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Come to GDC for a postmortem look at the making of Apex Legends!  
by Staff [11.27.19]
Respawn's Apex Legends is one of the big games of 2019, and at GDC 2020 the team will share a rare look at how it went from a Titanfall 2 battle royale mode to a hugely popular standalone game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

Analyst: Roblox revenue on mobile alone surpasses $1 billion  
by Alissa McAloon [11.26.19]
Estimates from the market analyst firm Sensor Tower say Roblox Mobile, the iOS and Android version of the online game platform, has surpassed $1 billion lifetime gross revenue.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: The community-driven development of Vecter 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.19]
Listening to players can be somewhat controversial within the game-dev world, but I'm doing just that and it's turning Vecter into a popular game with high approval ratings.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Battleborn pulled from digital stores, going offline in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [11.25.19]
Battleborn publisher 2K Games has announced that Gearbox’s ill-fated, hero-shooter will be going offline for in January 2021, and has already been pulled from digital shelves ahead of the shutdown.
Console/PC, Social/Online

AirConsole raises $3 million to expand library and reach  
by Alissa McAloon [11.25.19]
The browser-based game service AirConsole has raised $3 million through a Series A funding round, aiming to bring more games to its platform.
Social/Online

Level up your live game game with lessons from Supercell's Clash of Clans at GDC!  
by Staff [11.25.19]
Clash of Clans is among the world's most enduring and profitable F2P mobile games, and at GDC 2020 you'll have a unique chance to see how Supercell has kept it vital via updates and a new Battle Pass.
Social/Online, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Half-Life: Alyx On Planet Stadia Zoo  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a video & other notes on VR surprise Half-Life: Alyx, some very odd economy-related shenanigans in Planet Zoo, plus Apple Arcade games you missed, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox currently has no plans for xCloud exclusives, though it has been discussed  
by Alissa McAloon [11.22.19]
Update A Microsoft representative says the company is “in early talks” with first and third party studios to create platform exclusives for its in-preview game streaming service Project xCloud.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: How Riot creates new League of Legends champions  
by Staff [11.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Riot Games' Jeremy Lee shares the creative tools and production framework they've developed to create new champions for League of Legends.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Stadia access codes have now reached Founder's Edition buyers, days after launch  
by Alissa McAloon [11.22.19]
Those access codes allow those that opted to get in on Stadia’s $130 ground floor the ability to actually use the cloud-based streaming service or reserve a username ahead of use.
Console/PC, Social/Online

See how Media Molecule architected the code Dreams are made of at GDC!  
by Staff [11.22.19]
The creative team at Media Molecule have built something truly special in Dreams, and at GDC 2020 in March they'll share a rare programmer-minded look under the hood that you won't want to miss!
Social/Online, Programming, GDC

Video: Adopting continuous delivery to combat crunch on Sea of Thieves  
by Staff [11.21.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Rare's Jafar Soltani explains how Rare changed its culture and approach for developing Sea of Thieves by adopting 'continuous delivery.'
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Report: Amazon plans to announce long-rumored game streaming service in 2020 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.21.19]
It’s not the first time talk of a rumored streaming service from Twitch parent company and retail giant Amazon have circulated, but recent chatter indicates an official reveal is on the horizon.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Catch a truly Classic Game Postmortem of Star Wars Galaxies at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.21.19]
Leading devs Raph Koster and Rich Vogel will be presenting a Star Wars Galaxies Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2020 in March that promises to reveal insightful stories and key lessons learned.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Perpetual franchises' are key to Activision Blizzard's strategy, says CEO Kotick 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.19]
A recent interview with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick offers a look at the longtime exec's perspective on the video game industry, alongside a handful of curious anecdotes from his 28-year career.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Steam's online couch co-op feature Remote Play Together leaves beta  
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.19]
The Remote Play Together feature that allows Steam users to play local co-op games together has left beta, opening its use up to Steam’s entire playerbase, as well those on iOS and Android.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

GDC 2020 debuts new Summit to help devs find funding and forge deals!  
by Staff [11.20.19]
The new Game Funding & Investment Summit will bring together game developers, investors, and deal-makers to help build new projects and partnerships!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC YouTube Top 5: NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
For November, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Frank Lantz, director of NYU Game Center and a veteran of the game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Obituary: Everquest designer and MMORPG vet Brad McQuaid  
by Alex Wawro [11.19.19]
The team at Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen developer Visionary Realms confirmed today that studio cofounder and MMORPG veteran Brad McQuaid passed away in the night.
Social/Online

Get key game design insights from Riot's Teamfight Tactics at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.19.19]
This summer League of Legends maker Riot Games added a mega-popular auto-battler mode to the game called Teamfight Tactics, and at GDC 2020 you'll have a chance to see how it was made!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC