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Video: Everything you wanted to know about unionizing your workplace  
by Staff [09.17.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk, Game Workers Unite UK & IWGB's Kevin Agwaze discusses the current state of unionization in the global games industry and the recent formation of game workers unions.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Inside the development of Supergiant Games' Hades  
by Bryant Francis [09.17.20]
Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin sits down to discuss the design and business decisions behind Hades.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: Spelunky and why it's okay for game designers to be mean 13
by Staff [09.15.20]
"Spelunky may be another example of why imminently-attainable and generous rewards aren't always the ideal recipe for design success."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Mediatonic's plan to exile Fall Guys cheaters to a cheaters-only queue backfired 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
The plan was to have cheaters matchmake exclusively with other cheaters, but the Fall Guys team noticed its plans for Cheater Island were actually hurting the game's reputation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Behind the dizzying ride to the top for Among Us  
by Simon Carless [09.11.20]
The amazing 'out of the blue' success of multiplayer party game Among Us on Steam is, uh, amazing. But what happened? I delve into it with the help of one of its co-creators.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Tips for jumpstarting creativity and finishing your games 1
by Staff [09.10.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session Tribe Games' Charles McGregor explains why setting a specific goal helped him go from finishing no game projects to finishing 8 in 2 years, and how you can do the same.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Video: Using project management to tame the chaos of game dev  
by Staff [09.09.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session consultant Clinton Keith explains how to deliver great games on schedule without breaking the bank, or the backs of your team.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Remaining Lab Zero staff laid off following dev exodus  
by Alissa McAloon [09.04.20]
Skullgirls developer Lab Zero has laid off the remainder of its staff shortly after many members of the team departed the studio over issues with its owner Mike Zaimont.
Console/PC, Indie

Video: How a newbie solo dev landed their game on Xbox Game Pass  
by Staff [09.04.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk Studio Zevere's Davionne Gooden discusses his four-year journey taking She Dreams Elsewhere from a scrappy solo project begun in high school to a fully-realized game.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Game Discoverability Now: Are the 'store wars' really upon us? 1
by Simon Carless [09.04.20]
Unfortunately for everyone hoping that royalty percentages for third-party game studios will improve, I'm not sure it's going to happen soon. Theories - and plenty of other game discovery news - within.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Crafting the crafting system in Astroneer  
by Staff [09.02.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk System Era Softworks' Aaron Biddlecom & Elijah O'Rear walk you through how they made extensive changes to Astroneer's crafting system without destabilizing the game. 
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Staff [09.01.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Video: Making the designer-writer collaboration work in game dev  
by Staff [09.01.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session, writer Susan O'Connor breaks down best practices that any team can use to get writers and designers moving in the same direction.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Cyberpunk 2077 lands 5 awards including top honors at Gamescom 2020  
by Alissa McAloon [09.01.20]
CD Projekt Red's upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 made quite the impression at this year’s Gamescom event, ultimately securing 5 awards during this year’s multi-day digital show. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

We need to take Steam wishlist quality more seriously 2
by Simon Carless [09.01.20]
When you're in development on a game - whether you're a small indie dev or a larger publisher - how do you know whether it's going to do well or not? Steam wishlists help a lot - but how about wishlist quality?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

AI analysis: How traffic works in Cities: Skylines  
by Tommy Thompson [08.28.20]
The most challenging part of development. Let's explore the inner workings of Cities: Skylines citizen and traffic systems.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Game Discoverability Now: Do you want 100x your regular hourly game sales? (& more) 1
by Simon Carless [08.27.20]
How can you get to 100x hourly revenue for your Steam game? If you're West Of Loathing, a visibility round, a 'highest % off ever' sale, and then a Daily Deal will do it! Lots more inside...
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Accessibility in games with AbleGamers' Greg Haynes - GDC Podcast ep. 12  
by Kris Graft [08.27.20]
For Greg Haynes, lead game user researcher at the AbleGamers charity, video games provide experiences that should be available to all people‚ÄĒand that means making them more accessible to people with a wide range of abilities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

Get a job: Become a Senior VFX Artist at Robot Entertainment  
by Staff [08.26.20]
Robot Entertainment, the independent developer of the Orcs Must Die! franchise, is looking for a Senior VFX Artist to join the team in Plano, Texas -- though remote applicants are also welcome!
Indie, Art, Recruitment

All proceeds from Children of Morta's latest DLC are being donated to charity  
by Alissa McAloon [08.26.20]
Children of Morta developer Dead Mage is donating all revenue from the game's Paws and Claws DLC pack to Humane Society International.
Console/PC, Indie