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Jam City secures $145 million to support global growth and acquisition plans  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The news comes shortly after the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery developer laid off an unknown number of staff as a result of "organizational changes."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA Vancouver's open-world Star Wars game has been canceled  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The title was being built using some of the assets from Visceral's scrapped Star Wars project, which was handed over to EA Vancouver after the studio's closure in 2017. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A student game dev's experience at MAGFest 2019  
by Gamasutra Community [01.16.19]
A reflection on our first experience showcasing Runaway, a punk rock parkour platformer, at the Music & Games Festival (MAGFest).
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a new studio in Malmo  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The Danish company said the decision to open IOI Malmo was a "natural choice" given the region already plays home to a strong game dev community. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Thoughts on Detroit: Become Human 1
by Staff [01.16.19]
Thomas Grip takes a look at the design behind Quantic Dream's Detroit: Become Human.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How reward systems can guide player experience in World of Warcraft  
by Staff [01.15.19]
Blizzard Entertainment's Travis Day shares some of the hardest lessons learned about how reward systems can guide or harm player experience in games like World of Warcraft and Diablo 3.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Tabletop games continue to succeed on Kickstarter as video games fall behind 3
by Emma Kidwell [01.15.19]
It looks as though tabletop games dominated Kickstarter in 2018, while successfully funded video game campaigns have declined. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

'We have a big hit because we have a healthy work/life balance', says Slime Rancher director  
by Emma Kidwell [01.15.19]
In a recent interview with Waypoint, Slime Rancher game director Nick Popovich discusses the 40-hour workweeks at Monomi Park.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Dusk sells 69,420 copies a month after launch  
by Emma Kidwell [01.15.19]
The 90s throwback shooter Dusk has sold 69,420 copies since launching as a Steam exclusive last month, according to the game's producer Dave Oshry. 
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Mythical Games is after a Senior Producer  
by Staff [01.15.19]
Mythical Games is looking for a highly-organized Senior Producer with exceptional communication skills and proven game production experience.
Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to 'hold a mirror up to the world' 4
by Alex Wawro [01.15.19]
Eidos Montreal's Mary DeMarle chats about art and business of writing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a game about conspiracy theories, terrorism, and fear released into a world awash in the same.
Console/PC, Design

Forza Horizon 4 patches out Floss and Carlton dance emotes  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.19]
Playground Games has patched out a couple dance emotes from Forza Horizon 4, two moves that coincidentally have become the subject of a lawsuit against Fortnite developer Epic Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Learn new ways of helping communities discover your game at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.15.19]
Notably, Poly Bridge dev Patrick Corrieri will be at GDC 2019 to present "Community Driven Discoverability for Indies," a session of strategies for increasing the discoverability of your games!
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Analyst: 2018 was an unimpressive (but stable) year for video game crowdfunding  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.19]
ICO Partners' annual read of the state of crowdfunding is out and rounds up data on both Kickstarter and Fig campaigns into a handful of nifty graphs to illustrate how crowdfunding fared in 2018.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: OVERTIME  
by Joel Couture [01.15.19]
OVERTIME takes a toy basketball and infuses it with the drama of the final moments of a basketball game.
Indie, Video, alt ctrl gdc

Blog: Designing a production process - An addendum  
by Gamasutra Community [01.15.19]
An addendum to my 'Designing a Production Process' series that describes how to further utilize your issue tracking database to support it.
Design, Production

Level up your free-to-play mobile game dev skills at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.15.19]
At GDC 2019 in March you won't want to miss these opportunities to hone your mobile game-making skills and learn new ways of grabbing (and holding) a healthy playerbase!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: VR assets for the game music composer  
by Gamasutra Community [01.15.19]
Game composer Winifred Phillips presents an annual VR audio resource list for game audio pros, discussing tech and tools, methods and techniques, communities and organizations, and popular events.
VR, Audio

Red Dead 2 sparks legal tussle between Take-Two and the real-world Pinkertons  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.19]
Red Dead Redemption 2 publisher Take-Two has become embroiled in a legal tussle with the real-world Pinkerton Detective Agency. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: A (very incomplete) review of Artifact cards 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.15.19]
Dark Roast Entertainment co-founder James Margaris offers 20 pages of thoughts on Artifact cards that begin with the letter 'A'.
Console/PC, Design