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Blog: Making an indie game about indie game making 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
A solo developer's struggle with creativity, depression, and finding a unique voice.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Relinquishing Armored Warfare, CEO says Obsidian 'might not tackle a game like this again' 1
by Alex Wawro [02.14.17]
"Large MMOs are really beyond the ability of an independent developer to manage unless that developer gets huge," Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart tells Eurogamer from a new post-Armored Warfare world.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Raw Fury aims to set up fund that helps devs pay Steam Direct fees 2
by Alex Wawro [02.14.17]
If the price of Valve's upcoming fee-based Steam submission system is up in the ~$1k range, indie publisher Raw Fury is thinking about establishing a dedicated fund for non-partner devs to use.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Devs weigh in on the accuracy and utility of Steam Spy 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.17]
Several game developers spoke to PCGamesN to offer their experiences and opinions about the third-party Steam-statistics tracker, Steam Spy.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Nintendo announces a Zelda first for Breath of the Wild: paid DLC 4
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.17]
Nintendo has announced plans to release additional content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in the form of two packs of DLC, a first for a non-spinoff Zelda game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

20 talks Gamasutra wants to see at GDC 2017, from sex scenes to grouchy fish  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Gamasutra writers recently put our heads together and picked some of our most-anticipated GDC sessions, with topics ranging from designing sex scenes in games to math(s) to...a grouchy fish who lived on the Dreamcast.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Disney drops YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic content 27
by Chris Kerr [02.14.17]
The Walt Disney Company has cut ties with YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, more commonly known as PewDiePie, after he uploaded videos containing anti-Semitic remarks and imagery. 
Business/Marketing

Tilt Brush named Best VR Experience at Lumiere Awards  
by Chris Kerr [02.14.17]
The Advanced Imaging Society and The VR Society honoured Tilt Brush at last night's Lumiere Awards in Hollywood.
VR, Business/Marketing

Lawsuit alleges Magic Leap workplace is 'misogynistic,' 'dysfunctional' 14
by Chris Kerr [02.14.17]
Mixed-reality startup Magic Leap has been hit with a lawsuit that alleges it has fostered a work environment that's rife with misogyny.
VR, Business/Marketing

The ups and downs of Ron Gilbert's journey to make Thimbleweed Park sans publisher  
by Alex Wawro [02.13.17]
"Even with 30 years of experience, I still got caught with stuff on this game," Gilbert told Waypoint recently, speaking to the good and bad bits of making Thimbleweed Park without a publisher.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Rebellion wants devs to pitch games based on its 2000 AD roster  
by Chris Kerr [02.13.17]
Sniper Elite 4 developer Rebellion is keen to license out its roster of 2000 AD characters, such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper, to other studios. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Obsidian steps back from Armored Warfare as My.com takes charge  
by Chris Kerr [02.13.17]
Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian is no longer working on Armored Warfare, having handed total control of the game over to publisher My.com.
Business/Marketing

Blog: Player motivation in story-driven games 3
by Gamasutra Community [02.13.17]
This article concerns the dramatic value of player-character motivation in story-driven games, and illustrates techniques for adding a second narrative layer to game objectives.
Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Alpha Kingdom Protocol  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.12.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from a witty video appreciation of Kingdom's design to an Alpha Protocol retrospective, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision passes on putting out a new Skylanders console game this year 1
by Alex Wawro [02.10.17]
There's been at least one new Skylanders game on consoles every year for the past 6 years, so it's surprising to see the company take a break in 2017 -- though there will be a mobile game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Layoffs hit Activision-owned Infinity Ward, Beenox, and others  
by Alissa McAloon [02.10.17]
A number of companies tied together under Activision Blizzard have fallen victim to a round of layoffs that hit 5 percent of the Activision Publishing workforce.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devs react to Valve's planned fee-based Steam Direct system 33
by Gamasutra staff [02.10.17]
It would be an understatement to say that Valve's announcement of plans to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system sparked some passionate responses from game developers.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

New York sues Time Warner over throttled League of Legends speeds  
by Alissa McAloon [02.10.17]
A lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General is seeking damages from Time Warner Cable over misrepresented internet plans and deliberate bottlenecking of online streaming and gaming speeds.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve to replace Steam Greenlight with a fee-based game submission system 96
by Alex Wawro [02.10.17]
Heads up, devs: Less than five years after launching the service, Valve has decided to close down Steam's Greenlight platform and replace it with 'Steam Direct', a fee-based game submission system.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Design and monetization analysis of Fire Emblem Heroes 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.10.17]
Former Nintendo game director and programmer Motoi Okamoto provides a detailed look at the game design and monetisation techniques behind the company's latest mobile effort, Fire Emblem Heroes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing