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Sony collaborates with Facebook on God of War text adventure  
by Emma Kidwell [01.31.18]
Sony has teamed up with Facebook to publish the text adventure God of War: A Call From The Wilds, which is available on Facebook's messenger app. 
Social/Online, Design

Motiga's Gigantic to shut down in July 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.31.18]
Citing sustainability issues, Motiga and Perfect World have announced that the online servers for Gigantic will be closing for good on July 31, 2018.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Capcom sees an overall fall in sales but increase in profits  
by Alissa McAloon [01.31.18]
For the 9-month period, Capcom reported a year-over-year decrease in sales but, thanks to a strong showing from its ‘digital contents’ video game department, an overall jump in profits.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Level up your skills at the GDC 2018 Technical Artist Bootcamp!  
by Staff [01.31.18]
The GDC 2018 Technical Artist Bootcamp is shaping up to be a fantastic day-long learning opportunity, with expert sessions that offer deep dives into different facets of art & tech in game production.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Production, GDC

SuperData: Free-to-play games led 2017, generating $15B in revenue on PC  
by Alissa McAloon [01.30.18]
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds brought in $712M alone as PC’s top paid-game, but free-to-play games still came out on top.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Make games smarter: Attend the GDC 2018 AI Summit!  
by Staff [01.30.18]
From Days Gone to neural networks to the robot AI of Horizon Zero Dawn, the GDC 2018 AI Summit is shaping up to be a smorgasbord of cool AI-focused game dev talks!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

After nearly a decade, MMO Alganon shuts down servers 8
by Emma Kidwell [01.29.18]
Update Quest Online's MMO Alganon has been offline since November of 2017, and is currently inaccessible from the Steam store page. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GDC State of the Industry: Under 25% of devs will have a publisher on their next game  
by Staff [01.29.18]
Today we highlight another notable finding from this year's survey of nearly 4,000 game industry professionals: the fact that over 75% said they weren't working with a publisher on their next game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

PSA: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2018 at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [01.29.18]
With just over 48 hours to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2018 ends Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM Pacific, now's the time register at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Following feedback, Ubisoft cancels Rainbow Six Siege price increase plans  
by Alissa McAloon [01.29.18]
Ubisoft has backed away from earlier plans to replace Rainbow Six Siege’s $40 standard edition with a $60 release after player complaints.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

At GDC 2018, see how Valve uses deep learning to fight cheating in CS:GO! 1
by Staff [01.29.18]
Fittingly titled "Robocalypse Now: Using Deep Learning to Combat Cheating in 'Counter-Strike: Global Offensive'", Valve's GDC 2018 talk will show you how and why deep learning AI helps stop cheating.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gorogoa's Lair of Coziness  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.29.18]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts includes a deep dive into Gorogoa, what went wrong in the making of Lair, and the concept of 'coziness' in games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook announces new pilot program for 'gaming streamers' 1
by Emma Kidwell [01.26.18]
Facebook announced the introduction of its gaming creator pilot program, a live streaming monetization service geared specifically toward "gaming streamers".
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Epic is closing down Paragon and offering refunds to players 14
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.18]
Epic Games has announced that it is closing down its MOBA title Paragon, declaring the game unsustainable.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Make sure to take advantage of Business Matchmaking at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.26.18]
GDC 2018 is just two months away, which means now is the ideal time for registered attendees to schedule meetings using the conference's powerful GDC Connect business matchmaking tool!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: A recipe for a great game jam  
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.18]
Anders Rauff-Nielsen takes a look at game jams and how you might make your own jam experience even better.
Social/Online, Indie, Production

Blizzard is monitoring YouTube videos to curb toxic Overwatch behavior  
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.18]
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan says that the team is making strides on better policing toxic and harmful in-game behavior, partially by being proactive outside the game itself.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

PSA: GDC 2018 attendees, book your travel and accommodations!  
by Staff [01.25.18]
If you're planning on attending GDC 2018 in March, book your travel and accommodations sooner rather than later -- you can access discounted rates via the GDC Travel hub!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Washington state senator introduces bill to tackle the big loot box debate 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.18]
Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker has introduced a bill that seeks to answer the million dollar question: should loot boxes be classified as gambling?
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Analyst: YouTube Gaming saw a 343% increase in active streamers in 2017  
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.18]
A new report from Streamlabs says that Twitch still attracts the lion’s share of streamers but notes that YouTube Gaming achieved a significant amount of growth in 2017.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing