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Epic is closing down Paragon and offering refunds to players 14
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.18]
Epic Games has announced that it is closing down its MOBA title Paragon, declaring the game unsustainable.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Make sure to take advantage of Business Matchmaking at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.26.18]
GDC 2018 is just two months away, which means now is the ideal time for registered attendees to schedule meetings using the conference's powerful GDC Connect business matchmaking tool!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: A recipe for a great game jam  
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.18]
Anders Rauff-Nielsen takes a look at game jams and how you might make your own jam experience even better.
Social/Online, Indie, Production

Blizzard is monitoring YouTube videos to curb toxic Overwatch behavior  
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.18]
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan says that the team is making strides on better policing toxic and harmful in-game behavior, partially by being proactive outside the game itself.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

PSA: GDC 2018 attendees, book your travel and accommodations!  
by Staff [01.25.18]
If you're planning on attending GDC 2018 in March, book your travel and accommodations sooner rather than later -- you can access discounted rates via the GDC Travel hub!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Washington state senator introduces bill to tackle the big loot box debate 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.18]
Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker has introduced a bill that seeks to answer the million dollar question: should loot boxes be classified as gambling?
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Analyst: YouTube Gaming saw a 343% increase in active streamers in 2017  
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.18]
A new report from Streamlabs says that Twitch still attracts the lion’s share of streamers but notes that YouTube Gaming achieved a significant amount of growth in 2017.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GDC State of the Industry: Dev interest in Nintendo Switch up, VR interest down 2
by Staff [01.24.18]
The 2018 Game Developers Conference survey of nearly 4,000 devs brings many findings, most notably that devs are embracing the Nintendo Switch -- and "loot box" monetization methods.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Guild Wars 2 devs donate thousands to help fan rebuild after house fire  
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.18]
Guild Wars 2 developers donated $3,500 to a fan's crowdfunding page after a fire consumed everything but a copy of her collectors edition of Nightfall from Guild Wars

EVE Online community raises $119k in memory of departed dev 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.18]
A one week fundraiser within EVE Online raised over $119k for the developer’s fiancée and daughter after his sudden passing late last year.

Video Game Deep Cuts: Labo On A Police Quest? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [01.21.18]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts includes what certain editors think of Nintendo's Labo accessory for the Switch, a masterful look at the making of Sierra's incendiary Police Quest IV, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook signs eSports streaming agreement for CS: GO Pro League and ESL One  
by Alissa McAloon [01.19.18]
The social media site replaces YouTube as the sole stream provider for the two upcoming competitions. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: A data-driven look at the rising cost of game dev 20
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.18]
"[Looking] at costs & costs per byte for the window of 1985 to 2005," writes Raph Koster. "Game size went up by 122 times, costs rose by 22x, & therefore we got 6x more efficient at creating content."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2018 welcomes back the Shut Up & Sit Down board game lounge!  
by Staff [01.18.18]
The exhibit, curated by the minds behind board game enthusiast hub Shut Up & Sit Down, will offer GDC 2018 attendees a space to relax and play some of the best card and board games in recent memory.
Social/Online, GDC

Blizzard boasts 10M viewers for Overwatch League opening week  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.18]
By Blizzard’s count, the four-day-long event caught over 10 million views online with one game holding the attention of 437,000 concurrent viewers at once.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic candidly discusses the challenge of making Paragon sustainable  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.18]
"Though Paragon has evolved, no iteration has yet achieved that magical combination of ingredients that make for a sustainable game."
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

YouTube introduces new, stricter requirements for partners  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.18]
Joining the partner program now requires 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of view time in the past year. Channels currently not at that level risk losing partner status.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get tips from Riot on how to design for player behavior at GDC 2018 1
by Staff [01.17.18]
At GDC 2018 Riot's Kimberly Voll will look in depth at the League of Legends dev's latest understanding of the "how" and "why" in player behavior, with an emphasis on practical design applications.
Social/Online, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Getting Over Desert Golf's Loot Boxes  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.14.18]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts looks at how Bennett Foddy Got Over It, the crazy new(ish) ending for Desert Golf, and some (slightly) nicer loot box implementations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Horizon Zero Dawn and PUBG among top 2018 D.I.C.E. Award noms  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.18]
All in all, 68 games have been nominated for this year’s event including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Gorogoa, and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design