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Swedish startup Coherence nets $2.5 million to build 'democratic' dev platform 1
by Chris Kerr [11.22.19]
Swedish tech startup Coherence has netted $2.5 million in funding to continue developing its 'democratic' game development platform.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Adopting continuous delivery to combat crunch on Sea of Thieves  
by Staff [11.21.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Rare's Jafar Soltani explains how Rare changed its culture and approach for developing Sea of Thieves by adopting 'continuous delivery,' resulting in minimized crunch and has sustainable new features to players.
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Valve shares platform and launch details for VR exclusive Half-Life: Alyx  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
After giving fans a few days to get to grips with the news, Valve has shared more details about its long-awaited return to the Half-Life franchise.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Catch a truly Classic Game Postmortem of Star Wars Galaxies at GDC 2020!  
by Staff [11.21.19]
Leading devs Raph Koster and Rich Vogel will be presenting a Star Wars Galaxies Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2020 in March that promises to reveal insightful stories and key lessons learned.
Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mobile developer and tool maker N3twork secures $40 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Mobile game company N3twork has secured $40 million in Series C funding to expand its first-party games portfolio, live publishing platform, and media network.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Shenmue director Yu Suzuki shares his unique approach to game design  
by Staff [11.20.19]
In this classic video, Shenmue director and designer Yu Suzuki appears onstage at GDC 2000 to talk frankly (with the help of an interpreter) about his unique approach to game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production

GDC YouTube Top 5: NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz  
by Kris Graft [11.20.19]
For November, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Frank Lantz, director of NYU Game Center and a veteran of the game industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Take-Two leads $20 million funding round into Spellbreak developer Proletariat  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
Spellbreak developer Proletariat has secured $20 million in Series C funding to ramp up production on the fantasy battle royale title.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blockchain-based game studio Mythical Games nets $19 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.20.19]
Mythical Games, the LA-based studio established last year by a group of former Activision devs, has raised $19 million in venture funding.
Production, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros, Death Stranding among GOTY nominees for The Game Awards 2019  
by Alissa McAloon [11.19.19]
The folks behind The Game Awards have laid out the yearly show’s 2019 nominees, with games like Death Stranding and Control grabbing nominations across several categories, including as potential Game of the Year.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Blog: Understanding Agile game development - Part 1 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.19.19]
It is important for devs in all fields to grasp the Agile process so they can apply their concepts to whatever project they have at hand, better adapt to changes, and help projects to evolve.
Production

German government to continue $55 million game development fund  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.19]
The German government has approved plans to set aside €50 million ($55.4 million) in the federal budget for 2020 to promote game development in the country.
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The secrets of great voice acting 5
by Alex Wawro [11.18.19]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Superliminal Jedi Guy  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.16.19]
This week's roundup looks at games from Superliminal to Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokemon Sword & Shield, plus behind the scenes at the ESRB & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC and see how Borderlands 3 was optimized for 'bazillions' of guns  
by Staff [11.15.19]
The Gearbox team have always made a point of talking up just how many guns they cram into Borderlands, and at GDC 2020 in San Francisco you'll have a rare chance to see how they fit 'em all in!
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Tencent grabs 10 percent stake in UK game company Sumo Group  
by Chris Kerr [11.15.19]
Chinese company Tencent has purchased a 10 percent stake in Sumo Group, the owner of Crackdown 3  and LittleBigPlanet 3 developer Sumo Digital.  
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Translating the humor & tone of Yakuza games for the West 2
by Staff [11.14.19]
"The humor of a Yakuza game is a fine line to walk," says localization producer Scott Strichart in this in-depth chat about localization, the Yakuza games, and the ins and outs of Japanese humor.
Console/PC, Production

Video: Inside Far Cry Primal's character pipeline and customization tech  
by Staff [11.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Ubisoft's Julien Lalleve and Kieran O'Sullivan describe how they moved from their 3DS Max-based pipeline to a cross-software character pipeline for Far Cry Primal..
Console/PC, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Oculus and Unity team up for free course on VR game development  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.19]
Oculus and Unity have teamed up to launch the 'Design, Develop, and Deploy for VR' program, aiming to give game developers the building blocks needed to start their first virtual reality projects.
VR, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion toZelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing