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Drop Fake nets $9 million to create multiplayer social games that move people  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.21]
Drop Fake, a new studio helmed by former EA vice president Katherine de Leon, has raised $9 million to develop multiplayer social games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing unsettling 'hidden horror' in Layers of Fear 1
by John Harris [06.30.21]
Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.
Console/PC, Design

SNKRX: anatomy of a sleeper hit  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.30.21]
It’s time for a deeper dive into the sleeper success of SNKRX, the "arcade shooter roguelite where you control a snake of heroes that automatically attack nearby enemies."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Developers express ire over PlayStation's promotional policies  
by Bryant Francis [06.30.21]
A number of smaller developers are sharing details today about seemingly unfavorable conditions selling games on the PlayStation store.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game writer Sam Maggs is your host for the 2021 Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [06.30.21]
Bestselling game, TV, and comics writer Sam Maggs is your host for the 2021 Game Developers Choice Awards.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Room 8 Group opens Montreal studio to offer external support to more developers  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Room 8 Group has opened a new studio in Canada to provide creative, development, and management services to development partners working on free-to-play mobile titles and console games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Funcom acquires majority stake in Metal: Hellsinger developer The Outsiders  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Conan Exiles developer Funcom has acquired a majority stake in Swedish game studio The Outsiders for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox boss talks mergers and acquisitions, says telling studios not to sell is 'short-sighted' 1
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
"If a team actually takes the risk of starting a new company, starting a new studio, building that over years, building value in that. To say they shouldn’t sell, I think, is just short-sighted."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Vela Games raises $17.3 million to create debut co-op title codenamed 'Project-V'  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Vela Games, the Dublin-based studio established in 2018 by a group of former Riot and EA developers, has raised $17.3 million in Series A funding to build out its debut title.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG owner Krafton buys interactive content production company Thingsflow  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
South Korean video game company Krafton has acquired Thingsflow Inc, the interactive production company behind chat-based content platform Hellobot.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Konami and The Medium dev Bloober Team partner to create new games  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Konami Digital Entertainment has signed a strategic partnership with The Medium developer Bloober Team to create games based on existing and new properties.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Hinterland Studio is hiring a Systems Design Lead  
by Staff [06.29.21]
Hinterland Studio is looking for a veteran systems (gameplay) designer to join an early prototyping team for an original unannounced game.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Casey Hudson's new Humanoid Studios focuses on the charm of small, agile teams  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
Longtime BioWare general manager Casey Hudson has revealed his next adventure after departing BioWare last year: A new game development studio with a small, agile team and flat organization structure at its center.
Console/PC

Magic: Legends is shutting down in beta, refunds promised for in-game purchases  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
All player purchases made during the beta period will be refunded, while Magic: Legends is slated to go offline this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Playground winds down new content for Forza Horizon 4 as Horizon 5 draws near  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
Forza Horizon 5 is right around the corner, but the launch of a new game means less time to focus on delivering new content to its predecessor.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2021 will feature an Xsolla Devnote on the state of the game industry  
by Staff [06.29.21]
Don’t miss Xsolla's sponsored Devnote on the state of the game industry at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Thunderful names former [email protected] director as chief strategy and investment officer  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
Lonely Mountains: Downhill and SteamWorld Quest publisher Thunderful has named former [email protected] director Agostino Simonetta as its new chief strategy and investment officer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony accidentally said it acquired Demon's Souls dev Bluepoint for a hot second 1
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
As the rest of the world learned about Sony's acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, PlayStation Japan also welcomed Demon's Souls maker Bluepoint Games into the fold.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony acquires Returnal developer Housemarque to expand PlayStation Studios 1
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
"After more than 15 years of successfully collaborating, we’re excited to amplify our potential even further and join PlayStation Studios."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft brings Xbox Series X-powered cloud game streaming to iOS and PC  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
Microsoft has launched Xbox Cloud Gaming (a.k.a. Project xCloud) on iOS and PC in 22 countries.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing