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Epic clarifies Fortnite matchmaking update amid cross-play balance concerns 2
by Alissa McAloon [10.04.19]
The new matchmaking system heading to Fortnite has some players concerned, prompting Epic to share a blog post detailing why those changes came to be.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Call of Duty: Mobile passes 35 million downloads within days of launch  
by Alissa McAloon [10.04.19]
Call of Duty: Mobile has already surpassed 35 million downloads within just days of its debut on iOS and Android according to publisher Activision’s internal numbers.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Co-founder Rick Fox files multi-million dollar lawsuit against Echo Fox partners  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
The lawsuit accuses two business partners of misleading Rick Fox and manipulating business funds, and ultimately is seeking damages in the tens of millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Co-founder Mike O'Brien is leaving Guild Wars developer ArenaNet  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
ArenaNet president and co-founder Mike O’Brien announced that he is leaving the company to start a new studio focused on making smaller games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Raph Koster's new MMO studio Playable Worlds raises $2.7 million  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
Playable Worlds, the game dev studio founded in part by Star Wars Galaxies creative director Raph Koster, has raised $2.7 million to bring its first title, an unannounced massively multiplayer online game, to life
Console/PC, Social/Online

PlayStation quietly brings PS4 cross-play out of beta  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.19]
PlayStation has lifted 'beta' status from the PlayStation 4's cross-play support, seemingly opening the feature up to developers interested in making their online games playable across platform lines.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: A tech director's guide to communication, ROI, and triage  
by Staff [10.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk Mike Acton shared specific tips and advice on being a good tech director and ensuring that the most important things get done (and done well) when programming video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Video, Vault

EA is offering a free month of Origin Access to encourage 2FA use 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.19]
EA is trying to incentivize EA account holders into upping their account security game by offering a free month of its PC subscription game library Origin Access to those that turn on two-factor authentication.
Console/PC, Social/Online

US federal appeals court rules states can pass net neutrality rules 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.19]
This latest development in the net neutrality back-and-forth is the result of a case brought against the FCC by Mozilla, and backed by a number of other notable website companies and state attorneys general,

Counter-Strike: GO lets players in France reveal loot box contents ahead of purchase 6
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.19]
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in France can now reveal the contents of the game’s loot boxes before deciding to purchase a key to open what was previously a blind-box of randomized in-game goods.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ex-CCP, Remedy, Next Games devs raise over $2M, launch Mainframe Industries  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.19]
The studio's founding team includes 13 developers from around the pan-Nordic game industry and sees the Helsinki- and Reykjavik-based studio raising €2M in seed funding.

Get a job: Manticore Games is hiring a Software Engineer  
by Staff [09.30.19]
Manticore Games is hiring a Software Engineer for its studio in San Mateo, California.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

Bungie plans to launch more franchises, build up publishing group by 2025 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.30.19]
Destiny developer Bungie’s five-year plan includes some lofty goals. Speaking to IGN, Bungie's CEO shared that he sees the Bungie of the future as "one of the world’s best entertainment companies."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Untitled Goose Newsletter  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.29.19]
This week's highlights include Untitled Goose Game, of course, but also pieces on Noita, Later Alligator, What The Golf, The Last Of Us 2, an unreleased MC Hammer game (!), & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Rockstar wants to capture the appeal of RDR 2's single player in Online 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.27.19]
Open-world online modes have become the lifeblood of Rockstar’s flagship titles, so much so that the studio is “100% focused” on fleshing out the mode in a way that captures the appeal of its single player campaign
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: How vehicles replicate and collide in Watch Dogs 2 multiplayer  
by Staff [09.27.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk Ubisoft's Matt Delbosc reveals how Watch Dogs 2 replicates vehicle trajectories, compensates for network lag, and realistically represents player-on-player crashes. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Don't delay: Monday is your last day to pitch a GDC 2020 Summit talk!  
by Staff [09.27.19]
Just a quick reminder today that all submissions for GDC 2020's Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, and Game Career Seminar are due this Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

The Strong Museum receives grant to fund exhibit on the cultural impact of video games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.26.19]
The grant aims to fund the creation of a 24,000-foot exhibit exploring the influence of electronic games on cultural history.

Xbox's Project xCloud launches in public preview this October  
by Alissa McAloon [09.24.19]
Xbox is extending the preview program for its cloud-based streaming tech Project xCloud beyond just employees to include the general public in the US, UK, and Korea.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: Celebrating and supporting introverts in the workplace  
by Staff [09.24.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Cecile Hemery offers an understanding of what it means to be an introvert, how to see the world as one, and the wealth of skills and perspectives they bring to the workplace.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault