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Former Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson signs on as Magic Leap CEO  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.20]
Magic Leap has brought an ex-Microsoft exec in to fill the vacant CEO role following Rony Abovitz’s departure from the seat in May. 
VR

Video Game Deep Cuts: SpongeBob's Death Come True  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.26.20]
Death Come True, Hylics 2, and the SpongeBob game remake are just a few of the things featured in this week's new Video Game Deep Cuts link round-up.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discoverability by design: Rethinking how video games get noticed 1
by Simon Carless [06.26.20]
The best way around a shouting match to promote your game? Avoid it altogether. Rather, embrace that game design is part of the marketing equation and embed discoverability directly into the game itself.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Here's a sneak peek at how you'll meet peers and network at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.25.20]
Here's an early look at what GDC Summer attendees can expect to find when you log in on the first day and start looking for opportunities to meet interesting people in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Quest-curious VR devs will be able to officially bypass the Oculus Store in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.20]
Starting in 2021, Oculus is looking to launch an alternative way for devs to bring their games to the Quest without launching on the platform's tightly curated Oculus Store. 
VR, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Oculus is winding down Oculus Go support to instead double down on Quest and Rift 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.20]
Moving forward, Oculus won’t be selling its standalone Oculus Go headset but plans to continue to offer bug fixes and security patches through 2022.
VR

Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn acquired by Facebook  
by Alissa McAloon [06.22.20]
Facebook has acquired the game dev studio behind The Order: 1886 and Lone Echo.
VR

Learn to diversify skills and clinch your next job interview at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.22.20]
Phoenix Labs' Garrett Fredley will be at GDC Summer in August to give you practical advice for avoiding skill set pitfalls, highlighting strengths, and maximizing your odds in your next job interview!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

California court dismisses Magic Leap lawsuit against competitor Nreal  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
A California court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Magic Leap against Chinese augmented reality company Nreal, according to a report from TechNode.
VR, Business/Marketing

Hulu is ending Hulu VR support for most (but not all) virtual reality headsets  
by Alissa McAloon [06.16.20]
Hulu has (quietly) announced that it's ending Hulu VR support for a number of platforms on June 17, a discontinuation that leaves only the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR with access to the Hulu VR app.
VR

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Last Of Us, The First Little Orpheus 2
by Gamasutra Staff [06.12.20]
The latest links of the week include new games The Last Of Us Part II & Little Orpheus, plus PC shareware relic Ken's Labyrinth & lots more!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Wednesday is your last day to register early for GDC Summer at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [06.12.20]
Early registration for August's all-digital GDC Summer event ends Wednesday, ​June 17th at 11:59 PM PT, so conference organizers encourage prospective attendees to register now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Game Discoverabilityland: The Summer Of Games 2
by Simon Carless [06.09.20]
A look at the upcoming Steam Summer Festival for unreleased games, more on Switch and PS4's editorial highlighting, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Valorant Rants, Skelattack... Attacks?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.05.20]
From a new Konami indie publishing initiative (Skelattack) to the release of Riot's much-hyped Valorant, plenty to talk about this week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

I Expect You To Die scores $2 million in revenue on Oculus Quest  
by Bryant Francis [06.05.20]
Schell Games has announced that I Expect You To Die has crossed $2 million in sales on the Oculus Quest.
VR, Business/Marketing

10 quick store page improvements to get your game ready for the Steam Summer Sale 6
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.20]
Steam's summer and winter sales drive the most post-launch purchases of your game. Is your page ready for all this traffic?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Shantae's Epic Poly Bridge Kombat Life  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.20]
Looking at new releases including a Poly Bridge & Shantae sequel, Sludge Life, Robocop in Mortal Kombat, & lots more interesting links.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

HP debuts $600 Reverb G2 VR headset with Valve, Microsoft tech built in  
by Bryant Francis [05.28.20]
HP's new $600 VR headset packs in some impressive tech from Valve on a bigger display.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train 2
by Gamasutra Staff [05.24.20]
The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo cartridges, and a unique new FMV game based around delivery driving, among others!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Magic Leap withdraws conditional layoff notices after raising $350 million 3
by Chris Kerr [05.22.20]
Augmented reality company Magic Leap has raised $350 million in funding from existing and new investors.
VR, Business/Marketing