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Everybody but game devs will be able to earn more on the Microsoft Store from July 28  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.21]
Microsoft has told The Verge a new policy change that allows Microsoft Store developers to keep 100 percent of revenue from payments made via their own or third-party systems won't apply to video games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Rare designed Sea of Thieves' infinite pirate generator 2
by Jack Yarwood [06.24.21]
Rare lead character artist Sam Chester talks through the conception, design, and implementation of the "infinite pirate generator" character creator in the studio's swashbuckle-'em-up Sea of Thieves.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Get a job: Zing Games needs a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [06.24.21]
Zing Games is looking for talented and passionate gameplay programmers to join us in creating original titles for both the PC and consoles.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

The Low-Income Pass Lottery returns for GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.24.21]
The Low-Income Pass Lottery has returned for the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference. Sign up today!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sniper Ghost Warrior devs apologize after offensive press event 1
by Bryant Francis [06.24.21]
CI Games has apologized after a press event for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 allowed attendees to fight cariactures of Middle-Eastern opponents
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Windows 11 brings Android apps to PC via the Amazon App Store  
by Alissa McAloon [06.24.21]
Mobile developers will soon be able to reach PC audiences with little added effort on their part thanks to a new feature announced for Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 11.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Learn more about how networking works at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.24.21]
Learn more about how networking work at the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Bending genres and breaking rules in Draw Me A Pixel's There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension  
by Joel Couture [06.24.21]
"What can you do if you don't control the characters? It's like looking at a painting and instead of giving us brushes, we are asked to play with the frame." says the developer of There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension.
Indie, Video, IGF

Blog: Creating a Discord bug-hunting leaderboard  
by Gamasutra Community [06.24.21]
Encouraging and thanking players for submitting bug reports by setting up a pipeline from in-game bug reporting to a Discord leaderboard bot via a Postgres database.
Design

EA's latest purchase Golf Clash earned an estimated $133M in the U.S. over the past year  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Player spending on mobile sports games rose by 16 percent in the United States over to past 12 months, with EA's recently purchased mobile title Golf Clash leading the charge.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Habbo owner Azerion buys German social game company Whow Games  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Gaming and entertainment platform Azerion has acquired German online free-to-play developer and publisher Whow Games for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Tencent-owned Timi Studios opens new Seattle studio to create triple-A games  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.21]
Timi Studios, the Tencent-owned developer that's worked on games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Honor of Kings, has opened a new studio in Seattle to create triple-A titles.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Game localization for discovery: it's trickier than you think!  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.21]
Localization is a really important part of game discovery, since it opens up so many new potential markets for your PC/console games. But what are the best languages to localize to, and why?
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Rare's postmortem of the N64 hit GoldenEye 007  
by Staff [06.23.21]
It's the Nintendo 64's 25th anniversary. Celebrate with a look back at the making of one of its most popular games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Get a job: SideFX is hiring a Senior Distributed Systems Developer  
by Staff [06.23.21]
SideFX is seeking an exceptional software developer with distributed systems experience and a talent for producing high performance, robust software to join its Toronto-based R&D team.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

You can now run Xbox Cloud games at Series X performance levels  
by Bryant Francis [06.23.21]
It’s now possible to play Xbox Cloud games running at the same fidelity as their Xbox Series X equivalents.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest change aims to prevent buyers from gaming regional pricing  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Steam users can now only change the country on their account every three months, a move that aims to prevent people from fibbing about their location to score cheaper games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft's special Cyberpunk 2077 refund policy ends July 6  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Nature is healing. Microsoft has quietly announced that its special refund provisions for CD Projekt Red's infamous Cyberpunk 2077 are coming to a close.
Console/PC

Meet your host of the 2021 IGF Awards: Victoria Tran!  
by Staff [06.23.21]
Innersloth Games’ Victoria Tran will be your host for the 2021 IGF Awards.
Indie, Design

Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
Business/Marketing