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Registration is now open for GDC 2018!

18 October 2017 - 9:59am

This will be the 32st edition of GDC, the world's largest and longest-running event for game developers, and you can register right now by visiting the official GDC 2018 website! ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Activision patents matchmaking tech that can push players to buy upgrades

17 October 2017 - 3:38pm

Activision patented tech for "driving microtransactions in multiplayer video games" that can match players up with more experienced foes to get the junior players to buy in-game items like loot boxes. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

UK government comments on rising loot box-related gambling concerns

17 October 2017 - 12:51pm

Though it notes that it recognizes the risks of flirtations between gambling and gaming, the government itself will rely on The Gambling Commission's ongoing observation. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: On Color Cycling Morty & Divinity

15 October 2017 - 7:39pm

Some of this week's longform article/video highlights include the making of Rick & Morty's VR game, a classic 2D game art podcast, & discussing Divinity: Original Sin 2's success. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

PEGI is leaving the verdict on loot boxes up to gambling commissions

13 October 2017 - 10:56am

The ESRB may have said that loot boxes don't qualify as gambling, but the board's European equivalent is deferring its judgment on the topic to the national gambling commissions themselves.  ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations

12 October 2017 - 12:37pm

One of the two had been previously banned as many as nine times. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fortnite's free-to-play battle royale mode passes 10M players

12 October 2017 - 10:57am

Epic says it hit 3.7 million daily active users with 525,000 peak concurrent players over the weekend as well. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Discord adds verification for game developer-led servers

12 October 2017 - 10:22am

The popular chat app now offers developers the option of setting up verified servers to better connect with their communities. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Heads up, VR devs: Oculus has released its Avatar SDK and Explore API to the world

11 October 2017 - 11:47am

Speakers at Oculus Connect took some time today to detail what goodies VR developers can expect from the company in the near future. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: The Team Fortress 2 guide to keeping your game alive

10 October 2017 - 11:29am

Even five years after publication, and now ten after the game's release, game developers can learn a lot from listening to these tips on sustaining online games from Valve's Robin Walker. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: XXX Loot On Your Steam Death

8 October 2017 - 8:15pm

Some of this week's top longform articles/videos include more loot box opinions, the history of the ill-fated BMX XXX, what happens to your Steam account when you die, and more. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video: Game career advice from women who have been there and done that

6 October 2017 - 2:04pm

This fantastic series of microtalks (delivered at GDC 2017's Game Career Seminar) offers would-be game devs (especially women) some career advice gleaned from notable devs' own industry experiences. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Survey: 28% of fans in the West think eSports belong in the Olympics

5 October 2017 - 4:13pm

Over half of eSports fans think eSports are a real sport, but only 28 percent believe they belong in the Olympics, according to a new eSports "fan report" published by the Nielsen market research firm. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fortnite: Battle Royale prompted engine-wide Unreal improvements

4 October 2017 - 12:14pm

Epic Games, the creator of both Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, says that developing the game's recent battle royale mode led to a number of optimizations headed to the next few Unreal updates. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale saw 7M players its first week

4 October 2017 - 10:29am

Epic Games says that its PUBG-like Fortnite: Battle Royale has passed 7 million players at the close of its first week out in the world. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Star Wars Battlefront II's multiplayer has been brought back from the dead

3 October 2017 - 12:10pm

GOG and Disney have partnered up to do something a little unusual and bring the multiplayer servers for the classic Battlefront II game back online 12 years after release. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: A deep dive into Forza Horizon 3's frictionless online co-op multiplayer

3 October 2017 - 11:18am

Playground Games designer Grant Orban describes the challenges in designing Forza Horizon 3's smooth-as-silk online co-op multiplayer campaign. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Sponsored: Fraud is a growing problem, but game publishers can strike back

3 October 2017 - 10:10am

Game publishers must deploy a fully featured storefront experience to deter consumers from going to the gray market for game keys, says Jeremy Coker, group vice president for games and entertainment at Digital River. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Hawken dev ending PC support to 'refocus development efforts'

2 October 2017 - 11:01am

The game's developer has announced that it is discontinuing the PC version of the game and shuttering the servers to refocus its development efforts. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Creative Loot Box Observer

1 October 2017 - 8:12pm

Some of this week's highlights include the history of Creative Assembly, a disassembly of the loot box phenomenon, and analysis of the cyberpunk standout Observer. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design