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Updated: 4 hours 7 min ago API aims to help developers create cross-platform, mod-friendly games

15 May 2018 - 6:03am

The network behind online mod and game development communities like GameFront, IndieDB, and ModDB has released, an API geared at making it easier for developers to include mod support in their games.  ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Supreme Court lifts ban on (e)sports gambling, allowing state-by-state legalization

14 May 2018 - 12:28pm

The US Supreme Court has lifted a 1992 ban that barred the majority of states from legalizing sports gambling, opening new doors for esports-focused betting in the process. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Q& A: Making microtransactions work for players in Guild Wars 2

14 May 2018 - 11:15am

ArenaNet's Crystin Cox shares some insight into how Guild Wars 2 makes microtransactions that resonate with players instead of punishing them. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: One Hour, One Frostpunk

13 May 2018 - 7:31pm

This week's game writing, audio & video highlights include a podcast with Jason Rohrer on One Hour One Life, as well as analysis of the acclaimed Frostpunk and lots more besides. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Twitch files counter-complaint against banned CS:GO streamer

11 May 2018 - 12:46pm

Twitch has filed a counter-complaint against the lawsuit filed by former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer James 'Phantoml0rd' Varga. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Valve debuts public bug bounty board in an effort to improve security

10 May 2018 - 4:52pm

Valve is joining Nintendo, Oculus, and a litany of other tech companies in establishing a public bug bounty program to encourage folks to report security vulnerabilities in its services. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Little Orbit acquires GamersFirst online game portal and APB Reloaded

10 May 2018 - 12:27pm

The acquisition also grabs the publisher GamersFirst-owned online games like APB Reloaded and Fallen Earth. ...

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Jagex lays plans to shut down its decade-old game portal FunOrb

8 May 2018 - 4:37pm

British game dev Jagex announced plans today to shut down its longstanding online game portal FunOrb, citing the increasing difficulties of providing its library of browser games in a playable state. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Man sentenced to prison over 2010 World of Warcraft DDoS attack

8 May 2018 - 12:11pm

A federal court has sentenced Calin Mateias to a year in federal prison over a distributed denial-of-service attack he launched against World of Warcraft servers in 2010. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Free-to-play game Loadout ending service in wake of GDPR regulation

8 May 2018 - 11:19am

The dev says that the coming GDPR guidelines in the EU delivered one of the final blows the game, noting that it simply isn't able to update Loadout in a way that would make it GDPR compliant. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: Designing EVE Online's intelligent music system

7 May 2018 - 11:47am

CCP Games' Baldur Baldursson (and Erkitonlist founder Kjartan Olafsson) explain how the soundtrack of EVE Online was designed to intelligently complement the actions a player takes. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Sponsored: Why Montreal data centers are the best choice for video games

7 May 2018 - 6:23am

Fast speeds, low costs, and lots of flexibility: These are the reasons to consider Montreal data centers for your next-generation video games. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Flash The Artifact, Get The Saga

6 May 2018 - 7:54pm

This week's highlights include an attempt to archive key Flash games, a deeper look at Valve's upcoming Artifact, and a super-deep oral history of Panzer Dragoon Saga, among others. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Twitch tries 'Bounty Board' approach to setting streamers up for sponsored streams

4 May 2018 - 4:24pm

This week Twitch rolled out a beta of its Bounty Board program, which aims to cut out third-party marketing agencies by directly connecting Twitch streamers with companies who will pay them to stream. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Opinion: Something's Quite Right Here: In praise of WoW's Suramar

3 May 2018 - 11:34am

Contributing editor Katherine Cross celebrates the ways in which Blizzard's latest WoW expansion tells a tale of 'tragedy, diminishment, and the brutality of war without appearing wanton or childish.' ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

In-app purchases now available on Facebook's instant games platform

1 May 2018 - 2:00pm

In-app purchases will be available on the instant games platform for developers to implement on Android devices and starting May 7.  ...

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Video Game Deep Cuts: The God Of Portal Is Mario's Face

29 April 2018 - 9:04pm

This week's highlights include multiple God Of War interviews, how Budget Cuts moves in VR via portals, and an interview with Super Mario 64's facial sculptor, among others. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: How Blizzard designed StarCraft II with esports in mind

27 April 2018 - 11:51am

Blizzard's Dustin Browder deconstructs the design of Starcraft II and examines how its competitive multiplayer was tuned to serve the needs of a global esports community. ...

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Ragnarok Online shutting down European servers after 14 years

25 April 2018 - 3:02pm

Ragnarok Online servers are shutting down across European regions on May 25. ...

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343 clarifies Halo modding policy as fan-led Halo Online revival gets the axe

25 April 2018 - 12:09pm

Halo developer 343 Industries has put the kibosh on a fan project that sought to revive a canceled Russia-only game called Halo Online. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design