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  Ubisoft yanks AC Unity season pass, placates buyers with free game
image Amidst long-running technical issues with Assassin's Creed Unity, Ubisoft has abruptly curtailed its DLC plans and made significant business concessions to appease those who purchased the game.
  Get a job: BattleCry is hiring a Lead Environment Artist
image Got some chops as a leader and an artist? Austin-based BattleCry Studios is looking to hire a lead environment artist to work on its upcoming online team combat game Battlecry.
21 Don't Miss: Double Fine's postmortem of Brutal Legend
image In this classic postmortem Double Fine outlines the production of its rock god epic Brtal Legend, taking in everything from legal troubles with Activision to nitty-gritty tool development details.
  Devs team up with Humble Bundle for anti-Ebola charity game jam
image 'Games Against Ebola' is a 96-hour charity game jam in which Mojang and 8 other dev teams, along with one solo developer, make games about healing and sell them through Humble Bundle for charity.
1 IGF 2015 Student Competition sees record-setting number of entries
image Organizers have tallied over 1,000 entries submitted to the 17th annual Independent Games Festival, with entrant records now broken across the board and Student Competition entries now available for everyone to view.
  Get ready for another Train Jam game jam in 2015
image Tickets for the second annual Train Jam, which will once again take place across 52 hours on a train from Chicago to San Francisco in advance of GDC 2015, are expected to go on sale today.
5 How important is 'clean' gameplay?
image "Once the gameplay became looser, the level of tuning required to make the game feel good changed, and it diluted the fundamental requirements for making jump and shoot gameplay as pristine as possible."
2 Positively horrifying
image "The horror fan wants blood because the horror fan is bleeding. The horror fan wants Isolation because the horror fan only knows isolation."
  EA honored for its LGBT equality practices
image Electronic Arts is one of the best companies practicing LGBT equality, according to an annual report from the Human Rights Campaign.
  Orcs Must Die! coming to China via Tencent agreement
image Orcs Must Die studio Robot Entertainment is looking to greatly expand its player base, with a new Tencent partnership that will see its popular franchise coming to the Greater China Region.
  Fight toxic online behavior with insight from Riot at GDC 2015
image Riot's social systems expert Dr. Jeffrey Lin returns to GDC 2015 in March to share data that will help you meet the challenge of designing your games to inhibit toxic online player behavior.
1 Unity's new UI system is finally here
image Unity has released the next version of its video game engine, complete with the brand new Unity User Interface system that the company says is faster and more flexible than the current solution.
2 Repeatable success in game production
image "Almost all game developers have less time, less money, less people than they need to complete what they want to achieve. They have to be smart about how the do things."
  Blog: A Unity culling mask tip
image "The Unity Camera class has a culling mask such that each camera can be set to only display a subset of the available layers. However, I wanted to be able to change the visible layers during runtime in response to a player's actions."
  A handful of British game studios have passed the tax relief cultural test
image More than 30 British game studios have applied for the new video game tax relief in the UK, while just over a dozen games have received provisional certification to go ahead for the application.
2 Advertising authority investigating YouTubers who don't disclose paid-for videos
image "There are strict rules that govern television and other advertising and it seems to me that there's a bit of a loophole when it comes to online, videos and YouTube." - Ben Bradshaw, a British Member of Parliament, reacts to poor disclosure from YouTubers.
  Latest Pokemon pair sells 3 million in opening weekend
image Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the latest Pokemon remakes, sold more than 3 million copies over their launch weekend.
2 Amiibos are here - but what's next for Nintendo's video game-toy business? Exclusive
image How are the Amiibo figurines? How is the Smash Bros. gameplay using them? And more importantly -- what potential is there, and what pitfalls lie in store for Nintendo?
  Get a job: Obisidian is looking to hire an Engine Programmer
image Pillars of Eternity developer Obsidian Entertainment is currently recruiting an experienced engine programmer to work in its Irvine, CA studio on analyzing and optimizing existing engine code.
1 Learn how to build a game that can playtest itself at GDC 2015
image Retro City Rampage developer Brian Provinciano believes it's a good idea to build your game on a deterministic engine that can play itself, and at GDC 2015 he'll show you how to pull it off.
6 Don't Miss: Watch Ron Gilbert's GDC postmortem of Maniac Mansion
image As Thimbleweed Park hits its Kickstarter goal, watch this loving and detailed look back at the game that started it all: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's Maniac Mansion.
3 FTC compels Sony to issue refunds over misleading Vita launch ads
image SCEA has agreed to a settlement deal with the FTC over charges that it and its advertising partner intentionally misled people with the advertising campaigns for the launch of the PlayStation Vita.
4 Streaming game development on Twitch: Lessons learned
image "I have tried to compile a number of lessons here, from both the perspective of a long time viewer of development videos/streams and that of a new game development streamer."
  Zenonia dev Gamevil snaps up another Korean mobile studio
image Gamevil continues to execute a proven strategy of buying up South Korean mobile game studios with its recent acquisition of Waplesoft, a company best known for producing social games.
  Sony leans on its PlayStation business as it searches for profitability
image Sony today outlined its plans to swing its business back to profits -- and its PlayStation and video game exploits feature heavily in those plans.

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ADIA Entertainment Ltd.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd. Adia Digital Art is one of China's biggest digital art production companies, and one of the main go-to outsource solutions in Asia for game developers world-wide.
Zvky Design Studio
Zvky Design Studio Zvky Design Studio is an young entertainment design firm specializing in concept art and other art production services. Our artists have worked on many AAA title games from top studios.
Game Design Studio, The
Game Design Studio, The Need help in game or level design? The Game Design Studio is home of Pascal Luban, freelance game designer with 17+ years of experience, Lead Level designer on the multiplayer versions of both Splinter Cell - Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory.
Technicolor Game Services
Technicolor Game Services
Forge Studios
Forge Studios Forge Studios is an outsourcing production services studio founded by an experienced team of professionals. Our team has worked on a variety of projects providing high quality in-game content as well as engine integration, workflow setup, art direction.
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design Clean Cuts is an award winning audio facility with over 25 years of experience in original music composition, custom sound design, audio implementation, and voice over casting. We have 14 audio suites, 16 sound designers, and staff 3 full-time composers.
Principle Audio
Principle Audio Principle Audio - young and ambitious outsourcing company, sound design for games. We are engaged in casual, social games, games for iOS, Android. Some of our projects: Cut the Rope: Time Travel, Tap the Frog, Mirrors of Albion, Starborn Wandereres.
AXION STUDIOS Ltd.
AXION STUDIOS Ltd. We are located in Hong Kong and providing the best Digital Art with guaranteed quality services for the game industry around the world.

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Results from Game Design Challenge: Unsensible Sports
image Game Career Guide's readers tackle the sports genre with designs for fictional sports that are well-suited for video game adaptations.
Postmortem: Identity
image Michael Quist details the development of Identity, a third-person stealth game created by a 14-person team at SMU Guildhall.
Tales of Terrachanics
image Game developer Glen Cooney details the production cycle, the challenges he encountered, and the lessons he learned in creating Terrachanics.
Annual Game Career Guide
The annual Game Career Guide 2014 is now available. Whether you are a newbie in the industry or an expert, the GCGs exclusive industry content is a great tool for those who wish to plan their profession in the game industry.

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