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  Blizzard vet and Undead Labs founder urges employees, industry to unionize
image Former Blizzard employee, ArenaNet co-founder, and Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain has written an open letter to his employees and the game industry at large, urging them to unionize.
  More stories from Activision Blizzard emerge in days after walkout
image A number of current and former Activision Blizzard employees have been sharing their stories publicly since Wednesday's walkout and protest.
  Initial Steam Deck success could open the door for Steam Decks from other manufacturers
image Steam Machines? Is that you?
10 Don't Miss: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV
image Take a look back at our chat with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida about the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV.
  Get a job: Bytro Labs GmbH needs a Lead Game Designer
image German developer Bytro Labs GmbH is looking for a Lead Game Designer.
  Blog: Directing virtual characters in Wayward Strand - Part 1
image Exploring the design and tech behind directing Wayward Strand's character animations in Unity, including how we've set up our animator controllers to allow for continuous, complex character animation.
  Ubisoft staff claim publisher has 'sidelined' their demands and 'continues to protect known offenders'
image "Ubisoft continues to protect and promote known offenders and their allies. We see management continuing to avoid this issue."
1 Microsoft is pulling Forza Motorsport 7 from sale after less than four years
image Forza Motorsport 7 has reached 'end of life' status and will be pulled from sale on the Microsoft Store on September 15, 2021.
  VR company nDreams opens fully-remote development studio to diversify portfolio
image VR game company nDreams has opened a second development studio called nDreams Studio Orbital. 
1 Panic managed to sell 20,000 Playdates in under 20 minutes
image Panic sold 20,000 of its quirky crank-laden Playdate consoles in under 20 minutes after opening pre-orders yesterday.
  Don't Miss: Opinion: Civilization VI's (Green) New Deal
image In Civilization VI's latest expansion Gathering Storm, the world fights back and your actions have far-reaching, unintended consequences down the ages and across the whole of the map.
  Get a job: SMU Guildhall is hiring a Professor of Practice
image SMU Guildhall is looking for faculty to fill a position in one of these areas of specialization: Gameplay Creator, Team Game Production, Art or Programming.
2 Facebook blocks Road 96 ad for being 'political messaging'
image Road 96 developer Yoan Fanise has told Axios that Facebook rejected an advertisement for his team's upcoming game, on the grounds it contained "political messaging."
5 Valve's response to Wolfire lawsuit: Deal with it
image Updated: Valve has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Wolfire that alleged the company had created a monopoly with Steam, and was not earning its 30 percent cut on game sales.
  The Stanley Parable, Tacoma, and Minecraft alum join forces for new studio Ivy Road
image Annapurna Interactive's showcase today brought news of both familiar and new projects, including the announcement of a new studio working on its first project with Annapurna Interactive's backing.
  Spelunky, indie life, and finding success with Derek Yu - GDC Podcast Ep. 22
image Spelunky developer Derek Yu joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon in a live GDC Podcast to talk all things Spelunky, how indie game development has changed over the years, and how game development is an exploration of ideas.
  PS5 software beta will finally let some console owners expand their SSD storage
image Sony is finally getting ready to let PlayStation 5 owners upgrade their SSD storage, although it seems the SSD requirements themselves will be rather specific.
  The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games
image Who are the 'creators who aren’t full-time game devs' making popular games and mods for game creation platforms? We explore game discovery by talking to them.
  Former SEGA president Kenji Matsubara is the new CEO of SNK
image SNK Corporation has named former Sega and Zynga Japan president Kenji Matsubara as its new CEO.
  Niantic to rescind Pokemon Go bans after players are wrongly accused of cheating
image Niantic is working to remedy an issue that has caused a number of Pokemon Go players to be hit with false bans.
  Ubisoft staff back Activision Blizzard protests, decry 'ingrained culture of abusive behavior'
image "By choosing profit over our security, you are literally toying with our lives. We should not have to choose between work and our safety."
  Resident Evil Village and digital sales help Capcom deliver record Q1 net sales
image First quarter net sales reached record levels at Capcom thanks to new releases like Resident Evil Village and bumper digital sales.
3 Solidarity and tension on display during employee walkout at Blizzard HQ
image At the employee walkout at Blizzard's Headquarters in Irvine, CA we saw equal amounts of solidarity and exhaustion among participating employees.
1 Despite continuing supply woes, Sony has sold over 10 million PlayStation 5 consoles
image The PlayStation 5 has hit a huge milestone: The console has officially surpassed 10 million sold, and it managed to do so in less time than it took even the PlayStation 4.
  Nintendo's mobile game Dr. Mario World is shutting down after only two years
image Dr. Mario World, one of Nintendo's recent forays into the world of mobile games, is going offline this November. Once the game's online features go dark, it will no longer be playable whatsoever.

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by Josh Bycer
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  Directing Virtual Characters in Wayward Strand, Part 1
by Jason Bakker
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  The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games
by Simon Carless
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  GDC 2021 Wrapup: The Best Slides of the Event
by Chris Zukowski
Fore every GDC I like to recap the conference not by the best talks but by the best slides so that...
  When Steam wishlists don't convert: a case study
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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.
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.
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