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  Microsoft's special Cyberpunk 2077 refund policy ends July 6
image Nature is healing. Microsoft has quietly announced that its special refund provisions for CD Projekt Red's infamous Cyberpunk 2077 are coming to a close.
  Meet your host of the 2021 IGF Awards: Victoria Tran!
image Innersloth Games’ Victoria Tran will be your host for the 2021 IGF Awards.
  Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement
image Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
  EA buys Golf Clash developer Playdemic from AT&T and WB Games for $1.4 billion
image EA has acquired Golf Clash developer Playdemic from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T for $1.4 billion in cash.
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  How Midwinter Entertainment improved Scavengers' gameplay with rigorous testing
image Sponsored: Discover how a tactical collaboration empowered Midwinter Entertainment to focus on what they do best.
  Pokemon leakers told to pay $150,000 each in damages to The Pokemon Company
image Two leakers have been told to pay The Pokemon Company a sizable $150,000 each in damages after taking and uploading photographs of an unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.
  Blog: Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market
image Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and disempowering experiences.
  Rovio will revive some older Angry Birds titles after pulling them from sale
image Rovio is working to revive a number of older Angry Birds titles after quietly pulling them from sale.
  Nintendo will shut down the Splatoon 2 Online Lounge in July
image The feature allows players to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange online battles using their smart device by sending a URL link that allows other players to join a room.
  Unity acquires 3D data optimization software provider Pixyz Software
image Unity has acquired 3D data preparation and optimization software provider Pixyz Software for an undisclosed fee.
5 Don't Miss: The new theory of horror driving Dead Space 2
image Take a look back at the design philosophy that drove the horror of Dead Space 2.
  Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Lead DevOps Engineer
image Remedy Entertainment is looking for a Lead DevOps Engineer.
  Blog: Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS
image The 'early game' -- or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match -- is a first impression that players experience over and over again, whether they're playing competitively or solo. It makes sense to try to do it right.
  Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win
image We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game Rubber Bandits - plus lots more!
  At GDC 2021, you can celebrate 25 years of Quake with John Romero
image Happy Birthday Quake! Get in on the celebration when you attend GDC 2021.
  GameStop to invest in 'growth initiatives' after raising $1.12 billion through ATM Offering
image GameStop has raised $1.12 billon dollars after selling 5 million shares of common stock through an at-the-market equity offering program.
  Blog: Designing an effective logo for your game
image This is an article explaining the step-by-step process on how to design a logo for your game, from the initial research to final logo design.
  Tencent grabs majority stake in The Cycle and Spec Ops developer Yager
image Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Spec Ops: The Line and The Cycle developer Yager.
  Epic Online Services expanded with free anti-cheat and voice chat tools
image Epic Games is expanding its Epic Online Services toolkit with two free services in the form of Easy Anti-Cheat and Voice.
  Nier Automata and Replicant reach 7 million combined digital sales and shipments
image Nier: Automata and Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... have shipped and digitally sold a combined 6 million and 1 million units, respectively.
1 Angry Birds maker Rovio signs long-term partnership to create Moomin games
image Angry Birds maker Rovio has secured the rights to develop and publish games based on the Moomin franchise.
  Niantic adding 'exploration bonuses' to Pokemon Go to get players moving again
image Niantic is trying to ease Pokemon Go players into post-pandemic life by adding exploration bonuses to the popular AR title.
  Don't Miss: Why Apex Legends players are so in love with Skull Town
image Respawn Games design director Jason McCord discusses why Apex Legends players were so excited to return to Skull Town after months away.
  Get a job: Genvid is hiring a Senior Producer
image Genvid Technologies is looking to hire a Senior Producer.
  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was the most tweeted about game during E3
image Chatter about Nintendo's open-world sequel bumped the long-anticipated Elden Ring to second place, according to Twitter's own metrics.

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  Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win
by Simon Carless
We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game...
  Contract Killers: What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement (part 3)
by Tim Repa Davies
Previously we looked at how certain clauses might affect when and how a developer gets paid by its...
  Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS
by Brandon Casteel
The 'early game' - or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match, is a first...
  The Logo Design Process - The steps involved in designing a logo for your game.
by Massih Naisan
This is an article explaining the step by step process on how to design a logo for your game, from...
  Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market
by Yeray Pachon
Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and...

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Design Bits Analysis: Limbo's Level Design
image Peter Doria discusses the successes and failures of Limbo's level design, focusing on moments in which player reflexes are tested during puzzles.
How We Made Our Business Strategy Game More Accessible
image Kunal Oogorah explains how the Business Heroes team accommodates visually impaired players through careful study of the game's presentation and menu design.
Designing A System To Replace Virtual Dice Rolling
image Joris Dormans describes the creation of an inventive gameplay mechanic in Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer's Legacy that replaces virtual dice rolling.
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