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  Focus Home Interactive acquires Streum On Studio
image Focus Home Interactive has acquired Streum On Studio, the France-based developer of Space Hulk: Deathwing and the upcoming Necromunda: Hired Gun.
  Get a job: Playco is looking for a Senior Product Manager
image Playco is looking for an experienced Product Manager fluent in both English and Japanese.
  Report: Discord no longer in acquisition talks with Microsoft
image Discord has reportedly walked away from a potential sale to Microsoft, according to sources close to the discussion.
  Learn about the character technology of The Last of Us Part II’s NPCs at GDC 2021
image Naughty Dog's Bryan Collinsworth and Michal Mach will dive into the character technology of The Last of Us Part II at GDC 2021.
  Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departs Blizzard after 19 years
image Overwatch game director and longtime Blizzard developer Jeff Kaplan is leaving the studio and handing the game's reins over to fellow Overwatch dev Aaron Keller.
13 Don't Miss: Creating the recallable Leviathan Axe in God of War
image An in-depth look at how the Axe Recall mechanic was built in God of War.
  Here are the nominees for the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards
image The winners of the developer-picked awards will be revealed during GDC 2021.
  Apogee Software reboots as Apogee Entertainment, vows to 'boost the odds' for indies
image American publisher Apogee Software has relaunched as Apogee Entertainment and welcomed back original founder Scott Miller.
  Thunder Lotus' cozy management sim Spiritfarer has topped 500,000 sales
image Spiritfarer has sold over 500,000 copies in under a year, according to developer Thunder Lotus.
  Marvel's Avengers creative director Shaun Escayg has rejoined Naughty Dog
image Escayg prevously worked at the Uncharted and The Last of Us developer for close to seven years, but left the studio in 2018 to join Crystal Dynamics.
  Blog: Where is Supercell's evergreen Clash franchise heading?
image Earlier this month, Supercell announced three new games based on the Clash franchise, and they already soft launched one of them. Here are my thoughts and predictions on that slate of projects.
  Apex Legends Mobile kicks off a regional beta this month
image A mobile release of Respawn's battle royale game Apex Legends has been on EA's to-do list for a while now, and it looks like the mobile version of the game is nearly ready to see the light of day.
  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
image Are game demos good? When you should leave your demo or prologue up for longer? We look at games with standout (but short!) gameplay loops for an answer.
2 Don't Miss: Rethinking the RPG to make it fun to be the bad guy in Tyranny
image "You may sell the player with a 'you get to be an evil bully' promise, but for there to be a source of conflict, there needs to be a mountain of bigger bullies to climb and strive against."
  Xbox's reach continues to grow as Xbox Cloud Gaming beta heads to iOS, PC
image "Browsing [the Xbox Game Pass] library, instantly trying a game and either keep playing in browser and/or download to continue on console or PC is a really nice discovery feature," pitches Xbox head Phil Spencer.
3 Sony reverses course, will keep PS3, Vita stores online
image Sony has announced it will be keeping the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita stores online after public pressure. The PlayStation Portable store was not so lucky.
  Path of Exile dev apologizes to players for letting streamers skip login queues
image Path of Exile lead developer Chris Wilson has apologized to players after a marketing campaign for the title's Ultimatum expansion backfired. 
  The simplest trailer to make for your Steam page
image Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for first time and hobbyist developers is making a trailer. Here are my recommendations for how to make a minimum viable product Steam trailer.
  Sponsored: Effective methods and best practices for mobile game commerce
image A multi-platform experience allows you to access new markets, gain more freedom in your marketing efforts, and connect to your players directly from a branded e-commerce site
  GameStop CEO George Sherman will step down later this year
image The company said Sherman will be stepping down on July 31, 2021, or sooner if a successor can be found. 
  Blog: The IAP merchandising playbook - Part 2
image When viewing visual elements our eyes naturally gravitate to certain features. By being deliberate in how we structure information, we can guide the user’s experience and streamline their purchase decision.
2 Report: Amazon cancels Lord of the Rings game over dispute with Tencent
image Amazon Game Studios has cancelled an upcoming Lord of the Rings title over a contractual dispute between itself and Tencent.
  The Games Fund launches with $50M to support devs in US, Europe
image A team of game industry investors and creators has launched a new $50 million fund with the goal of putting its resources, both financially and professionally, behind game developers.
  Get a job: Join Airship Syndicate as a Producer
image Airship is currently seeking a skilled Producer to help drive the schedule and quality across its games.
  Analyst: PS5 boasts record console launch despite continuing supply issues
image Data collected by the NPD Group seems to indicate that the PlayStation 5 has raked in more cash than any past console when comparing the first few months after launch.

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1 Why I decided to go to a publisher after 10 months of single-handedly developing a game
by Iurii Chechulin
Three years ago, I single-handedly developed an .io mobile game. It was relatively successful: it...
  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
by Simon Carless
Are game demos good? When you should leave your demo or prologue up for longer? We look at games...
  The Simplest Trailer to Make For Your Steam Page
by Derek Lieu
Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for...
  Predictions on Supercell's new Clash Games
by Javier Barnes
Earlier this month, Supercell announced 3 new games based on the Clash Franchise, and they already...
  The IAP Merchandising Playbook, Part 2: Visual Hierarchy
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When viewing visual elements, our eyes naturally gravitate to certain features. By being...

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Out Of Weakness, Strength: The Three Ds of Narrative Design
image Narrative designer Danny Allen analyzes the elements of compelling storytelling in games, and offers guidelines for writing effective dialog.
How To Write Low-Spoiler Hints For Adventure Games
image Meghann O'Neill breaks down her process of writing incremental hint guides that minimize spoilers while gently helping players toward quest progression.
Subverting Player Expectation Part II
image Naughty Dog level designer Pete Ellis illustrates how The Last of Us Part II mixes up its gameplay mechanics to reduce predictability while keeping players engaged.
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Renderer Game Studios We provide high-quality AAA Video Game Art Assets and Animation service at low rate!
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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).

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