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Games are driving a growth explosion for Google Play 4
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
As Google Play begins to close the revenue gap with iOS, analytics firm App Annie reports that games are now driving nearly all of the revenue growth on the Google Play store.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony launches official eSports platform for the PS4  
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
Sony has revealed the PlayStation Official League, an eSports platform for the PlayStation 4 that will utilize matchmaking to offer prizes to players of numerous big-name AAA games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Was ending my Steam Greenlight campaign the right thing to do? 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"After looking at the numbers 100 days later, we’re still only 20% of the way into the top 100 games. That’s much too far away from being Greenlit."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Anticipation for new expansion helps boost World of Warcraft subscriptions  
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
With a new expansion coming next month to behemoth MMO World of Warcraft, developer Blizzard says that the decade-old multiplayer game has seen a notable boost to subscription numbers in anticipation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: The weapon-crafting system of Mercenary Kings Exclusive 10
by Jonathan Lavigne [10.15.14]
I'm going to explain a challenge we had when developing the weapon customization system, and how we solved it. This question was this: "How do we define and balance all stats for 300 gun parts?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Deep Dive

Driven from her home, dev speaks out against harassment, irresponsibility 30
by Kris Graft [10.14.14]
Just days after receiving death threats that drove her from her home, game developer Brianna Wu of independent game studio Giant Spacekat met the alleged facilitator of her harassment head-on.
Indie, Video

Robin Hunicke joins UC Santa Cruz's game program as an instructor  
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
The Games and Playable Media program picks up the Journey producer and co-author of the influential MDA framework as an Associate Professor of Art & Game Design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Unreal makes major upgrades with 4.5 release 1
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Epic Games releases a big upgrade to its engine technology, with a slew of fixes and improvements; more than 40 were contributed from developers outside the company.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Cloud Imperium Games seeks a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [10.14.14]
One of the studios working on the massively crowdfunded Star Citizen is hiring a gameplay programmer to work alongside the team in its Austin, Texas office.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast on Smash Bros. 3DS 4
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
In this episode of Talking Devs, Gamasutra's Christian Nutt talks to PlayStation All-Stars lead designer Seth Killian and Skullgirls animator Jonathan Kim about Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS.
Console/PC, Design

Report: 29% of mobile game revenue generated by top 1% of spenders 2
by Alex Wawro [10.14.14]
An Everyplay market survey suggests that whales are still a dominant force in the mobile game industry, as the top 1% of spenders account for roughly 29% of all mobile game revenue.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Designing for Gear VR 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
Gear VR developer Elad Drory shares insights gained from working on Romans 360, a mobile action game for the new Samsung/Oculus headset.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, VR

Humble Bundle branches out to a new game platform: your browser  
by Alex Wawro [10.14.14]
The folks at Humble have dropped their latest bundle on a new platform: your browser. The organization has partnered with software firm Mozilla, which continues to push browsers as a game platform.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Catching up with Amazon Game Studios, as it announces four games 5
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Amazon's Ian Vogel about the studio's ongoing "experiments" in games, as it announces four new ones -- and its "commitment" to the space, and becoming a "cultural powerhouse."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Next speakers address a few failings of modern game design 1
by Staff [10.14.14]
Telltale Games' Caryl Shaw and developer Ara Shirinian will share lessons learned from their time in licensed and free-to-play game development at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

The Chinese pirate surprise attack! 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"From the available data, about 1% of our players on Android have actually bought the game. Some of you can probably imagine us having some serious concerns about this."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Reverse engineering the binary data format for Star Wars: Yoda Stories 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"I now have access to a totally rad and exhaustive set of weird looking Star Wars sprites, and I hope that you've learned something interesting about reverse engineering data file formats for old computer games!"
Console/PC, Programming

One way to spice up a point-and-clicker? Lots of minigames Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [10.14.14]
A Golden Wake appears to be another classics-inspired point-and-click adventure game. But for developer Francisco Gonzalez, A Golden Wake is his attempt to breathe some new life into the genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Porting a PC adventure game to mobile: Struggles with resolution issues  
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"We cannot just stretch the game scene to fit the device screen, as this will distort the aspect ratio. Game ports with graphics having distorted aspect ratios always look horrible."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production