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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

Steam search suggestions & premium positioning 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.13.19]
This time out, I thought it would be interesting to look - incredibly specifically - at Steam search suggestions. That is, the games that pop up when you start typing in things in Steam search.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Prey dev Human Head Studios closes, is immediately revived by Bethesda 3
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
Prey and Rune developer Human Head Studios has shut down, only to be almost immediately revived by Fallout and The Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda Softworks.
Production, Business/Marketing

Voodoo opens Canadian studio to expand beyond hypercasual market 1
by Chris Kerr [11.13.19]
French mobile game maker Voodoo has cut the ribbon on a new studio in Montreal, Canada, with a view to expanding beyond the hypercasual market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Devs recount their near-catastrophic run-ins with the sunk cost fallacy 4
by Rich Moss [11.12.19]
"We can't just abandon that feature that isn't working! We've already sunk too much time and effort into it!" That natural human response can be the undoing of game studios, as these stories attest.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Games acquires photogrammetry asset library and toolset maker Quixel 1
by Chris Kerr [11.12.19]
The Swedish company has a variety of products designed to help game and movie makers create photorealistic 3D content including Megascans, a massive library of 2D and 3D photogrammetry assets.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Erica dev Flavourworks nets $3.85 million to make more interactive games  
by Chris Kerr [11.11.19]
Erica developer Flavourworks has secured $3.85 million in Series A funding to "deepen" its cross-platform Touch Video technology and expand its project pipeline.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to develop console games with help from Nintendo 2
by Chris Kerr [11.11.19]
Tencent is looking to expand outside of China by developing console games for players in the United States and Europe, and hopes recent partner Nintendo will give it a helping hand.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing