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  Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring an AI Systems Designer
image Sucker Punch Productions, the company behind Ghost of Tsushima, is looking to hire an AI Systems Designer.
  Focus Home Interactive acquires retro game studio Dotemu for $45.5 million
image French publisher Focus Home Interactive has acquired a major stake in retro game developer Dotemu for $45.5 million.
  Outriders and Nier Replicant remake can't prevent sales slide at Square Enix
image Square Enix reported declining net sales and operating income in its Digital Entertainment division, which houses its video game operations.
  The Nintendo Switch has sold 89 million units in just over four years
image That's more than six times the amount its predecessor, the Wii U, managed during its entire lifespan. 
  Embracer buys eight studios including Ghost Ship, 3D Realms, and Digixart
image Embracer Group has acquired eight companies including Deep Rock Galactic developer Ghost Ship Games and Ion Fury creator 3D Realms for a combined $313 million.
  Net sales and profits down at Nintendo because Animal Crossing set the bar too high
image Switch hardware and software sales remain steady at Nintendo, but that wasn't enough to prevent net sales and profits from dipping year-on-year.
2 Steve Gaynor 'steps back' from Fullbright following toxic work environment allegations
image UPDATE: Studio tweets cryptic statement about status of Fullbright co-founder Steve Gaynor’s employment, says move is to "foster a work environment that is healthy and collaborative."
  Apex Legends averaged over 13m weekly players in most recent season
image Apex Legends, FIFA Ultimate Team, and FIFA 21 drove strong revenue for Electronic Arts in its first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
  Ghost of Tsushima's multiplayer mode getting standalone release
image Ghost of Tsushima's co-op multiplayer mode Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is will soon be purchasable as a standalone game.
1 Don't Miss: The rewarding deaths of What Remains of Edith Finch
image In most games, death is associated with failure, or a narrative break that forces you to reattempt a challenge. What Remains of Edith Finch turns death into a key feature of story progression.
  Going forward, Unity devs will need Unity Pro to publish on consoles
image Unity is now requiring that developers either have a Unity Pro license or a Preferred Platform Partner License Key, to develop new projects for closed systems like Xbox, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.
  Winner in Steam Controller case says Valve should pay $6.5m in attorney fees
image Ironburg Inventions, the company that successfully sued Valve for violating its patent when it developed the Steam Controller, is now seeking $6.5 million in legal fees.
  Get a job: Mountaintop Studios is hiring an Engineering Manager
image Mountaintop Studios is looking for an Engineering Manager who’s passionate about building extraordinary new experiences that inspire others.
  Analysis: Epic advances, Steam reviews and discovery
image We lok at Epic court documents to analyze EGS advances, take another look at Steam 'reviews to sales' ratios, and lots more besides.
  Colopl will pay Nintendo $30 million to settle copyright infringement lawsuit
image Japanese developer Colopl has agreed to pay Nintendo 3.3 billion yen ($30 million) to settle a copyright infringement lawsuit.
4 Activision Blizzard to 'set the example' on inclusion, weeks after gaslighting victims
image Two weeks after Activision Blizzard effectively dismissed a harassment lawsuit filed against it, company CEO Bobby Kotick claims the publisher will now "set the example" on inclusion and equality.
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  How experimenting with scale and simulation helped Midwinter find the fun with Scavengers
image Sponsored: For game designers, 'finding the fun' is a serious undertaking. The question is: how do you create a retentive, rewarding experience that gamers connect with and come back to, over and over again?
  The Ascent earned record $5 million for publisher Curve over its launch weekend
image The Ascent earned a record $5 million in sales revenue for publisher Curve Digital during its launch weekend.
  Sony doesn't view dip in PS Plus subscribers and PSN users as 'declining trend'
image Sony isn't phased by a recent drop off in PlayStation Plus subscribers and PlayStation Network monthly active users (MAU). At least, not yet.
  Hardware grants Sony marginal sales boost as software sales and PS Plus subscribers dip
image Hardware and peripherals drove a modest net sales increase within Sony's Game & Network Services segment during the first quarter of the fiscal year.
  Spanish mobile studio Unusuall nets $3.6 million from Free Fire publisher Garena
image Singaporean game company Garena has invested €3 million ($3.6 million) into Spanish mobile studio Unusuall.
1 Activision Blizzard warns financials could be hit by California lawsuit
image Activision Blizzard warned investors that the State of California’s lawsuit against the company could impact its financial outlook in the months to come.
  Activision Blizzard faces class action for 'misleading' investors in lead up to DFEH lawsuit
image The class action argues that Activision Blizzard filed multiple quarterly reports that failed to mention the significance of ongoing government investigations that were later made known via the State of California's lawsuit.
42 Don't Miss: Obsidian's five hard lessons of RPG design
image In a 2011 GDC Europe talk, Josh Sawyer, project director for Obsidian Entertainment, discussed the 'challenges that the RPG industry has faced in adapting from its pen and paper roots.'
  Activision Blizzard walkout organizers publicly reject Kotick's response
image Activision Blizzard employees have shared an open letter publicly rebuking CEO Bobby Kotick's response to employee concerns, and criticizing the decision to hire WilmerHale to audit the game company.

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  Epic advances, Steam reviews, oh my!
by Simon Carless
We lok at Epic court documents to analyze EGS advances, take another look at Steam 'reviews to sales...
  How to Estimate Steam Video Game Sales in 2021?
by Karl Kontus
This article lays out a way of estimating how many units any Steam game has sold. It's updating the...
4 In Defense of Hard Counters in Real Time Strategy Games
by Brandon Casteel
The conversation around 'soft counters' and 'hard counters' in RTS games often focuses on best case...
  What the End of the Nintendo DS Means for Handheld Games
by Josh Bycer
In 2020, you might have missed a little news about the end of the entire Game Boy and DS line from...
  Directing Virtual Characters in Wayward Strand, Part 1
by Jason Bakker
Exploring the design and tech behind directing Wayward Strand's character animations in Unity -...

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The GROW Framework For Game Design
image Stanislav Stankovic discusses the GROW framework as it applies to game design, explaining how developers can achieve personal development and improve workplace performance.
Postmortem: Der Geisterturm
image Romanus Surt delivers a postmortem for his sci-fi dungeon crawler Der Geisterturm, detailing the challenges he faced over four months of development.
Promoting Your Game With Video: In-House Costs
image Alexander Murauski weighs the pros and cons of creating an in-house promotional video for your game, including detailed breakdowns of potential costs.
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Renderer Game Studios
Renderer Game Studios We provide high-quality AAA Video Game Art Assets and Animation service at low rate!
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
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).
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.
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).

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