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Double Fine VP of business development Greg Rice departs studio 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.19]
Double Fine’s business development VP and longtime developer Greg Rice has announced he’s leaving the studio for an unannounced new position elsewhere in the game industry.
Business/Marketing

Analyst: Borderlands 3, NBA 2K20 helped 2K dominate online chatter in Q3  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.19]
Publisher 2K dominated the conversation online during the third quarter of 2019, with Borderlands 3 and NBA 2K20 sparking the most game-related internet chatter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent grabs 10 percent stake in UK game company Sumo Group  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.19]
Chinese company Tencent has purchased a 10 percent stake in Sumo Group, the owner of Crackdown 3  and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital.  
Production, Business/Marketing

Net game sales up 117% at THQ Nordic parent Embracer Group  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.19]
Embracer Group, the entity previously known as THQ Nordic AB and parent of the publisher THQ Nordic, saw net sales for its game group jump 117 percent for the quarter ending September 30.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rune II publisher Ragnarok 'shocked' by closure of dev Human Head Studios  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.19]
Rune II publisher Ragnarok Game has expressed surprise at the closure of developer Human Head Studios, which came just a day after the title launched.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Goodbye Kansas grabs 45 percent stake in Norwegian studio Misc Games  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.19]
The deal saw Goodbye Kanas pay roughly $650,000 for a 25 percent share in the company, before  purchasing an additional 20 percent stake from previous stakeholder Validé AS.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Going indie in Syria 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.19]
We all had to struggle to make something out of life, but I am grateful for how far I have gone. This is my story on how I made my first game AvoCuddle and overcame the difficulties Syrians faced.
Design, Business/Marketing

John Carmack steps down as Oculus CTO to explore artificial intelligence  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.19]
During his time at the VR company, Carmack oversaw the development and commercial launch of the original Oculus Rift headset, its successor the Oculus Rift S, and the standalone Oculus Quest.
VR, Business/Marketing

Oculus and Unity team up for free course on VR game development  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.19]
Oculus and Unity have teamed up to launch the 'Design, Develop, and Deploy for VR' program, aiming to give game developers the building blocks needed to start their first virtual reality projects.
VR, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion toZelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam search suggestions & premium positioning 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.13.19]
This time out, I thought it would be interesting to look - incredibly specifically - at Steam search suggestions. That is, the games that pop up when you start typing in things in Steam search.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Prey dev Human Head Studios closes, is immediately revived by Bethesda 3
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
Prey and Rune developer Human Head Studios has shut down, only to be almost immediately revived by Fallout and The Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda Softworks.
Production, Business/Marketing

Voodoo opens Canadian studio to expand beyond hypercasual market 1
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
French mobile game maker Voodoo has cut the ribbon on a new studio in Montreal, Canada, with a view to expanding beyond the hypercasual market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Devs recount their near-catastrophic run-ins with the sunk cost fallacy 4
by Rich Moss [11.12.19]
"We can't just abandon that feature that isn't working! We've already sunk too much time and effort into it!" That natural human response can be the undoing of game studios, as these stories attest.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: An indie game dev's guide to contracting  
by Staff [11.12.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, ClutchPlay Games' Amy Dallas explores different ways to structure contract projects for game devs in the world of freelance.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Atlas Empires dev Cerberus acquires marketplace platform Tastebud 1
by Chris Kerr [11.12.19]
Cerberus Interactive, the mobile studio behind location-based title Atlas Empires, has purchased marketplace platform Tastebud for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic Games acquires photogrammetry asset library and toolset maker Quixel 1
by Chris Kerr [11.12.19]
The Swedish company has a variety of products designed to help game and movie makers create photorealistic 3D content including Megascans, a massive library of 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New Noclip vid offers devs an inside look at how the ESRB works  
by Alex Wawro [11.11.19]
Danny O'Dwyer and the team at Noclip published a short documentary today about how the ESRB team works, and it offers a grab bag of insights into how games are evaluated and marketed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Stadia launch includes familiar lineup, one exclusive 1
by Bryant Francis [11.11.19]
Google has confirmed which games will launch on its cloud-based gaming platform, though it's largely a mix of familiar titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Analysing the success of Free Fire, the other king of battle royale  
by Gamasutra Community [11.11.19]
An analysis on Free Fire, the leading mobile battle royale in South East Asia and South America.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing