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Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites

29 April 2019 - 10:29am

This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Citing arbitration clauses, Riot Games moves to block employee lawsuits

26 April 2019 - 2:58pm

Riot Games has filed motions that aim to force two employees involved in an ongoing lawsuit against the company into private arbitration, ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

PlayStation Now has 700,000 subscribers

26 April 2019 - 1:57pm

Sony shared a little bit of information on the growth of its streaming-service-turned-game-library in a recent earnings call. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Nintendo saw over $1 billion in digital sales this year, a company first

26 April 2019 - 11:17am

Digital sales have been on the rise for Nintendo since the Switch released in March 2017, so much so that digital sales for the year surpassed 100 billion yen for the very first time. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

In-depth: Portfolio-scale machine learning at Zynga

25 April 2019 - 9:48pm

Ben Weber, distinguished data scientist at Zynga, lifts the lid on how his company automates predictive modeling across dozens of games including Words with Friends, Farmville, and CSR. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Ubisoft is rewarding players for reporting reproducible bugs in Rainbow Six Siege

25 April 2019 - 1:16pm

Ubisoft is upping its bug reporting system, and offering players of Rainbow Six Siege an incentive to find and report issues that the dev team needs to address. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over a Fortnite emote

25 April 2019 - 12:55pm

Epic has been hit with another lawsuit over one of the many, many emotes in its free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite, but this case is taking a different approach toward the alleged infringement. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Snapchat is launching an SDK to let devs use Bitmoji avatars in their own games

25 April 2019 - 8:40am

Snapchat is rolling out a Bitmoji for Games SDK that lets select game developers use the social platform†™s customizable Bitmoji avatars within their own games on any platform. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Epic would back away from exclusives if Steam changed rev share, says CEO

25 April 2019 - 7:50am

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney says that Valve cutting its share down to match Epic†™s 88/12 split would "have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Overwatch lets players create custom modes with in-game scripting tools

24 April 2019 - 2:48pm

Blizzard is launching what it calls the Overwatch Workshop, a way to make custom game modes for Overwatch by messing with some of the scripting tools the dev team uses to create the game itself. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is hiring a Sr. Manager, Competitive Gaming

24 April 2019 - 1:38pm

PlayStation is looking for a Sr. Manager of Competitive Gaming to help drive the execution of its esports business. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Respawn CEO: Sticking to seasonal updates better for Apex Legends devs

24 April 2019 - 10:57am

Despite temptations to ramp up content production or hiring after that initial boom, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella says it was best for the team to stick to its original pacing plans for new content ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Nepal lifts short-lived ban on PlayerUnknown†™s Battlegrounds

24 April 2019 - 9:04am

Nepal's Supreme Court has lifted the government†™s ban on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, ruling that the ban imposed unjustified limits on the freedom of expression guaranteed under its constitution. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Google coy with new Stadia details, pushes the promise of discoverability

23 April 2019 - 2:51pm

Google has lofty ambitions for its coming cloud-based game platform Stadia, many of which include giving game developers and players alike the ability to approach video games in a different way. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Super Mario Bros. Commodore 64 fan port hit with DMCA takedowns

23 April 2019 - 11:20am

Nintendo has taken action against a fan project to port Super Mario Bros. to the Commodore 64. After 7 years, the project released its finished game this month. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Constant development means a perpetual push to crunch at Epic, say Fortnite devs

23 April 2019 - 9:43am

"If I take time off, the workload falls on other people, and no one wants to be that guy," one dev tells Polygon how crunch has become an unofficial requirement for QA at Epic Games. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

GB Studio offers a free Game Boy-inspired way to create 2D games

22 April 2019 - 1:28pm

30 years out from the release of Nintendo†™s iconic handheld, GB Studio offers a way to create Game Boy-esque games that can be played in browsers or emulators. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

South Korean FTC to review in-game purchase policies

22 April 2019 - 12:10pm

South Korea†™s Fair Trade Commission has laid plans to review the consumer practices, particularly policies dealing with in-game purchases, of game companies.  ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Apex Legends is on the decline with streamers after a record-setting month

22 April 2019 - 9:55am

A report from StreamElements says that Apex Legends viewership has seen a steep decline in the last month as major streamers move on from the game. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault

21 April 2019 - 7:28pm

This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D& D. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design