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An introduction to cross-game promotions  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"The allure of cross game promotions and where they are at their best is providing sales to each series involved while giving fans something extra for their appreciation."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

MyVegas studio nets $20M to make games with real-world rewards  
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
MyVegas developer Playstudios has raised $20 million in its most recent round of funding to continue developing and operating social casino games in partnership with an array of Las Vegas casinos and businesses.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

What's next for Unity and its new CEO? Co-founder David Helgason explains 22
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
Today, Unity announced that co-founder and CEO David Helgason would be stepping down, to be replaced by EA veteran John Riccitiello. Gamasutra speaks to Helgason about his new role and the company's future.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Another Finnish studio raises millions to make mobile games  
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Helsinki-based mobile game studio Small Giant Games, which is due to launch its first title next year, has managed to raise $3.1 million in investments during its most recent round of funding.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Implementing music and sound effects in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
On coding audio support in a simple smartphone game in Unity: "Thankfully, a simple audio system that just works isn't too terribly hard to implement in a small project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Audio

Helgason steps down as Unity CEO, and John Riccitiello steps up 29
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Unity founder David Helgason has stepped down from his position as CEO. His replacement is none other than Unity Technologies board member John Riccitiello -- former CEO of Electronic Arts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Developing games with random number generators 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"Random numbers are a surprisingly interesting area of programming. Though at first they may seem very simple, they are actually quite challenging to both create and work with."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Designing educational games that grow up with the child  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"As we work with developers around the globe, we’ve come to understand that the most successful games for kids are a balance of both education and fun, but also stretch a child to reach the next level."
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design

U.S. government releases open source gamification software 3
by Alex Wawro [10.21.14]
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made some of its internally-developed gamification software available for free on GitHub under the MIT free software license.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why devs share responsibility for YouTuber disclosure 24
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Mary Engle, associate director for Advertising Practices at the FTC, about what both YouTubers and publishers should be considering when it comes to disclosure.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

It's a good time to release high-quality mobile games in China  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
In his GDC China talk, Rety Chen discusses how the business model that's right for you in China depends both on where the market is for your platform -- and where your company is in its lifecycle.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC China

Kellee Santiago's 10-step video game production plan 2
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
"First you have an idea for your game. Second, you make that game. Third, you iterate and playtest those mechanics until they're engaging, and fourth, you launch it."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, GDC China

Techland and Gree deliver new mobile-focused talks at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.21.14]
Techland producer Pawel Rohleder and Gree International director Chris Tabasa share advice on launching mobile dev teams and sustaining mobile games for years after launch at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Google invests half-a-billion dollars in mysterious wearable tech startup 11
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Google and other big-name investors have funneled more than half a billion dollars into a relatively unknown startup, whose wearable tech could have applications in video games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Michael Brough continues to carve out his own corner of the App Store with Helix Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Developer Michael Brough has somehow managed to carve out his own little market in the tricky mobile space, with quirky titles like his latest, Helix.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Why players love to play alone... together 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"It seems to me that if we want to build multiplayer ecosystems for potential communities as large as mobile offers, the last thing we want to do is fragment populations, unwittingly create niches, or worse, let a game die."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Building a game for charity that makes players care  
by Gamasutra Community [10.21.14]
"Serious games pose some unique challenges. How do you convey key messages in a clear, memorable and transparent way, while also creating an experience that succeeds as a game in its own right?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Serious, Design, Production

The 'new-platform' model - an alternate path for indies  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
Spry Fox's entire model is built upon investing in new marketplaces, and Road Not Taken would be the first big console push for the company. That meant the game would be a big departure for the company, in multiple ways.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC China

GDC Next speakers share their 'hidden gem' game recommendations  
by Staff [10.20.14]
In the spirit of boosting discoverability for games of all stripes, here are just a few of the "hidden gem" titles that GDC Next featuring ADC speakers suggest you check out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next