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Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.17.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics, FoxNext Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Recruitment

CD Projekt Red talks Cyberpunk 2077 crunch, vows to be 'more humane' to devs 9
by Alissa McAloon [05.17.19]
CD Projekt Red leadership says speaking publicly about crunch acts as a commitment to treat its devs more humanely.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Riot ignores calls to scrap mandatory arbitration for all employees 1
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
League of Legends maker Riot Games has refused to completely scrap its mandatory arbitration policy, despite employees staging a mass walkout over the issue less than two weeks ago.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Was it worth quitting my job to go indie? 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.17.19]
Two years ago I quit my job as an architect to pursue my dream of making video games. Now that the game is out, was it a good idea, financially speaking?
Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How RimWorld found success through ridiculous, contrarian design 1
by Staff [05.16.19]
In this 2017 GDC session RimWorld creator Tynan Sylvester looks at how it was designed not as a game, but as a story generator, and how its crazy, ridiculous design found surprising success.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Picking a platform - Bottom-up vs top-down thinking  
by Gamasutra Community [05.16.19]
Outlines two approaches to picking a target platform: one which begins with your game's design and works upwards, and another that starts at the platform's player culture and works downwards.
Production

Blog: Successfully launching a game with a near-zero marketing budget  
by Gamasutra Community [05.16.19]
A detailed account of the work needed to take a completely unknown indie game,Nova Drift, and achieve a reasonably successful launch, mainly thought streamer outreach.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Lessons learned in making This War of Mine and Frostpunk  
by Staff [05.15.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, 11 bit studios' Przemyslaw Marszal and Michal Drozdowski explain their unique approach of the design and development processes behind Frostpunk and This War of Mine.
Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Sponsored: The Talking Tom team's 5 tips for building a 'super' endless runner  
by Outfit7 Limited [05.15.19]
Talking Tom Hero Dash developer Outfit7 Limited digs into the question of "what's next?" for the endless runner genre and offers advice to developers working in a similar space.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

'Record high' investments see profits fall at Paradox  
by Chris Kerr [05.15.19]
Revenues and profits are down at Paradox Interactive for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, but that's largely because of the company's ongoing investment efforts.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The challenges of teamwork and game design  
by Gamasutra Community [05.15.19]
Designing games in a team is a huge challenge. Despite the fact that we try to follow the same universal principles of design theory, we often disagree. So, what can we do to overcome our differences?
Design, Production

Video: The making of Larian Studios' Divinity: Original Sin 2  
by Staff [05.14.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Larian Studios' Swen Vincke takes a look at all the strategies employed to make Divinity: Original Sin 2 a better game than Divinity: Original Sin, and how they worked out.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Lessons learned working full-time for co-op credit  
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.19]
A student reflects on his experiences after dedicating six months to working full-time on his own startup for co-op credit and with funding from his university.
Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Games to receive BAFTA Special Award for contribution to game development  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
BAFTA will honor Epic Games with the esteemed Special Award at this year's awards ceremony in London on June 12.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic bolsters Unreal Engine with Twinmotion acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
Epic has announced its new version of Twinmotion will be absolutely free to download and use for all customers until November 2019.
Design, Production

Rockstar acquires Indian art studio Dhruva from Starbreeze 1
by Chris Kerr [05.14.19]
Rockstar has purchased Indian art production studio Dhruva from Starbreeze for an undisclosed fee.
Art, Production, Business/Marketing

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

The Australian Labor Party wants to restart the Interactive Games Fund 2
by Chris Kerr [05.13.19]
The Australian Labor Party has pledged to reintroduce the Australian Interactive Games Fund if voted in during the country's upcoming elections on May 18. 
Production, Business/Marketing