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Game industry backs 'Play Apart Together' campaign to slow spread of COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.20]
A host of major game companies including Activision Blizzard, Twitch, Riot Games, and Unity have banded together to promote the World Health Organisation's 'Play Apart Together' campaign.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding and effectively implementing live ops 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.20]
Trying to nail down the sometimes slippery concept of live ops and define what exactly it means and how it's done.
Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Visual Concepts is hiring a Senior Software Engineer in California  
by Staff [03.27.20]
Visual Concepts is looking to hire a Senior Software Engineer. Apply now!
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: What it took to port Resident Evil 2 to the N64 2
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
Take a look back at what it took to port the original Resident Evil 2 to N64 consoles.
Console/PC

Google Stadia, 'beefy laptops' drive Bungie's remote work success  
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
Google Stadia and 'beefy' development laptops are apparently helping drive Bungie's remote work success.
Console/PC, Production

ALT.CTRL.GDC Showcase: The Unfathomed Voyager  
by Joel Couture [03.27.20]
The Unfathomed Voyager puts three players in charge of controlling a malfunctioning submarine, using a variety of wild, wacky inputs to keep it moving.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Players host weddings, classes, more in online games during COVID-19 crisis  
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
As lockdown after lockdown delays or cancels real-life events, players are beginning to host them into online games.
Console/PC, Design

Sony says COVID-19 won't impact PS5 launch (yet) 1
by Bryant Francis [03.27.20]
Though the spread of COVID-19 has dented Sony's profits, the company says it still plans to launch the PS5 on schedule (for now).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent and Huawei are working on a mobile cloud gaming platform  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
Chinese tech companies Tencent and Huawei have partnered up to develop a mobile cloud gaming platform.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Sony will begin limiting PSN download speeds in the U.S. 1
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
The PlayStation maker explained it must "take appropriate action" to ensure internet stability during the COVID-19 pandemic
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop to close at least 320 stores in 2020  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
U.S. retailer GameStop plans to close at least 320 stores in 2020 as it pushes ahead with its "de-densification plan."
Business/Marketing

Blog: Learn to code with Pico-8 games  
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.20]
Building games is one of the most fun ways to learn to code. It's especially true if you learn to code with Pico-8 games because its easy to get started.
Programming, Production

Assassin's Creed actor Abubakar Salim forms UK studio Silver Rain Games  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
Assassin's Creed and World of Warcraft voice actor Abubakar Salim has launched a new game studio called Silver Rain Games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Crossy Road dev Hipster Whale is hiring a Server Engineer  
by Staff [03.26.20]
We're looking for somebody to help us create and maintain an online infrastructure that supports millions of concurrent players in a secure, stable, highly performant and reliable manner.
Indie, Programming, Recruitment

GameStop ends 2019 with sales down year-over-year, but 'increased financial flexibility'  
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.20]
GameStop's end-of-year reporting for the 2019 financial year totes a newly strengthened balance sheet created by the year's cost-cutting and reboot efforts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Mario Kart influenced Nintendo's fighting game, ARMS  
by Simon Parkin [03.26.20]
While there may appear to be few surface-level similarities between the games, lessons learned from Nintendo's long-running racing game series informed many aspects of its new fighting game IP.
Console/PC, Design

Mojang shakes up AR game Minecraft Earth to adapt to shelter-in-place play  
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.20]
Teams with location based or augmented reality games out in the wild are having to make changes to remain playable as people forgo excursions due to the coronavirus.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

ALT.CTRL.GDC Showcase: Pat Pat Please!  
by Joel Couture [03.26.20]
Pat Pat Please! gives players a plush puppy to care for, asking them to love, pat, and talk to it to earn its affection.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Deep Dive: Making a cozy, therapeutic experience in Coffee Talk 2
by Coffee Talk Team [03.26.20]
The developers behind Coffee Talk go deep on explaining the cozy, welcoming ambience of their "heart-to-heart talking simulator."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Deep Dive

Develop: Brighton moved to November due to COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.26.20]
UK game dev conference Develop: Brighton has been postponed until November 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing