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  Making the player the AI in outer space thriller Observer
image With a not-so-subtle nod to the sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, NoCode this week embarked on its latest adventure with the launch of the brilliant horror game, Observation. We speak with creative director Jon McKellan.
  Dauntless launches on consoles with full, day-one crossplay
image Phoenix Labs’ free-to-play game Dauntless has launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a launch that includes cross-platform play and progression across both consoles and PC.
  God of War has sold 10 million copies
image Sony Santa Monica's God of War has sold over 10 million copies in a little over a year’s time.
  Video: Slime Rancher dev's guide to making games that stand out and survive
image In this 2019 GDC talk, Monomi Park (Slime Rancher) founder Nick Popovich explains how you can make your game stand out and survive amongst the thousands of games released every year.
  Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a User Experience Researcher
image Insomniac Games is looking for a User Experience Researcher to conduct usability research and user experience tests to assess user responses to interface designs or methods.
  Playtika launches casual games division
image Playtika has been working to expand its presence in the casual games market for a while now, and the latest move in that direction is the establishment of the Casual Games Lab.
11 Don't Miss: Designing clever single player 'co-op' play in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
image The film director turned game director behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has some rather different and exciting ideas about how games should be made.
  Blog: The 'how' of bittersweet game design
image JoyMasher co-founder and game design specialist Thais Weiller asks what happens when fun isn't enough?
3 Valve wasn't 'really sure what to do' following Assassin's Creed Unity review surge
image A post from Valve addresses some of the complexities surrounding 'review bombs' and its previous rulings about the practice in the wake of a wave of positive Assassin's Creed Unity reviews.
  Nintendo is pulling two mobile games from Belgium over loot box laws
image Both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes will no longer be available in Belgium due to the country’s laws on loot box mechanics.
  Blog: Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019
image Independent accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton has put together a useful summary of some of the great things the industry has been doing for GAAD 2019.
  Tencent has acquired Swedish game developer Sharkmob
image Chinese tech and video game company Tencent has fully acquired Swedish game studio Sharkmob for an undisclosed fee.
4 Backwards compatibility and streaming key to Sony's next-gen strategy
image Sony has detailed its next-gen platform strategy, and it looks like backwards compatibility and cloud streaming tech will be integral to the company's plans.
  Sony hardware demo showcases speedy next-gen load times and rendering
image An official video showcasing the performance of Sony's next-gen console compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro has been posted online.
3 Blog: The contradiction between hard fun and accessibility
image An attempt to formulate a rigorous formalist reply to the accessibility debate that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sparked.
  Behind the enthralling dystopian student game, Burning Daylight
image It's not often that one's very first game finds an audience, but the student-developed Burning Daylight is an exception. We speak with game director Frederik Jeppesen.
2 Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games
image Companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, and Ubisoft are willing to pay a $50,000 hourly rate for streamers to play up their new releases, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  Video: Designing Path of Exile to be played forever
image In this GDC 2019 talk, Grinding Gears' Chris Wilson explains how Path of Exile is designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term.
7 2K cuts off Borderlands 3 pre-orders on PC during Epic Mega Sale
image Publisher 2K has suddenly ended pre-orders for the PC version Gearbox’s upcoming game (and Epic Games Store exclusive) Borderlands 3.
  Report: PlayStation staff were in the dark about the Sony and Microsoft team-up
image Bloomberg’s sources say that PlayStation staff were caught off-guard by the announcement and that the deal was made "largely without the involvement" of staff at PlayStation.
  Get a job: Ghost of Tsushima dev Sucker Punch is hiring a QA Manager
image Sucker Punch is looking for an experienced manager for its QA team to be responsible for the entire Quality Assurance process, from the strategic planning to final verification.
1 Xbox head commits to building a safe and inclusive game community
image Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses his 'two fundamental truths' for video games and explores how Microsoft aims to promote inclusion and safety in its communities.
21 Don't Miss: Looking back at the development of the original Rage
image John Carmack talks to Gamasutra about finishing up work on Rage in this 2011 interview.
2 Access to Red Dead Online's poker restricted by regional gambling laws
image Rockstar Games added poker to Red Dead Online when it brought the game out of beta last week, but the feature now looks to be restricted in certain regions due to varying gambling laws.
  Marvel, The Pokemon Company partner with NetEase to launch games in China
image NetEase has formed strategic partnerships with Marvel and The Pokemon Company to help the pair launch new games in China.

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  China’s Shark Tank: Gaming Authority Now Requires A Business Plan Before Your Video Game Can Launch
by Henry Fong
The new approval process requires you to share extensive information about your game. Not presenting...
  Bittersweet Game Design - The 'How'
by Thais Weiller
When fun isn't enough
  Kliuless #35: Microsoft & Sony Partner in Streaming
by Kenneth Liu
Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share broadly within Riot. This...
  Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019
by Ian Hamilton
Summary of some of the great things the industry was doing for GAAD 2019
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by Simon Carless
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Notes From A Game Writer: Indie To AAA
image Denius-Sams Gaming Academy fellowship recipient Danny Homan retraces the path he followed in establishing a career as a professional games writer.
Publishers: How To Find Them And What To Expect
image Ready to release your project to a wider audience? Kevin Giguere outlines the factors to consider when partnering with a publisher.
Level Design Principles: Familiarity
image Mateusz Piaskiewicz reflects on the core elements of effective level design, explaining how implementing familiar experiences into gameplay can empower players.
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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).
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.
Streamline Studios
Streamline Studios Streamline specializes in tech art and creative execution for video games through its integrated 2D, 3D and Animation services.
Sunrisez Entertainment
Sunrisez Entertainment We are specialized in providing digital art services to the video game and animation industries.
STUDIO ANC - Animation & More
STUDIO ANC - Animation & More Game art provider, focus on character animation, let's "animate your game" :-)

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