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MineRL sample-efficient reinforcement learning challenge—back for a second year—benefits organizers

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Article // Sep 3, 2020

PlayFab Pricing Update: Transition Period extended

Usage-based Pricing Update: Transition Period extended through October 31, 2020

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Article // Sep 1, 2020

Kick it old school with Game Stack

Game Stack and Anstream Arcade are teaming up for an exclusive tournament

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The Art of LiveOps Season 2 Presented by Azure PlayFab
Article // Aug 12, 2020

Welcome to Season 2 of The Art of LiveOps

It’s an exciting time to work in games. The barriers that prevent people from playing together are coming down.

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Article // Aug 10, 2020

Research Spotlight: Project Acoustics

The closer you listen as you move about the world, the more detail and nuance you can hear.

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Article // Aug 5, 2020

The Art of LiveOps Season 1 Recap

About a year ago we launched a new podcast The Art of LiveOps.

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Article // Aug 3, 2020

Supercharge games with Azure AI and reinforcement learning

Azure offers a full range of AI solutions to help you build, run and grow your games.

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Article // Jul 16, 2020

What the Future of Gaming Means for Developers

For those of us in the games industry, we've always understood the incredible power of gaming.

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Article // Jul 13, 2020

Join us for Game Stack Live on August 3rd

The next Game Stack Live is currently loading.

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Article // Jul 8, 2020

How Project xCloud is helping game developers stay connected

How Project xCloud is helping game developers stay connected while working from home

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Article // Jun 19, 2020

Esports players gain an edge with Azure and Power BI

Competitive esports organization Cloud9 fields 14 teams across 12 of the most popular esports.

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Gameye: creating an online event in times of quarantine.
Article // Jun 15, 2020

Creating an online event in times of quarantine — part II

The cancellation of physical events in 2020 motivated us to come up with a new approach.

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Article // Jun 12, 2020

Enabling build access from home during COVID-19

COVID-19 has been challenging for many disciplines, and game development is no exception.

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Article // May 29, 2020

MCC Development Update - May 2020

Postums here again for another monthly update on all things MCC.

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Article // May 22, 2020

Making diversity a formidable force in State of Decay 2

Learn how Undead Labs created an incredibly diverse set of characters to fight the horde.

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Article // May 20, 2020

Minecraft Earth and Azure Cosmos DB part 2

This post is part 2 in a series about out how organizations are using Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs.

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Article // May 15, 2020

The devs of We Happy Few gave a shock to their own system

Discover how the team at Compulsion Games broke the rules of traditional procedural worldbuilding.

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Article // May 15, 2020

Obsidian’s gameplay design kept possibilities endless

See how Obsidian pioneered a new design approach resulting in a more balanced experience over the game's full arc.

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Article // May 8, 2020

Double Fine ensures their team’s ideas get a chance to float

See how Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight gives voice to the imaginations of the entire studio.

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Article // May 6, 2020

Minecraft Earth and Azure Cosmos DB part 1

This post is part 1 of a two-part series about how organizations use Azure Cosmos DB to meet real world needs.

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Article // May 4, 2020

Porting "Fusion Guards" from GameSparks to PlayFab (Part 2)

We are Janeious, an independent game development studio working on our community funded debut title “Fusion Guards”

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Article // May 4, 2020

How to Implement Real-time Analytics in Online Games

Welcome back to the LiveOps Academy part 4 where we dive into some analytics best practices.

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Article // May 1, 2020

inXile wrangles a post-apocalyptic beast with Wasteland 3

Learn how inXile pushed the Wasteland series to its most-perfected combat system yet in Wasteland 3.

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Article // May 1, 2020

Porting "Fusion Guards" from GameSparks to PlayFab (Part 1)

We are Janeious, an independent game development studio working on our community funded debut title “Fusion Guards”

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Article // Apr 17, 2020

How Rare keeps Sea of Thieves afloat in a sea of feedback

See how Rare leverages player feedback to make Sea of Thieves even better.

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Article // Apr 14, 2020

Creating an online event in times of quarantine

Events are an important tool for Gameye.

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Article // Apr 10, 2020

Making sure everyone gets to kick it to the Swarm in Gears 5

Learn about how The Coalition challenged themselves to make Gears 5 as accessible as possible.

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Article // Apr 8, 2020

What’s Next for Xbox Game Bar

Since we introduced Xbox Game Bar, we’ve continually evolved it in partnership with you: our community.

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Article // Apr 2, 2020

Level Up with Azure PlayFab

Level up with Azure PlayFab and use the online services powering some of today’s biggest games.

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Article // Mar 31, 2020

Build vs. Buy - Which online service is right for my game

Whether you build yourself on Azure, or use a managed service with PlayFab, let us help you make the right decision

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Article // Mar 31, 2020

PlayFab @ Game Stack Live

During Game Stack Live we showcased PlayFab services used by Xbox Game Studios including Multiplayer & LiveOps

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Article // Mar 19, 2020

Build Cloud-Native Games with Aether Engine On Azure

Learn how to use Aether Engine with Microsoft Azure to realise the full potential of cloud gaming.

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Article // Mar 19, 2020

PlayFab and Gameye bring Azure closer to the player

Learn more about how Azure PlayFab and Gameye are bringing Azure closer to the player.

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Article // Mar 17, 2020

Project xCloud Developer Update: Making Games Cloud Aware

Imagine playing the games you want, with the people you want, anywhere you want. That's Xbox's aspiration.

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Article // Mar 16, 2020

Xbox Series X: A Closer Look at the Technology Power

The next generation of Xbox is defined by three primary characteristics: Power, Speed and Compatibility.

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Article // Mar 16, 2020

Bringing the community together with Game Stack Live

No matter where you are on your game development journey, we invite you to join us live or check out the recordings

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Article // Mar 10, 2020

The role of LiveOps in launching your game

Launch day can be a challenge, especially if a game is popular and needs to scale quickly to meet demand.

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Article // Mar 10, 2020

Running LiveOps

Understand what it means to practice LiveOps.

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Article // Mar 9, 2020

Save the dates: Game Stack Live schedule!

Join us March 17-18 on Mixer where we'll be livestreaming content we planned to share at Game Developers Conference

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Article // Feb 27, 2020

GDC and the wellbeing of our teams & community

Today, we’ve made a difficult decision to withdraw from participating at Game Developers Conference

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Article // Feb 7, 2020

Understanding LiveOps

Welcome to the LiveOps Academy blog series where we explore the art and science of LiveOps in video games.

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Article // Nov 20, 2019

Unlocking The Potential Of Cloud Gaming

CCP Games has been taking full advantage to cloud gaming’s new frontier to usher in a new era of their space MMO.

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Article // Nov 5, 2019

Azure PlayFab and Xbox better together

Azure PlayFab and Xbox have joined forces to empower game developers

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Article // Sep 19, 2019

Unite Copenhagen 2019 - Se dig der!

Microsoft Game Stack is headed to Denmark September 23-26

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Article // Aug 23, 2019

The Art of LiveOps Episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of season 1 of the Art of LiveOps Podcast!

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Article // Aug 14, 2019

Roblox and Azure PlayFab Partnership

Azure PlayFab is partnering with Roblox to bring game analytics tools to top Roblox creators.

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Article // Aug 14, 2019

Game Stack at gamescom!

Microsoft Game Stack will be at gamescom. Come meet with us!

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Article // Aug 7, 2019

Introducing The Art of LiveOps Podcast

Join hosts James Gwertzman and Crystin Cox in the new podcast series The Art of LiveOps.

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Article // May 20, 2019

Gaming Must Promote and Protect the Safety of All

Today, in an opinion article I published on the Official Microsoft Blog, I shared my views on...

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Article // May 16, 2019

Sony and Microsoft to explore strategic partnership

Companies to collaborate on new cloud-based solutions for gaming experiences and AI solutions.

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Article // Mar 14, 2019

Achieve More With Microsoft Game Stack

With over 2 billion gamers in the world, there’s never been a better time to be a game developer.

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