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PUBG Corp. details the results of its 3-month 'Fix PUBG' push  
by Alissa McAloon [11.19.18]
The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds dev has shared a post rounding up the various changes made during its three-month-long Fix PUBG campaign.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Star Citizen has now crowdfunded over $200 million in 6 years 3
by Alissa McAloon [11.19.18]
Star Citizen's sizable crowdfunding sum has now surpassed the $200 million mark as the game progresses through its alpha stages.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Grandmaster Of Fallout 76  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.18.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the U.S. grandmaster vying for the world chess championships, a diary playing through Bethesda's oddly emergent Fallout 76, and more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hi-Rez Studios bringing cross-platform play to Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.18]
The PlayStation 4, however, is notably absent once again from the list of platforms supported in the move.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Despite China's game freeze, mobile game revenue is still on the rise at Tencent  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.18]
Tencent’s game business saw a rise in mobile game revenue during the third quarter of the company’s fiscal year, though PC game revenue fell by 15 percent during that same period.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Discord's digital storefront now supports early access games  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.18]
The community chat app Discord is bringing an early access program to its recently-launched digital game storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Choices dev Pixelberry Studios is hiring a Senior Software Engineer  
by Staff [11.14.18]
The Pixelberry Studios team in Mountain View, California is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to play a part in architecting new features, troubleshooting issues, and more.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

China's ongoing game license freeze prompts decline in market forecast  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
The market analysis firm Niko Partners has adjusted its 2018 forecast for PC and mobile game revenue in China, dropping those predictions by 3.8 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Balancing challenge and collaboration in Final Fantasy XIV's raid battles  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
Combat Designer Yoshito Nabeshima explores the process of designing (and later overhauling) a Final Fantasy XIV raid boss.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 lead nominees for The Game Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
The Game Awards has listed the games nominated for honors in the event's coming 2018 award show, with both God of War and Red Dead Redemption leading the pack with a total of 8 nominations each.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Quiet Man, With Trivial Credits 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.11.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the baffling The Quiet Man, a piece on HQ Trivia's struggles to continue its success, and a look at how credits in video games still aren't going quite right.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Obsidian, inXile acquired by Microsoft Studios 4
by Gamasutra Staff [11.10.18]
Microsoft has announced the acquisition of RPG-centric studios Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, as part of a host of announcements at its X08 event in Mexico.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Lord of the Rings Online returns to its 2007 roots with official 'Legendary Server'  
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
Lord of the Rings Online has opened up a 'Legendary Server' that rolls the modern version of the game back (in some ways) to match the world offered way back in 2007 when the game first launched.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Nintendo is ending video streaming support on the Wii 4
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
The change sees support for all video streaming applications, including Netflix, cut from Nintendo’s 2006 console. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Three Square Enix mobile games blocked in Belgium over loot box use 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.08.18]
Square Enix is the latest of many developers to be affected by loot box laws in Belgium, alongside the likes of EA, Blizzard, 2K, and Valve.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Ex-EA design chief Patrick Söderlund unveils Embark Studios 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.08.18]
The Nexon-funded company has set its sights on using emerging technology to create interactive, online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Streamlabs launches app store with $1M developer fund  
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
Streamlabs has announced the launch of its native app store, featuring a growing collection of apps built entirely within Streamlabs OBS.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: How to utilize different types of game randomness  
by Staff [11.07.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Mars International's Geoff Engelstein examines the different types of game randomness, when each type is useful, and how to generate and use them in a board game context.
Social/Online, Design, Video

Payday 2 is responsible for 62% of Starbreeze's Q3 sales  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.18]
The 2013 heist game continues to be a major earner for Starbreeze, bringing in a total of 20.9 million during the company's latest quarter.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Just Dance 2019 under fire for advertising paid subscription in 'Kids Mode'  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.18]
An online complaint from a parent has prompted Ubisoft to apologize for how it advertises songs locked behind a paid subscription when the game is in "Kids Mode."
Console/PC, Social/Online