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What happens when an outbreak ruins your game announcement plans?  
by Aron Garst [04.01.20]
Sabotage Studio's Thierry Boulanger opens up about how the success of The Messenger allowed the studio to start in on Sea of Stars, and the impact COVID-19 has had on the game's development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Storytelling with verbs to better integrate narrative and gameplay  
by Staff [03.30.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Capy's Kaitlin Tremblay discusses the inherent fiction behind our most common gameplay verbs, such as shooting, talking, deciphering puzzles, hacking, and the like.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Tencent and Huawei are working on a mobile cloud gaming platform  
by Chris Kerr [03.27.20]
Chinese tech companies Tencent and Huawei have partnered up to develop a mobile cloud gaming platform.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Mojang shakes up AR game Minecraft Earth to adapt to shelter-in-place play  
by Alissa McAloon [03.26.20]
Teams with location based or augmented reality games out in the wild are having to make changes to remain playable as people forgo excursions due to the coronavirus.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Unity offers up free game dev courses and tutorials during coronavirus pandemic  
by Alissa McAloon [03.25.20]
Unity is opening up three months' worth of premium access to its Unity Learn platform to give learning resources to Unity-curious developers cooped up at home during the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Don't Miss: Designing Grindstone's super satisfying board-clearing gameplay 1
by Staff [03.25.20]
Dan Vader, lead writer and designer on the brilliant Grindstone from Capy Games, explains the iterative process that brought about one of the most satisfying puzzle games in recent memory.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

How Lair of the Clockwork God blends the world of platformers and point-and-clicks 1
by Jack Yarwood [03.25.20]
Size Five Games founder Dan Marshall discusses the strange twists and turns of the studio's approach to designing its adventurous new point-and-click-meets-platformer Lair of the Clockwork God.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

GDC 2020 talks are now available to watch for free on the GDC Vault!  
by Staff [03.24.20]
Game Developers Conference organizers are excited to announce that the insightful talks delivered by game industry experts during GDC 2020 last week are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Vault, GDC

Plague Inc. dev Ndemic donates $250,000 to COVID-19 response funds  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.20]
Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations has pledged $250,000 to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Big Run Studios nets $1.4 million to create mobile titles for 'underserved' audiences  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.20]
Blackout Blitz developer Big Run Studios has raised $1.4 million in funding to create casual mobile games for "traditionally underserved audiences."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing, DOOM 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.20]
The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Job stability, quality of life, Windjammers with Dave Lang - GDC Podcast ep. 7  
by Kris Graft [03.20.20]
Dave Lang, founder of Iron Galaxy Studios, joins the latest GDC Podcast to talk about creating a studio that's built to last, quality of life in the game industry, and old rumors about Midway Games and the mafia.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Mobile versions of Call of Duty and PUBG driving game revenue at Tencent  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.20]
The company said the likes of PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and the 'Teamfight Tactics' mode within League of Legends were some of its biggest earners.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC organizers plan new 3-day GDC Summer event for August  
by Staff [03.19.20]
GDC organizers have announced GDC Summer, a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development, to be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero among 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
The Strong Museum has named the 12 games shortlisted for this years World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees, a list that includes repeat nominees like Minecraft alongside some fresh faces.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Mobile studio Scopely nets $200 million for more acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Mobile studio Scopely has raised $200 million in Series D funding to accelerate its investment and acquisition strategy.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Thatgamecompany opening new San Francisco office to support Sky  
by Chris Kerr [03.19.20]
Journey and Flower developer thatgamecompany is preparing to expand with the opening of a new office in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Untitled Goose Game nabs Game of the Year at the 2020 Game Developers Choice Awards!  
by Staff [03.18.20]
The goose is loose, and it took home top prize for developer House House at this year's prestigious Game Developers Choice Awards! Other big winners include Control, Disco Elysium, and Baba Is You!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Miniclip acquires UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.20]
Miniclip has acquired UK mobile studio Eight Pixels Square from Outplay Entertainment for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Deca Games acquires DragonVale following Backflip Studios closure  
by Alissa McAloon [03.17.20]
Deca Games is taking over Backflip Studios' free-to-play mobile game DragonVale, an acquisition that comes months after Backflip was closed down by parent company Hasbro.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing