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  Kabam secures massive $120 million investment from China's Alibaba
image Free-to-play studio Kabam has secured a massive investment from Chinese internet giant Alibaba -- $120 million, which gives Alibaba rights to publish its games in China on its mobile platforms.
2 Gearbox steps up to defend itself in Aliens: Colonial Marines case
image Developer responds to class action suit brought on behalf of consumers who argued that the game substantially differed from the version promoted by its publisher, Sega, by saying "why are we involved?"
4 Crunching the numbers behind an indie game studio
image "In three years, I personally went from having $20,000 in savings to $35,000 in debt." - Guillaume Boucher-Vidal, founder of independent studio Nine Dots
1 Rayman creator helps launch new studio -- while still at Ubisoft
image Rayman and Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel is helping to launch Wild Sheep, a new French indie studio.
  Get a job: Volition is hiring a Visual Effects Artist
image Handy with 3ds Max or Maya? Deep Silver Volition, known for the Saints Row franchise, is looking to hire a visual effects artist to join them in their Champaign, Illinois offices.
54 Don't Miss: Keeping up with mobile hit Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Exclusive
image Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics. Now, the branding maven can add the iOS App Store to her list of conquests.
3 Big Data, big problems: A Mathematician’s take on the state of game analytics
image "There are many constraints on the quality of an analytics investigation: time and money are extremely scarce, but developers still want insight into data. The problem is that a bad report is a very dangerous thing."
1 Startup puts YouTubers at its center, and that changes everything
image 3BlackDot was co-founded by ex-Machinima staffers and two very popular YouTubers, Syndicate and SeaNanners. But with promotion at its heart, what's authentic and what's not?
  Your Amazon Appstore games are now available in Southeast Asia
image Android game makers, take note: Amazon has expanded its Appstore to support 41 more countries and territories, including parts of Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  RockYou nets $10M in funding to continue buying up moribund games
image The social game publisher cum advertising network plans to use the money to acquire more social and mobile games it can integrate into its network of ad-supported titles.
10 One dev, three iOS games, no success - sharing the numbers
image "Here are the numbers for the 3 iOS games I published in the last year. Spoiler alert: they are bad."
1 TV star's new superhero game takes cues from improv acting Exclusive
image Heroes and Hawaii Five-0 actor Masi Oka has started an independent game company. We spoke with him about his new project, and how he was inspired to create it by teaching improv in Japan.
  GDC 2015 announces call for papers, new advisory board members
image GDC 2015 organizers have opened the Call for Papers, running until August 28th and added advisory board members Brenda Romero and Penka Kouneva.
  From the idea to the final product: Developing Toto Temple Deluxe
image This blog post takes you through the design evolution of multiplayer indie game Toto Temple Deluxe -- walking you through the process of making an initial design compelling as a real game.
  PlayStation's streaming game service enters open beta
image PlayStation Now, Sony's cloud-based streaming service for PlayStation consoles, will launch as an open beta today in the U.S. and Canada, with more than 100 games to rent and stream.
  GDC Europe reveals talks on Dead Island 2 and Angry Birds
image Senior staff from Yager Interactive and Rovio join the roster of speakers sharing knowledge about the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
10 DieselStormers hit with trademark dispute from clothing company Diesel
image A game called DieselStormers that just launched on Steam Early Access has been hit with a trademark dispute from Italian clothing company Diesel.
  Early Access game Maia makes $1 million
image Back in 2012, UK developer Simon Roth raised arond $237,000 through Kickstarter for his game Maia. Now the dev has made more than $1 million from the in-development game, and is opening a new studio.
  With no new major releases, Capcom sees profits drop
image Capcom's revenues and profits were down during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, mainly due to a lack of major releases from the Japanese publisher.
2 The puzzle generation workflow in VR game Darknet
image "Every time the player goes through a level, they’ll have to complete at least a couple of puzzles to win. That’s why it’s so critical to make the puzzles unique and challenging."
  UK publisher Mastertronic closes Cambridgeshire HQ, lays off 40% of staff
image In the midst of liquidation threats, UK games publisher Mastertronic has been forced to make nearly half of its staff redundant, and close its Cambridgeshire headquarters.
4 Leaderboards: The original and best social feature
image A look at why leaderboards are so commonly implemented, what they gain you as a developer, and how players react to them.
1 PlayStation swings to profits, thanks to strong PS4 performance
image Sony saw a notable rise in profits during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, as the company's PlayStation business swung back from losses to income.
11 Gamasutra Explains: The YouTuber Phenomenon Exclusive
image What do YouTubers do? Who are they? Why does it matter to you? Gamasutra looked into the phenomenon and created a handy guide so you can get up-to-speed on it.
1 Glu revenues up, and thanks to Kardashian, it's raising guidance
image Still, the company makes a loss for the quarter -- though it expects "record" performance for next quarter. It's also picked up Racing Rivals dev Cie Games.

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2 How Prototyping Saved Our Game
by Heather Chandler
This article discusses Elephant Mouse's experience with prototyping core game mechanics for their...
  A Response to Bustle’s 31 Questions About Kim Kardashian Hollywood
by Kevin Fanning
Games, celebrities, defining "fun", and using your influence for good.
  Porting Grids from Unity to GameMaker
by Herman Tulleken
In this post I describe some of the issues we encountered when we ported our C# Unity plugin to...
  Flea Sounds
by Mike Hanson
One man game creator Mike Hanson breaks down a bit of the process behind his sound and music.
2 Variety Is the Spice of... Game Development
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An article about burnout, the creative process, love and the video game industry.

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image Feeling tired and overworked while programming? Livio De La Cruz has some unorthodox suggestions on how you can shake out your stress and improve your skills.
Results from Game Design Challenge: The Task at Hand
image Game Career Guide's readers put a fun spin on everyday tasks and household chores with creative concepts submitted for our latest Game Design Challenge.
Consider Changing Your Hobby Into Your Job
image Koen Deetman explains how you can turn a dream into a job, giving you an idea of how to start out in the games industry.