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Jeff Kaplan: Leaks impact developer morale more than anything else  
by Alissa McAloon [11.04.19]
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explores the impact leaks have on developers when high-profile announcements are uncovered before their big planned reveal.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Addiction science and advice for devs on promoting healthy play  
by Staff [11.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Oxford's Andrew Przybylski explains why the APA and the WHO have called for studies investigating video game addiction, and what devs can do to help promote healthy play.
Social/Online, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Improbable and Tencent Cloud team up to help devs bring games to China  
by Alissa McAloon [11.04.19]
Improbable's partnership with Tencent Cloud both brings its platform to devs in China and sets up a program to aid teams to build games for the Chinese market.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Stranded In Luigi's Death Mansion  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.03.19]
This week's roundup includes impressions of Death Stranding through Luigi's Mansion 3 to Modern Warfare as well as neat pieces on food in games, Junji Ito's influence, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

SingStar servers slated for January 2020 shutdown  
by Alex Wawro [11.01.19]
The fat lady sings for SingStar servers at the end of January, when the curtain closes on the SingStore after 15 years of SingService.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

ZeniMax to grant Fallout 76 refunds under pressure from Australian commission 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.01.19]
Bethesda parent company ZeniMax has admitted it was "likely to have misled" Australian Fallout 76 purchasers about their consumer rights after initially denying several refund requests.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blizzard confirms Diablo IV is coming to consoles and PC  
by Alex Wawro [11.01.19]
After a brief apology at BlizzCon today for bungling its handling of Hearthstone pro Blitzchung political message, Blizzard has confirmed it's working on Diablo IV for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Epic Games Store update brings new navigation and in-game store options  
by Alissa McAloon [11.01.19]
Epic has rolled out a new look for the Epic Games Store, along with a new checkout overlay that allows Epic’s payment platform to be used within in-game stores.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Zynga reports record Q3 revenues and weaker-than-expected profits  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.19]
Record-setting performance from games like Merge Dragons! and Empires & Puzzles is a key reason Zynga today reported better-than-expected earnings during its most recent quarter.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Revenue up at Rovio, though high user acquisition costs impact operating profit  
by Alissa McAloon [10.30.19]
The end of Rovio's Q3 sees the company with year-over-year gains in revenue for both its game division and the group as a whole, though operating profit came in below estimates.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The GDC Film Festival returns for GDC 2020 -- submit your film today!  
by Staff [10.30.19]
Heads up, film-makers: The 2020 Game Developers Conference will play host to the third annual GDC Film Festival, and you have until Friday, December 6th to submit your work for potential inclusion!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Remnant: From the Ashes sells 1 million copies in just over 2 months  
by Alissa McAloon [10.30.19]
Publisher Perfect World Entertainment shared the milestone alongside future content plans for the recently released game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA to 'double down on live services' as FIFA and The Sims 4 help outperform goals  
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
Electronic Arts has closed out the second quarter of its 2019-20 fiscal year, reporting a year-over-year jump in revenue and a strong showing from games like Ultimate Team, The Sims 4, and FIFA Online.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PlayStation Vue is shutting down in 2020 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
Sony has laid plans to shut down PlayStation Vue entirely, ending the PlayStation brand’s four year stint in the digital TV business.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Profit up at Capcom thanks to strong Monster Hunter World: Iceborne sales  
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
With 2.8 million units shipped, Capcom's sizable Monster Hunter World expansion pack was the leading contributor to the company's profit rise for the first half of the fiscal year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Valve disables container key sales and trades in CS:GO due to rampant fraud  
by Alissa McAloon [10.29.19]
Valve has made the call to remove the ability to sell and trade container keys in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive after the realization that most all key purchases were being used to facilitate fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Kojima Productions' Death Stranding will come to PC months after PS4 launch  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
Kojima Productions' debut title Death Stranding is launching on PC, rendering the SIE-published title a console-exclusive on PlayStation 4 as 505 Games steps in to publish the game on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Sony looking to sell PlayStation Vue as service continues to lose money  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
PlayStation Vue is reportedly hemorrhaging money, and sources say Sony is looking to offload its digital TV service as a result.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam is nudging players to update early reviews after they've played more  
by Alissa McAloon [10.28.19]
Valve is looking to fine-tune Steam reviews by asking players if they'd like to update their older reviews after they've put significantly more time into that game.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored: Learn how to effectively manage chargebacks and refunds  
by Xsolla [10.28.19]
Chargebacks and refunds are overlooked costs of video game business that occur after you’ve made a sale. Learn how to effectively manage these costs and lower operational expenses with this free e-book.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper