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Blog: Making a multiplayer PC game playable cross-platform on PS4 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.18]
Guns of Icarus Alliance dev Howard Tsao writes in detail about the process and challenges of taking the multiplayer game from PC to PS4 and making cross-platform play with voice chat a reality.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Fresh out of Early Access, H1Z1 goes free-to-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.18]
Fresh out a three year long Early Access period, Daybreak’s battle royale title H1Z1 is going free-to-play, just ahead of the game’s inaugural H1Z1 Pro League Esports event.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA adds 6 Warner Bros. published games to Origin Access  
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.18]
EA has opened up its once-exclusive Origin Access program to at least one other major game publisher with the addition of six games published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to the program. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Attend GDC 101 at GDC this year to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [03.07.18]
For GDC 2018 later this month organizers are debuting a special overview event -- GDC 101 -- on Tuesday, March 20th that will show you how to get the most out of your time at the show!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Volition, Creative Assembly, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [03.07.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on Gamasutra's job board.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers 18
by Staff [03.07.18]
We often hear about how playing violent or otherwise disquieting games affects people, but how does the process of working on these projects affect developers? Gamasutra chats with a few to find out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Audio

Rainbow Six Siege to ban players who use toxic language  
by Emma Kidwell [03.05.18]
Rainbow Six Siege will ban players who violate the game's code of conduct, where engaging in toxic in-game behavior can warrant a potential indefinite ban from the game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: It's Perfect, It's Water, It's Wine  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.04.18]
This week's article & video highlights include Bennett Foddy on the pitfalls of perfectionism, a piquant analysis of Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

At GDC, see how Friday the 13th: The Game was tuned for asymmetrical multiplayer  
by Staff [03.02.18]
At GDC 2018 the director will reveal how the team worked to make a Jason player feel overpowered, and the large team of counselors feel very under-powered, while still having the experience feel fair.
Social/Online, Design, GDC

Become a better producer in a day at the GDC 2018 Producer Bootcamp!  
by Staff [02.28.18]
The GDC 2018 Producer Bootcamp on Tuesday, March 20th is going to be a fantastic day-long learning opportunity with a ton of expert sessions on the ins and outs of being a great producer in game dev.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, GDC

Come see the Warframe team share community management tips at GDC 2018  
by Staff [02.26.18]
The Digital Extremes team will deliver a talk at GDC 2018 that breaks down everything they've learned about community management in 5 years of operating F2P cross-platform success Warframe!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Rolling The DICE For An Oregon Trail Switch  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.25.18]
This week's longform highlights include Phil Spencer's speech at the DICE Summit, how the Switch is encouraging people to play games they wouldn't otherwise, & rare documents on The Oregon Trail's history.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Riot reveals the odds and rules that power League of Legends loot boxes  
by Alissa McAloon [02.23.18]
Riot Games has published an interesting breakdown of how in-game items drop from the loot box-styled 'hextech chests' it recently added to its long-running free-to-play MOBA League of Legends.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Learn to better understand your players' social values at GDC 2018  
by Staff [02.23.18]
Come to GDC 2018 to see Riot Games' Tash Elliott and Jeffrey Burrell share how the League of Legends dev has researched and acted upon the social values their players have across the world.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild big winner at DICE Awards 3
by Kris Graft [02.23.18]
At the 21st DICE Awards in Las Vegas on Thursday night, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won game of the year, in addition to three other awards.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discord expands verified server program to eSports teams  
by Emma Kidwell [02.22.18]
Discord announced in a press release today that it will be expanding its verified server program to include eSports teams and organizations. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Net Neutrality repeal effective starting on April 23 6
by Emma Kidwell [02.22.18]
The FCC published a revocation order to the Federal Register today which dissolves net neutrality effective on April 23.
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing

GDC 2018's Session Scheduler is live -- use it to make the most of your trip!  
by Staff [02.22.18]
Conference organizers encourage you to take advantage of the free GDC 2018 Session Scheduler to lay out our week at the show in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate fashion!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Blizzard using in-game rewards to promote Overwatch League streams on Twitch  
by Emma Kidwell [02.21.18]
In collaboration with Blizzard, Twitch announced today that in-game rewards can be earned by Overwatch League viewers.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Rovio partners with GSN Games for cash-wagering Angry Birds game 2
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.18]
Angry Birds Champions requires players to pay a fee per play and potentially rewards them with a cash payout if they score well enough.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet