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Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can affect developers 19
by Staff [01.17.19]
We often hear about how playing violent or otherwise disquieting games affects people, but how does the process of working on these projects affect developers? Gamasutra chats with a few to find out.
Console/PC, Art, Audio

Attend GDC 2019 for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Florence!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Mountains creative director Ken Wong returns to GDC this year to show you how the studio's critically-acclaimed debut mobile game was made.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

After a long back and forth, Improbable confirms future Unity support for SpatialOS  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
It's the conclusion of a week-long public back and forth between the two companies, one that both began and ended with changes to Unity's Terms of Service.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: Overcoming genre in Ni No Kuni 2 1
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
Ni No Kuni 2 is basically a collection of mechanically diverse mini-games, so what keeps the overall experience from feeling cobbled together?
Console/PC, Design

Road to the IGF: Ian Lilley's Mirror Drop  
by Joel Couture [01.17.19]
Mirror Drop takes players to a puzzling world of endless mirrors and reflections, creating a dizzying realm of repeating visions and colors into infinity.
Indie, Video, IGF

GDC 2019 debuts new mentoring program to help grow your game dev career  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Launching at GDC 2019 is a brand-new mentoring program to help encourage game development professionals to continue and grow in their personal careers!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sony's Shawn Layden to give DICE 2019 opening keynote  
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' (AIAS) has announced five additional speakers confirmed to attend the 2019 DICE Summit to discuss this year's theme of trailblazers. 
Console/PC, Design

Trailblazing Sega dev Rieko Kodama to be honored with Pioneer Award at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
A trailblazing game artist, director and producer, Kodama carved out a career in an industry historically inhospitable to women, eventually leading development of some of the most well-regarded JRPGs!
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Playtika continues push into casual market with Supertreat acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The purchase will see Playtika gain the rights to the Solitaire Grand Harvest, which the company's chief marketing officer Nir Korczak claims is "one of the highest grossing solitaire games."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: How we handle UI localization at Our Machinery 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.17.19]
Industry veteran Niklas Gray explains how the team over at Our Machinery handle UI localization.
Design, Production

NBA extends partnership with NBA 2K publisher 2K  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has signed a new multi-year global partnership extension with NBA 2K publisher 2K Games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Westworld Mobile shuts down following Bethesda lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
Westworld Mobile has shut down just two weeks after developer Behaviour Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. settled a lawsuit brought against it by Bethesda. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Games and crowdfunding in 2018  
by Gamasutra Community [01.17.19]
This is Thomas Bidaux's annual post on crowdfunding and games, looking at how well games have performed on Kickstarter (and Fig) for the past year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Supergiant's fourth outing Hades introduces a more mature, organized dev process
by Bryant Francis [01.17.19]
Supergiant Games creative director Greg Kasavin sits down to discuss the design and business decisions behind Hades.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How Life is Strange brought a new era for narrative games  
by Staff [01.16.19]
In this GDC Europe 2016 talk, Dontnod's Christian Divine reflects on the writing and design process for Life is Strange, and how its development heralds a new era for narrative games.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Pioneer, Ubisoft's sci-fi game teased in Watch Dogs 2, reportedly cancelled  
by Emma Kidwell [01.16.19]
Pioneer, the sci-fi exploration game first discovered as an easter egg in Watch Dogs 2, has been cancelled according to former Ubisoft director Alex Hutchinson. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic fixes Fortnite security flaw which left all 200M+ players vulnerable  
by Emma Kidwell [01.16.19]
It looks like Epic Games' Fortnite was host to a series of bugs (that have since been fixed) which, if exploited together, could have exposed the accounts of any of its 200 million players. 
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Velan Studios is looking for an experienced Producer  
by Staff [01.16.19]
The Producer will work closely with the project’s key leaders and other production team members to successfully execute on a new, ground-breaking, original IP.
Production, Recruitment

Examining the relationship between a studio's survival and success  
by Alissa McAloon [01.16.19]
"Don't emulate your heroes without a thorough analysis of benefits they might have that you don't."
Indie, Production

Don't Miss: Designing a new UI system for The Division  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Ubisoft Massive's Christian Savoie covers some of the major lessons learned while developing new technology and creating the UI for The Division.
Console/PC, Design