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  A 'live-action' Pokemon show is headed to Netflix
image Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson is apparently attached to write and executive produce a 'live action' Pokemon show for Netflix.
  When Steam wishlists don't convert: a case study
image Working out how your game is going to sell at launch - even if you’ve accumulated a lot of apparent interest and Steam wishlists - can feel like communing with the great beyond. We get into it.
2 Don't Miss: Why you should rethink how your company handles in-house harassment
image Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer discuses how companies can prevent abuse and harassment before it starts, and how they can better respond to toxic behaviors in the workplace.
1 Activision Blizzard employees push back against leadership's lawsuit response
image Over 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees have penned an open letter condemning the company's response to a lawsuit filed by California Department of Equal Housing and Employment.
  Get a job: NPD Group is hiring a Data Engineer Lead
image The NPD Group is looking for a Data Engineer Lead. Apply today!
1 Jam City changes course, no longer going public via $1.2B merger
image The now-canceled deal would've also included the acquisition of Montreal-based mobile publisher Ludia.
1 Valve says every game it has tested on the Steam Deck is hitting at least 30fps
image Valve says the Steam Deck is capable of playing every piece of software the company has tested on it at 30fps or more.
  Mortal Kombat 11 has topped 12 million sales in just over two years
image Publisher Warner Bros. Games broke the news in a short press release, and said the entire franchise has now sold more than 73 million copies to date.
1 Amazon's New World beta has passed 200,000 concurrent users on Steam
image The closed beta for Amazon Games' upcoming MMO, New World, pulled in more than 200,000 concurrent players over the weekend.
  Death Stranding has reached 5 million sales across PS4 and PC
image Death Stranding had sold 5 million copies worldwide across PS4 and PC as of March 2021, according to developer Kojima Productions.
3 Washing the worries away: Inside the surprisingly relaxing design of PowerWash Simulator
image "Video games don't need to be antagonistic in order to find an audience, and I think this game and other sims show there is still a huge gap in the market for games that simply offer relaxing escapism."
1 Balancing art and production needs to create Valorant's cosmetics
image Riot's Preeti Khanolkar and Sean Marino shared how Riot Games produces the high-tier cosmetics driving revenue for Valorant at GDC 2021.
  Facebook relents, launches Instant Games hub as web app
image After numerous failures to launch its cloud gaming Instant Games portal on the iOS App Store, Facebook has launched web-only version of Instant Games.
6 Blog: Getting excellent voice acting into your indie game - Part 4
image The actors have auditioned and you've made hard choices. In this final part of my series, I go over the last steps for bringing voice acting into your game.
1 How the painful process of cutting ideas almost sank Sea of Solitude
image "Calculating the timeframe and the scope for development so poorly is what nearly caused the whole production to fail."
1 Using vorticles to simulate wind in Ghost of Tsushima
image "We're doing the most basic approximation of fluid dynamics by taking several height map samples out in front of each particle and giving it an upwards velocity in advance so they float over things nicely."
  Blog: A step-by-step guide to game localization
image Modern game developers understand that it's not enough just to create an awesome game -- you have to make it accessible to the broader public. That's where localization comes in.
5 Activision exec tells team that lawsuit is actually what's hurting company
image An internal e-mail to Activision Blizzard employees from executive Fran Townsend blames California’s lawsuit for damaging the company culture, rather than alleged incidents of sexual harassment.
  Get a job: Egosoft is hiring a Senior Game Programmer
image Egosoft, the creators of the popular X space simulation game series, are looking for an experienced Game Programmer.
  It’s the final day of GDC 2021. Let’s finish strong!
image It’s time to finish up GDC 2021 with a bang. Join us for the final day of this year’s all-digital conference!
  Blizzard president internally comments on 'troubling' harassment lawsuit
image An internal email from Blizzard president J. Allen Brack calls the actions described in the lawsuit unacceptable and tells employees that the company is taking those claims seriously.
  Sports Interactive is bringing women's football to Football Manager
image Football Manager developer Sports Interactive is bringing the women's game to the popular soccer simulator for the first time.
1 Report: Blizzard's misfiring Warcraft III remake was the result of cost-cutting and mismanagement
image "We have developers who have dealt with exhaustion, anxiety, depression and more for a year now. Many have lost trust in the team and this company."
  Epic Games acquires Sketchfab asset store, reduces platform fees to 12 percent
image Epic Games has acquired the Sketchfab asset store for an undisclosed fee, and has pledged to immediately lower platform fees to 12 percent.
  How Naughty Dog prototyped the interactive guitar in The Last of Us Part II
image "[We decided] the simplest affordance is probably going to be a wheel menu on the analog stick. That way the player can deflect in a corresponding direction without having them look down."

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1 How will publishing agreements be affected by Steam Deck?
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How To Pitch A Video Game
image Anshar Studios co-founder Lukasz Hacura presents a summary of his experience pitching video game concepts over the course of his career.
Designing Serial Strategy Games
image Kory Heath critically examines the gameplay structures and mechanics of serial strategy roguelikes, including FTL, Spelunky, and Slay the Spire.
Lessons Learned From Steam NextFest
image Laura Tallardy details the lessons her two-person team learned when developing and promoting a game for Steam's NextFest event.
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
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).
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.
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).
Renderer Game Studios
Renderer Game Studios We provide high-quality AAA Video Game Art Assets and Animation service at low rate!
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.

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