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  Tilting Point opens studio in Russia to work on multiple projects
image Free-to-play publisher Tilting Point has formed a new studio in St Petersburg, Russia, to expand its global network.
  Miniclip acquires Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics
image Miniclip has purchased Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics for an undisclosed fee. 
  Opera opens new video game division and confirms YoYo Games purchase
image Opera has confirmed the purchase of GameMaker Studio creator YoYo Games, and explained the deal will form the basis for a new video game division called Opera Gaming.
  European Commission fines Valve and others $9.4 million for 'geo-blocking' games
image The European Commission has fined Valve and five major publishers a combined €7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules.
  Blog: Understanding the types of game currencies in mobile free-to-play
image Currencies are the pillar of any F2P in-game economy. But what types of currencies are out there, and which ones does your game need?
  Get a job: Join Leaftail Labs as a Software Development Engineer
image Leaftail Labs is looking for a talented software engineer to help us on its quest to pioneer immersive gaming for everyone.
  Impending IPO values PUBG Studio parent Krafton at as much as $27 billion
image PUBG Studio parent Krafton is reportedly looking to go public and, according to info gleaned by Bloomberg, doing so could value the company at as much as $27.2 billion.
1 CD Projekt vows 'vigorous' defense as investors launch second Cyberpunk class action
image CD Projekt has promised to "undertake vigorous action to defend itself" against claims that it made false or misleading statements in the lead-up to Cyberpunk 2077's launch.
  Video: Unscoring the world of Kenshi
image In this 2017 GDC talk, Kole Hicks & Chris Hunt share the details behind crafting the music and sound for the gritty, unforgiving, and indifferent world of Kenshi.
  You can now register for the free virtual GDC Showcase event in March
image Registration is how open for GDC Showcase taking place March 15-19. It's free!
2 Updated: Opera buys GameMaker Studio maker YoYo Games for $10 million
image Updated: Playtech has sold GameMaker Studio creator YoYo Games for $10 million to browser maker Opera Software.
  Casino game studio Huuuge looking to raise $150 million through IPO
image The company expects to raise around $150 million from the initial public offering, with that cash being used to fund growth initiatives including acquisitions and investments. 
  Sponsored: The State of Game Development Report: 2020 & Beyond
image The game development industry continues to rapidly evolve. But where is it headed in the 2020s?
  Ace Combat 7 has topped 2.5 million sales worldwide
image Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has crossed 2.5 million sales worldwide, according to developer Bandai Namco.
  Using VR brushstrokes as an expressive art production tool in Sunlight
image "I think there’s something very valuable in just shaking up the process to the point where you can’t be concerned about individual vertices or edges, but rather form and shape."
  Game platform deep-dive: from NeuroVoider to ScourgeBringer
image The latest GameDiscoverCo article looks at Flying Oak Games' deep-dive data on NeuroVoider & ScourgeBringer's multi-platform game performance - revenue source by revenue source!
  Dead or Alive creator Tomonobu Itagaki returns to game development
image The veteran designer broke the news on Facebook, explaining he wanted to jump back into the trenches of game development after spending the past four years working as a teacher.
  Mobile developer Savage Game Studios nets $4.4 million for competitive shooter
image Fledgling mobile developer Savage Game Studios has raised $4.4 million to establish two new studios in Helsinki and Berlin.
  Blog: How can we improve support powers in RTS games?
image In RTS titles, support powers' greatest strengths come hand-in-hand with their greatest weaknesses. This piece looks at how we can improve these abilities in RTS games.
  Get a job: Join Jackbox Games as a Sr. Gameplay Engineer
image Jackbox Games is looking for a Senior Gameplay Engineer to join our team in Chicago! (Though currently, we are all working from home.)
2 Epic Games Store exclusivity muddles Hitman 3's legacy DLC promise on PC
image Unfortunately, the nature of storefronts and game exclusivity (paired with some messaging missteps) has complicated Hitman 3's legacy level plans on PC.
7 Don't Miss: Monolith Productions' postmortem of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
image What went right and wrong during development of the award-winning open-world game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, an "enormously educational experience" for Monolith.
  Analyst: The Nintendo Switch outsold every other console in 2020
image Despite all the late-year hubbub over next-generation consoles, Nintendo and its family of Switch devices came out on top in 2020.
  Video: Leadership on animation teams at Blizzard
image In this 2018 GDC talk, Blizzard Entertainment's Nick Chilano breaks down the leadership principles that have helped keep the company's animation team strong and energized.
  Bungie is shutting down its Halo stats archive in February
image Bungie is taking its aging Halo statistics database, halo.bungie.net, offline over a decade after it stepped away from the franchise to work on Destiny. 

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by Josh Bycer
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  Types of game currencies in mobile free-to-play
by Javier Barnes
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  Game platform deep-dive: from NeuroVoider to ScourgeBringer
by Simon Carless
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  Ion Cannon Online: How Do We Improve Support Powers in RTS?
by Brandon Casteel
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The Art Of Compelling Quest Design
image Level designer Sukhraj Johal critically examines the premise, flow, goals, and rewards that contribute to a memorable quest in Ghost of Tsushima.
A Marketing Strategy For First-Time Developers
image Sam Barham discusses the steps he took when marketing and growing a community for his first game as a hobbyist developer.
Video Game Music: A Developer's Guide To Finding the Perfect Track
image Kent Carter presents hints and tips for developers seeking the right tone for their project's in-game background music.
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