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Valve launches revamped Steam Library in open beta  
by Alissa McAloon [09.17.19]
The overhauled Steam Library detailed by Valve a few weeks back is now open to the public, or at least open to those that opt into the Steam Client beta program.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Rockstar Games now has its own game launcher on PC 2
by Alissa McAloon [09.17.19]
Grand Theft Auto dev Rockstar Games has rolled out a hub for all of its digital games on PC, accurately dubbed the Rockstar Games Launcher.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

One decade in, League of Legends still averages 8M peak concurrent players daily  
by Alissa McAloon [09.17.19]
Riot Games says that its free-to-play MOBA League of Legends still averages around 8 million peak concurrent players on a daily basis.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Kojima details the subtly social gameplay of Death Stranding  
by Alissa McAloon [09.16.19]
Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding is, at his own admission, a tough game to explain. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Building explosive 8-bit Nintendo eSports the Tetris World Championship way  
by Staff [09.16.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Hitsparks Games' Chris Tang explores how the Classic Tetris World Championship format makes the most of Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Gears 5 saw 3 million players during launch week through Game Pass and retail  
by Alissa McAloon [09.16.19]
The Coalition's Gears 5 attracted over 3 million players in the early days of its launch, a launch that Xbox says makes the game the biggest launch of any Xbox Game Studios-developed title on the Xbox One.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [09.16.19]
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, Recruitment

Borderlands 3 has nearly doubled Borderlands 2's peak concurrents record on PC  
by Alissa McAloon [09.16.19]
Borderlands 3, released last week on the Epic Games Store, has already surpassed the all-time peak concurrent players record set by its numbered predecessor, Borderlands 2, on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Apple Arcade's Blasphemous Ring Fit  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.14.19]
This week's highlights include some views on Apple Arcade, looks at the latest games, including the very gothic Blasphemous, the odd new Switch fitness title Ring Fit Adventure, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Deterministic vs. replicated AI: Building For Honor's battlefield  
by Staff [09.13.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk For Honor devs Frederic Doll and Xavier Guilbeault explain how Ubisoft created a big, active battlefield on the backbone of a distributed peer-to-peer deterministic simulation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Discord cuts games from paid subscription plan after Nitro Games fails to take off  
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.19]
Discord’s monthly Nitro subscription is removing free game offerings from its list of perks, a decision the company says it made because the games offered simply weren’t being played.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

UK committee argues loot boxes should be covered by gambling regulations 5
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
The findings of a series of hearings, and the committee’s reflection on them, have since been compiled into a report released today alongside the committee’s recommendation that regulation is needed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest discovery update tilts the algorithm away from popular games 10
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
Valve has rolled out a number of tweaks and changes to Steam’s recommendation system that aim to breathe some personalization back into suggestions, and increase recommendation clicks in the process.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Scavengers dev Midwinter Entertainment acquired by Improbable 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
SpatialOS-maker Improbable has acquired Midwinter Entertainment ahead of the release of the fledgling studio’s first game, an online team-based title called Scavengers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA is running a closed trial for its Project Atlas cloud gaming service this month  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
EA has expanded testing for its Project Atlas game streaming service, namely by rolling out the service to a handful of EA Origin account holders earlier this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Nintendo launches infringement lawsuit against ROM site RomUniverse  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
Nintendo is continuing its legal crusade against online piracy, this time by launching a lawsuit against the owners of the website RomUniverse and seeking damages in the millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Improving cross-disciplinary communication in small teams  
by Staff [09.11.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk Harmonix's Jeff Hesser examines and explains why, as teams get smaller and more agile, their need to improve conversations across disciplinary lines increases.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

The GDC 2020 Free to Play Summit needs your best talk pitches!  
by Staff [09.11.19]
Got a great idea for a talk that'd fit in well as part of the Free to Play Summit at next year's Game Developers Conference? Now's the time to pitch it!
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Apple Arcade offers up 100+ exclusive(-ish) mobile games for $4.99 a month 2
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.19]
In short, the subscription library opens up to iPhone, Mac, and iPad users on September 19 in 150 countries and brings subscribers access to 100+ semi-exclusive titles.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Nintendo wins UK court case over Nintendo Switch piracy and modification  
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.19]
A UK court has ruled that five of the country’s major ISPs are now required to "block or at least impede access" to certain websites that facilitate Switch piracy.
Console/PC, Social/Online