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Crytek USA and Vigil expats unite to form Gunfire Games 1
by Alex Wawro [08.08.14]
A group of former Vigil Games and Crytek Austin developers have founded Gunfire Games, a new indie studio in Texas.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Call for blogs: Share your sales data 7
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
We all agree that more information makes it easier to make decisions. Some developers have been very up-front about their sales data. Will you share yours?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Gamasutra explains the YouTuber phenomenon Exclusive 20
by Christian Nutt [08.08.14]
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.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: Happiness in game development - Why try? 14
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
"And then I remembered: seeking authentic, lasting happiness does not mean youíre a douche bag. In fact, it likely means the opposite."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Mobile game development: Native or not? 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
Roei Livneh, CEO of cross-platform mobile engine provider Gingee, takes a look at whether you want to go with a native app or tech that can run on any device -- from programming, production, and even biz perspectives.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

The Spaceteam story: Two Kickstarters later... 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
Spaceteam creator Henry Smith wants to create games and release them for free -- but needs backing to do that. He recently got it, after a failed attempt. Here, he tackles why one worked, and one didn't.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Why I've said goodbye to mobile in favor of PC 198
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
"I am fed up with the whole mobile/tablet gaming market. Iíve worked hard for three years and released two games to almost every mobile device you can think of. Never again."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Indie warmongering: Looking at your launch as a battle 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
The challenges of launching on smartphones. "Later on in life, when I look back at our production of Go Go Armadillo, I can safely say I have no regrets. We tried our hardest and created the very best game we could."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Keeping a Kickstarter campaign alive and growing 11
by Gamasutra Community [08.08.14]
With a day left in a campaign that has more than met its goal, Ben Tristem shares how he tweaked his campaign, kept his backers engaged, and will cross the finish line knowing what they really want.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Crowdfunding

Blog: A little more about outsourcing... 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
Junxue Liu, CEO of art outsourcing company Novtilus, shares some info and insights into how outsourcing works and what it's like to be on the other side of the equation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Understanding Twitch's new content-flagging policy Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [08.07.14]
Twitch launched a new content-flagging system that checks videos for licensed music tracks and mutes them -- with plenty of bugs and a terrible community response. What's going on?
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Shovel Knight's stats on Steam sales, player engagement, social 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
On how players buy and play Shovel Knight: "We hope what weíve provided here can be a stepping stone for everyone to understand the numbers behind a game launch."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Steam, quality control, and the race to the bottom 10
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
"Many have made the counterargument that easier access to Steam is overall good and players [who buy bad games] have only themselves to blame -- caveat emptor and so on. Now, as a developer, I oppose this view."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Game programming tips from Team Meat's Refenes 38
by Tommy Refenes [08.07.14]
Taking your first steps toward your dream game is an overwhelming feeling. Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes offers practical tips for aspiring -- and veteran -- developers.
Indie, Programming, Student/Education

Nexon cuts another publishing deal with veteran devs gone indie  
by Alex Wawro [08.07.14]
Free-to-play game company Nexon has locked down the publishing rights for the inaugural game from Envision Entertainment, a German indie studio founded late last year by ex-EA Phenomic developers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Gunpoint dev Tom Francis settled on his next commercial game Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.07.14]
Gunpoint developer Tom Francis has settled on what his next commercial outing will be, and now he's feeling confident enough to show it off to artists and composers for potential collaboration.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

Get ready: GDC Europe 2014 kicks off next week  
by Staff [08.07.14]
The 2014 Game Developers Conference Europe kicks off next week, so we're taking a moment to highlight some of the events and guidelines you'll want to know about before you get to the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Indies funding indies 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
"At the end thatís how Duskers got funded, not by my clever orchestration, but by indies that want other indies to succeed and have built a structure to do just that."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

True stats for visibility on Android markets 8
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.14]
"I remember about 3 years ago, we got around 5,000 downloads on Google Play alone. Now combining all the markets' download data from 30 days together, you won't reach that number."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Gone Home, Device 6 and more nominated for Unite Awards 2014 1
by Mike Rose [08.07.14]
The likes of Gone Home, Device 6 and Hitman GO have received multiple nominations in this year's Unite Awards, held by popular game engine Unity.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing