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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Astro Genius, Redeemed  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.21.18]
This week's highlights include a rave for Astro Bot VR, why game devs aren't getting Genius Grants, and a delightful Red Dead Redemption recap, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs air grievances with Steam reviews, regional pricing, and dev support 16
by Alissa McAloon [10.19.18]
An insightful read from Polygon gathers feedback from several game devs about Steam’s review system, regional pricing, and overall developer support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Splash Damage ends Dirty Bomb live development  
by Alissa McAloon [10.19.18]
According to a post from the company, Dirty Bomb looks to be another case of a live game with costs that started to outweigh its income, an unfortunate inevitability for most live free-to-play games.  
Console/PC, Social/Online

Dota 2 now dynamically discloses loot box odds in-game  
by Alissa McAloon [10.18.18]
Dota 2 players can now click on an arrow right next to one of the game’s purchasable “treasure” loot boxes to see the odds for rare, very rare, and extremely rare drops.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam store pages now officially support animated gifs 7
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.18]
Valve has rolled out an update to Steam that allows devs to embed animated gifs directly into the “about” section of a game’s store page.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is now open for registration!  
by Staff [10.17.18]
Now's the time to register for GDC 2019! You'll want to look at pass options and register early to get the best price. Plus, some passes have limited quantities so if you’re interested, don't wait!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic sues YouTubers for using and selling Fortnite cheats 22
by Alissa McAloon [10.16.18]
Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against two YouTubers, accusing the pair of copyright infringement and breach of contract for both using and promoting the use of Fortnite cheats.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sony is working on a fix for a PlayStation 4-crashing messages bug  
by Alissa McAloon [10.15.18]
Sony is in the process of fixing a bug that allows unsupported text characters sent via messages to lock up PlayStation 4 systems.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Smash That Magic Spiderweb  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.14.18]
This week's highlights include a neat Smash Bros interview, a review of Magic Leap's reveal party, and words of wisdom from Spiderweb Software, among many others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: BioWare's postmortem look at the making of Star Wars: The Old Republic  
by Staff [10.12.18]
At GDC 2012, BioWare Austin leads Richard Vogel and Dallas Dickinson share how Star Wars: The Old Republic positioned itself to break into the World of Warcraft-dominated MMO game market.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Facebook is testing a mobile app for watching Facebook Gaming streams  
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.18]
Facebook is currently testing a mobile spin on its Fb.gg streaming platform that groups features currently available in the company’s Facebook Gaming web platform into a mobile-friendly app.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Facebook confirms 30 million people had personal data stolen in breach 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.18]
While the number is less than the company’s original 50 million estimate, a significant chunk of the platform’s userbase had either their contact or profile info accessed in the breach.
Social/Online

Tracking the evolution of Path of Exile’s troublesome Delve mode  
by Alissa McAloon [10.10.18]
Rock Paper Shotgun has shared an insightful interview that digs into the design and post-launch balancing struggles of the Delve game mode introduced to Path of Exile a few months back.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Improbable launches GDK to expand SpatialOS Unity integration 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.10.18]
Improbable has launched a GDK that expands the features offered by SpatialOS for developers working in Unity.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic is bringing a physical Fortnite bundle to store shelves for the holidays  
by Alissa McAloon [10.09.18]
Epic’s free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite is the centerpiece of the $30 bundle it and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment plan to release both digitally and physically next month.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Uri Geller's Pessimistic Starlink  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.07.18]
This week's highlights include Uri Geller vs. Pokemon, why we need pessimistic games, a look at Ubisoft's Starlink, & lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Icons dev Wavedash Games lays off 'majority' of staff  
by Alex Wawro [10.05.18]
Update It's a rough blow for Wavedash, which set up shop in 2015 and launched its free-to-play platform fighter Icons: Combat Arena on Steam's Early Access service earlier this summer.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

A closer look at the malware that masquerades as Fortnite cheats 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.05.18]
The company behind the anti-malware software Malwarebytes has tracked down one particular scam that's been making the rounds while disguised as a Fortnite cheat and dug into what makes it tick.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Reminder: Tomorrow is your deadline to pitch talks for GDC 2019's Summits!  
by Staff [10.04.18]
Just a quick reminder: All submissions for GDC 2019’s Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, and Game Career Seminar are due tomorrow (Friday, October 5th) at 11:59 pm Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

PUBG has banned 13 million cheating players to date  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.18]
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has banned over 13 million players since the game's publisher started sharing ban numbers in June 2017.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet