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Use the GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Conference organizers encourage you to take advantage of the free GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to lay out our week at the show in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate fashion.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

PS4-exclusive Dreams is launching into early access this spring  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.19]
Fresh off the end of the game's public beta, Media Molecule has announced that Dreams will be launching into early access on the PlayStation 4 this spring.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come and play these lovely indie games at the GDC 2019 Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
The much-loved Mild Rumpus is back again and open to all GDC 2019 passholders, so stop by to relax for a bit and check these games out while you're at the show this year! 
Indie, GDC

Tonk Tonk Games raises $2 million ahead of the launch of its first game  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.19]
The team has grabbed investments from Bitkraft Esports Ventures and Modern Times Group to fund the studio's office and its mobile fighting game uFighter.
Smartphone/Tablet

Ico animator shows you how to create memorable, non-speaking characters at GDC!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Amata K.K. lead 3D animator Atsuko Fukuyama (who worked on Ico and Shadow of the Colossus) will join Amata K.K. animator & artist Alexis Broadhead at GDC 2019 to talk animating memorable, mute characters!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, GDC

Paradox and Microsoft have created an open modding platform for Paradox titles  
by Chris Kerr [02.20.19]
The platform will allow modders to share their beloved creations with players on both Xbox One and PC with a single upload.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chat with two of Wargroove's developers at 1PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [02.20.19]
Chat with two of the developers behind Wargroove starting at 1PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Examining the issues with battle royale game design 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.19]
Today's post looks at the design of battle royale games, and where I feel there is a critical flaw that could be fixed to improve the longevity of the gameplay.
Design

That's a wrap: Valve is axing Steam's video section 4
by Chris Kerr [02.20.19]
The company had been slowly expanding its movie library with big-budget releases like Mad Max: Fury Road The Hunger Games, but that looks set to change.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: China freezes new game approvals as regulators tackle backlog 1
by Chris Kerr [02.20.19]
Game companies will still be able to hand applications over to local regulators, but that's precisely where they'll stay until the top regulator has worked through its backlog.
Business/Marketing

Getting to the heart of art in the delightfully strange Art Sqool 1
by Joel Couture [02.20.19]
Art Sqool puts you in...an art school. You're assigned projects, you complete assignments, and a teacher grades your work. But the game's not as pedestrian as it may sound.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Video: Why Dark Souls is the 'Ikea' of games  
by Staff [02.19.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk, producer and consultant Justin Fischer goes over the framework for establishing a competitive advantage like the ones made by Dark Souls and Ikea. 
Console/PC, Design, Video

Improbable CCO Bill Roper departs to join indie studio Author Digital  
by Emma Kidwell [02.19.19]
Chief creative officer of Improbable Bill Roper announced that he's leaving the company to start a new position at the Seattle-based indie games studio Author Digital. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Com2uS acquires majority stake in visual novel developer Day 7  
by Emma Kidwell [02.19.19]
South Korean publisher Com2uS has acquired a majority stake in the mobile studio Day 7, which is known for developing romantic visual novel games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a Designer  
by Staff [02.19.19]
Insomniac Games is looking for a designer who is well versed and passionate about today's game design to join its team in Durham, NC.
Design, Recruitment

Tencent introduces streaming rules to stay on the up-and-up with Chinese law  
by Alissa McAloon [02.19.19]
Tencent has announced a handful of rules for streamers playing Tencent games, a move that aims to keep the company on the right side of Chinese regulations that recently went into effect.
Social/Online

Don't Miss: The origins and evolution of Darkest Dungeon's Affliction System 3
by Staff [02.19.19]
Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigman of Red Hook Studios: "We wanted to capture the human response to stress. Any person can break under pressure, and people break in different ways."
Indie, Design

Organizers of unsanctioned Fortnite festival facing lawsuit from Epic Games  
by Alissa McAloon [02.19.19]
Epic Games has issued a claim against Exciting Events, the organizers of a recent and unsanctioned Fortnite festival hosted in the UK over the weekend. 
Social/Online

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Coal Rush  
by Joel Couture [02.19.19]
Coal Rush creates competition out of running a train, having players scoop coal, change tracks, and scare wildlife off the tracks with its locomotive controls
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

The Making of GDC: What are Community Spaces, anyway??  
by Staff [02.19.19]
In this "Making of GDC" blog post, GM Katie Stern opens up about the process of establishing "Community Spaces" at GDC, and what organizers are doing to help attendees find their place at the show.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC