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Report: Discord no longer in acquisition talks with Microsoft  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.21]
Discord has reportedly walked away from a potential sale to Microsoft, according to sources close to the discussion.
Social/Online

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departs Blizzard after 19 years  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.21]
Overwatch game director and longtime Blizzard developer Jeff Kaplan is leaving the studio and handing the game's reins over to fellow Overwatch dev Aaron Keller.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Apex Legends Mobile kicks off a regional beta this month  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.21]
A mobile release of Respawn's battle royale game Apex Legends has been on EA's to-do list for a while now, and it looks like the mobile version of the game is nearly ready to see the light of day.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Xbox's reach continues to grow as Xbox Cloud Gaming beta heads to iOS, PC  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.21]
"Browsing [the Xbox Game Pass] library, instantly trying a game and either keep playing in browser and/or download to continue on console or PC is a really nice discovery feature," pitches Xbox head Phil Spencer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Xbox continues gradual removal of Xbox Live Gold from free-to-play games 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.14.21]
Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would stop requiring its paid online play subscription service Xbox Live Gold for free-to-play games, and the console maker is slowly making progress toward that promise.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Why TikTok matters for game discovery 2
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.21]
TikTok - the shortform video social app which sports hundreds of millions of MAUs worldwide - can be a boon for the right type of game. We explain how within.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Creating the inviting mini-world of Animal Crossing 4
by Staff [04.14.21]
In this classic 2013 interview, Gamasutra sits down with Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi -- also the producer of the Wii Sports series -- to ask him some questions about the design of Animal Crossing.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Outriders devs offer an inside look at launch server issues, and the eventual fix  
by Alissa McAloon [04.09.21]
Outriders' launch was plagued by a significant amount of server woes but according to developers People Can Fly the actual source of those issues was a bit more complex.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Twitch outlines plan to take action against off-platform misconduct  
by Alissa McAloon [04.08.21]
Twitch has outlined how it plans to execute an off-service conduct policy that will cover behavior that takes place outside of its platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Atari sets up two new divisions: Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain 4
by Alissa McAloon [04.08.21]
Atari has established two divisions with very different focuses, and its now-former CEO Frédéric Chesnais has stepped down in order to focus on its new Blockchain division.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Hades, Ghost of Tsushima and more await: Start planning your GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.08.21]
GDC 2021 is right around the corner, making now the best time to start planning out the sessions and talks that will define your event.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Extensive UK loot box study digs into why players are drawn to random chance IAPs 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.21]
A recently published study likens loot box mechanics to gambling while also exploring the complicated reasons why players are attracted to those purchases.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: A practical guide to game dev success in gaming and esports  
by Telstra [04.05.21]
Developers and publishers must weigh several key network infrastructure and connectivity considerations, which can often make a huge difference in the success and profitability of a title.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production

16 backward compatible Xbox games are now playable via The Cloud  
by Alissa McAloon [03.31.21]
Amid various PlayStation-ignited conversations about game preservation and digital longevity, Xbox has announced that it is uniting two of its big initiatives: cloud-based gaming and backward compatibility.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Core developer Manticore raises $100M ahead of Epic Games Store debut  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
Manticore Games, the company behind the user-generated content driven world of Core, has raised an additional $100 million in funding.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Using Data for Good: A free talk, Q&A with Exploding Kitten's lead game designer  
by Kris Graft [03.25.21]
In the next Gamasutra Editorial Forum we welcome veteran mobile game designer Evan Losi to talk about how data-driven design can go beyond tracking product metrics, and also help make your games more engaging and fun.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Webinar

Analyst: Genshin Impact surpasses $1 billion on mobile in six months  
by Alissa McAloon [03.24.21]
According to data captured by the analysts at Sensor Tower, Genshin Impact has now surpassed $1 billion on mobile since September 2020.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Amazon sets up new game development studio in Montreal 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.21]
Amazon Games joins the growing list of game studios set up in Montreal with the creation of its fourth development studio.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Xbox is dropping the Xbox Live services branding in favor of the 'Xbox network'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.21]
Xbox is abandoning the Xbox Live moniker its online spaces have used for ages, and will instead refer to those spaces as the Xbox network moving forward.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Discord is looking for a buyer, price tag could exceed $10 billion 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.21]
Discord has reportedly put pen to paper on an exclusive acquisition discussion and is in a serious conversation about selling itself to another company.
Console/PC, Social/Online