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Zynga lays off 18% of staff to 'narrow and intensify our execution focus' 4
by Christian Nutt [05.06.15]
Today, a beleaguered Zynga announced its latest financial results -- the first after it said goodbye to CEO Don Mattrick.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC Europe to see how top European indies make games  
by Staff [05.06.15]
German game devs will be at GDC Europe 2015 in August to share learnings from traveling and making games with indies across Europe, and how any game developer can release games on a weekly basis.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Q&A: What's next for Daybreak, now that Sony's MMO studio is on its own  
by Alex Wawro [05.05.15]
Gamasutra speaks to Daybreak chief John Smedley and senior exec Laura Naviaux about why the company formerly known as SOE was sold by Sony, why it laid off so many people, and what comes next.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Apply now to be a volunteer GDC Europe 2015 Conference Associate  
by Staff [05.05.15]
GDC Europe officials are taking volunteer applications for the Conference Associate program from now until May 25th. Volunteers will receive a pass to the Cologne, Germany show in exchange for about 14 hours of work.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Video: Will Wright tries to design humanity's last game 2
by Staff [05.04.15]
In this 12-minute snippet of the final Game Design Challenge at GDC 2013, high-profile designer Will Wright steps up to the task of designing "the last game that humanity will ever play."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

GDC Europe 2015 calls for Innovative Games Showcase submissions  
by Staff [05.04.15]
GDC Europe 2015 organizers have opened call for submissions to the second annual European Innovative Games Showcase at the Cologne, Germany show this August.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

See how Riot scaled up to produce League of Legends at GDC Europe  
by Staff [04.30.15]
Learn how Riot produces League of Legends and how designers large and small can seamlessly blend hand-made and procedurally-generated content in games at GDC Europe 2015 this August.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, GDC Europe

You can now play classic games in tweets, thanks to The Internet Archive 1
by Christian Nutt [04.29.15]
Preservation goes social, as old games can now be shared socially thanks to a new feature of The Internet Archive.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, History

Facebook aims to bring players back to desktop games with video ads 2
by Christian Nutt [04.28.15]
New system primed to "drive installs" of desktop games on Facebook -- a segment of the site that is still vibrant but continues to decline.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Soon you'll be able to launch Kickstarter campaigns in Germany  
by Alex Wawro [04.28.15]
Developers based in Germany can begin building their projects now for launch on May 12th as Kickstarter continues to spread across Europe.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Peter Molyneux: Talking to the press too early can be your undoing 7
by Brandon Sheffield [04.24.15]
Peter Molyneux, discussing his techniques for iterative development at Reboot Develop, says that talking to the press about your current idea of what your game will be can be a mistake.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Layoffs strike Disney's Club Penguin 5
by Alex Wawro [04.21.15]
Disney Interactive has reportedly laid off a number of people who work on its decade-old MMO game/world Club Penguin this week across offices in Los Angeles, England and Canada.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 7 ways game designers break their own hearts 31
by Gamasutra Community [04.20.15]
"Itís a cliche to say designers are 'passionate' about games. Itís fun, at first. The honeymoon period is wonderful, and we try to stretch it out as long as possible. And then the work begins."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

A Jedi saga: Developing Star Wars Galaxies 16
by Gamasutra Community [04.20.15]
Raph Koster pens an extensive and revealing look back at the design of the controversial but beloved MMO he worked on at Sony Online Entertainment: Star Wars Galaxies.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

'Where do you make your games?' 2
by Christian Nutt [04.17.15]
We have a diverse crowd making games these days -- so why not take a look at their workspaces?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: How BioWare built enough content to fill The Old Republic  
by Staff [04.17.15]
At GDC Online 2011, BioWare's Georg Zoeller uses Star Wars: The Old Republic to explain how spatial analysis can be used to support a rapid content iteration process during the late stages of MMO development.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Examining the ethics of free-to-play games Exclusive 119
by Mike Rose [04.16.15]
F2P devs toss around the term 'whales' -- but what are they? What are their lives like? And should designers stop targeting them? This classic piece examines the ethics surrounding the issue.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Riot's League of Legends postmortem 15
by Christian Nutt [04.15.15]
Leaders from the development team behind League Of Legends share what they learned from building and running their community-centric game during GDC 2011's Social & Online Games Summit.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

U.S. government backs summit to unite teachers and game makers 8
by Alex Wawro [04.14.15]
The U.S. Dept. of Education will help host the first-ever "Games for Learning Summit" to try and bring educators and developers together to discuss how to best design games for use in the classroom.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How game developers come to grips with self-promotion Exclusive 17
by Leigh Alexander [04.14.15]
In 2014, Gamasutra spoke at length with developers who have been forced to acclimate to a world where they have to market their own games, do their own press outreach, and create their own materials.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive