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Blizzard vet and Undead Labs founder urges employees, industry to unionize  
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
Former Blizzard employee, ArenaNet co-founder, and Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain has written an open letter to his employees and the game industry at large, urging them to unionize.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More stories from Activision Blizzard emerge in days after walkout  
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
A number of current and former Activision Blizzard employees have been sharing their stories publicly since Wednesday's walkout and protest.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing


Don't Miss: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV 10
by Christian Nutt [07.30.21]
Take a look back at our chat with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida about the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV.
Console/PC, Production

Get a job: Bytro Labs GmbH needs a Lead Game Designer  
by Staff [07.30.21]
German developer Bytro Labs GmbH is looking for a Lead Game Designer.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Blog: Directing virtual characters in Wayward Strand - Part 1  
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.21]
Exploring the design and tech behind directing Wayward Strand's character animations in Unity, including how we've set up our animator controllers to allow for continuous, complex character animation.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Ubisoft staff claim publisher has 'sidelined' their demands and 'continues to protect known offenders'  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
"Ubisoft continues to protect and promote known offenders and their allies. We see management continuing to avoid this issue."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is pulling Forza Motorsport 7 from sale after less than four years 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Forza Motorsport 7 has reached 'end of life' status and will be pulled from sale on the Microsoft Store on September 15, 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Panic managed to sell 20,000 Playdates in under 20 minutes 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Panic sold 20,000 of its quirky crank-laden Playdate consoles in under 20 minutes after opening pre-orders yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Opinion: Civilization VI's (Green) New Deal  
by Katherine Cross [07.29.21]
In Civilization VI's latest expansion Gathering Storm, the world fights back and your actions have far-reaching, unintended consequences down the ages and across the whole of the map.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: SMU Guildhall is hiring a Professor of Practice  
by Staff [07.29.21]
SMU Guildhall is looking for faculty to fill a position in one of these areas of specialization: Gameplay Creator, Team Game Production, Art or Programming.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Facebook blocks Road 96 ad for being 'political messaging' 2
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Road 96 developer Yoan Fanise has told Axios that Facebook rejected an advertisement for his team's upcoming game, on the grounds it contained "political messaging."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve's response to Wolfire lawsuit: Deal with it 5
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Updated: Valve has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Wolfire that alleged the company had created a monopoly with Steam, and was not earning its 30 percent cut on game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PS5 software beta will finally let some console owners expand their SSD storage  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Sony is finally getting ready to let PlayStation 5 owners upgrade their SSD storage, although it seems the SSD requirements themselves will be rather specific.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.21]
Who are the 'creators who aren’t full-time game devs' making popular games and mods for game creation platforms? We explore game discovery by talking to them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Former SEGA president Kenji Matsubara is the new CEO of SNK  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
SNK Corporation has named former Sega and Zynga Japan president Kenji Matsubara as its new CEO.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft staff back Activision Blizzard protests, decry 'ingrained culture of abusive behavior'  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
"By choosing profit over our security, you are literally toying with our lives. We should not have to choose between work and our safety."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil Village and digital sales help Capcom deliver record Q1 net sales  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
First quarter net sales reached record levels at Capcom thanks to new releases like Resident Evil Village and bumper digital sales.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Solidarity and tension on display during employee walkout at Blizzard HQ 3
by Bryant Francis [07.28.21]
At the employee walkout at Blizzard's Headquarters in Irvine, CA we saw equal amounts of solidarity and exhaustion among participating employees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Despite continuing supply woes, Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.28.21]
The PlayStation 5 has hit a huge milestone: The console has officially surpassed 10 million sold, and it managed to do so in less time than it took even the PlayStation 4.
Console/PC