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Europe's free-to-play crackdown: Hot air or hot topic?  
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.14]
Attorney Jas Purewal takes a deep look at the European Commission's four key objectives for mobile games, as adopted by Google and, so far, rejected by Apple.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

6 key points from the 2014 Indie Salary Report Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [07.23.14]
This is the fifth year for the indie developer salary report, in which we survey non-salaried game developers. 2013 was a mixed bag overall, with some salaries up, some down year-on-year.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

As mobile takes hold, PC Gaming Alliance changes its name 4
by Kris Graft [07.23.14]
The PC Gaming Alliance was founded in 2009 with the purpose of advocating the growth and standardization of games on PC. Now, the non-profit’s mission becomes broader.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is Amiibo Nintendo’s next costly disaster? 7
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.14]
This blog post outlines threats and weaknesses in Nintendo's "figure platform" Amiibo that may mean that the company can't capitalize on the potential Skylanders' success implies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Prototyping methodology for Assassin's Creed IV's ship battles 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.14]
Lead designer Sébastien Lambottin shares the prototyping methodology which lead to Assassin's Creed IV's naval battles -- what he calls a "prototyping library."
Console/PC, Design

Apple's quarter sees good performance, solid phone sales  
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
Apple has strong financial performance for its third quarter as iPhone sales are up slightly year-on-year, while iPad sales are down.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Microsoft CEO Nadella sticks by Xbox, citing bigger opportunities 7
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
CEO Satya Nadella plans to continue to back Xbox because of the prominence of games in today's software ecosystem, saying, "gaming is the largest digital life category in a mobile-first, cloud-first world."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Microsoft ships 11.7 million Xbox consoles in 2014, a modest gain  
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
Full-year results for the company overall show gains, but pre-price drop Xbox One performance doesn't move the needle for the quarter -- or much for the year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA sees profits rise on the back of strong packaged game sales 1
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
The company is reporting modest growth in both revenue and profits as sales of packaged games like EA Sports UFC overtake digital for the first time in months.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Petroglyph is looking to hire a Network Programmer  
by Staff [07.22.14]
Programmers with experience in game networking technology, take note: Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games is hiring a network programmer to work alongside in its Las Vegas studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The beautifully intricate design of Else Heartbreak Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.22.14]
Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Nvidia's new Shield tablet is hardwired to stream games to Twitch  
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
The 8-inch Android device that's being sold as a means of playing both mobile and streamed PC games in the traditional way -- in front of a live audience on Twitch.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

A clever method for embedding user-generated content in shared images 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"What if we could build our sharing system on an existing social network, like Twitter? Send vehicle designs in tweets so Twitter would provide us with a reliable hosting solution, plus built-in social sharing and virality."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

GameSalad adds cloud features with Together Games acquisition  
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
Drag-and-drop, template-based game creation tool gets a useful upgrade thanks to the Together Platform, bringing achievements, leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Mobile Games

Sacked Halo composer settles lawsuit with former employer 2
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell has accepted nearly $100,000 to settle his lawsuit against Bungie president Harold Ryan over unpaid benefits after allegedly being fired without cause.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Surprise -- Amazon Game Studios is making Amazon Fire phone games  
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
AGS continues to be the leading developer of Amazon platform-exclusive titles, announcing that it is partnering with two mobile studios to launch a pair of games for the Fire smartphone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship? 15
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
A simple set of three rules for developers and backers designed to answer the question "Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship?" proposed by noted indie Lars Doucet.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Rovio and Twitch join the speaker lineup for GDC Europe 2014  
by GDC Staff [07.22.14]
European experts from Rovio and Twitch join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

How to become a graphics programmer in the games industry 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"As we were hiring a new Graphics Programmer at work I had to identify what kind of technical knowledge and skills we would expect from a potential candidate. This post might help you to identify areas to learn about."
Console/PC, Programming

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 48
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014