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Video: Understanding the Brazilian indie game development scene 3
by Staff [02.19.15]
At GDC 2014 a panel of Brazilian game makers offered insight into how the Brazilian indie scene operates, how to nurture a game dev culture where it doesn't exist and why it's important to do so.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Business Matchmaking returns for GDC 2015 All Access attendees  
by Staff [02.19.15]
GDC 2015 is less than two weeks away, which means now is an ideal time for attendees will All Access passes to schedule meetings using the conference's powerful Business Matchmaking system.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Investors and video games: It's pretty difficult 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"For years I've been actively talking with investors. This is why I believe sharing my personal experience can be valuable for some people seeking non-crowdfunding."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Deconstruct the art design of leading AAA and indie games at GDC  
by Staff [02.19.15]
From No Man's Sky to Disney Infinity 2.0, GDC 2015 officials highlight another great set of sessions on the process of art design that you'll want to keep on your radar.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, GDC

Epic Games offers up $5 million in Unreal Dev Grants 11
by Christian Nutt [02.19.15]
Today Epic Games has announced a new initiative -- one that could see your game netting between $5,000 and $50,000 in no-strings-attached funding from the engine provider.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

What's behind the surprising success of my little indie game, Skeal 11
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.15]
"There’s no question that I got lucky with Skeal in that it just happened to click with a great writer who speaks to a passionate audience. But I think there’s more behind its popularity than sheer chance."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: E-Line Media and Upper One Games' Never Alone Exclusive 1
by Grant Roberts [02.19.15]
Lead game designer Grant Roberts offers a very thorough breakdown of what went right (and wrong) with the development of E-Line Media/Upper One Games' Alaska Native cultural touchstone Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Road to the IGF: SuperChop Games' Ephemerid Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.18.15]
Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure is a "rock fairy tale about a paper mayfly," brought to life by its unique classical guitar soundtrack. We catch up with SuperChop Games about the Excellence in Audio nominee.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

The Stomping Land continues to set a bad example for Early Access 2
by Alex Wawro [02.18.15]
One of the developers working on Supercrit's crowdfunded prehistoric survival game has quit the project after more than a month of no contact (and no payment) from Supercrit chief Alex Fundora.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: Klei Entertainment's Invisible, Inc. Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [02.18.15]
As part of our ongoing Road to the IGF series of interviews with IGF award-nominated devs, we caught up with Klei's Jason Dreger and James Lantz to find out what inspired the design of Invisible, Inc.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive, IGF

Play games, meet creators and find a job on the GDC expo floor  
by Staff [02.18.15]
With less than two weeks to go until the 2015 Game Developers Conference, show officials highlight some of the most exciting things to see and do on the GDC show floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Share of voice': The most under-discussed stat in video games? 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.15]
Simon Carless asks: Can your game actually connect with your audience? "Do you understand who your potential audience is and what their ‘Share of Voice’ for playing individual games in any given month/year is?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

The makers of Never Alone talk story and art design at GDC  
by Staff [02.18.15]
At GDC 2015, a number of the Never Alone development team explore how developers can best make games that amplify and carry on the storytelling traditions of different cultures.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, GDC

Indie devs, find your focus 4
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.15]
"Does your indie venture have a strong focus? Can you articulate it clearly and concisely, with confidence and without a second thought?" You had better be able to, writes Josh Sutphin.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Execution Labs 'finishing fund' gives Secret Ponchos devs money to port  
by Christian Nutt [02.17.15]
Canadian indie funder announces the first recipient of its latest initiative -- a global "finishing fund" that helps developers bring their games to market.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

World Video Game Hall of Fame coming, from noted museum ICHEG  
by Christian Nutt [02.17.15]
Nominations are soon to open for an exhibit to showcase games that have had an enduring legacy -- and the first inductees will be revealed in June at The Strong National Museum of Play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, History

Road to the IGF: Svedang, Akerblad and team's Else Heart.Break() Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [02.17.15]
Story-driven adventure Else Heart.Break() has been nominated for Excellence in Visual Art at this year's IGF, with a distinctive, texture-rich look that reminds of the console RPG heyday.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, IGF

Devs, you can now pitch your own Gex game to Square Enix  
by Alex Wawro [02.17.15]
For the first time, developers can now pitch (and potentially make) games using intellectual property from Eidos' Anachronox, Fear Effect and Gex games via the Square Enix Collective platform.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Use the new Session Scheduler to get the most from GDC  
by Staff [02.17.15]
How and why to use the free, freshly revamped GDC 2015 Session Scheduler to plan out which talks you'd like to attend and ensure you don't miss anything the upcoming March conference has to offer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: Lessons learned from 20 years 'herding cats' in the IGDA  
by Staff [02.17.15]
IGDA founder Ernest Adams reflects on what went right (and wrong) over the 20-year lifespan of the IGDA and considers why developers need a professional trade organization in this GDC 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault