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BAFTA opts for online-only game awards as COVID-19 concerns grow  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
The event follows in the footsteps of several others that have had to pivot away from their usual format as a result of the coronavirus that has spread to 125 countries in only a matter of months.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Discord loosens streaming limits to help teams work remote during COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Discord intends to help individuals and teams better handle their usual tasks while working remote during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by expanding the platform's screen share features

Activision Blizzard cancels March and April Overwatch League events over COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Activision Blizzard has officially called off all scheduled Overwatch League events for the months of March and April, a decision made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule  
by Staff [03.10.20]
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce plans to stream talks during the week GDC 2020 would have taken place, March 16-20!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Pixel Pets: How game developers bring animals to life  
by Stacey Henley [03.10.20]
We speak with developers behind games including Shelter 3, Pupperazzi and more to find out various approaches to imbuing virtual animals with real emotions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Call of Duty: Warzone offers a free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale mode  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.20]
Activision has revealed its long rumored (and partially leaked) new mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Call of Duty: Warzone, an add on that includes a 150-person, free-to-play battle royale mode.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Not For Broadcast, The Longing Of Kirby  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.07.20]
The latest highlights include looks at Not For Broadcast & The Longing, as well as a pretty odd video about Kirby, the history of Iran's game biz, the history of Dropmix, secrets in games, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Apex Legends dev says Forge stab-and-switch was meant to foil data miners  
by Alex Wawro [03.06.20]
"It started as a fun way to misdirect data miners who, at the time, felt like they had solved our next legend and had ruined our surprise,” designer director Jason McCord recently told Dot eSports.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Take-Two CEO: COVID-19 may make believers out of remote work skeptics in games  
by Alex Wawro [03.05.20]
"I'm one of them, by the way; I'm not a big believer in remote work," Take-Two Interactive chief Strauss Zelnick said today at a Morgan Stanley event. "But I think I may be surprised."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Steam Labs' latest addition is a dedicated News Hub for news and events  
by Alissa McAloon [03.05.20]
The latest new tool to launch under Steam Labs builds on some of the concepts put forth in the platform's Steam Library redesign by putting news posts, updates, and events front and center in the News Hub.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google picks California as the home for its second Stadia studio  
by Alex Wawro [03.04.20]
Google's Stadia Games & Entertainment branch today unveiled a new studio in California which aims to develop "exclusive games" for the company's nascent streaming game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The Division 2 is headed to Stadia this month with PC cross-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Breaking down the digital barrier between platforms could help The Division 2's Stadia launch dodge the issues other online games have had on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Why Destiny 2 is leaving cosmetic loot boxes behind and working to balance 'FOMO'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.03.20]
Bungie has slowly been adapting its action MMO game Destiny 2 to better fit its resources now that the game is a self-published title.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Free-to-play PS4 and PC game Let it Die surpasses 6 million downloads  
by Alissa McAloon [03.02.20]
Let it Die, the tower-climbing hack-and-slash from Grasshopper Manufacture and GungHo Online Entertainment, has officially surpassed 6 million downloads across all platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA is working with FIFA 20 players to test and fix connectivity issues 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.02.20]
The EA Sports team behind FIFA 20 is launching a live testing initiative to gather real-world data on elements of the game that are in need of improvement.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Speedrunning Cyberpunk 2077's Shadow Dust  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.20]
The latest link highlights include a crazy Dark Souls speedrunning exploit, Cyberpunk 2077 from a couple of different angles, the lovely looking new title Luna The Shadow Dust & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA bans pro FIFA player from all EA games for threatening messages and behavior 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.25.20]
EA cited behavior that included post "abusive and threatening messages and videos about EA employees and competitive players" as reason for the upgraded ban.

Video Game Deep Cuts: Your World Of Horror's Clockwork God  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.22.20]
Highlights include a raft of new games, from World Of Horror through Lair Of The Clockwork God to Hunt: Showdown and beyond, as well as voxels and Apple Arcade, and an investigative piece on GameStop.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Bethesda Softworks pulls all games but Wolfenstein: Youngblood from GeForce Now 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.20]
Another major publisher has removed its library from Nvidia’s recently launched game streaming service.

GeForce Now passes 1 million signups during free trial period  
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.20]
Nvidia's take on a cloud streaming service has crossed 1 million signups across both GeForce Now's free option and the 90-day free trial of its paid tier.
Console/PC, Social/Online