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Football Manager 2020 sees 1 million players in first days of Epic Games Store free week  
by Alissa McAloon [09.21.20]
Football Manager 2020 director Miles Jacobson’s candid tweets about the game’s Epic Games Store promo offers devs a look at the PC storefront’s reach.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Prey gives players space to tell their own stories 1
by Alex Wawro [09.21.20]
Or, Beat, Prey, Love: How Arkane combines holistic level design and dynamic enemies to great effect in Prey.
Console/PC, Design

Bethesda x Xbox - what does it mean for 'regular' game devs? 1
by Simon Carless [09.21.20]
What does Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda parent company Zenimax mean for the video game ecosystem in general, and regular publisher/devs in particular?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Future Club is a new dev-owned studio from ex-Lab Zero staff 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.21.20]
The developers that once worked on games like Skullgirls and Indivisible at Lab Zero games have started a new studio that, from day one, places ownership in the hands of its employees.

Google debuts first Stadia Makers recipients in pitch for indie support  
by Bryant Francis [09.21.20]
Google has announced the first seven indie studios to be included in the Stadia Makers program.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The new Xbox App for smartphones will create a 'unified Xbox experience'  
by Chris Kerr [09.21.20]
Microsoft has showcased its new Xbox App for smartphones which aims to create a "unified Xbox experience across devices."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn the best ways to keep bugs from killing your development momentum  
by Backtrace [09.21.20]
The longer a team waits to address bugs, the more difficult they are to resolve. Learn how to better understand problems and accelerate fixes in this free white paper.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Whitepaper

Xbox Game Pass has topped 15 million subscribers 1
by Chris Kerr [09.21.20]
Microsoft announced the new milestone alongside its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media and The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft buys ZeniMax Media and The Elder Scrolls dev Bethesda for $7.5 billion 11
by Chris Kerr [09.21.20]
Microsoft is moving to acquire Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Hades has sold over 1 million copies in under two years  
by Chris Kerr [09.21.20]
Supergiant's roguelike dungeon crawler Hades has sold over 1 million copies, according to a tweet from the American studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Designing and applying audio accessibility features for roguelikes 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.21.20]
Explaining Cogmind's closed caption-like audio log, visible SFX, and other audio options, as well as discussing some parts of the implementation process.
Audio, Design

Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Development Director  
by Staff [09.18.20]
We are looking for a team player with excellent project management and communication skills, someone who is passionate to lead a group of experts at Remedy in the creation of our next projects.
Production, Recruitment

Unity valued at $13.7 billion following $1.3 billion IPO  
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.20]
The company closed out its IPO with $1.3 billion raised, ultimately selling 25 million shares for a higher-than-expected price of $52.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Designing a thrilling enjoyable arcade experience for VR  
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.20]
Game design student Vincent Trinel takes a deeper look at the design of virtual reality game, Quash.
VR, Design

Don't Miss: The evolutionary process of building Rayman Origins 4
by Staff [09.18.20]
Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel talks about how the 2011 2D Rayman Origins got its start and why he just can't get enthusiastic about the Mario series.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Report: Riot Games, Epic Games come under US Gov't scrutiny over Tencent ties 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.20]
Bloomberg reports that the US Committee on Foreign Investment has sent letters of inquiry to both Riot Games and Epic Games due to their business ties to Tencent games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Preventing online harassment in games by studying social media's failures  
by Staff [09.18.20]
In this 2020 GDC session, the ADL's Daniel Kelley discusses how online games can learn from the mistakes of traditional social media to fight hate, discrimination, harassment, and extremism.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Combating toxicity in online games  
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.20]
AI holds great promise in the ability to stem online toxic behavior from within games, but there are complications that can be daunting.

Sponsored Q&A: Advice from Microsoft's GDX lead for taking on next-gen's biggest challenges  
by Staff [09.18.20]
In this Q&A, the head of Microsoft's Gaming Developer Experiences team runs down what game devs need to know to keep their games thriving across key platforms.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco acquires Unknown 9 developer Reflector Entertainment  
by Chris Kerr [09.18.20]
The deal includes both the Canadian studio and its subsidiary Reflector Interactive Productions, and is expected to close in Q4 2020.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing