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Knights and Bikes is being turned into an animated TV show 1
by Chris Kerr [09.17.19]
Knights and Bikes, the charming hand-painted adventure game from Foam Sword, is being turned into a television show by British production company Tiger Aspect.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Building explosive 8-bit Nintendo eSports the Tetris World Championship way  
by Staff [09.16.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Hitsparks Games' Chris Tang explores how the Classic Tetris World Championship format makes the most of Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [09.16.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Report: The PS4 has sold-through 30 million units in the United States  
by Chris Kerr [09.16.19]
The PlayStation 4 has now sold-through 30 million units in the United States alone, according to the latest figures from analyst Niko Partners.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

U.S. mobile developer Scopely expands into Asia with new Japan office  
by Chris Kerr [09.16.19]
U.S. mobile game developer-publisher Scopely is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region with the opening of a new office in Japan.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Apple Arcade's Blasphemous Ring Fit  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.14.19]
This week's highlights include some views on Apple Arcade, looks at the latest games, including the very gothic Blasphemous, the odd new Switch fitness title Ring Fit Adventure, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sea of Thieves adds microtransaction store in latest update  
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.19]
Up until now, all new content for the Rare-developed title has been included in free updates.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: NetEase drives mobile games business in Japan, Tencent targets emerging markets 1
by Louise Shorthouse [09.13.19]
NetEase has found success in Japan with a handful of carefully tailored, stand-out mobile titles, but Chinese competitor Tencent is instead focusing its efforts on emerging territories.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

UK committee argues loot boxes should be covered by gambling regulations 5
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
The findings of a series of hearings, and the committee’s reflection on them, have since been compiled into a report released today alongside the committee’s recommendation that regulation is needed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest discovery update tilts the algorithm away from popular games 10
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
Valve has rolled out a number of tweaks and changes to Steam’s recommendation system that aim to breathe some personalization back into suggestions, and increase recommendation clicks in the process.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Meet and learn from these industry-leading sponsors at XRDC 2019!  
by Staff [09.12.19]
Meet with representatives of DeepMotion, the XR Association, and more sponsors of XRDC when it lands in San Francisco next month!
VR, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Want to speak at the GDC 2020 Indie Games Summit? Pitch a talk today!  
by Staff [09.12.19]
Just a quick reminder today that the 2020 Game Developers Conference is still accepting Independent Games Summit talk submissions -- but only through 11:59 PM Pacific on Monday, September 30th!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Come to XRDC and see how Childish Gambino's Pharos AR app was made!  
by Staff [09.11.19]
At XRDC you'll see how Unity and Childish Gambino created Pharos, an ARCore-powered app that lets fans step through an illusory portal and into a glowing universe of Childish Gambino's music.
VR, Business/Marketing, XRDC

The GDC 2020 Free to Play Summit needs your best talk pitches!  
by Staff [09.11.19]
Got a great idea for a talk that'd fit in well as part of the Free to Play Summit at next year's Game Developers Conference? Now's the time to pitch it!
Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing

Tales from discoverability land: vol. 1 1
by Simon Carless [09.11.19]
This roundup around game discoverability includes looks at Steam users and how they look at your game, mobile discoverability and Steam wishlists to sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Up to 200 more GameStop stores set to close, with more to follow  
by Alex Wawro [09.10.19]
In a conference call with investors today the team at game and knick-knack retailer GameStop confirmed plans to close 180-200 "underperforming" stores this year, with more to come in the years ahead. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Maxis avoided sequel-itis on The Sims 2 1
by Staff [09.10.19]
In this classic postmortem from Game Developer magazine, Lucy Bradshaw and the Maxis team recount what went right and what went wrong during development.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

From XR in architecture to VR movies, here's what to see at XRDC 2019  
by Staff [09.10.19]
If you're coming out to XRDC in San Francisco next month, take a moment to look over some of the program highlights of this premier AR/VR/MR innovation conference before you arrive!
VR, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Video: How to survive and thrive as a small studio without a big hit  
by Staff [09.09.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel, Christopher Langmuir, Theresa Duringer and Tanya X. Short give realistic examples of how to run a small game studio without a surprise runaway hit.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blog: How I discovered the world of user acquisition and advertising 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.19]
My latest game Tents and Trees had many organic downloads, making it quite successful. I wanted to try user acquisition, as the big guys do, and thought I'd share my results with you!
Design, Business/Marketing