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Deconstructing Epic's cross-play approach: Paragon, Fortnite, and what comes next
by Epic Games [02.22.21]
Sponsored: Seamless cross-play across competing platforms once seemed like a pipedream. Now, it's not just a reality, it's becoming the industry norm, and at the forefront of championing this change has been Epic Games.
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Don't Miss: Blizzard's postmortem of Diablo II 5
by Staff [02.19.21]
20 years ago, Blizzard North emerged from a year-long crunch to release Diablo II into the world. In this classic postmortem, find out what went right and what went wrong during those long months.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design

Valve pushes back against Apple's attempt to rope it into the big Epic v. Apple dispute  
by Alissa McAloon [02.19.21]
Apple argues that sales data from Steam, including annual revenues and sales figures, is crucial for its case against Epic Games. Valve doesn't quite agree.
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The secret to Final Fantasy XIV's longevity lies in the room its devs are given to innovate  
by Alissa McAloon [02.18.21]
A recent chat with The Washington Post offers insight into Final Fantasy XIV's content development and why efficiency shouldn't prevent creativity.
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A new approach to 2021 with a family of GDC events and more!  
by Katie Stern [02.18.21]
GDC GM Katie Stern updates the community on what to expect from the team in 2021.
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Summit Submissions for GDC 2021 close on Monday  
by Staff [02.11.21]
Heads up! Talk and panel submissions for GDC 2021's Summits are closing on Monday February 15th at 11:59PM PT.
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Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, and Just Dance push Ubisoft to new record highs  
by Alissa McAloon [02.09.21]
Ubisoft has claimed a number of new records at the close of the third quarter of its 2020-21 financial year, including record highs in net bookings and unique players across its catalog.
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Digital makes up 85% of Take-Two's $860.9 million in Q3 net revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.21]
Net revenue decreased year-over-year from $930.1 million to $860.9 million for Q3, but the decline wasn't unexpected.
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E3 2021 proposal pitches a digital show with streaming keynotes, press demos  
by Alissa McAloon [02.08.21]
The ESA is shopping around one particular spin on E3 that envisions the 2021 event as a four day long digital showcase.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

'Why was that focusing on Miranda's butt?' & other dev tales from remastering Mass Effect 2
by Alissa McAloon [02.05.21]
BioWare discusses changes in the upcoming Mass Effect Legendary Edition, including that deal with how the in-game camera frames certain chats.
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Mountaintop raises $5.5 million to accelerate development of its PvP shooter  
by Alissa McAloon [02.04.21]
Mountaintop Studios, the game dev studio founded by Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell last year, has raised $5.5 million at the close of its seed funding round from "investors, friends, and family."
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EA has made $3 billion in net bookings from just Star Wars games  
by Alissa McAloon [02.03.21]
The company says its Star Wars games represent 52 million copies sold and $3 billion in net bookings.
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EA Play now has 13 million players across all platforms  
by Alissa McAloon [02.03.21]
Following a recent rebrand and a hefty partnership with Xbox, EA has announced that its own subscription-based game library EA Play now has nearly 13 million active players.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored: The competive advantage of adding an in-game store to your next game  
by Xsolla [02.03.21]
To help give your team an edge in this competitive landscape, Xsolla has gathered valuable trends and insights about the benefits of integrating an in-game economy into your project.
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EA reports record net bookings as Apex Legends, Ultimate Team exceed expectations 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.02.21]
EA closed out Q3 of its 2020-21 fiscal year with record net bookings for both the quarter and the trailing 12 months thanks largely to the out performance of its suite of live games.
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Google shuts down first-party Stadia game studios to refocus as platform provider 4
by Alissa McAloon [02.01.21]
Just over one year in, Google is making major changes to its Stadia strategy and shutting down the game development studios it created to develop Stadia games.
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Tabletop Simulator devs face criticism for Google Translate-sourced translations 2
by Alissa McAloon [02.01.21]
Berserk Games released an update for Tabletop Simulator that aimed to expand its list of supported languages, but the actual update missed the mark by opting to use Google Translate to do so.
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Report: Mismanagement plagues Amazon's struggling push into video games 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.29.21]
Bloomberg offers an inside look at the management missteps that led to retconned releases like Crucible and a number of high-profile departures while games endured development hell.
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Ninja Theory's Bleeding Edge is staying online but won't receive new content  
by Alissa McAloon [01.28.21]
Ninja Theory has opted to focus its development efforts on its other projects like Senua's Saga, Project Mara, and the Insight Project.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GameStop stock dips as apps like Robinhood restrict trading  
by Alissa McAloon [01.28.21]
In the latest leg of the GameStock saga, a number of apps used by the general public to trade stock in public companies have blocked the ability to buy some share
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