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Twitch and Bandai Namco partner up to create Tekken 7 eSports league  
by Alissa McAloon [05.25.17]
Bandai Namco and Twitch are teaming up in hopes of elevating the eSports scene for fighting games and the pair have created a Tekken-driven eSports league to accomplish that feat.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Join us on Twitch as we return to Oblivion today at 12 PM PT  
by Alex Wawro [05.25.17]
Our classic game streaming series continues today on the Gamasutra Twitch channel at 12 PM PT (3 PM ET) when we take a look back at Bethesda Game Studios' 2006 game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: The SSM framework of game design 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.17]
This article goes over a framework for understanding how video games work. It divides games into systems, story, and a mental model, and then shows how they interact.
Design

Blog: Let's take a look at how Horizon Zero Dawn handles the apocalypse
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.17]
Horizon Zero Dawn's apocalypse, and the way it's told to the player, isn't just another video game setting. Here's a look at how its staggered nature creates dynamic storytelling moments worth emulating.
Design

Creativity vs. control: How Cuba's indie devs are finding their voice 1
by Chris Kerr [05.25.17]
"Government policies about games are complicated. The government thinks that all games have to teach all of the time. So the games in Cuba aren't as interesting as the ones you can find elsewhere."
Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Japanese internet giant Softbank picks up $4B stake in Nvidia  
by Chris Kerr [05.25.17]
Japanese internet giant Softbank has purchased a $4 billion stake in computer tech manufacturer, Nvidia.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Cabin in the woods: Who's heading to this year's Stugan games accelerator?  
by Chris Kerr [05.25.17]
15 teams will be heading to the cabin in the woods this time around for a seven week, expenses-paid program that'll help them get to grips with key skills like game design, publishing, and marketing. 
Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: 5 trailer takeaways from Flinthook 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.17]
Flinthook got a lot right, especially its gameplay trailer. Here's five Flinthook trailer takeaways that should help devs making their own trailer.
Business/Marketing

Microsoft's Twitch competitor rebrands as Mixer, makes moves for mobile 1
by Bryant Francis [05.25.17]
The streaming service formerly known as Beam will be getting mobile support and a new co-streaming feature to help Microsoft's streaming service differentiate from the competition.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The mobile AR platform war
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.17]
Mark Zuckerberg's "We're making the camera the first augmented reality platform" kicked off the mobile AR platform war. But which company is going to come out on top?
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Creating tension in Card Thief 2
by Arnold Rauers [05.25.17]
"In order to create what I think is most important in a stealth or heist game, I designed several game systems that all feed into the idea of creating a high tension experience."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Deep Dive

How to approach accessibility in progression-driven games  
by Bryant Francis [05.24.17]
We sat down with developers Tara Voelker and James Portnow, as well as Ablegamers COO Steven Spohn to talk about helping players experience a game's story even if its combat is acting as a barrier.
Console/PC, Design, Video

What one indie dev learned from a summer project that took 8 years to finish 1
by Alex Wawro [05.24.17]
A new Waypoint feature sheds light on how Geneshift creator Ben Johnson's game was only supposed to take a summer, but became an eight-year odyssey that spans roughly 9,000 miles & at least two jobs.
Indie, Production

Why Texas may have lost its status as a hotbed of game patent lawsuits  
by Alex Wawro [05.24.17]
The Supreme Court has issued a ruling on a patent fight over powdered drink mixes that potentially changes the landscape of patent fights in the game industry -- by moving them out of East Texas.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing Chair Entertainment's Shadow Complex  
by Staff [05.24.17]
At GDC 2010, Chair cofounders Donald and Jeremy Mustard speak openly about the pitfalls they encountered and the solutions they implemented while designing the seminal 'Metroidvania' Shadow Complex.
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Wargaming is looking for a Sr. Software Engineer  
by Staff [05.24.17]
Wargaming is on the lookout for talented C/C++ developers who have solid experience in software development.
Programming, Recruitment

Balancing unpredictability and order is key for dynamic AI, says The Occupation dev  
by Alissa McAloon [05.24.17]
Two developers from White Paper Games share how working with dynamic AI characters altered how they designed the systems powering The Occupation.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: What Ubisoft learned from making Far Cry 2 15
by Staff [05.24.17]
In this timeless feature, Ubisoft's Patrick Redding reflects on what the Far Cry 2 team learned during its 3-year development cycle, reflects on current industry trends that informed its development.
Design

Mobile dev Motorious Entertainment secures $900k investment  
by Alissa McAloon [05.24.17]
This latest cash infusion comes just ahead of the summer release of the studio's first game, a mobile title based on the Top Gear series.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

We're hosting a panel on accessibility in progression-driven games at 6PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [05.24.17]
How can game developers help disabled players see all the cool stuff in their game? We're hosting a panel on accessibility design today at 6PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video