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ESA suspends political contributions after assault on U.S. Capitol  
by Bryant Francis [01.12.21]
The ESA has announced it is "pausing" political contributions from its political action committee after several donation recipients voted to overturn the results of November'
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A 2014 Lucasfilm Games postmortem, told by those who lived it 2
by Staff [01.12.21]
This GDC 2014 postmortem featuring six of Lucasfilm Games' earliest employees asks the questions: "What mix of creative and business forces shaped this studio?" and "Could it be duplicated today?"
Console/PC, Production

Oculus Quest 2 players make up nearly half of Rec Room's 1 million VR-using MAUs  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.21]
The developers behind the social space and game creation platform Rec Room now say that the game sees around 1 million monthly active users on VR platforms alone.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: The appeal of 'legacy' board games  
by Staff [01.12.21]
In this 2017 GDC session, game designer Rob Daviau explains the appeal of "legacy" board games, how they've influenced other games, and what game designers can learn from them.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Nova Drift: the making of a Steam holiday 'sleeper' hit 1
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.21]
Nova Drift - arcade space combat roguelite, Geometry Wars meets Asteroids meets randomly generated ‘runs’ - had a really good holiday season sales-wise. But why? We look into it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

CD Projekt faces scrutiny from consumer protection org over Cyberpunk 2077 9
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.21]
The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection is now responsible for one of several potentially troubling inquiries faced by the polish developer following Cyberpunk 2077's tumultuous launch.
Console/PC

GameStop: Fewer stores, 'industry-wide decline', supply woes led to holiday sales slide  
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.21]
For that holiday period, the nine weeks ending January 2, 2021, GameStop reported its sales at $1.77 billion, are down 3.1 percent from Holiday 2019.
Console/PC

Blog: How good does your game look on a Steam search?  
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.21]
How appealing is your game on the eyes of a player search? I don't know, but I can tell you what we did about it!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC 2021's Core Concepts submissions are closing today  
by Staff [01.11.21]
Today is the last day to submit your talk for GDC 2021's Core Concepts section. Get your submissions in before time runs out!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Riot and Bungie file lawsuit against Destiny 2 and Valorant cheat-maker  
by Chris Kerr [01.11.21]
Riot Games and Bungie have filed a joint lawsuit against the operator and creator behind a number of cheats and hacks for Valorant and Destiny 2
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Airship Syndicate is hiring a junior-to-mid programmer  
by Staff [01.08.21]
Looking for work? Airship Syndicate is looking to hire a junior-to-mid programmer.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Best Fiends publisher Playtika launches $1.6B IPO  
by Bryant Francis [01.08.21]
Mobile game publisher Playtika has launched its Initial Public Offering, valuing the company at $1.6 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Voice actor Brad Venable has passed away at 43  
by Bryant Francis [01.08.21]
Voice actor Brad Venable has passed away at age 43.
Console/PC, Audio

Video: Audio choreography for battle design  
by Staff [01.08.21]
In this 2017 GDC session, Khris Brown discusses best practices for audio design for video game combat to help players better understand what is going on in the fight around them.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video

Get a job: Sucker Punch needs a Producer  
by Staff [01.07.21]
Sucker Punch is looking for a Producer with a passion for video games.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Video: Bootstrapping your own QA team  
by Staff [01.07.21]
In this 2017 GDC talk, USC Games' Jesse Vigil explains how they built a test group from rookies, volunteers, and only two working test kits to get Chambara through PS4 submissions.
Console/PC, Video

Blog: A BioShock Infinite level design analysis - Part 4  
by Gamasutra Community [01.07.21]
This fourth part of this analysis will cover enemies and the concept of "difficulty" in BioShock Infinite.
Console/PC, Design

Epic acquires RAD Game Tools 1
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Epic has bought up RAD Game Tools, promising that its technology will be integrated into Unreal Engine and will still be available for non-Unreal developers.
Console/PC, Programming

Updated: Twitch, Discord suspend Trump-related accounts after Capitol assault  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Updated: Twitch and Discord have removed Trump-related accounts to prevent 'further violence' after Wednesday's assault on Capitol Hill.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch removes popular emote after pro player's support for Capitol Hill mob  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Twitch has yanked a widely-used emote after the pro player that inspired its creation 'encouraged further violence' after pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing