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Facebook opens up its Instant Games platform to all devs  
by Alissa McAloon [03.14.18]
Previously only available to developers through a closed beta, Facebook has officially launched its HTML5-based Instant Games platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Q&A: How Epic pared down Fortnite Battle Royale to be fast and approachable 2
by Dante Douglas [03.14.18]
Epic's Eric Williamson & Zack Estep open up about the pedal-to-the-metal development of Fortnite Battle Royale & how the team pared down Fortnite's systems to make it approachable & quick to play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Twitch is getting into the 'free games for subscribers' business 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.13.18]
Twitch announced the launch of Free Games with Prime today, a new program providingTwitch Prime subscribers with a collection of free games every month.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Infinity Ward, InnoGames, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [03.13.18]
Gamasutra's Job Board is the most diverse, most active, and most established board of its kind in the video game industry, serving companies of all sizes, from indie to triple-A.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Alibaba backs non-violent esports for Olympic inclusion 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.13.18]
The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba wants esports to join the main roster at the Olympic Games, but only if the games "are actually related to sports."
Social/Online

Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!  
by Staff [03.13.18]
GDC 2018 marks the return of theVision Track -a series of mini-keynotes featuringgreat speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Improbable partners with new studio founded by ex-Halo dev  
by Alissa McAloon [03.13.18]
Midwinter Entertainment, a studio founded by former 343 Industries studio head Josh Holmes, has announced its first game will use Improbable's SpatialOS tech.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Google announces new open source multiplayer server Agones  
by Emma Kidwell [03.13.18]
Google announced today the launch of Agones, a newopen-source project built usingthe cloud based Kubernetes platform to provide developers with more freedom and flexibility when running multiplayer games.
Social/Online, Design

Game Arts International Network is a new resource for organizers  
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.18]
Co-founder of Hand Eye Society Jim Munroe establishes The Game Arts International Network, a new community focused resource for developers interested in game arts organizations.
Social/Online, Production

War Child Armistice charity raises $261,600 for children affected by war  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.18]
Through partnerships with a number of game developers, War Child has raised a total of 188,094, roughly $261,600, through its War Child Armistice charity fundraising campaign to benefit children affected by war.
Social/Online

Tencent invests in Chinese game streaming services Douyu and Huya  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.18]
Tencent has invested roughly $1B in two major Chinese video game live streaming platforms this week, dropping $632 million on Douyu and as much as $461.6 million on Huya.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Learn more about the state of Steam from SteamSpy's creator at GDC 2018! 1
by Staff [03.12.18]
At GDC 2018, SteamSpy creator Sergey Galyonkin will walk you through (among other things) the significant changes that happened to Steam in 2017 and their effect on new games sales.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sponsored: Defining the next generation of user interfaces 3
by Noesis [03.12.18]
Noesis Technologies discusses the mandatory characteristics that any modern user interface middleware must offer, and explains how its own solution, NoesisGUI, addresses them.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Jump Scare Soda Machine  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.11.18]
This week's best longform articles & videos include devs on the effectiveness of jump scares in horror game, a unique in-game soda machine documenting project, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

IGDA: Blaming gun violence on games is a distraction, but a chance to educate  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.18]
Jen MacLean told MSNBC that blaming video games for gun violence was 'clearly a distraction,' but that the reopened discussion presents an excellent chance for the industry to educate the public.
Social/Online, Serious, Video

Attend GDC 2018 and get an Epic look at the art design of Fortnite  
by Staff [03.09.18]
At GDC 2018 Epic's Peter Ellis will cover not just the evolution of art style used in Fornite,but also generalbest practices used to create a triple-A qualityF2P game with a small art team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, GDC

Blog: Making a multiplayer PC game playable cross-platform on PS4 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.09.18]
Guns of Icarus Alliance dev Howard Tsao writes in detail about the process and challenges of taking the multiplayer game from PC to PS4 and making cross-platform play with voice chat a reality.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Fresh out of Early Access, H1Z1 goes free-to-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.18]
Fresh out a three year long Early Access period, Daybreaks battle royale title H1Z1 is going free-to-play, just ahead of the games inaugural H1Z1 Pro League Esports event.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA adds 6 Warner Bros. published games to Origin Access  
by Alissa McAloon [03.08.18]
EA has opened up its once-exclusive Origin Access program to at least one other major game publisher with the addition of six games published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to the program.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Attend GDC 101 at GDC this year to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [03.07.18]
For GDC 2018 later this month organizers are debuting a special overview event -- GDC 101 -- on Tuesday, March 20th that will show you how to get the most out of your time at the show!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC