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Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite World Cup's Fire-y Youngblood  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.03.19]
This week's roundup includes Epic's Fortnite World Cup, analyses of Nintendo's new Fire Emblem and Wolfenstein: Youngblood, as well as time loops in games, Candyland, Elsinore and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

An in-game casino gave GTA Online its biggest player surge since launch  
by Alissa McAloon [08.02.19]
Developer Rockstar Games says that ribbon-cutting has caused players to flock to the game in a way they hadn’t seen since Online’s launch in 2013.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Building an audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets  
by Staff [08.01.19]
Early on, Ooblets already had a large following. In this 2017 story, the makers of the game explain how publicly sharing their game's development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Ninja, one of Twitch's top streamers, has left the platform for Mixer  
by Alissa McAloon [08.01.19]
Tyler Blevins, known by the moniker Ninja online, announced today that he’ll be exclusively streaming on Microsoft’s Mixer platform from this point forward.
Social/Online

Steam's Interactive Recommender landed 10,000 new games on wishlists 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.01.19]
Valve has published a sort of progress report for its debut Steam Labs projects, reflecting on how each has done so far and introducing new features on the way.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Balancing the old with the new in Monster Prom's fandom-friendly DLC  
by Staff [07.31.19]
For Monster Prom: Second Term, Beautiful Glitch had the challenge of creating more content for a narrative game without breaking the lore of the first, all while keeping a thirsty fandom thriving.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Chrome continues to wind down Flash support with latest browser update  
by Alissa McAloon [07.31.19]
Adobe itself is set to end support for Flash in 2020, and web browsers like Google Chrome are gradually introducing features to wean users off the plugin.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Got a great idea for a Programming talk? Pitch it now for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [07.31.19]
Hey game makers: If you've got a great idea for a Programming talk that would be a good fit for the 2020 Game Developers Conference, submit it before Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Qualcomm and Tencent team up for future mobile game devices and content  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Qualcomm and Tencent have announced a partnership that sees the two collaborating on a number of things in the digital entertainment space, including things like 5G and cloud-based game tech.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Live services brought EA $2.5 billion in net bookings in the last 12 months  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Electronic Arts says that the first quarter of its 2019-2020 fiscal year beat expectations, a feat COO and CFO Blake Jorgenson says was accomplished thanks to "broad strength across our core franchises."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Both digital and packaged game sales on the rise at Sega Sammy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Sega Sammy reported increases in both digital and packaged game sales, growth it expects to continue as the reach of consoles, as well as new platforms and services, continue to expand outside of Japan.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

GitHub access restricted in Iran, Syria, and Crimea due to sanctions  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
GitHub users in Iran, Syria, and Crimea can no longer access private repositories and have restrictions placed on their paid accounts as a result of US sanctions.
Social/Online, Programming

GTA dev Rockstar Games under fire from UK tax watchdog  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
The UK-based investigative thinktank TaxWatch published a report that claims Rockstar Games has paid $0 in corporate tax while claiming £42 million in tax credits.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Hey game makers, pitch your great Visual Arts talk ideas for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [07.29.19]
If you have a great idea for a session that would fit perfectly into the Visual Arts track of talks at Game Developers Conference 2020, now is the time to submit it!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: GTA Online's Casino, Game Discoverability  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.28.19]
This week's roundup includes Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, & articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A bug has tanked Team Fortress 2’s Steam Marketplace economy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.19]
And since items in Team Fortress 2 can be bought and sold on the marketplace for Steam Wallet Funds, the hiccup is already causing major issues.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PUBG Corp says it has buried the hatchet with Fortnite dev Epic Games  
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.19]
Despite past animosity, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp says there’s no bad blood between it and Fortnite developer Epic Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Discord de-clutters its sidebar by adding drag-and-drop server folders 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.25.19]
Discord's latest update introduces the ability to sort different servers into custom folders, something the company says has been a highly requested feature for some time.
Social/Online, Video

Don't Miss: The art of the tutorial 15
by Staff [07.24.19]
Experienced devs from across the industry share their perspective on the best way to make people feel comfortable the first time they play your game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Grand Theft Auto Online's new casino is limited by gambling laws in some countries  
by Alissa McAloon [07.24.19]
Grand Theft Auto Online opened up an in-game Casino this week, but players are reporting that not all of the new content is available in every country, likely due to region restrictions on online gambling.
Social/Online