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OpenAI's machine learning bots defeat Dota 2 champion team  
by Alissa McAloon [04.15.19]
A team of AI agents created and trained by the artificial intelligence startup OpenAI has taken down the reigning Dota 2 The International champions Team OG.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: Falcon Scores Weed, Needs Vacation  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.19]
This week's roundup includes intriguing debuts from Falcon Age and Vacation Simulator, a historical tour of The Division's New York, the trickiness of marketing your weed tycoon game & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Video: Practical advice for saving video game history before it's too late  
by Staff [04.12.19]
The current state of commercial video game preservation is in rough shape, but there's something developers can do to help.
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Xbox exec: Game streaming competitors like Stadia lack content 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.12.19]
“Emerging competitors like Google have a cloud infrastructure, a community with YouTube, but they don’t have the content,” argues Microsoft's Xbox marketing head.
Console/PC, Social/Online

In lieu of Store-hosted forums, Epic wants devs to link to external communities 6
by Alissa McAloon [04.12.19]
Epic's Tim Sweeney says the company is encouraging developers to link to external communities on a game's Epic Games Store page rather than host entirely new forum on its own store.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ubisoft patches art containing homophobic slur out of The Division 2 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.11.19]
Ubisoft has issued an apology for the slur, which appeared in a large piece of graffiti along the side of an in-game building.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Nepal bans PUBG over addiction concerns in children  
by Alissa McAloon [04.11.19]
The Nepal Telecommunications Authority has ordered a ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds "because it is addictive to children and teenagers."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Weedcraft Inc facing advertising hurdles due to subject matter 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.11.19]
Weedcraft Inc's very nature has led to some advertising difficulties on platforms like Facebook and YouTube. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ubisoft CEO: Live games give devs a chance to refine rather than start from scratch 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot explores the company's trend toward live games and the company's habit of improving a game over rather than "redoing everything each year."
Console/PC, Social/Online

PlayStation launches PSN ID change option, though not all games are supported 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
The PSN ID name changes first previewed late last year are set to go live for all PlayStation 4 users this week, though there are some caveats in the full rollout.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: 13 devs laid off from NantG as Z1 Battle Royale handed back to Daybreak  
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
Update A former NantG dev says the cuts affected roughly half of the studio's workforce, leaving 13 developers that left Daybreak to transition to NantG last year without jobs.
Social/Online

Fortnite un-features community build containing inappropriate imagery 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.09.19]
It's a very slight bump in the road for Epic and a reminder to other devs of the additional moderation needed when features that highlight user-made content are brought into the mix.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google Play is still struggling with inappropriate children's games 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.08.19]
Wired has shared a story on the inappropriate and often grotesque games marketed toward children on Google Play, offering a look at why the storefront may struggle to keep up.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Tencent launches early access WeGame X storefront internationally  
by Alissa McAloon [04.08.19]
Tencent has followed through on its earlier plans to launch its digital PC game store WeGame internationally.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Risking Rain With A Lego Meat Boy  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.07.19]
This week's roundup includes the smash success of indie sequel Risk of Rain 2, a fascinating new Lego coding toy, and what's up with the new Super Meat Boy game, plus lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The FTC is holding a public workshop in August to discuss loot boxes  
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
The Federal Trade Commission has set a date for first leg of its loot box investigation and is looking to explore different topics surrounding the monetization system through a public workshop.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch online services face UK investigation  
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
The United Kingdom's Competitions and Markets Authority has opened an investigation into the fairness of refund policies and auto-renewals for PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo online services.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Valve argues it should be excluded from EU geo-blocking accusations 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.19]
Valve has fired back at today’s geo-blocking accusations from the European Commission, saying that, in short, Steam as a platform can’t be held responsible for the actions of the named publishers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Snapchat's new Snap Games platform includes games from Zynga, Spry Fox  
by Alissa McAloon [04.04.19]
Snapchat has unveiled its long-rumored game platform, and announced the first developers partnering with the company to bring social games to the service.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

China's frozen game approval process continues long thaw  
by Kris Graft [04.03.19]
China's long slog through foreign and domestic game approvals continues, as the number of games approved for release in the country since its content crackdown nears 1,000.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing