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No Man's Sky hit almost 100,000 concurrent players on Steam this past weekend  
by Emma Kidwell [07.30.18]
No Man's Sky hit a peak concurrent playercount of around 97,000 users this past weekend, following the release of Next, an update which added online multiplayer to the game. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Steam game accused of covertly mining for cryptocurrency 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
UPDATE The game Abstractism has now vanished from Steam following numerous reports that the game was secretly using the PCs of players to mine cryptocurrency.
Console/PC

Spectrum ISP kicked out of NY for allegedly throttling online games and streams 2
by Emma Kidwell [07.30.18]
After failing to deliver on promises made to its customers, cable and internet provider Spectrum is essentially being booted from New York following a letter issued by the New York Public Commission.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Leaftail Labs is looking for a Design Lead  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Leaftail Labs is looking for a talented and experienced lead game designer with the ability to work within a number of systems, engines, tools and with a broad range of content.
Design, Recruitment

Analyst: Mobile MOBA Vainglory crosses $50M lifetime revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
Sensor Tower reports that the competitive mobile game has now generated more that $50 million in revenue since its 2014 launch.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building truly cooperative play in Overcooked 6
by Staff [07.30.18]
"With Overcooked, we wanted to make a game which was much more focused on how a team works together rather than simply adding more players to a single player experience."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Area 35 ends legal dispute over Kickstarter embezzlement claims in settlement  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
The ex-Area 35 employee that accused CEO Hiroaki Yura of embezzling funds from the Project Pheonix Kickstarter to fund another game last year, now says his accusation was “contrary to the truth.”
Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is looking for great Programming talks -- pitch yours today!  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Hey devs! GDC officials seek great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Programming talks for the GDC 2018 Main Conference, from now through August 17th!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Analyst estimates put Fortnite at more than 100M downloads on iOS  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.18]
Data from the mobile analyst Apptopia suggests that Epic Games' Fortnite has been downloaded more than 100 million times on mobile, even before its Android debut.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The 2019 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.18]
Hey devs, submissions are now open for the 2019 Independent Games Festival, the signature competition for indie games, to be held for its 21st year during GDC 2019 in San Francisco next March.
Indie, IGF

Monster Hunter: World helps Capcom to record-breaking first quarter  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.18]
Capcom has experienced its most profitable first quarter in history thanks in part to the performance of Monster Hunter: World.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Portal 2 writer Jay Pinkerton has rejoined Valve 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.18]
The veteran scribe exited the studio in June last year, rounding off a spate of high-profile departures that included Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw and Left 4 Dead wordsmith Erik Wolpaw. 
Production

A reading list for game designers looking to expand their conversations 1
by Eron Rauch [07.30.18]
Designer and writer Eron Rauch compiles a wide-ranging list of articles, essays, and other useful resources that game devs can use and share with each other to improve their game design discussions.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Slay The Totally Accurate Spire  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.18]
This week's highlights include juicy math(s) in Slay The Spire, the creation of Totally Accurate Battlegrounds, and loads more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch the CEO of Rival Games explain Thief of Thieves' unique episodic structure  
by Bryant Francis [07.27.18]
We talked to the CEO of Thief of Thieves developer Rival Games to learn more about making (and releasing) the stylish comic book adaptation.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Disney's purchase of Fox moves FoxNext into the House of Mouse  
by Bryant Francis [07.27.18]
Disney once again finds itself in the world of game publishing thanks to the acquisition of FoxNext as part of its purchase of Fox's entertainment assets.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Remedy Entertainment as an VFX Artist  
by Staff [07.27.18]
Remedy is looking for a visual effects artist who feels at home in "Hollywood Realism" and who has experience with both creating and optimizing realistic high-quality real-time effects.
Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: What No Man's Sky's code says about procedural generation 3
by Staff [07.27.18]
A programmer dissected the code of No Man's Sky to find out exactly how it procedurally generates planets full of unique content.
Console/PC, Design

Fortnite cosmetics possibly taking revenue from top console games 1
by Emma Kidwell [07.27.18]
An analysis published by Superdata reports that Fortnite cosmetics are taking the competition away from other console games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

FIFA Mobile's debut in China brings EA its highest grossing day for a mobile game  
by Alissa McAloon [07.27.18]
Though net bookings declined for mobile titles year-over-year, EA says that fall was offset by a strong debut from FIFA Mobile.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet