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Ubisoft debuts its open-world Avatar game, other titles, at Ubisoft Forward  
by Bryant Francis [06.12.21]
Ubisoft showd off its open-world game based on James Cameron's Avatar as well as a number of other new titles at its 2021 Ubisoft Forward press conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Exploring childhood boredom and curiosity in Rainy Season 1
by Joel Couture [06.11.21]
"I was burnt out from school when I started working on Rainy Season. Feeling that my passion for art was slipping away, I was struggling with workaholic symptoms and was obsessed with being productive."
Video, IGF

Netflix announces Blood Dragon, Splinter Cell animated shows  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
Two Ubisoft properties are being adapted into Netflix animated series: Far Cry: Blood Dragon and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has clocked 20 million players  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
Respawn Entertainment says over 20 million players have played Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order across different platforms.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Delisting Cyberpunk was 'in the interest of the PlayStation community'  
by Bryant Francis [06.11.21]
PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan defended the company’s move to delist Cyberpunk 2077 in an interview with Axios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hypercasual publisher Voodoo acquires marketing company Bidshake  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Hypercasual mobile game publisher Voodoo has acquired cross-channel marketing automation platform Bidshake for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Turkish mobile dev Hungri Games nets $1.1 million to open UK studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Turkish mobile developer Hungri Games has raised $1.1 million to expand its game catalog and open a new UK studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Bethesda to scrap Fallout 76 battle royale mode 'Nuclear Winter' as players lose interest  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Bethesda will scrap Fallout 76's battle royale mode 'Nuclear Winter' later this year due to dwindling player interest.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Scavengers reinstates co-founders after investigation into harassment, toxicity  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
Scavengers Studio has reinstated CEO Amelie Lamarche and former creative director Simon Darveau following the outcome of an investigation into allegations of harassment and toxicity at the studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Little Orpheus, Genshin Impact and more celebrated at 2021 Apple Design Awards  
by Chris Kerr [06.11.21]
A number of video games have been celebrated at the 2021 Apple Design Awards, which honor excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement in app and game design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Making the colorful music wheel of Wandersong 1
by Staff [06.10.21]
Wandersong's Greg Lobanov digs into the game's intriguing color wheel of song, why he crafted an aesthetic around a 'rainbow of sound', and how he designed puzzles solvable by singing.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Treyarch is hiring a Senior Test Automation Engineer  
by Staff [06.10.21]
Treyarch, the studio behind the best-selling Call of Duty – Black Ops franchise is seeking a passionate Senior Test Automation Engineer to help us take our cutting-edge games to the next level.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Analysis: Microsoft's future vision sees premium gaming on every screen  
by Gamasutra Community [06.10.21]
Omdia analysts George Jijiashvili and Matthew Bailey summarize Microsoft's latest news about Game Pass and cloud gaming, while highlighting their key takeaways.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ex-Treyarch devs debut new Sony-partnered studio Deviation Games  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
Treyarch veterans Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell have announced the creation of Deviation Games, a new studio making a new game with Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Koch Media debuts new publishing arm: Prime Matter  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
The Matryoshka doll of game publishers under Embracer Group adds a new member: Prime Matter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

CD Projekt says employee data may have leaked in February breach  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
CD Projekt has shared more details about the cyber attack on the studio that took place back in February.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Here's what debuted at Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest kickoff  
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
Here's a brief rundown of all the new titles that debuted at Geoff Keighley's Summer Games Fest kickoff, including Elden Ring. Chet FaliszekChet Faliszek
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Video: Dive into Marvel's Spider-Man procedural lighting tools  
by Staff [06.10.21]
In this 2019 GDC session, Insomniac Games' Xray Halperin presents how procedural systems assisted the lighting team on Marvel's Spider-Man.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, GDC

Data dive: anatomy of a Steam game launch  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.10.21]
We're looking at the launch of winemaking sim Hundred Days, with real Steam numbers, alongside a whole bunch of other trends in and around game discovery.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Hackers nab source code for Frostbite, FIFA, and other EA tech 2
by Bryant Francis [06.10.21]
EA has confirmed that hackers have managed to obtain source code for FIFA and the Frostbite Engine after a recent data breach.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing