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To tackle toxicity, Overwatch now mutes Xbox One players with bad Live rep  
by Alissa McAloon [09.20.17]
Shortly after bringing an in-game report feature to console versions of Overwatch, Blizzard is making use of Xbox Live’s built-in reputation future to combat bad behavior.
Console/PC, Social/Online

YouTube Gaming ups community-building tools with paid 'sponsorships'  
by Alissa McAloon [09.19.17]
The online video giant has announced that it is bringing a handful of new features to YouTube Gaming in an effort to up engagement between creators and viewers.
Social/Online

Mind the gap: Fortnite error briefly allowed cross-platform PS4/XB1 play 2
by Alex Wawro [09.18.17]
This is kind of a big deal because to date, no major game has allowed for cross-platform PS4/XB1 play; an Epic rep told Polygon that this was due to a "configuration issue" that has since been fixed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Former Valve dev Chet Faliszek joins Bossa Studios 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.17]
Previously, Faliszek spent over a decade at Valve working as the studio's VR liaison and writing the stories for games in Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, and Portal series.
VR, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: An HDR Tooth Nindie Tail? 2
by Gamasutra Staff [09.17.17]
Top game articles & videos for the week include the state of HDR in gaming, behind the scenes on new RTS Tooth & Tail, and stories from some key Nintendo indies.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How the Tekken team has been working for a decade to knock out lag  
by Alex Wawro [09.15.17]
"10 years ago, we started to gradually change the base game," Tekken series producer/director Katsuhiro Harada tells Gamasutra. ""I think many games/genres will need to be fundamentally reevaluated."
Social/Online, Design

Video: How game communities build eSports scenes from the ground up  
by Staff [09.15.17]
At GDC 2017 qualitative sociologist T.L. Taylor digs into the history and value of eSports communities, exploring how community engagement in your game can be a form of transformative work.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Humble has now raised over $100M for charity  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.17]
Since first setting up shop in 2010, pay-what-you-want game shop Humble Bundle has raised over $100 million for charities across the globe.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Black Desert Online passes $300M in revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.17]
Additionally, Black Desert Online has seen 530,000 copies sold since appearing on Steam just four months ago.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PSA: Pitch your talks now for the GDC 2018 Educators Summit! 1
by Staff [09.14.17]
Next March, GDC 2018 will again have a Summit of talks dedicated specifically to game education, this time with a new name: the GDC Educators Summit! Make sure to pitch your talks for the Summit now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Bungie pulls Destiny 2 item resembling white supremacist symbol 4
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.17]
Just shy of one week after launch, Bungie has removed an in-game armor piece from Destiny 2 after being alerted that the gauntlet’s design strongly resembled that of a white supremacist flag.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Worlds Adrift dev Bossa Studios secures $10M investment  
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.17]
Bossa Studios has raised an additional $10 million to further development of its ambitious MMO sandbox, Worlds Adrift.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Secret World Of Dad Of Light  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.10.17]
This week's long form article/video highlights include the depths of the Secret World role-playing community, a unique new Final Fantasy-themed TV show, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Submit your pitch for a great GDC 2018 Community Management talk!  
by Staff [09.08.17]
Submit your talk pitches for next year's GDC Community Management Summit, which presents sessions and panels aimed at giving community management pros room to share knowledge and hone their craft.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Video: A game dev guide to fostering a positive community  
by Staff [09.07.17]
During the GDC 2017 Community Management Summit, Uken Games' Nick van Vugt offers tips on how to best work together with your community to combat negativity and keep players engaged and enthusiastic.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blizzard is opening its own eSports venue in California 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.07.17]
The newly revealed Blizzard Arena Los Angeles will host the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs at the beginning of October.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Now's the time to submit your talks for the GDC 2018 AI Summit!  
by Staff [09.07.17]
Submit your talk pitches for next year's GDC AI Summit, which presents panels and lectures from top game AI programmers, designers, researchers, and AI enthusiasts in the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Maybe Tomorrow, Everybody's Golf?  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.03.17]
This week's highlights include a piece on what happens when The Tomorrow Children goes away, a silly Everybody's Golf video, & a host of other neat articles/videos.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

'Violent' games won't be included in Olympic eSports consideration 31
by Alissa McAloon [08.29.17]
The president of the International Olympic Committee says violent games don’t jibe with the organization’s goals.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Xbox says it's willing to work with devs to make cross-platform play happen 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.29.17]
"The demands of consumers and developers have changed," Xbox VP Mike Ybarra explains why cross-platform play is ultimately better for the video game industry as a whole.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing