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  Get a job: Join Visual Concepts as a Camera Designer
image Our Agoura Hills studio is looking for a Camera Designer to design and implement game cameras that make players feel like they are part of the action.
  Video: Behind Riot Games' Player Dynamics design philosophy
image In this 2020 GDC Summer talk, Kimberly Voll and Weszt Hart discuss "Player Dynamics", a design craft to address how player interactions create and enhance in-game and meta-game experiences.
  Football Manager 2020 sees 1 million players in first days of Epic Games Store free week
image Football Manager 2020 director Miles Jacobson’s candid tweets about the game’s Epic Games Store promo offers devs a look at the PC storefront’s reach.
1 Don't Miss: How Prey gives players space to tell their own stories
image Or, Beat, Prey, Love: How Arkane combines holistic level design and dynamic enemies to great effect in Prey.
  Bethesda x Xbox - what does it mean for 'regular' game devs?
image What does Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda parent company Zenimax mean for the video game ecosystem in general, and regular publisher/devs in particular?
  Future Club is a new dev-owned studio from ex-Lab Zero staff
image The developers that once worked on games like Skullgirls and Indivisible at Lab Zero games have started a new studio that, from day one, places ownership in the hands of its employees.
  Google debuts first Stadia Makers recipients in pitch for indie support
image Google has announced the first seven indie studios to be included in the Stadia Makers program.
  The new Xbox App for smartphones will create a 'unified Xbox experience'
image Microsoft has showcased its new Xbox App for smartphones which aims to create a "unified Xbox experience across devices."
  Sponsored: Learn the best ways to keep bugs from killing your development momentum
image The longer a team waits to address bugs, the more difficult they are to resolve. Learn how to better understand problems and accelerate fixes in this free white paper.
  Xbox Game Pass has topped 15 million subscribers
image Microsoft announced the new milestone alongside its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media and The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda.
8 Microsoft buys ZeniMax Media and The Elder Scrolls dev Bethesda for $7.5 billion
image Microsoft is moving to acquire Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. 
  Hades has sold over 1 million copies in under two years
image Supergiant's roguelike dungeon crawler Hades has sold over 1 million copies, according to a tweet from the American studio.
1 Designing and applying audio accessibility features for roguelikes
image Explaining Cogmind's closed caption-like audio log, visible SFX, and other audio options, as well as discussing some parts of the implementation process.
  Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Development Director
image We are looking for a team player with excellent project management and communication skills, someone who is passionate to lead a group of experts at Remedy in the creation of our next projects.
  Unity valued at $13.7 billion following $1.3 billion IPO
image The company closed out its IPO with $1.3 billion raised, ultimately selling 25 million shares for a higher-than-expected price of $52.
  Blog: Designing a thrilling enjoyable arcade experience for VR
image Game design student Vincent Trinel takes a deeper look at the design of virtual reality game, Quash.
4 Don't Miss: The evolutionary process of building Rayman Origins
image Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel talks about how the 2011 2D Rayman Origins got its start and why he just can't get enthusiastic about the Mario series.
1 Report: Riot Games, Epic Games come under US Gov't scrutiny over Tencent ties
image Bloomberg reports that the US Committee on Foreign Investment has sent letters of inquiry to both Riot Games and Epic Games due to their business ties to Tencent games.
  Video: Preventing online harassment in games by studying social media's failures
image In this 2020 GDC session, the ADL's Daniel Kelley discusses how online games can learn from the mistakes of traditional social media to fight hate, discrimination, harassment, and extremism.
  Blog: Combating toxicity in online games
image AI holds great promise in the ability to stem online toxic behavior from within games, but there are complications that can be daunting.
  Sponsored Q&A: Advice from Microsoft's GDX lead for taking on next-gen's biggest challenges
image In this Q&A, the head of Microsoft's Gaming Developer Experiences team runs down what game devs need to know to keep their games thriving across key platforms.
  Bandai Namco acquires Unknown 9 developer Reflector Entertainment
image The deal includes both the Canadian studio and its subsidiary Reflector Interactive Productions, and is expected to close in Q4 2020.
1 Blog: Rules for a future-proof 2D render order
image This guide explains how to set up the render order of your 2D (side-scrolling) game in a future-proof way. Some of it is specific to Unity, but most tips should be helpful regardless of engine.
2 Rayman creator Michel Ancel leaving games industry to work on wildlife sanctuary
image Renowned video game designer Michel Ancel is stepping away from the games industry after over three decades open a wild life sanctuary.
  Directing The Outer Worlds' first narrative expansion The Peril on Gorgon
image The Peril on Gorgon game director Carrie Patel shares some insight on developing DLC for The Outer Worlds.

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1 Bethesda x Xbox - what does it mean for 'regular' game devs?
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3 2021 will be a landmark year for cloud gaming, generating $4bn in consumer spending
by George Jijiashvili
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2 Audio Accessibility Features for Roguelikes
by Josh Ge
Explaining Cogmind's closed caption-like audio log, visible SFX, and other audio options, as well as...
  Spellbreak's hype get, PlayStation Plus Collection, & more
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How To Create Great Indie Games: Make Lots Of Them!
image Michael Nannings details the benefits of focusing on several small projects in order to learn valuable game design principles first-hand.
Level Design Analysis: Oxenfurt In The Witcher 3
image Drawing from his thesis on The Witcher 3, IULM University graduate Eduardo Tassi examines the Oxenfurt area's level design using metrics and topographical maps.
Designing For Accessibility In Fake Illusions
image Tom Hermans explains how he made a game about optical illusions more accessible to players by focusing on simplicity, progression, and difficulty.
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