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Blind Squirrel lands $5M in funding to self-publish its first game, Drifters  
by Emma Kidwell [03.14.19]
Blind Squirrel Games announced today that it has raised $5 million in funding for its first game, Drifters.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Follow Gamasutra's GDC 2019 coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
GDC 2019 is just around the corner! You can follow along with up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the show all next week on this dedicated live coverage page...
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get practical advice on how to run a hit-less indie studio at GDC 2019  
by Staff [03.14.19]
At GDC 2019 next week some experienced indie studio leaders from Kitfox, Temple Gate, and Anemone Hug will share useful advice on how to run a small game studio without a surprise, breakout hit!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

God of War leads BAFTA Games Award nominations
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
The British Academy (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for this year's BAFTA Game Awards, and God of War is leading the charge with a whopping 10 nominations. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to iOS and Android  
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
A new SDK will let mobile developers imbue their games with features like achievements, gamerscore, friend lists, clubs, hero stats, and some family settings. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Discord evolves verified servers with new community tools 1
by Chris Kerr [03.14.19]
Discord has made a raft of notable changes that should help game developers build stronger communities while giving them more agency when it comes to monetization. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

New Microsoft app lets users stream PC games to an Xbox One 4
by Emma Kidwell [03.13.19]
Xbox One users can now stream PC games to the console through the recently updated Wireless Display app. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take a look at the making (and marketing) of Dawn of Man  
by Bryant Francis [03.13.19]
Learn more about how Dawn of Man was built and marketed from one of the lead developers at Madrugo Works.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Take-Two Interactive shares jump after Sony acquisition rumors 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.13.19]
Take-Two Interactive shares jumped after rumors of Sony possibly acquiring the company began circulating in investing circles.

Sega pulls Judgment from sale in Japan following drug arrest 3
by Chris Kerr [03.13.19]
Sega has pulled its Yakuza spin-off Judgment from sale in Japan after voice actor Pierre Taki admitted to illegal drug use.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game studio funding: The right investor at the right stage 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.13.19]
As a follow-up to project specific financing options, we turn to the wonderful world of company-based equity funding, where investors are betting on your ability to grow the value of your studio long-term.

Game industry vet Jade Raymond signs on as a Google VP  
by Alex Wawro [03.12.19]
After leaving EA last year, game industry veteran Jade Raymond took to Twitter today to announce she's taken a VP position at Google -- though it's yet unclear what she'll be doing there.

Phoenix Point will be an Epic Games Store exclusive for a year 6
by Emma Kidwell [03.12.19]
X-Com creator Julian Gollop has announced that his game Phoenix Point will be an Epic Games Store exclusive during first year of release. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The 'equal pay and equal say' structure of the game dev studio KO_OP 5
by Alissa McAloon [03.12.19]
Waypoint has published a story on the indie developer KO_OP, exploring the studio’s unique co-op-like management structure that bestows equal pay and equal power to each and every dev it employs. 

Blog: 13 tips to help you with localization
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.19]
Want to localize your next game but not sure how, or don't think you should even bother? Pull up a chair and read these production tips.
Production, Business/Marketing

Inclusion in games a pressing concern for players, according to survey 1
by Chris Kerr [03.12.19]
"These findings should validate and encourage game developers to incorporate inclusive content in their games."
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Netflix is turning Dragon's Dogma into an anime series  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.19]
In news that you can file under 'rather surprising,' Netflix has announced plans to develop a new anime series based on Dragon's Dogma.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Adobe is ending Shockwave Player support April 9th  
by Emma Kidwell [03.11.19]
Adobe announced earlier today that Shockwave will be discontinued, and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available to download after April 9. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

NetEase and Tencent included in latest round of China game approvals  
by Chris Kerr [03.11.19]
The latest batch of approvals included two titles from NetEase and one from Tencent, and takes the total number of approvals since December 2018 to 726. 

Celebrities drop Fortnite dance lawsuits, but only temporarily 1
by Chris Kerr [03.11.19]
Some of the biggest names suing Fortnite maker Epic Games for allegedly misappropriating their dance moves in-game have temporarily dropped their lawsuits.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing