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Features » Social/Online
Supercell's Secret Sauce 19
by Mike Rose [12.07.12]
In 2012, Helsinki's Supercell went from unknown entity to one of the hottest developers on the planet. How did the studio make major hits Clash of Clans and Hay Day? Gamasutra visits, and talks to CEO Ilkka Paananen.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Free-to-Play: The Lost Generation 78
by Array [12.04.12]
Is the free-to-play push hurting games and gamers? Experienced smartphone developer Jeremy Alessi investigates whether the business model has done harm to the art of game development, and where that leaves us.
Business/Marketing, Social/Online

The Mobile Transition: Why Facebook Developers Are Making the Shift 1
by Christian Nutt [12.03.12]
As companies like King.com and Wooga are finding that their chart-topping Facebook games become smash successes on iOS, Gamasutra talks to them, and to Facebook, about how this shift from PCs to tablets and smartphones is shaking out.
Business/Marketing, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The Making of Warcraft's Multiplayer 7
by Patrick Wyatt [11.12.12]
In the continuing saga of the development of the game that made Blizzard's name, Patrick Wyatt discusses the first-ever online multiplayer match of the RTS, as well as explaining exactly how the developer finally got the funds to pursue the game that would make its name.
Design, Social/Online

The End of the Journey: One Indie Studio's Tale 24
by Tristan Clark [11.06.12]
Many indie developers try their luck in the market, but what does it look like when a studio goes from naive ideals to harsh realities? In this feature, founder Tristan Clark, now of King.com, writes about the origins, games, and fate of Launching Pad Games.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Adding Asynchronicity 12
by Derek Bruneau [10.18.12]
Can asynchronicity work for more than simple board games? Indie developer Derek Bruneau describes the process of building asynchronous gameplay to RPG Conclave, examining the history of the form and how it works for him.
Design, Social/Online

Funcom's Vision for the Future of MMOs 18
by Christian Nutt [10.15.12]
Craig Morrison, creative director for Funcom's Montreal studio, tells Gamasutra all about his vision of how the MMO industry must change things if it hopes to avoid more games like The Secret World and The Old Republic -- titles which couldn't live up to players' expectations for scope or their budget.
Interview, Social/Online

Tiny MMOs, Massive Opportunities? 1
by Caleb Bridge [10.11.12]
The MMO genre is running into trouble on PCs, but what's the state of it on mobile devices? Gamasutra speaks to three developers about what challenges and successes they've faced in building online multiplayer RPGs for Android and iOS.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Shaping the Future of Facebook as a Game Platform  
by Christian Nutt [10.04.12]
As Facebook's product manager for apps and games, Matt Wyndowe is a key part of how the platform changes itself to appeal more to game developers -- and in this interview, he talks about how the company approaches that task.
Interview, Social/Online

Sponsored Feature: Digital Chocolate Success Story  
by Joyent [09.17.12]
Cloud architecture design and server provider Joyent here shares the success story of Digital Chocolate, writing how a 60-day test of Joyent Cloud became a complete migration to the platform within 45 days.
Sponsored Feature, Social/Online