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Video: The data-driven game design of Rainbow Six Siege  
by Staff [10.05.20]
Ubisoft's Leroy Athanassoff and Geoffroy Mouret walk through how the Rainbow Six Siege team uses data analysis and community feedback to shape the design of the popular team-based shooter.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

Some Epic Games Store games can now be purchased through GOG Galaxy 2.0  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.20]
Now it looks like the folks at GOG are taking GOG Galaxy 2.0's mission statement one step further by testing the ability to buy games from other digital stores through the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Roblox readies to go public in early 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.20]
Roblox, the company behind the massive game creation platform of the same name, is reportedly planning to go public early next year, though the exact form that action will take is still up for debate.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Apex Legends brings cross-play to PS4, Xbox One, and PC next week  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.20]
Cross-play presents its own complications and challenges for each game, and Apex Legends is no exception.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google's new $50 Chromecast won't support Stadia until sometime in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [09.30.20]
Google has officially announced a streamlined and slightly cheaper Chromecast kit, but the $50 device doesn't support Google’s own game streaming service Stadia at launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam's next digital game festival takes aim at a single genre: digital tabletop games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.30.20]
Valve has announced its latest digital event: a week-long celebration of digital tabletop games and the developers that make them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Starting in November, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will include EA Play  
by Alissa McAloon [09.29.20]
A partnership with Xbox and Electronic Arts sees EA's subscription-based library rolled into Xbox's existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Apple and Epic's big anti-trust showdown likely to take place next summer  
by Alissa McAloon [09.28.20]
A California judge suggested the case be handled by a jury, but has yet to budge on her previous ruling that Apple is within its rights to ban Fortnite from the App Store.
Console/PC, Social/Online

How to get nearly 250k Steam wishlists, The Riftbreaker way 1
by Simon Carless [09.25.20]
Talking to Pawel Lekki of EXOR Studios, we explored his upcoming game The Riftbreaker, which has amassed nearly 250,000 wishlists on Steam to date pre-release. How did he do it?
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic is offering $10 coupons to Rocket League players that use the Epic Games Store  
by Alissa McAloon [09.23.20]
Epic Games has promised a $10 Epic Games Store credit to players that redeem a copy of the now free-to-play Rocket League via its storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Core dev Manticore Games raises $15 million, thanks in part to Epic Games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.22.20]
Manticore Games, the studio behind the create-a-game platform Core, has raised $15 million in a funding round led by none other than Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic Games: Fortnite is doing fine, actually  
by Alissa McAloon [09.22.20]
The reports of Fortnite's decline are greatly exaggerated or, according to Epic Games' latest legal filing, based on cherry-picked Google Trends data from Apple.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Riot Games, Epic Games come under US Gov't scrutiny over Tencent ties 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.20]
Bloomberg reports that the US Committee on Foreign Investment has sent letters of inquiry to both Riot Games and Epic Games due to their business ties to Tencent games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Rocket League's life as a free to play game starts September 23  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.20]
Rocket League developer Psyonix finally cemented the launch date for the game's big free-to-play shift, announcing via a trailer that the now five year old game will go F2P on September 23.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA to replace Origin with EA Desktop as services rebrand continues  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.20]
EA is testing a new desktop client that will, once out of beta, replace its current Origin app and take another step toward retiring the Origin branding in full.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Mediatonic's plan to exile Fall Guys cheaters to a cheaters-only queue backfired 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
The plan was to have cheaters matchmake exclusively with other cheaters, but the Fall Guys team noticed its plans for Cheater Island were actually hurting the game's reputation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

ViacomCBS sells Metacritic, GameSpot, others to Red Ventures in $500 million deal 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
According to Variety, the $500 million deal is expected to close later this year, and brings brands like GameSpot, Metacritic under Red Ventures ownership. 
Social/Online

Sponsored Content
Q&A: Advice from Microsoft's GDX lead for taking on next-gen's biggest challenges  
by Kris Graft [09.14.20]
Sponsored: "You make it fun, we make it run." In this Q&A, the head of Microsoft's Gaming Developer Experiences team runs down what game devs need to know to keep their games thriving across key platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Sponsored Article

Apple's updated iOS App Review Guidelines basically put the kibosh on Stadia, xCloud  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.20]
Under Apple’s already-implemented App Review Guideline updates, streaming services that deliver console-hosted games to mobile over the cloud like Stadia and Project xCloud aren't allowed as-is.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Apple pauses plans to end 'Sign In with Apple' support for Epic Games accounts  
by Alissa McAloon [09.09.20]
It's a change that almost certainly marks the latest escalation of Apple and Epic's conflict over what does or does not constitute anti-competitive behavior.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet