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Valve is using Steam player data to power Counter-Strike: GO matchmaking 6
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.17]
The new system considers information from both a player's time in Counter-Strike and general behavior on Steam before placing them in matches.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Konami partners with eSports outfit to launch a new PES league  
by Alex Wawro [11.13.17]
Konami states that it plans to establish an 'international league' for Pro Evolution Soccer that will 'attract players from all over the world' and be internationally broadcast. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Battlefront II devs cut cost of in-game unlocks 75% in response to fan outcry 25
by Alex Wawro [11.13.17]
It's a direct response to complaints about the game's virtual currency economy, and may help give fellow devs a bit more insight into what players are willing to tolerate in their full-priced games.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Crytek is bringing a Battle Royale mode to its free-to-play game Warface 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.17]
Crytek is the next developer to introduce a Battle Royale game mode into the mix.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: E.T. Solitaire - The Hob Odyssey  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.12.17]
This weeks articles & videos of the week include how E.T. for Atari 2600 was reviewed on its release, a new Solitaire standout, a video on Hob's design, and multiple Mario / Odyssey pieces.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Game Awards adds new honors, including an award for 'live games'  
by Alex Wawro [11.10.17]
This new award is interesting because it prominently highlights how important the care and feeding of live games has become in contemporary game dev, especially for big-budget studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Bossa Studios cans Decksplash after open beta experiment 4
by Alissa McAloon [11.10.17]
The Surgeon Simulator dev previously said it would cancel its in-development skateboarding game if it did not attract 100,000 players during an open beta week.
Console/PC, Social/Online

EA CEO: It's only a matter of time before games embrace subscription services 15
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.17]
Evolving tech and the rise of subscription-based services could change how EA handles its annual titles like Madden NFL and FIFA.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Come to GDC 2018 for real talk on staying creative in difficult times  
by Staff [11.09.17]
Veteran game dev Laralyn McWilliams will explore the challenges of working in a creative field while dealing with stress, grief, & change, drawing on her own experiences dealing with cancer.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Google showcases examples of what game devs can do with its voice tools  
by Alex Wawro [11.08.17]
Today Google posted a few examples of games and apps that devs can make for the company's voice assistant tech. replete with citations of tools used and, in some cases, source code.
Social/Online, Audio, Video

Get a job: Blizzard Entertainment is hiring a UI Engineer  
by Staff [11.08.17]
The Irvine, CA-based World of Warcraft user interface team is looking for a UI engineer with the talent to create good UI but with the creativity and passion to make great UI.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

Take-Two plans to only release games with 'recurrent consumer spending' hooks 4
by Alex Wawro [11.07.17]
"The business, once upon a time, was a big chunky opportunity to engage for tens of hours, or perhaps a hundred hours," CEO Strauss Zelnick told investors. "That has turned into ongoing engagement."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Zynga sees earnings rise for the second quarter in a row  
by Alex Wawro [11.07.17]
This is the second quarter in a row that Zynga has reported a profit, thanks largely to mobile games, which is a big deal when you consider the company had been reporting losses for quite some time.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds crosses 20 million copies sold  
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.17]
Less than a year after release, the currently PC-exclusive battle-royale brawler PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has surpassed 20 million copies sold.
Console/PC, Social/Online

At GDC 2018, see how PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds became a Twitch sensation  
by Staff [11.07.17]
Attendees of GDC in San Francisco next March will learn from Bluehole's Sammie Kang about the ups and downs of maintaining one of the breakout hits of 2017 -- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Microsoft mulls launching a new streaming service in the next ~3 years  
by Alex Wawro [11.06.17]
In a chat with Bloomberg, Xbox frontman Phil Spencer said that after a test run in 2012, recent tech advances have Microsoft thinking about launching a streaming service in the near future.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

The life, death, and rebirth of EVE Online's player-created cemetery  
by Alex Wawro [11.06.17]
PC Gamer has a fascinating interview with an EVE Online player who says they've spent years working as the primary caretaker of what seems to be the game's one and only graveyard.

Overwatch devs aim to combat toxicity with a dedicated 'strike team' 4
by Alex Wawro [11.06.17]
In a new interview with Kotaku, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explains why Blizzard now has a dedicated "strike team" focused on combating toxicity in the game -- and what they plan to do.
Social/Online, Serious

Video Game Deep Cuts: Donkey Crossing? Let's Observer!  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.05.17]
Some of this week's longform article & video highlights include a look at the new F2P Animal Crossing, Donkey Kong 64's speedrun history, and the cyberpunk horror of Observer.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

One modder is on a quest to preserve Nintendo's forgotten Flash games  
by Alex Wawro [11.03.17]
A game maker and modder who operates under the name "Skelux" is in the middle of a quest to find and preserve "ancient relics": the many Flash games Nintendo once made and hosted on its website.
Social/Online, History, Video