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Report: Talks of developer walkouts prompt conversation inside Riot Games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.29.19]
Internal messages received and published by Waypoint show that, following threats of an employee walkout, Riot Games' diversity head calls for small group sessions to discuss concerns.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Citing arbitration clauses, Riot Games moves to block employee lawsuits 8
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.19]
Riot Games has filed motions that aim to force two employees involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the company into private arbitration,
Social/Online

PlayStation Now has 700,000 subscribers  
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.19]
Sony shared a little bit of information on the growth of its streaming-service-turned-game-library in a recent earnings call.
Social/Online

Nintendo saw over $1 billion in digital sales this year, a company first  
by Alissa McAloon [04.26.19]
Digital sales have been on the rise for Nintendo since the Switch released in March 2017, so much so that digital sales for the year surpassed 100 billion yen for the very first time.
Social/Online

In-depth: Portfolio-scale machine learning at Zynga 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.26.19]
Ben Weber, distinguished data scientist at Zynga, lifts the lid on how his company automates predictive modeling across dozens of games including Words with Friends, Farmville, and CSR.
Social/Online, Programming

Ubisoft is rewarding players for reporting reproducible bugs in Rainbow Six Siege  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Ubisoft is upping its bug reporting system, and offering players of Rainbow Six Siege an incentive to find and report issues that the dev team needs to address.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over a Fortnite emote  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Epic has been hit with another lawsuit over one of the many, many emotes in its free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite, but this case is taking a different approach toward the alleged infringement.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Snapchat is launching an SDK to let devs use Bitmoji avatars in their own games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Snapchat is rolling out a Bitmoji for Games SDK that lets select game developers use the social platform’s customizable Bitmoji avatars within their own games on any platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Epic would back away from exclusives if Steam changed rev share, says CEO 14
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Epic Games' Tim Sweeney says that Valve cutting its share down to match Epic’s 88/12 split would "have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Overwatch lets players create custom modes with in-game scripting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Blizzard is launching what it calls the Overwatch Workshop, a way to make custom game modes for Overwatch by messing with some of the scripting tools the dev team uses to create the game itself.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Video

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is hiring a Sr. Manager, Competitive Gaming  
by Staff [04.24.19]
PlayStation is looking for a Sr. Manager of Competitive Gaming to help drive the execution of its esports business.
Social/Online, Production, Recruitment

Respawn CEO: Sticking to seasonal updates better for Apex Legends devs 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Despite temptations to ramp up content production or hiring after that initial boom, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella says it was best for the team to stick to its original pacing plans for new content
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Nepal lifts short-lived ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds  
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Nepal's Supreme Court has lifted the government’s ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, ruling that the ban imposed unjustified limits on the freedom of expression guaranteed under its constitution.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google coy with new Stadia details, pushes the promise of discoverability 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.19]
Google has lofty ambitions for its coming cloud-based game platform Stadia, many of which include giving game developers and players alike the ability to approach video games in a different way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 fan port hit with DMCA takedowns 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.19]
Nintendo has taken action against a fan project to port Super Mario Bros. to the Commodore 64. After 7 years, the project released its finished game this month.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Constant development means a perpetual push to crunch at Epic, say Fortnite devs 14
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.19]
"If I take time off, the workload falls on other people, and no one wants to be that guy," one dev tells Polygon how crunch has become an unofficial requirement for QA at Epic Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

GB Studio offers a free Game Boy-inspired way to create 2D games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
30 years out from the release of Nintendo’s iconic handheld, GB Studio offers a way to create Game Boy-esque games that can be played in browsers or emulators.
Console/PC, Social/Online

South Korean FTC to review in-game purchase policies  
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission has laid plans to review the consumer practices, particularly policies dealing with in-game purchases, of game companies. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Apex Legends is on the decline with streamers after a record-setting month 14
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
A report from StreamElements says that Apex Legends viewership has seen a steep decline in the last month as major streamers move on from the game.
Console/PC, Social/Online