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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Flappy Division Bell Is Ringing  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.18.19]
This week's highlights include a look at Flappy Bird's effect on the indie game scene, The Division 2's politics (or lack there-of), info on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite & Days Gone & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic's Tim Sweeney addressees privacy concerns for the Epic Games Store  
by Alissa McAloon [03.15.19]
Epic Games head Tim Sweeney and VP of Engineering Daniel Vogel offer a look at the inner workings of the Epic Games Store following a Reddit thread on privacy concerns.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC for an inside look at the AI built to playtest Battlefield V!  
by Staff [03.15.19]
Come to GDC next week to learn about the birth of AutoPlayers, autonomous bots used for playtesting Battlefield V in scenarios ranging from full 64-player soak tests to specific scripted test cases.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Steam devs can now use the networking APIs created for CS:GO and Dota 2  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
Valve has opened up the use of a handful of APIs to partnered Steam developers, granting them tools geared toward better multiplayer play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Minecraft is joining Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass lineup  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
The still-thriving block building survival game will join Microsoft's catalog of pay-for-access games on April 4.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam Link Anywhere beta drops Steam Link's local-wifi-only restriction  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.19]
A new version of Valve’s Steam Link gives players the ability to remotely access their Steam libraries without requiring the two machines to be on the same wifi network.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Come to GDC 2019 and get expert advice on growing your game dev career  
by Staff [03.13.19]
There's a smorgasbord of great career-building opportunities available to you at GDC 2019, including the popular Game Career Seminar and the Career Development Stage!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Epic plans to add an undo button to Fortnite's in-game store  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.19]
The company says it doesn't "want to benefit from accidental purchases or players regretting a purchase."
Console/PC, Social/Online

PlayStation Now launches in 7 more countries  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.19]
The expansion follows a beta that launched in those same countries earlier this year and opens the service up to PlayStation users in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield is no longer working on Valve's Artifact 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.19]
The creator of the prolific card game Magic: The Gathering has revealed that his contract with Valve has ended and he's no longer working on the company's digital card game Artifact.
Console/PC, Social/Online

The Division 2 won't be sold on digital third-party stores following its launch  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.19]
Ubisoft's upcoming sequel isn’t just skipping Steam. According to a UK-based digital game retailer, The Division 2's Epic Games Store semi-exclusivity means it won’t be sold on other digital stores either.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come to GDC and see how For Honor's multiplayer is built on time travel  
by Staff [03.11.19]
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the non-authoritative architecture behind the game at GDC 2019 next week in San Francisco!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Sekiro's Rising Trials In Urban Planning  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.10.19]
This week's highlights include some early looks at From Software's anticipated Sekiro, the goofiness of GaaS bike sequel Trials Rising, and how SimCity inspired a lot of urban planners, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

SpatialOS dev Improbable is setting up its own game development studios  
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.19]
Tools-maker Improbable is setting up two studios, one in Edmonton and one in London, to develop online games powered by its SpatialOS tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Dev shares real talk about the personal costs of living in fear of layoffs  
by Emma Kidwell [03.06.19]
Game developer Katie Chironis discusses the personal costs of living in fear of layoffs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Tips on porting your indie game (and how we can help!)  
by Matthew Tighe, CTO and Founder; Steve Longhurst​, Technical Director, DO games [03.06.19]
Indies can handle porting by themselves, but there's significant investment required - likely several months per platform. DO games' tech leads offer tips on porting, and explore whether a dev partner is right for your game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Valve bans sexual violence game from Steam, but stops short of condemning it 14
by Alissa McAloon [03.06.19]
Valve has ruled that an adult game about committing sexual assault against women will not launch on Steam due to the fact that it “poses unknown costs and risks”.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2019 debuts free to all GDC @ The Gardens space  
by Staff [03.06.19]
This year GDC will be complemented by a new initiative aimed at giving everyone a place to relax and unwind while listening to live performances from some of the industry's leading musicians!
Social/Online, GDC

EA soliciting help from Anthem players to figure out PS4 crashing issues 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.19]
Electronic Arts has publicly acknowledged an issue in the PlayStation 4 version of Anthem that causes the game to crash the entire system and is investigating the issue.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Multiplayer Skyrim mod criticized for lifting code from another mod  
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.19]
An in-development Skyrimmultiplayer mod called Skyrim Together is facing criticism for seemingly taking code from the Skyrim mod SKSE.
Console/PC, Social/Online