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After 600 days of being banned, former CS:GO streamer sues Twitch  
by Emma Kidwell [02.20.18]
Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer James 'Phantoml0rd' Varga is suing Twitch for damages after being banned indefinitely from the platform back in July 2016.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Jackbox Games as a Gameplay Software Engineer  
by Staff [02.20.18]
The Chicago-based studio is on the hunt for a Gameplay Software Engineer with at least one shipped title under their belt to architect and implement gameplay as a member of its team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Microsoft now lets viewers purchase games through Mixer streams  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.18]
The streaming platform Mixer has introduced a feature that prompts viewers to purchase the games being played live on stream.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Add-on dev Flight Sim Labs under fire for using malware as DRM 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.18]
The add-on dev has received a fair bit of criticism after eagle-eyed Reddit users discovered a malicious program embedded in one of its downloadable Flight Simulator X planes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Capcom will present a postmortem of Monster Hunter World at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [02.20.18]
Yuya Takuda, a longtime Capcom game dev who served as director on Monster Hunter World, will spend an hour speaking in rare detail about how the remarkable game was designed and developed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Frog Fractions 2 ARG co-creator reflects on what makes a good alternate reality game 1
by John Harris [02.20.18]
Hint: It's all about the narrative, not just the puzzles, as writer Justin Bortnick explains while he shares some of his thoughts on ARG design and his work on the ARG campaign for Frog Fractions 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Florence & The Orange Monster Box  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.18.18]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts highlights include a look at evocative smartphone title Florence, the anniversary of Valve's Orange Box, and a Monster Hunter buddy team-up service.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EVE Online to permanently ban repeat offenders using bots 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.16.18]
In a blog posted today, EVE Online developers announce that players who create automated bots will be banned for three days and removed from the game permanently if they are repeat offenders. 
Social/Online, Design

Atari is entering the cryptocurrency biz with Atari and Pong Tokens 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.16.18]
The noted game maker is investing in a company behind a block-chain-based digital entertainment platform and kicking off a digital currency as a result.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

New discount and price-based filters hit Steam Wishlists  
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.18]
The options let players sort their lists in new ways and give them filter to automatically hide titles based on price, discount, or release type.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Why there's no such thing as 'the game industry' 6
by Brandon Sheffield [02.15.18]
Necrosoft Games founder and Gamasutra contributor Brandon Sheffield makes the case (complete with multiple sources of data) that there is no longer a single 'game industry', if there ever was.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Chat app-maker Kakao secures $130M investment for its game business  
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.18]
The noted Chinese tech giant Tencent led the funding round, held just ahead of the game division’s planned IPO.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

One year in, For Honor surpasses 7.5 million players  
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.18]
While it is worth noting that players don't necessarily boil down to sales, Ubisoft says that the world history-inspired brawler sees at least 1 million unique players a month.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come hone your skills at the GDC 2018 Community Management Summit  
by Staff [02.13.18]
Come to the Community Management Summit at GDC 2018 for a ton of great talks from experts at Psyonix, King, Blizzard, and many more!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

F2P Let It Die exceeds 4 million downloads since launch  
by Emma Kidwell [02.12.18]
The free-to-play game Let It Die has surpassed 4 million downloads on the PlayStation 4 since being published in December 2016.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

For Ubisoft, loot box inclusion boils down to two things: quality and choice 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.18]
“On loot boxes, what we can say is that we define it as a question of quality and choice," explains Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez. "As simple as that.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Learn to build better eSports at the GDC 2018 eSports Day!  
by Staff [02.12.18]
As you gear up to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month, organizers want to make sure you don't overlook some of the great eSports-related content on offer at the show!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nexon closes 2017 with record Q4 revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [02.09.18]
This time around, Nexon says that relatively stable economies within its countries of operation helped drive the company's progress within the past year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

New Twitch guidelines address harassment and sexual content  
by Emma Kidwell [02.08.18]
In a blog published today, Twitch shared the new enhancements made to its community guidelines which include policies on anti-harassment, hateful conduct, and sexual content. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Fortnite hit 3.4M concurrent players last weekend  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.18]
The sever-crushing load of players was likely due to the rising popularity of the game’s free-to-play, cross-platform Battle Royale game mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online