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Join us at 3PM EST as we make predictions for the game industry in 2018  
by Bryant Francis [01.12.18]
The Gamasutra editorial team will be making (ill-advised) predictions over on our Twitch channel at 3PM EST.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Frog Fractions 2 ARG at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.12.18]
Writer Justin Bortnick played a key role in orchestrating the Frog Fractions 2 ARG, and at GDC 2018 he plans to reveal the mysteries behind the beloved (and notorious) alternate-reality experience.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Spanish government gives indies funding boost with new $7.9M grant 2
by Chris Kerr [01.12.18]
The Spanish government has established a €6.5 million ($7.9 million) grant to help nurture the country's indie development scene.
Production, Business/Marketing

Battlegrounds surpasses 3 million players on Xbox One  
by Chris Kerr [01.12.18]
The hugely popular last-man-standing shooter launched through the Xbox Game Preview program on December 12, and has evidently found its feet on the console. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo sues mobile developer Colopl over patent infringement 4
by Emma Kidwell [01.11.18]
Japanese mobile games developer Colopl is being sued by Nintendo for allegedly infringing on five of the publisher's patents. 

Developers share their favorite indie games of 2017  
by Thomas Faust [01.11.18]
A smorgasbord of great games were released last year; here, a group of game developers from around the industry weigh in on what their favorite indie game of 2017 was, and why.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Rethinking 'the cost of doing business' for game devs 3
by Katherine Cross [01.11.18]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross challenges the notion that abuse & vitriol are now part of "the cost of doing business" for game devs, asking: what can we do to reach beyond that toxic minority?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2018 is proud to welcome back the Train Jam game showcase!  
by Staff [01.11.18]
The games made during the sixth annual Train Jam game jam will once again be playable in a special interactive space on-site at GDC 2018, so don't miss your chance to stop by and check it out!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Unreal hosting livestream to help devs navigate potential legal landmines  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.18]
Epic wants to help devs navigate potential legal landmines by hosting a livestream with its own legal counsel, Canon Pence.

Switch becomes Dark Souls of Nintendo consoles with Dark Souls: Remastered 5
by Chris Kerr [01.11.18]
Praise the sun and prepare to die, because From Software is remastering the original Dark Souls for a re-release on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Paradox grabs 33% stake in Blacklight Retributon dev Hardsuit Labs 1
by Chris Kerr [01.11.18]
Swedish publisher Paradox Interactive has snapped up a 33 percent stake in Blacklight Retribution developer Hardsuit Labs for $2 million. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Japanese console game market experiences growth for the first time in 11 years  
by Emma Kidwell [01.10.18]
The Japanese video game console market has grown for the first time in 11 years, experiencing a spike in sales during 2017.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Writer Justin Bortnick discusses the secrets of the Frog Fractions 2 ARG  
by Bryant Francis [01.10.18]
One of the minds behind Frog Fractions 2's mind-bending alternate reality game discusses his craft and his upcoming GDC session.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Discovering the first video game commercial  
by Emma Kidwell [01.10.18]
The Video Game History Foundation analyzes how the marketing push for the Odyssey console created confusion for consumers during the 1970's and looks to the original commercial for answers.

7,672 games hit Steam in 2017 alone, says Steam Spy 3
by Alissa McAloon [01.10.18]
According to the unofficial Steam analytics platform Steam Spy, Steam saw over 2000 more game releases in 2017 than it did in the preceding year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PUBG leads December 2017's media darlings  
by Kris Graft [01.10.18]
ICO Partners released the monthly games media coverage stats for December, with Playerunknown's Battlegrounds garnering the most attention from media outlets.

Game submissions are now open for Day of the Devs at GDC 2018!  
by Staff [01.10.18]
Day of the Devs, that popular indie video game showcase from Double Fine and iam8bit, is coming back to GDC 2018 -- and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want to take part!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Why we canned a $2M app business to make indie games 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.10.18]
A few years ago, I started a company that eventually became a $2M app business. Then, in 2016, we decided to throw it all overboard to make games. Here's what happened.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blunder years: Game devs talk about their biggest mistakes  
by Chris Kerr [01.10.18]
In an effort to prove that sometimes it's okay to mess up, veteran animator Dan Perry asked his fellow game makers to tweet about some of the most agonizing mistakes they've made over the years.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How the 2018 tax reform will change things for indies 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.10.18]
The last-minute tax reform that became law won't affect your 2017 tax returns, but definitely shakes things up going forward. Indie devs will be impacted majorly: learn how and why.