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Ubisoft closes 2020-21 with $2.7 billion in net bookings as flagship franchises set records  
by Alissa McAloon [05.11.21]
Ubisoft has wrapped up the 2020-21 fiscal year with record revenue and engagement for many of its best-known properties like Just Dance, Assassin's Creed, and Rainbow Six.
Console/PC, Social/Online

John Romero is giving a Quake postmortem at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.11.21]
id Software co-founder John Romero will take you through the rollercoaster of Quake’s creation at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Roblox developers behind Adopt Me form new studio Uplift Games  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
Uplift has been created by the team behind Adopt Me, a popular Roblox title that has amassed over 22 billion visits and 60 million monthly active players.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Paradox CEO wants publisher to 'do better' after disappointing quarter  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
"Sometimes there are periods with fewer and smaller game and expansion releases - but we can do better than this and our ambitions are higher."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Improving the 'About This Game' section on your Steam page 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.11.21]
Have you ever stumbled across a Steam Store page, scrolled down to the 'About This Game' section, and found a real mess? Here's how to avoid that with your own project.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Implementing bounty hunting in Mafia III  
by Gamasutra Community [05.11.21]
Hangar 13 gameplay programmer Ravi Teja explains the intricacies of the 'Bounty Hunting: Bodies in Trunks' feature in Mafia III.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Resident Evil Village tops 3 million shipments in under a week  
by Chris Kerr [05.11.21]
The latest entry in the horror franchise launched on May 7, 2021, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam tag trends, Epic & Valve lawsuit drama, & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.21]
We look at Steam tag trends, the latest in the Apple/Epic and Valve antitrust lawsuits, and, well, lots more about game platforms and discovery.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Balancing storytelling and player choice in Prey 1
by Staff [05.10.21]
Lead designer Ricardo Bare gives a detailed (and spoiler-heavy) breakdown of the narrative design of Arkane Studio's emergent sim Prey.
Console/PC, Design

Sony expects PlayStation 5 shortages to continue into 2022 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.21]
The launch of the current console generation has been plagued by scarcity. PlayStation expects that to continue throughout 2021 and into 2022.

New to GDC? Let's get you caught up  
by Staff [05.10.21]
If you're new to Game Developers Conference, no worries! Get caught up on the history of the event before this year's all-digital show.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Capcom attributes record profits to 'continued success' of game division  
by Chris Kerr [05.10.21]
Capcom said its video game business "drove results" after reporting record profits for the fourth consecutive year. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Supercell ordered to pay $92.2 million in damages over free-to-play patent infringements 5
by Chris Kerr [05.10.21]
Clash of Clans developer Supercell has been ordered to pay $92.2 million in damages to Japanese media company Gree, Inc. in a high-profile patent trial.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple wants Microsoft exec's testimony cut from Epic Games v. Apple case 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.07.21]
Lori Wright, VP of Xbox business development, was one of the first experts to take the stand in this week's Epic Games v. Apple trial. Apple, however, is now asking her testimony be struck from the record.

Don't Miss: The making of Resident Evil 4 8
by Staff [05.07.21]
Resident Evil 4 cinematics lead Yoshiaki Hirabayashi writes about the overhauls and challenges which faced one of the franchise's most notable entries.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Check out the many incredible Roundtables at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.07.21]
At the all-digital GDC 2021 (running July 19th – 23rd) you can take part in a number of excellent Roundtables hosted by industry experts.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Genesis Noir leads IGF finalists with four nominations  
by Staff [05.07.21]
Check out the 2021 Independent Games Festival finalists, who will be honored at a virtual ceremony held at Game Developers Conference, running July 19th - 23rd.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Turkish mobile studio Ace Games raises $7 million to develop new casual titles  
by Chris Kerr [05.07.21]
Turkish mobile studio Ace Games has raised $7 million in seed funding to continue making casual and hyper casual titles.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Wolfire Games founder: 'I had no choice' but to file Steam antitrust lawsuit against Valve 3
by Chris Kerr [05.07.21]
Wolfire Games founder David Rosen claims they had "no choice" but to take legal action against Valve after it allegedly began interfering with pricing on other storefronts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony facing lawsuit over 'monopoly' on digital PlayStation game sales  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.21]
A collection of gamers are readying to file a lawsuit against PlayStation-maker Sony Interactive Entertainment, arguing that it operates an unlawful monopoly.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing