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Modio raises $4 million to grow its cross-platform modding service  
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.20]
It's the second sizable sum the company has raked in this year, following $1 million in seed funding raised back in March.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Esports platform Smashgg acquired by Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.20]
Microsoft has officially acquired the online esports organization platform Smash.gg, an acquisition that has been made official after news broke via a small website update earlier today.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Best of 2020: Behind the dizzying ride to the top for Among Us  
by Simon Carless [12.02.20]
The amazing 'out of the blue' success of multiplayer party game Among Us on Steam is, uh, amazing. But what happened? I delve into it with the help of one of its co-creators.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

CDPR will take down Cyberpunk 2077 streams & let's plays aired before launch  
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.20]
Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red knows that some copies of the game might reach players before official launch, but warns it won't tolerate early streams or lets's play content.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Why do devs love Slack, and how do they get the most out of it? 11
by Staff [12.01.20]
Gamasutra asked game devs from around the world in a variety of disciplines what they like (and don't like) about Slack, how it helps them do their jobs better, and how they get the most out of it.
Social/Online, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Salesforce to acquire Slack in $27.7 billion deal 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.01.20]
Last week's rumors of an impending Slack acquisition look to have been right on the money.
Social/Online

EG7 pens deal to acquire EverQuest and H1Z1 dev Daybreak for $300 million  
by Alissa McAloon [12.01.20]
Daybreak Games Company is set to become a EG7 subsidiary, following yesterday's news that EG7 has also acquired MechWarrior dev Piranha Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored: Your guide to building reliable & scalable infrastructure with AWS Cloud  
by AWS Game Tech [11.30.20]
Whether you’re building a FPS, MOBA, or RPG across any platform, success depends on players experiencing seamless, memorable gameplay. So give players what they want.
Social/Online, Whitepaper

Super Mario Maker Wii U to be delisted, lose some online features in early 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [11.25.20]
Nintendo has stamped an end date on its support for online features in the Wii U version of Super Mario Maker and announced the game will vanish from its digital store early next year.
Console/PC, Social/Online

What agreements land games on Game Pass? Xbox head says they're 'all over the place'  
by Alissa McAloon [11.24.20]
"We’re open [to] experimenting with many different partners, because we don't think we have it figured out."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The forgotten Flash Website movement (when websites were 'the new emerging artform') 3
by Nathalie Lawhead [11.24.20]
Net artist and game designer Nathalie Lawhead shares a short history of Flash, its decline, and what they (as someone intimately familiar with Flash's heyday) believe led to its eventual demise.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Rockstar is turning Red Dead Online into a standalone game  
by Chris Kerr [11.24.20]
Rockstar is launching Red Dead Online, the online multiplayer portion of Red Dead Redemption 2, as a standalone game on December 1, 2020. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored: Building subscriptions that boost player loyalty (and revenue!)  
by Xsolla [11.23.20]
Learn how to reward loyal fans and realize consistent revenue through carefully crafted subscription fans in this free guide from the experts at Xsolla.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Roblox moves toward IPO, discloses revenue and net losses for last three years 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.19.20]
According to the data shared in the filing, revenue at Roblox has increased since 2018 though it has reported net losses for that same period.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Stadia plans to bypass App Store with web app iOS launch  
by Alissa McAloon [11.19.20]
Stadia has, like other cloud-based game streaming services, planned a somewhat unconventional launch for iOS platforms.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Analysis: Nvidia GeForce Now cloud gaming service comes to iOS  
by George Jijiashvili [11.19.20]
Today Nvidia launched its GeForce Now cloud gaming service on iOS in beta. Due to App Store’s restrictions on cloud gaming services, it will be delivered as a web app though the Safari browser.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Twitch eyes new tools, licensing deals after 'understandably frustrating' DMCA takedowns  
by Alissa McAloon [11.12.20]
Twitch is looking into ways to alleviate licensed music woes for the thousands upon thousands of streamers that use its platform after a sudden influx of DMCA takedowns blindsided its users last month.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored: Learn how AI helps counter disruptive online behavior in this free webinar  
by Google Cloud [11.11.20]
Join this session to learn from experts at Google Cloud and Improbable on how machine learning can be applied to identify and mitigate toxic behaviors.
Social/Online, Webinar

Former Xbox trust and safety head Angela Hession joins Twitch  
by Alissa McAloon [11.10.20]
Angela Hession, once the head of trust and safety for Xbox, has joined the team at Twitch to head up the streaming giant's own VP of trust and safety.
Social/Online

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [11.10.20]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing