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  Apex Legends Mobile kicks off a regional beta this month
image A mobile release of Respawn's battle royale game Apex Legends has been on EA's to-do list for a while now, and it looks like the mobile version of the game is nearly ready to see the light of day.
  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
image Are game demos good? When you should leave your demo or prologue up for longer? We look at games with standout (but short!) gameplay loops for an answer.
2 Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny
image "You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
  Xbox's reach continues to grow as Xbox Cloud Gaming beta heads to iOS, PC
image "Browsing [the Xbox Game Pass] library, instantly trying a game and either keep playing in browser and/or download to continue on console or PC is a really nice discovery feature," pitches Xbox head Phil Spencer.
1 Sony reverses course, will keep PS3, Vita stores online
image Sony has announced it will be keeping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores online after public pressure. The PlayStation Portable store was not so lucky.
  Path of Exile dev apologizes to players for letting streamers skip login queues
image Path of Exile lead developer Chris Wilson has apologized to players after a marketing campaign for the title's Ultimatum expansion backfired. 
  The simplest trailer to make for your Steam page
image Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for first time and hobbyist developers is making a trailer. Here are my recommendations for how to make a minimum viable product Steam trailer.
  Sponsored: Effective methods and best practices for mobile game commerce
image A multi-platform experience allows you to access new markets, gain more freedom in your marketing efforts, and connect to your players directly from a branded e-commerce site
  GameStop CEO George Sherman will step down later this year
image The company said Sherman will be stepping down on July 31, 2021, or sooner if a successor can be found. 
  Blog: The IAP merchandising playbook - Part 2
image When viewing visual elements our eyes naturally gravitate to certain features. By being deliberate in how we structure information, we can guide the user’s experience and streamline their purchase decision.
1 Report: Amazon cancels Lord of the Rings game over dispute with Tencent
image Amazon Game Studios has cancelled an upcoming Lord of the Rings title over a contractual dispute between itself and Tencent.
  The Games Fund launches with $50M to support devs in US, Europe
image A team of game industry investors and creators has launched a new $50 million fund with the goal of putting its resources, both financially and professionally, behind game developers.
  Get a job: Join Airship Syndicate as a Producer
image Airship is currently seeking a skilled Producer to help drive the schedule and quality across its games.
  Analyst: PS5 boasts record console launch despite continuing supply issues
image Data collected by the NPD Group seems to indicate that the PlayStation 5 has raked in more cash than any past console when comparing the first few months after launch.
5 Don't Miss: How Rogue Legacy handles tutorials without being boring
image How do you teach players how to play your game without getting bogged down in boring tutorials? Rogue Legacy developer Teddy Lee shares his secrets.
  Square Enix shoots down acquisition rumors
image Square Enix isn't currently looking for a buyer, nor is the Japanese company looking to sell off any of its subsidiaries despite a Bloomberg report claiming otherwise.
  Blog: Examining the craft of video game music composition
image In this partial transcript of an online Q&A, video game music composer Winifred Phillips describes her process for several projects - including Spyder, Shrek the Third, Shattered State, and Assassin's Creed Liberation.
1 Hitman and Project 007 developer IO Interactive opens Barcelona studio
image Hitman developer IO Interactive has opened a new studio in Barcelona as it continues to scale up.
  PUBG owner Krafton applies for preliminary approval ahead of potential IPO
image Kratfon, the video game holding company that owns PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has applied for preliminary approval for an initial public offering.
  Facebook has enabled software subscriptions for Oculus Quest
image The company said it wants to give developers the ability to "seamlessly delver" new content, features, and tools to app subscribers.
2 Blog: 7 nudges and manipulative techniques present in Undertale
image This brief article will highlight 7 major manipulations found inside Undertale, and how they influence the player's experience.
  See how Sucker Punch brought the island of Tsushima to life at GDC 2021
image Sucker Punch's Parker Hamilton will be breaking down the systems that power Ghost of Tsushima's open world at the all-digital GDC 2021!
  Get a job: Join 505 Games as a Sr. Product Marketing Manager
image The Senior Product Marketing Manager will be joining a close-knit team of experienced professionals to bring free-to-play titles on mobile, console, and PC to market.
  Devs can now check out Epic Games' MetaHuman Creator, now in early access
image Epic Games is slowly opening up access to its MetaHuman Creator, a browser and cloud-based tool that allows devs to create high-fidelity (and fully rigged!) human models in a matter of minutes.
  Cyberpunk 2077 dev CD Projekt estimates record revenue for 2020
image CD Projekt isn't due to share its full-year financials until April 22, but that hasn't stopped the Cyberpunk and The Witcher developer from sharing a sneak peek at estimated figures ahead of time.

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  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
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  The Simplest Trailer to Make For Your Steam Page
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  Predictions on Supercell's new Clash Games
by Javier Barnes
Earlier this month, Supercell announced 3 new games based on the Clash Franchise, and they already...
  The IAP Merchandising Playbook, Part 2: Visual Hierarchy
by Matthew Emery
When viewing visual elements, our eyes naturally gravitate to certain features. By being...
  Game Dev Digest Issue #90 - Find Out What's New
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How To Write Low-Spoiler Hints For Adventure Games
image Meghann O'Neill breaks down her process of writing incremental hint guides that minimize spoilers while gently helping players toward quest progression.
Subverting Player Expectation Part II
image Naughty Dog level designer Pete Ellis illustrates how The Last of Us Part II mixes up its gameplay mechanics to reduce predictability while keeping players engaged.
Game Pillars And Values
image Subnautica director Charlie Cleveland explains how to establish a foundation of pillars and ideological values during the early stages of game development.
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DIGITAL SHOCK INC. We are a team of dedicated professionals that have 20+ years in the outsource gaming industry. We specialize in 3D artwork, and we have worked on titles such as Age of Empires, Superman, Lord of the Rings, and Lego (among many others).
Ozone Music & Sound
Ozone Music & Sound Game Developers from Austin, London, Sydney and around the world, some of the most successful Movie Studios in Hollywood, Advertising Agencies in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and L.A., and Recording Artists, trust their Creative Audio to Ozone Music & Soun
Streamline Media Group
Streamline Media Group Streamline Media Group is more than just video games. We're a global technology and entertainment company with a drive to create and collaborate. We build the bridge between Entertainment, Technology and Production.
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd We are a 40-people game art production studio based in China, we've been serving the global game dev industry for more than 10 years, providing 2D Concepts, Illustrations, UI graphics, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation (Key-frame & Spine).
ADIA Adia Digital Art is one of China's biggest digital art production companies, and one of the main go-to outsource solutions in Asia for game developers world-wide.

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