heroes of the Storm and cuts eSports support 6
by Alex Wawro [12.13.18]
Today Blizzard announced plans to pull developers off of its free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm and discontinue Heroes eSports events in a bid to position the game for "long-term sustainability."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Twitch sells Curse Media after two years  
by Emma Kidwell [12.13.18]
Wiki hosting service Fandom (formerly known as Wikia) announced that it is currently in the process of acquiring Curse Media, which hosts a collection of gaming websites.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

League of Legends will no longer support Windows XP and Vista in 2019  
by Emma Kidwell [12.13.18]
League of Legends is officially ending support for Windows XP and Vista as of May 14, 2019. 
Social/Online, Design

Black Desert Online dev Pearl Abyss to open California office to handle Western affairs  
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Pearl Abyss, parent company of EVE Online dev CCP Games, has set up its first North American office.
Social/Online

Ubisoft ends automatic bans for offensive language in Rainbow Six Siege  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.18]
The company says it’s making the switch to more hands-on anti-toxicity measures by pairing chat filters with human moderation.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Catch new & classic GDC talks broadcasting live on the GDC Twitch channel  
by Staff [12.10.18]
The official Game Developers Conference Twitch channel has begun broadcasting gems from the GDC Vault of game development talks, roundtables, and postmortems, and you can tune in live now to watch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

See BioWare deconstruct the flight and movement of Anthem at GDC 2019 1
by Staff [12.10.18]
At GDC 2019 BioWare's David Hoang & Daniel Nordlander will reveal the process they used to create some of the more exotic traversal abilities players have at their disposal in Anthem: flight and swim.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Smash That Punch-Out, Hard  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.09.18]
This week's surprisingly video-heavy highlights include a great mini-doc about the history of the Punch-Out franchise, a looks at the latest acclaimed Smash Bros. game, & a multitude of other neatness.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Black Ops 4's 'Battle Edition' offers only classic multiplayer and Blackout for $30  
by Alissa McAloon [12.06.18]
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Treyarch’s multiplayer-only Call of Duty game, is now offering a ‘Battle Edition’ for $30 that only features two of the three game modes offered in the full game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Enabling ads in Street Fighter V boosts in-game currency rewards  
by Alissa McAloon [12.06.18]
All in all, Capcom says that optional ads will hit the game on December 11 and will "be displayed in several locations in-game to remind you about costumes, bundles, and the Capcom Pro Tour."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Epic Games is being sued over one of Fortnite's dance emotes 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.18]
Backing up legal threats from last month, the rapper 2 Milly has filed a legal complaint alleging that Fortnite's 'Swipe It' dance move infringes on his recently filed copyright on the 'Milly Rock' dance
Social/Online

Epic Games is no longer actively developing Unreal Tournament 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.18]
After doubling down on Fortnite's ongoing development earlier this year, Epic head Tim Sweeney has now confirmed that the game is no longer being actively developed at the company.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PUBG Mobile grabs Best Game in 2018 Google Play Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [12.04.18]
Google Play has announced its Best Apps of 2018, a list that includes a good number of mobile games released on Android this year.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie