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As Blackwell comes to an end, what's next for Wadjet Eye? Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [04.04.14]
Dave Gilbert is about to cash out from the last eight years of his life, as he releases the fifth and final in his Blackwell series.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Evidence of Molten Games layoffs spreads across the web 9
by Christian Nutt [04.03.14]
Evidence suggests that the San Diego-based studio has laid off its entire staff and ceased production on its game -- though it may still be seeking investment to continue work.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameSpy ceasing all hosted services this May 10
by Christian Nutt [04.03.14]
The once-popular online services provider, now part of Glu Mobile, stopped hosting new games for third parties earlier this year. Now, everything's going down.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nintendo is hiring a Product Development Analyst  
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
Nintendo of America is looking to hire a product development analyst who will work alongside the team in the company's Redmond, WA office to produce game evaluations and analysis.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Blog: Attack of the Android pirates 18
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
"In the first day there was a purchase from USA, this person used it for 10 minutes and returned the game... in that time, the game was copied and the same person uploaded the game to a downloads site."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.1 preview with Linux, SteamOS support 9
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
Epic launched a preview build of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.1 update for engine subscribers which includes support for Linux, SteamOS, and a bevy of minor improvements.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Naughty Dog expat Amy Hennig joins up with Visceral Games 1
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
The writer and creative director of the Uncharted series returns to her EA roots at Visceral Games, where she will serve as creative director on Visceral's upcoming Star Wars game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Commercially viable design on mobile 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
"In my experience, new designers are quick to rebel against the concept of simplicity, and are often more in love with systems than mechanics."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

DICE co-founder will now lead TransGaming's global push  
by Mike Rose [04.03.14]
Fredrik Liljegren, one of the original founders of Battlefield studio DICE, has joined video game social games porting company TransGaming as vice president.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tropico publisher Kalypso goes mobile 1
by Mike Rose [04.03.14]
Kalypso Media, best known for the Tropico management series, today announced that it has opened a new mobile game division within the company.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Lessons learned from an 8-hour game jam  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
A quick list of lessons learned creating a Unity platformer in 8 hours for the Rezzed game jam: "honestly, I think in 8 hours we still came up with something great."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Hi-Rez Studios expanding, bringing new jobs to Georgia 4
by Mike Rose [04.03.14]
Tribes: Ascend developer Hi-Rez Studios plans to invest $10 million in expanding its Georgia-based headquarters, stating that it will create around 30 jobs in the area.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Subpoenas to be issued over 38 Studios fiasco 3
by Mike Rose [04.03.14]
Rhode Island's House Oversight Committee has a new chairwoman, and she plans to subpoena all the key figures in the 38 Studios deal that went wrong two years ago.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

6 reasons to start blogging as a developer 23
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
"You could decide to keep all your knowledge to yourself. But I have seen many secretive developers struggle and I think one of the reasons is their silence."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Developers react: Amazon launches Fire TV Android microconsole Exclusive 12
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Gamasutra caught up with some developers making games for Amazon's Fire TV Android-based microconsole to learn more about why they decided to throw their lot in with the retail giant.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

The Behemoth launches indie-friendly QA lab and funding program 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Battleblock Theater developer The Behemoth is launching two new non-game projects aimed at supporting indies -- The Research Centaur game testing lab and the Gold Egg Project funding program.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Supercell kicks off Hello World Open, a woldwide AI coding contest 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Clash of Clans creator Supercell is accepting applications for its inaugural AI coding challenge, the Hello World Open, in which small teams of developers compete to code the best driver AI.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Clint Hocking and Kim Swift join up with Amazon Game Studios 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Amazon continues to bolster its bench of game-making talent, most recently with the hire of noted game designers Kim Swift (of Soul Fjord) and Clint Hocking (of Far Cry 2).
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why first impressions matter for free-to-play games 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.14]
"People spend a short amount of time deciding if they like or dislike something (around 50 milliseconds). This gut reaction is often based on subconscious considerations."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Amazon's bid for the living room: The $99 Amazon Fire TV 37
by Mike Rose [04.02.14]
At a special Amazon event today, the company finally revealed the small black box that it's been working on to slot underneath your living room television: Amazon Fire TV.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing