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Creating terrifying, memorable 2D monsters  
by Diego Arguello [07.29.19]
Devs who've worked on Battle Chef Brigade, Darkest Dungeon, Guacamelee and more share their favorite tips and techniques for designing fantastic 2D monsters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: GTA Online's Casino, Game Discoverability  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.28.19]
This week's roundup includes Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, & articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Apple acquires the bulk of Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion  
by Chris Kerr [07.26.19]
The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, and will see Apple take on roughly 2,200 employees from Intel along with some of the company's equipment and intellectual property.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Tilting Point invests $30 million in Mino as Cat Game launches worldwide  
by Alissa McAloon [07.25.19]
Tilting Point has invested up to $30 million in Cat Game developer Mino, funds that come just as the game closes its soft launch period and releases worldwide for iOS and Android.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The challenges and rewards of designing local multiplayer games 12
by Staff [07.23.19]
We talk to the developers of Super Pole Riders, Overcooked and Spaceteam about the appeal of developing a local multiplayer game, and the benefits over taking your game online.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

FIFA's loot boxes don't count as gambling, says UK Gambling Commission 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.23.19]
The UK Gambling Commission maintains that a lack of rewards with real-world value keeps loot boxes from tipping over into gambling.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Doppio raises $1.1 million from Google and Amazon for voice-controlled games  
by Alissa McAloon [07.23.19]
Doppio has raised a total of $1.1 million to fund the development of voice-controlled video games at its Portuguese studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio

Supercell discontinues games in Vietnam due to 'regulatory issues'  
by Chris Kerr [07.23.19]
Clash of Clans maker Supercell has pulled out of Vietnam indefinitely due to "local regulatory issues."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: In The Sky, The Dungeon Master Reigns  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.20.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Thatgamecompany's Sky, the rise of the professional dungeon master, and the far-ahead tech of Turok: Dinosaur Hunter on N64, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tools to manage Stadia's data usage are in the works, says Google 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.19.19]
Andrey Doronichev, Google’s Director of Product for Stadia, addressed some of the public's concerns in a recent AMA on the upcoming cloud-based game platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Zynga is growing its presence in India with a studio expansion  
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.19]
Zynga is moving into a new space in Bengaluru, noting that the city has become a game development hub in India.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: Disruptor Beam is hiring a Senior Game Designer  
by Staff [07.18.19]
As a Senior Game Designer, you will work with a team of producers, designers, engineers, product managers and marketers to lead the creation of world-class free-to-play mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Video: Letting Go - The Florence postmortem  
by Staff [07.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Mountains' Ken Wong discusses the journey of designing the studio's hit debut game Florence, a poignant look at the ups and downs of relationships.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Kongregate acquires mobile and browser game Bit Heroes  
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.19]
Bit Heroes launched on Kongregate's online game portal in 2016, and has now been acquired by the San Francisco-based developer and publisher.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Terraforming Mars dev LuckyHammers has closed down 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.19]
LuckyHammers, the developer behind Terraforming Mars and the unreleased game Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, has closed its doors.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch Lite-s Up, 2019's Best Games So Far  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.14.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Switch Lite announcement and Valve's experimental discovery mechanisms, as well as some picks on 2019's best games so far, Dragon Quest Builders 2, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Smartphone maker Rokit launches $50 million game development fund 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Smartphone maker Rokit has launched a $50 million game development fund to support indies and startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Ubisoft RedLynx is hiring a Senior Game Designer  
by Staff [07.09.19]
Ubisoft RedLynx is looking for a senior game designer to work on South Park: Phone Destroyer as well as other ideas in the works at the Helsinki-based studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment