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Video: A data-driven deep dive into the 12 motivations for players  
by Staff [09.03.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Quantic Foundry's Nick Yee take a deep dive into 12 major player motivations, based on Quantic Foundry's survey of over 400,000 game players!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Pokemon Masters has topped 10 million downloads in four days  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.19]
Pokemon Masters, the free-to-play mobile battler from DeNA and The Pokemon Company, has amassed 10 million downloads in four days.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fate/Grand Order dev Type-Moon opens new studio  
by Alissa McAloon [08.30.19]
Type-Moon, the developer behind the fighting game series Melty Blood and the mobile gatcha Fate/Grand Order, has opened a new subsidiary studio called Type-Moon Studio BB.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Blizzard is suing Chinese studio Sina Games for ripping off Warcraft series  
by Chris Kerr [08.30.19]
Blizzard Entertainment is suing Chinese developer Sina Games for allegedly copying its Warcraft series with free-to-play mobile title Glorious Saga.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Day of the Devs is looking for indie games for its 2019 showcase  
by Alissa McAloon [08.29.19]
The folks behind Day of the Devs are now taking submissions for indie games to join the Day of the Devs 2019 event this November.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

GDC 2020 opens call for Summits submissions!  
by Staff [08.29.19]
Informa Tech, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference 2020, are now accepting submissions for the Summits part of the event, taking place on Monday and Tuesday of GDC week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mobile studio Cerberus Interactive nets $1.75 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [08.29.19]
Austin-based mobile studio Cerberus Interactive has secured $1.75 million in funding to further develop its 'marketing-first' approach to game design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

A dev's guide to sustainably supporting live games without crunching  
by Alex Wawro [08.29.19]
Producers, leaders, and devs from across the game industry share their experiences and lessons learned about how to avoid crunching and overworking when you're working on a living, evolving game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

New allegations of sexual assault surface against established game devs
by Kris Graft [08.28.19]
Update: Several more developers have come forward with abuse allegations against other prominent men in the game industry in the wake of yesterday's accusations.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Creating the free-flowing text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n 4
by Staff [08.28.19]
Adam Hines and Kevin Riach talk about creating the free-flowing real-time text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Video: The three phases of designing Episode's interactive fiction  
by Staff [08.27.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Michael Dawson explains how the Episode teams take a story idea and design it into a polished interactive mobile entertainment experience in three phases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Playtika acquires Best Fiends developer-publisher Seriously  
by Chris Kerr [08.27.19]
Israeli social and mobile game studio Playtika has acquired Finnish mobile publisher Seriously for a reported $275 million.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Remnants Of A Lie-Telling Anthem  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.25.19]
This week's roundup includes Remnant: From The Ashes and Telling Lies, as well as a new Westworld VR title, 20 years of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Steam China, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Play Ventures raises $40 million to fuel game-focused VC fund  
by Alissa McAloon [08.23.19]
The venture capital firm Play Ventures has closed out its first round of funding, raising a total of $40 million to later invest in pre-seed and seed-stage game startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game stores: you need more real-time charts! 2
by Simon Carless [08.23.19]
Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hatch and Vodafone partner to bring 5G mobile game streaming to Germany  
by Alissa McAloon [08.22.19]
Rovio-owned Hatch is working with the phone service provider Vodafone to bring its streaming, 5G mobile game platform to select Android phones in Germany.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Google Play Store design refresh aims to boost game discoverability 2
by Chris Kerr [08.22.19]
The Google Play Store has been given a visual refresh to improve the overall store experience, and notably for mobile devs, make it easier for users to find and access games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes 1
by Staff [08.21.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk PopCap Games' Becky Allen shares an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the dynamic music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story 3
by Staff [08.21.19]
For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Apple delays new rules for kid-focused apps to give devs more room to comply  
by Alissa McAloon [08.21.19]
Apple has pushed back the rollout of new rules for children’s apps on the App Store that block developers in the category from using third-party ads and analytics tools.
Smartphone/Tablet