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Unity debuts new cloud-based platform for simulating game playtests  
by Alex Wawro [03.23.20]
Unity today unveiled a beta version of the Unity Game Simulation service, which is designed to remotely simulate (via Google Cloud servers) large volumes of player interactions with your game. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production

Stadia to offer dev kits, funding, and more through new Stadia Makers program 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
Google Stadia has partnered with Unity to kick off a new game developer focused initiative called Stadia Makers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing, DOOM 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.20]
The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Job stability, quality of life, Windjammers with Dave Lang - GDC Podcast ep. 7  
by Kris Graft [03.20.20]
Dave Lang, founder of Iron Galaxy Studios, joins the latest GDC Podcast to talk about creating a studio that's built to last, quality of life in the game industry, and old rumors about Midway Games and the mafia.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

GDC organizers plan new 3-day GDC Summer event for August  
by Staff [03.19.20]
GDC organizers have announced GDC Summer, a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development, to be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Untitled Goose Game nabs Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!  
by Staff [03.18.20]
The goose is loose, and it took home top prize for developer House House at this year's prestigious Game Developers Choice Awards! Other big winners include Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba Is You!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nexon to close down MapleStory 2 global servers this spring  
by Alissa McAloon [03.18.20]
MapleStory 2, the 2015 sequel to the original 2D MMO game MapleStory, is going offline for good on May 27, 2020.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ubisoft, EA, Bethesda, and more enact remote working policies due to COVID-19 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.17.20]
UPDATE: More and more sizable studios have now put policies in place to allow developers to continue their usual day-to-day office activities from the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week! Here's the lineup 1
by Staff [03.15.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening this week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Ori's Will, Duty's Call, Nioh's Sequel?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.15.20]
The week's highlights include neat impressions on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call Of Duty Warzone, and Nioh 2, plus pieces on pixel pets, bullet painting in GTA V & Kabaddi.
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Reboot Develop Blue is the latest game event rescheduled due to coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Organizers confirmed today that the upcoming Reboot Develop Blue event in Croatia will be postponed until the fall due to travel bans and other issues caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Check out the lineup of GDC 2020 virtual talks and awards you can stream next week!  
by Staff [03.13.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening next week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, GDC

Free press advocates unveil new library of censored works -- in Minecraft  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
"The library is filled with...articles that were censored...these articles are now available again within Minecraft – hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game."
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Jack Yarwood [03.13.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

BAFTA opts for online-only game awards as COVID-19 concerns grow  
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.20]
The event follows in the footsteps of several others that have had to pivot away from their usual format as a result of the coronavirus that has spread to 125 countries in only a matter of months.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Discord loosens streaming limits to help teams work remote during COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Discord intends to help individuals and teams better handle their usual tasks while working remote during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by expanding the platform's screen share features
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Activision Blizzard cancels March and April Overwatch League events over COVID-19  
by Alissa McAloon [03.11.20]
Activision Blizzard has officially called off all scheduled Overwatch League events for the months of March and April, a decision made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.
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Game Developers Conference 2020 announces virtual awards and talk schedule  
by Staff [03.10.20]
The organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce plans to stream talks during the week GDC 2020 would have taken place, March 16-20!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Pixel Pets: How game developers bring animals to life  
by Stacey Henley [03.10.20]
We speak with developers behind games including Shelter 3, Pupperazzi and more to find out various approaches to imbuing virtual animals with real emotions.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Call of Duty: Warzone offers a free-to-play, cross-platform battle royale mode  
by Alissa McAloon [03.09.20]
Activision has revealed its long rumored (and partially leaked) new mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Call of Duty: Warzone, an add on that includes a 150-person, free-to-play battle royale mode.
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