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Amazon's New World beta has passed 200,000 concurrent users on Steam 1
by Chris Kerr [07.26.21]
The closed beta for Amazon Games' upcoming MMO, New World, pulled in more than 200,000 concurrent players over the weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Death Stranding has reached 5 million sales across PS4 and PC 1
by Chris Kerr [07.26.21]
Death Stranding had sold 5 million copies worldwide across PS4 and PC as of March 2021, according to developer Kojima Productions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Washing the worries away: Inside the surprisingly relaxing design of PowerWash Simulator 3
by John Harris [07.26.21]
"Video games don't need to be antagonistic in order to find an audience, and I think this game and other sims show there is still a huge gap in the market for games that simply offer relaxing escapism."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Facebook relents, launches Instant Games hub as web app  
by Bryant Francis [07.23.21]
After numerous failures to launch its cloud gaming Instant Games portal on the iOS App Store, Facebook has launched web-only version of Instant Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How the painful process of cutting ideas almost sank Sea of Solitude 1
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
"Calculating the timeframe and the scope for development so poorly is what nearly caused the whole production to fail."
Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: A step-by-step guide to game localization  
by Gamasutra Community [07.23.21]
Modern game developers understand that it's not enough just to create an awesome game -- you have to make it accessible to the broader public. That's where localization comes in.
Production, Business/Marketing

Activision exec tells team that lawsuit is actually what's hurting company 5
by Bryant Francis [07.23.21]
An internal e-mail to Activision Blizzard employees from executive Fran Townsend blames California’s lawsuit for damaging the company culture, rather than alleged incidents of sexual harassment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

It’s the final day of GDC 2021. Let’s finish strong!  
by Staff [07.23.21]
It’s time to finish up GDC 2021 with a bang. Join us for the final day of this year’s all-digital conference!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sports Interactive is bringing women's football to Football Manager  
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
Football Manager developer Sports Interactive is bringing the women's game to the popular soccer simulator for the first time.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Blizzard's misfiring Warcraft III remake was the result of cost-cutting and mismanagement 1
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
"We have developers who have dealt with exhaustion, anxiety, depression and more for a year now. Many have lost trust in the team and this company."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic Games acquires Sketchfab asset store, reduces platform fees to 12 percent  
by Chris Kerr [07.23.21]
Epic Games has acquired the Sketchfab asset store for an undisclosed fee, and has pledged to immediately lower platform fees to 12 percent.
VR, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires SpeedTree creator Interactive Data Visualization  
by Alissa McAloon [07.22.21]
Unity has revealed its acquisition of Interactive Data Visualization, the company likely best known as the creator of SpeedTree.
Console/PC, Art, Business/Marketing

Make it a fabulous fourth day of GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.22.21]
The penultimate day of GDC 2021 is about to start! Here’s a few sessions to help you build out your schedule for today’s show.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Microsoft Game Development Kit is now available for free on GitHub  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
Microsoft said it wants to "enable any creator, anywhere on the planet, to make games for our ecosystem."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

EA partners with LPGA to better represent women golfers in EA Sports PGA Tour  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
EA is partnering with the Ladies Professional Golf Association to bring an "in-depth [and] authentic" representation of women's golf to EA Sports PGA Tour.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Assassin's Creed art director Raphael Lacoste leaves Ubisoft for Haven Studios  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
Lacoste worked on flagship Assassin's Creed titles including Revelations, Black Flag, Origins, and the latest entry in the franchise, Valhalla.
Art, Business/Marketing

Chappie and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp joins Gunzilla as chief visionary officer  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
Gunzilla Games has named District 9, Elysium, and Chappie direct tor Neill Blomkamp as its new chief visionary officer.
Production, Business/Marketing

California sues Activision Blizzard over sexist, harmful workplace culture 2
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
UPDATE: The state of California is suing Activision Blizzard over some of the most toxic workplace sexual harassment allegations leveled against the game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discovering your game's regional appeal, pre-launch?  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.21.21]
What's the best way to see the regional breakdown of Steam interesting and wishlists before launch? This, plus lots more, in our discovery latest round-up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Understanding the meaningless, micro-reactive, and marvellous writing of Disco Elysium 2
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"This thing that we've been calling micro-reactivity is essentially a process for generating narrative ripples on an industrial scale."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC