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ESRB president Patricia Vance's plan for a world ratings solution Exclusive 10
by Brandon Sheffield [04.10.12]
Entertainment Software Rating Board president Patricia Vance tells Gamasutra how the game content ratings organization intends to stay relevant in an increasingly online marketplace.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Mobile Phone, Indie, Smartphone/Tablet, Console Digital, Exclusive, Marketing

Study: Teens losing interest in traditional games, prefer social/mobile experiences 12
by Eric Caoili [04.04.12]
Teens are losing interest in playing traditional video games on consoles, and prefer to play social or online games instead, according to a new survey of high school students by analyst firm Piper Jaffray.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Console Digital

UK indie dev Mediatonic doubling headcount this year  
by Mike Rose [04.02.12]
UK indie game developer Mediatonic, best known for platformer Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess, is expanding its staff headcount as it moves its London headquarters.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie, Console Digital

Thatgamecompany's Journey is fastest-selling U.S. PSN game ever 1
by Mike Rose [03.29.12]
Thatgamecompany's Journey, released for PlayStation 3 earlier this month, is now the fastest selling game ever on the PlayStation Network in the U.S., selling faster than any other first or third-party game available.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Console Digital

UEFA Euro 2012 will be DLC for FIFA 12, not a standalone release 1
by Mike Rose [03.29.12]
The UEFA Euro 2012 video game, due to be released around the same time the 2012 European Football Championship kicks off this summer, will not be a standalone release, but rather DLC for EA's popular FIFA 12.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Console Digital

How does new game retail stack up in international markets? Exclusive 5
by Matt Matthews [03.28.12]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews examines the role of new video game retail sales in European countries, in a world where consumers have used, online and mobile game options.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Mobile Phone, Mobile Console, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Console Digital, Exclusive

Microsoft brings big releases to XBLA with Arcade Next, Minecraft 2
by Eric Caoili [03.22.12]
Microsoft has announced a new marketing campaign for Xbox Live Arcade releases starting next month, debuting high-profile titles like Trials Evolution and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition.
Business/Marketing, Console Digital

NPD: Digital, non-traditional business almost half of retail game sales last quarter 2
by Eric Caoili [03.22.12]
Consumers spent $3.33 billion on games outside of retail (e.g. digital downloads, social/mobile games) in the U.S. and key European markets during the fourth quarter of 2011, the NPD Group reports.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Console Digital


NPD: Behind the Numbers, October 2011  
by Matt Matthews [11.14.11]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews breaks down U.S. retail video game sales for the month of October, as reported by the NPD Group, and additionally touches on global sales of third-party publishers.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Console Digital

NPD: Behind the Numbers, September 2011 1
by Matt Matthews [10.17.11]
Gamasutra's comprehensive breakdown of NPD Group's U.S. physical video game retail sales estimates for September exhibit how Xbox 360 hardware is "defying gravity" with a higher price and higher sales than competition, and how Madden and Gears of War 3 saved the month.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Console Digital

The Crowdfunding Revolution: Making Your Choice 23
by R. Hunter Gough [05.05.11]
In the second part of our series on crowdfunding, we compare and contrast the different funding options available to game developers, so you can choose the one that fits best for you -- including a useful chart, and quotes from many of them.
Business/Marketing, Interview, Indie, Console Digital

Postmortem: Team Meat's Super Meat Boy 45
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [04.14.11]
In this Game Developer Magazine postmortem, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash Steam and Xbox Live Arcade hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that lead to the retro revitalization that took hardcore gamers by storm.
Audio, Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, PC, Console/PC, Indie, Console Digital

Steve Swink On The Art Of Experimental Games 17
by Christian Nutt [04.08.11]
Indie Fund Shadow Physics developer Steve Swink discusses creative inspiration, the realities of developing games in a fiscally-driven world, and how Braid and Portal profoundly influenced his conception and understanding of development.
Design, Interview, Indie, Console Digital



Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Art Training Manager
Blizzard Entertainment is a wild, creative place to work with a rich and passionate art community. We are looking for someone with a strong art-centric background who is passionate about helping individuals and teams grow. Is that you? The art training manager will be responsible for working with Blizzard art leadership to develop content and deliver training to meet our production needs, including proprietary tools, workflows, and processes.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Creative / Artistic Recruiter
Hi, Blizzard Entertainment recruiting here. If you’re reading this, chances are good you’re a recruiter, so let’s talk a little shop. Successfully recruiting within this passionate and creative environment takes a unique blend of listening and responsiveness, an appreciation for the artistic temperament and for gaming culture in general.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Art Director (World of Warcraft)
Reporting to the senior art director, the art director will be their key partner in the execution of World of Warcraft’s (WoW) art. The art director role requires you to ignite others both as a leader and as an artist. As a leader you will be a motivational catalyst for the art team. As an artist, you will help define the look of new characters, environments, and architecture in the WoW style. In addition to channeling the visual direction of our senior art director to the art team, the role will act as one of the key communications conduits for design and programming.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Lead Concept Artist (World of Warcraft)
The lead concept artist must have a rich imagination coupled with a high degree of artistic skill. Their core responsibility is to lead a team of concept artists to create project defining artwork that expands on World of Warcraft’s (WoW) art style.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Environment Artist (World of Warcraft)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled environmental artist to work on the award winning game, World of Warcraft. The ideal candidate has experience modeling and texturing assets for a diverse visual range of environments.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Senior 3D Character Artist (World of Warcraft)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an exceptionally skilled senior 3D character artist to join the World of Warcraft team.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Concept Artist (Hearthstone)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a 2D artist to work on their newest title Hearthstone. The focus for this position will be on providing the art needed to help realize the vision for the game from initial concept to practical application. Responsibilities include creating of concepts that support / further the vision of the game, painting textures for use on in-game assets and working to provide a consistent aesthetic for the team. The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of composition, color, painting, and visual design.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
3D Artist (Hearthstone)
Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a 3D production artist to work on their newest title Hearthstone. The focus for this position will be working closely with the 2D artists on the team to bring their vision to life in game. Responsibilities include creating 3D models in the fun / whimsical style that is synonymous with Hearthstone, painting textures for use on in-game assets and working to maintain a consistent aesthetic across all of the assets in the game. The ideal candidate has a firm grasp of composition, color, painting, visual design, and the ability to convey all of these in their 3D models.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
Lead 3D Character Artist (Overwatch)
Kerrigan, Raynor, Tyrael, Diablo, Arthas, Thrall…these are just a few of the epic characters that inhabit our worlds. Each one is as iconic and unforgettable as the last, and each one was brought to life by the hand of a talented artist. And now it’s your turn… As lead character artist for Blizzard’s next amazing game, you will lead the team that brings future legends to life.

Blizzard Entertainment — Irvine, California, United States
[11.24.14]
FX Artist (Overwatch)
Is your portfolio full of crazy explosions, blasts of energy, and a whole bunch of blood splatter? Do you believe that playing with fire is a good thing? If so, Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of the most epic games in the world, is seeking a VFX artist to help develop Blizzard’s next hit game!