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Crossfire dev Smilegate opens Barcelona studio to develop triple-A projects  
by Chris Kerr [07.17.20]
South Korean developer Smilegate has opened a new studio in Barcelona that will focus on triple-A game development.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia's 'Click To Play' - the future?  
by Simon Carless [07.16.20]
Does Stadia's 'click to play' functionality change the game for the cloud gaming platform? And all kinds of other game discovery news besides...
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Uses and abuses of analytics in games  
by Staff [07.16.20]
In this GDC 2018 session Kongregate's Emily Greer exposes common pitfalls in data analysis to provide practical guidance on how to improve the rigorousness of your tests and the quality of your data.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

GDC State of the Industry: WFH Edition survey reveals COVID-19's impact on devs 1
by Staff [07.16.20]
GDC today released the results of a special State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey which reveal how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted game developers across the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

TinyBuild nabs Hello Neighbor dev team, plans to invest $15M into the franchise  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.20]
TinyBuild has acquired the development team behind Hello Neighbor from Dynamic Beasts and announced plans to invest $15 million into the franchise.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is adding xCloud to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.20]
As rumored earlier this year, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together under the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A new skull has been added to Halo 3 after 13 years  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.20]
The revamped PC version of Halo 3 features some notable technical improvements, but what's really got fans talking is the inclusion of a new skull. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: 13 free tools to develop and manage your game remotely 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.20]
Having a good set of tools to help your remote team work and communicate is imperative. My team has worked together remotely for over two years now - these are the free tools we've found success with.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Building an audience early with visuals-first development in Ooblets 1
by Staff [07.15.20]
Early in development, Ooblets already had a large following and many Patreon backers. The makers of the game explain why publicly sharing their game's development from day one helped them.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Huuuge Games has purchased interactive ad company Playable Platform  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Mobile studio Huuuge Games has purchased Dutch advertising company Playable Platform for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tilting Point acquires Plamee Studios and FTX Games assets  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Tilting Point has acquired Plamee Studios along with the assets and games of publisher FTX Games from gambling technology company Playtech.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Sony increasing PlayStation 5 production by 50 percent  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Sony will increase PlayStation 5 production by up to 50 percent to capitalize on demand created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG has sold over 70 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.20]
Popular battle royale title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 70 million copies to date. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile company Nifty Games opens first internal development studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.20]
Mobile game company Nifty Games has opened a new development studio in Chicago to create "mobile-first" sports titles.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Money or passion? How to become an indie entrepreneur 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.20]
If you want to be making games for decades, there's no point in choosing between creating things you love or making enough money to sustain your studio. You need a system to do both successfully.
Production, Business/Marketing

The surprising way that paid DLC works 3
by Simon Carless [07.14.20]
So, paid DLC - new levels, modes, etc - specifically those made for PC games on Steam. It's way better for devs than you think, and here's why!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Inside Steam Diving Bell, a tool for 'wikipedia binging' Steam games 8
by Lars Doucet [07.13.20]
Designing a tool for browsing Steam games "Wikipedia binge" style.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Can you be a full time solo indie developer? 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.13.20]
Exploring the answers to questions like 'How much can I earn as an indie solo developer?' and 'How much does a typical indie game earn in its lifetime?'
Indie, Business/Marketing

What did (and didn't) work for the first year of Valve's Steam Labs experiments  
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.20]
Valve has shared a bit of a rapid fire micro-postmortem of Steam Labs' first-year experiments, offering devs a look at how certain creations evolved through feedback and which features were left on the cutting room floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: The secrets to creating an indie game franchise 1
by Staff [07.13.20]
In this GDC 2018 session Christy Dena details what players find appealing about narrative game franchises, and explores the value of building your game world outside of your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault