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2 GOG puts Heaven's Vault up for sale after declining to sell the game at launch
image The CD Projekt-owned storefront GOG has walked back an earlier decision about Inkle Studios' Heaven's Vault, announcing that it has changed its mind and will now sell the game on the digital store.
  Gearbox wants crossplay in Borderlands 3, but it won't launch with it
image Gearbox wants Borderlands 3 to be one of a growing number of games that have bridged the console gap for online multiplayer, but the feature won't be in the game on day one.
  Get a job: iGotcha Studios is hiring a Unity Developer
image iGotcha Studios is looking for a passionate programmer ready to join an exciting, growing studio.
  Designing experimental game Cultist Simulator for commercial success
image In this 2019 GDC talk, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy discusses the challenges and the advantages of the decisions made while creating the studio's digital tabletop sect sim Cultist Simulator.
1 GameStop taps design firm R/GA to help keep its stores relevant
image Struggling retailer GameStop is working with design firm R/GA to come up with new designs for its storefronts that offer 'streamlined' venues focused on things like eSports, or retro games.
  Don't Miss: 20 difficult games worth revisiting and learning from
image In this classic feature 20 games with intriguing, influential, or otherwise notable difficulty systems are profiled to help game devs broaden their perspective on difficulty and learn some new tricks!
  PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
image Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
1 Ubisoft's Uplay+ subscription library launches this fall with 100+ games
image Ubisoft has offered more details on the games that will be available under its Uplay+ subscription service when the service launches this fall.
  GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!
image Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
  UK publisher Merge Games creates $4 million indie game fund
image UK publisher Merge Games has created a $4 million indie games fund to help smaller devs finance their projects and extend their marketing reach.
1 Kickstarter suspends funding campaign for online game RAW over honesty concerns
image Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the funding campaign for RAW, a sandbox MMORPG inspired by Grand Theft Auto Online and Rust.
  NetEase nabs minority stake in Dead by Daylight dev Behaviour Interactive
image Chinese internet and online game company NetEase Games has picked up a minority stake in Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive.
3 Blog: The secrets of dynamic difficulty adjustment
image Have you ever played a game that punished you for doing well, or went easy on you when you struggled? That's an example of Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment gone wrong.
2 The aggressive resource management of Doom Eternal
image The upcoming Doom Eternal is including new designs meant to enhance the outstanding foundation laid down by Doom 2016. We talked to id Software's Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton.
  Don't Miss: Memoirs of a video producer who put Madden in Madden
image In this classic article, Ernest Adams recounts the hilariously strange and true '90s tale of how he struggled to put legendary football coach John Madden into EA's Madden NFL Football.
1 Ubisoft defends Watch Dogs HitRecord partnership amid spec work criticism
image Ubisoft has once again partnered with the company HitRECord to solicit fan contributions to an upcoming game and, as with last time, the decision is drawing a fair amount of criticism online.
  Video: Improving game dev tool design through editor triage
image In this 2017 GDC talk, tools designer Robin-Yann Storm discusses multiple approaches for tool and editor triage, intended for immediate application in a game development environment.
1 Epic awards $1.2 million to Blender Foundation through Epic MegaGrants program
image Epic has given $1.2 million to the Blender Foundation through Epic MegaGrants, money that the Blender Foundation then plans to use to fund its own Professionalizing Blender Development initiative.
  Get a job: Join Build A Rocket Boy Games as a Senior Animation Programmer
image The Senior Animation Programmer is responsible for designing and implementing large scale animation systems with minimal guidance and providing technical support and mentoring to more junior members of staff.
  PlayStation's former portfolio strategy head is now tackling game licensing at Disney
image Disney has tapped John Drake as its vice president of business development and licensing for games.
  Overwatch's new cheat detection will end matches when cheats are used
image Blizzard has already been testing new changes to Overwatch’s cheat detection system on the PTR that shuts down matches when the game detects cheating is taking place.
3 Respawn will deal with Apex Legends cheaters by making them fight each other
image Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.
  Blog: Crowdfunding and video games - A 2019 mid-year update
image What is the state of Kickstarter for video games in the first half of 2019? ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux has all the answers.
  'Reality-focused' game dev Surrogate secures $2 million in funding
image Finnish reality-focused game developer and video streaming company Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding.
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  Crowdfunding and Tabletop Games: 2019 Mid-Year Update
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A Guide To DIY Market Research For Indie Developers
image Damien Yoccoz explains how you can use free resources to find your target audience and make your game more appealing to players through market research.
Tips And Tricks To Manage Open Game Development
image Want to experiment with an early access business model? Goblinz Studio's Yannick Elahee outlines helpful techniques and best practices for managing open development.
What Publishers Look For In Games
image David Logan presents a guide to crafting your pitch and materials, getting noticed, and taking the right steps toward finding a publisher for your project.
Exis, LLC
Exis, LLC XCOM, CIV, Bioshock Infinite, World of Tanks, the list goes on.Top publishers and defense contractors count on Exis to deliver their assets. Why not join them, and get the best art possible for your projects?
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).
Sunrisez Entertainment
Sunrisez Entertainment We are specialized in providing digital art services to the video game and animation industries.
Streamline Studios
Streamline Studios Streamline specializes in tech art and creative execution for video games through its integrated 2D, 3D and Animation services.
Art Bully Productions LLC
Art Bully Productions LLC Art Bully Productions was founded in 2008 by 3d art professionals who have years of experience in the video game industry. We pride ourselves on delivering AAA quality work at very competitive rates to developers of all sizes.
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STUDIO ANC - Animation & More Game art provider, focus on character animation, let's "animate your game" :-)

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