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Ubisoft executives resign amid sexual misconduct allegations  
by Bryant Francis [07.11.20]
Three Ubisoft execs are departing the company after weeks of allegations about sexual, physical, and emotional abuse have emerged around company leadership.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analyzing those Satisfactory sales numbers (& more!)  
by Simon Carless [07.10.20]
Coffee Stain Studios were kind enough to go public with their game sales for standout first-person factory building game Satisfactory - what does that say about Epic Games Store and Steam?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What the Golf? is going on in this Q&A 1
by Staff [07.10.20]
Copenhagen-based Triband is the studio behind what is easily one of the funniest, most joyful games of the year in What the Golf? The team answered...most of our questions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: A game dev's guide to organizing your levels and mechanics  
by Staff [07.10.20]
In this GDC 2018 session game dev Nathan Fouts looks at different methods to organize level designs and mechanics in a way that's effective and easy to implement in your own game development process.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Unreal Engine devs can now capture facial animation using an iOS app  
by Alissa McAloon [07.10.20]
Epic Games has launched a new iOS app that uses the platform's ARKit technology to capture real-world facial movements and translate those to character models in Unreal Engine.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art

Don't Miss: An oral ('Sporal'?) history on the development of Maxis' Spore  
by Staff [07.09.20]
Former team members look back on the triumphs and challenges in developing one of the most ambitious games of all time.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Emergent storytelling techniques in The Sims  
by Staff [07.09.20]
In this GDC 2018 session game dev Matt Brown examines the various techniques employed across all four generations of The Sims to empower player-driven and emergent storytelling.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Sony invests $250 million in Epic Games 5
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.20]
Sony has made a multimillion dollar investment into Fortnite and Unreal Engine maker Epic Games, grabbing itself a minority stake in the company for the price of $250 million.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GDC Summer's Session Viewer is live and ready for you to start planning your GDC!  
by Staff [07.09.20]
We're one month away from GDC Summer, and now's the time for you to start planning out what you're going to see and do so you can get the most out of your time!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Sponsored: Learn to ward off cheaters & other threats to online games in a free webinar  
by Irdeto [07.09.20]
Join in on this free webinar to learn about modern threats to multiplayer games and how Denuvo Anti-Cheat addresses those threats without requiring modification of the game's source code.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Webinar, Whitepaper

Get a job: Join Remedy as a Technical Director  
by Staff [07.08.20]
As the Technical Director, you will be part of the project's core leadership team and own and drive all technical areas and aspects of the project from vision to execution.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Report: Xbox 'encouraging' publishers to keep cross-gen game upgrades free 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.20]
Xbox is reportedly asking publishers with cross-gen games in the mix not to charge players to upgrade the Xbox One version to the Xbox Series X version.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [07.08.20]
How going "old-school" with game saves -- they're manual! -- created a sorely-needed sense of tension in Creative Assembly's first-person horror-shooter Alien: Isolation.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

VGDC: Em Reed's 'All Time Greats' article/video picks  
by Simon Carless [07.08.20]
Writer & cultural commentator Em Reed contributes some really interesting links that straddle history, art, academia and culture adeptly.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A microtransaction design primer for game devs  
by Staff [07.08.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk ArenaNet's Crystin Cox shares her experience leading microtransaction design efforts for games like Guild Wars 2 and MapleStory to help you design high-quality microtransactions.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

GDC Summer's Community Channel offers fun activities to unwind with peers  
by Staff [07.08.20]
Much of GDC's appeal comes from serendipitous run-ins you have with peers, so organizers are lining up community-focused activities (from music to yoga to mixology) for you to enjoy during GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Core is paying devs per DAU in a bid to kickstart the creation platform's economy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.20]
Core developer Manticore has earmarked $1 million for a Creator Payouts Pilot Program, money that will then be paid out to devs that create and publish games within its games-as-a-platform ecosystem.
Console/PC, Indie

Attend GDC Summer to learn how a newbie solo dev landed a game on Xbox Game Pass  
by Staff [07.08.20]
It's not easy to get your game noticed, but at GDC Summer next month you'll have a front-row seat to the story of how a solo, newbie dev managed to land their game on Xbox's popular Game Pass service!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Infinity Ward has removed the controversial 'OK' gesture from Modern Warfare 10
by Chris Kerr [07.08.20]
Infinity Ward has pulled the controversial 'OK' gesture from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile game discovery - Why it's tricky for indies 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.08.20]
Mobile games grossed almost $70 billion in 2019. But why aren't lots of small and medium indies without experience jumping into the space? Here's some good reasons.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing