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  How we balanced our game for beginners and for pros
image This blog post discusses three approaches to fixing beginner balance that we've used in Awesomenauts and Swords & Soldiers 2.
  Get a job: Join Guerrilla Games as a Senior Producer
image As a Producer you will be an integral part of the development team, constantly looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, introduce new ideas and evolve our production techniques.
1 Report: Microsoft used human contractors to listen in on Xbox-recorded audio
image Several sources speaking to Vice say that Microsoft hired contractors to listen in on audio picked up by Xbox One consoles.
4 Government regulation means Steam China will be a curated platform
image Valve’s most anything goes approach to managing a storefront won’t carry over to the recently announced Steam.
1 Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
image In this 2017 GDC talk PopCap Games' Becky Allen shares an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the dynamic music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
3 Don't Miss: Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story
image For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
  Apple delays new rules for kid-focused apps to give devs more room to comply
image Apple has pushed back the rollout of new rules for children’s apps on the App Store that block developers in the category from using third-party ads and analytics tools.
  Get up to speed on how AR/VR is transforming healthcare at XRDC!
image Healthcare as we know it is evolving to incorporate all sorts of cutting-edge AR/VR/MR technologies, and there's no better place to learn all about it than XRDC in San Francisco this October!
2 DayZ has ban lifted in Australia following modification
image DayZ has been re-approved for release in Australia as a result of modifications made to the survival shooter by developer Bohemia Interactive.
  Steam is heading to China as a separate marketplace
image Steam is heading to China as a separate marketplace co-created by Valve and Chinese developer-publisher Perfect World.
  From concept to doubt to reevaluation: Designing Creature in the Well
image Like many developers, Flight School Studio wasn't sure if its game, Creature in the Well, would have the legs to be a full-fledged product.
  Don't Miss: Designing Spider-Man 2's classic web-swinging mechanic
image In this classic game mechanic postmortem, veteran dev Jamie Fristrom breaks down how the acclaimed web-swinging mechanics in Treyarch's 2004 game Spider-Man 2 were designed and implemented.
  Wikia's Fandom is getting into the game publishing business
image The Wikia-owned media platform Fandom is expanding its entertainment business and getting into video game publishing, starting with Thorium Entertainment's UnderMine.
  Get a job: InnoGames is hiring a Senior Unity Developer
image As a Senior Unity Developer, you will be part of our agile, cross-functional and international development team working on a new mobile-only multiplayer game.
1 GameStop lays off 120+ people, including some Game Informer staff
image U.S. game and tchotchke retailer GameStop laid off roughly 120 people this week as part of the company's ongoing effort to restructure and respond to its recent financial troubles.
  Microsoft has no plans to bring Xbox first-party exclusives to other consoles
image Microsoft says that Xbox has no plans to bring its existing first-party exclusives to other consoles moving forward, though cross-platform play and progression remain on the table.
  ReadySet Heroes is the first Sony-published game to debut on Epic's Games Store
image The debut of Robot's PS4 co-op dungeon crawler on the Epic Games Store suggests Epic's efforts to lure devs to its young storefront are compelling enough to sway even big, platform-holding publishers.
  Video: Think you're ready to pitch a publisher? You're not, and here's why
image In this 2019 GDC talk, Finji's Rebekah Saltsman explains how Finji builds and uses pitch documents, key art and game play videos to help developers improve their pitches to publishers.
  Starbreeze posts $6.6 million loss amid ongoing reconstruction
image Starbreeze has been in dire financial straits for a while now, and the company is still in the process of refocusing its attention and efforts on core businesses to stay above water.
  Come to XRDC for expert insight on how AR/VR is transforming business!
image Businesses around the world are adapting and upgrading to use the latest AR/VR/MR tech, and that means there's a ton of new opportunities for AR/VR/MR experts -- discover them at XRDC in October!
  Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution to help devs prevent tampering
image Game security company Denuvo as launched a new Mobile Game Protection solution to help developers and publishers prevent their smartphone games from being tampered with. 
  Report: Apple Arcade monthly subscription will cost $4.99
image It's been a few months since Apple unveiled its 'Arcade' game subscription service, and while there's still no official word on pricing, recent reports suggest a monthly subscription will cost $4.99.
  Phoenix Labs acquires Bot School Inc to further Dauntless cross-play efforts
image Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based studio behind Dauntless, has acquired game and platform developer Bot School Inc for an undisclosed fee.
Engaging level design for combat
image I break down what I believe helps make a strong combat space, and explain how you can create combat spaces that feel engaging and challenging.
  Get a job: Join Heart Machine as a Studio Manager
image Heart Machine is looking for a details-oriented person who is incredibly organized, energetic, and quick to solve problems.

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Designing For Short And Long Term Fun
image James Kay shares the design techniques he used to ensure a fun experience for new players and hardcore fans alike over the course of Piczle Cross Adventure's campaign.
Do You Have A Game Dev Coach On Your Team?
image Amir Fassihi explains how one of more members of your game development team can serve a coaching role while fulfilling their own project obligations.
The Big Game Branding 101
image Jamin Smith presents a guide to branding your game, from establishing a direction and focus to building a style guide that ensures a consistent vision.
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