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Get a job: Obsidian is hiring a Visual Effects Artist  
by Staff [07.24.14]
Handy with Maya and 3ds Max? Irvine, CA-based Obisidian Entertainment is looking to hire a visual effects artist to work with the designers and art director of an upcoming MMORPG.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Blog: WildStar's CREDD system explained 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
"WildStar CREDD can be used to lengthen a subscription by one month, allowing players to exchange game gold for game time. If players don't want to farm gold, they can just pay a regular subscription fee."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sony seeks to settle lawsuit over PSN data breach for $15 million 2
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Sony has agreed to a preliminary $15 million settlement in a long-running class action lawsuit over the PlayStation Network security breach in April 2011. Here's what they're offering to those affected.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Differences between software testing and game testing 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
A senior QA engineer at King (Candy Crush Saga) with a background in software testing and mobile phone QA takes a look at the differences between the two worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

GDC Europe debuts sponsored sessions and a full Amazon dev day  
by GDC Staff [07.24.14]
GDC Europe 2014 organizers highlight a day-long sponsored developer day from Amazon and great sponsored sessions from Microsoft, Google, Epic and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Riot experiments with permabans to stamp out toxic behavior 36
by Alex Wawro [07.23.14]
The company is testing a new system in League of Legends that can permanently ban players for "extreme toxicity" like griefing and use of racial or homophobic slurs. Because, c'mon now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Facebook has good results on ad uptick, but game payments look weak  
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
In its latest quarterly results, revenue grew 61 percent year-on-year, but the company's big wins were advertising-related, with game revenues falling for the second straight quarter.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Mobile Software Engineer  
by Staff [07.23.14]
The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Lionsgate bolsters its game division with free-to-play studio deal  
by Alex Wawro [07.23.14]
Lionsgate continues to chase game development, announcing this week that it has partnered with -- and invested money in -- the newly-minted Finnish F2P developer Next Games.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Rovio and Twitch join the speaker lineup for GDC Europe 2014  
by GDC Staff [07.22.14]
European experts from Rovio and Twitch join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 52
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in! Exclusive 65
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

'What are the greatest influences on your work as a creator?' 6
by Christian Nutt [07.21.14]
When we asked our Twitter followers what influenced them, we were hoping to hear lots of different things, and so we did.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

A new $25M investment fund for game developers 4
by Alex Wawro [07.21.14]
Chasing the game-driven success of LINE, mobile messaging platform Tango has hired a Gree expat and set aside $25 million to entice developers and fund nascent internal development efforts.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: On the Perils of Selling Your Game  
by Kris Ligman [07.21.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from a Japanese lexicon for fun to getting lost in a crowded games market.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

After bailing on mobile, Bigpoint gives the market another shot  
by Kris Graft [07.21.14]
Free-to-play game company Bigpoint is ready to try the mobile market on for size once again, following a failed initial attempt.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

One of China's biggest online game companies goes private in $3B deal 2
by Kris Graft [07.21.14]
Giant Interactive, a major Shanghai, China-based online game operator, has completed a deal to go private that’s worth $3 billion.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: With new perspective, Cliff Bleszinski plots next move Exclusive 25
by Leigh Alexander [07.18.14]
"You spend those first 18 years struggling to grow up, and then the next 18 years struggling to get back." Leigh Alexander talks to a man who wants to be known for more than chainsaw-equipped assault rifles.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive