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Ubisoft worried 'inappropriate' behavior could hurt staff hiring and retention 6
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Ubisoft has indicated the "occurrence of inappropriate behaviour by employees" has become a very real risk to the company.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Here are the winners of the 11th annual BAFTA Young Game Designers competition  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
BAFTA has announced the winners of its 11th annual Young Game Designers competition, which aims to spotlight and celebrate some of the best and brightest emerging talent in the UK games industry.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Roblox partners with Sony Music to fill the metaverse with musicians  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Roblox has signed a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to bring more musicians into the metaverse.
Console/PC, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Digital game publisher SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Learn how data-driven personalization can drive player engagement in this free webinar  
by Staff [07.08.21]
Sponsored: Personalization is critical to driving player engagement, but this comes with real-time performance and scalability challenges. Learn how to address those concerns in this free webinar.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Tencent rolls out facial recognition tech to enforce late-night gaming curfews 1
by Bryant Francis [07.08.21]
Chinese publisher Tencent wants to enforce China's gaming session restrictions for younger players with new technology: facial recognition.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

36 states take legal aim at Google, argue its Play Store practices violate antitrust law 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.21]
Attorneys general from 36 states have filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of antitrust behavior through its dealings with Android devices and its own Google Play Store.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Make time for the Sponsored Developer Summits at GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.08.21]
Don't miss out on all the great Sponsored Developer Summits you can check out at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Please welcome Imogen Mellor as your host for GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.07.21]
Game journalist and streamer Imogen Mellor will be your host for the 35th annual Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Visit our friends at Omdia when you attend GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.07.21]
Our colleagues at Omdia will be on hand at GDC 2021 for all your marketplace research needs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo denies use of forced Uyghur labor in affiliated factories  
by Bryant Francis [07.06.21]
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa stated in a recent shareholders meeting that the company has not identified any use of forced labor in its current supply chain.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Amazon's Lumberyard game engine is now open source 1
by Bryant Francis [07.06.21]
Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine is now fully available as an open source project under the newly organized Open 3D Foundation.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Apex Legends devs forced into holiday work by Titanfall-linked hack  
by Bryant Francis [07.06.21]
A major Apex Legends on July 4th prevented players from entering matches and forced the team to work on a holiday weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

What do devs really want from a game platform?  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.06.21]
Sometimes, as a game’s creator and 'the little guy', you feel helpless in the face of 'the big guy'. So let's talk about game platforms, and what devs need from them!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Nintendo Switch OLED Model is a minimal upgrade that won't alter Nintendo's trajectory  
by Matthew Bailey [07.06.21]
Omdia's game console analyst, Matthew Bailey, assesses Nintendo's announcement of its new Switch OLED model and explains why it isn't - and never needed to be - the "Switch Pro" many were expecting.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Despite Facebook's stumble, ads can still become a key part of the VR ecosystem 1
by Matthew Bailey [07.06.21]
Facebook's first attempt at VR ads on Oculus has fallen flat, but there is still room for ads to become a substantial VR monetization stream that the ecosystem badly needs. However, finding the right formats and contexts for VR ads will be crucial.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo (finally) debuts upgraded Switch OLED Model, due this year 1
by Kris Graft, Alissa McAloon [07.06.21]
Nintendo today (finally) officially revealed the next hardware iteration of its highly successful Switch.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Blog: A Steam NextFest postmortem 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.02.21]
So, we made it through our first Steam festival in one piece. Here's what we learned after running the gauntlet.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser might have opened a new development studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.21]
Take this one with a pinch of salt, but Rockstar co-founder and former VP of creative Dan Houser could be about the re-enter the world of video games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Narrative designers and writers laid off at Love Island dev Fusebox  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.21]
Love Island: The Game developer Fusebox Games has reportedly laid off a number of writers and narrative designers.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing