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A host of Stadia developers have left Google to join Jade Raymond at Haven Studios 1
by Chris Kerr [05.05.21]
Updated:After Google Stadia shut down first-party game development operations, a number of developers have reemerged at former Stadia games boss Jade Raymond at her new Sony-backed Haven Studios.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games opens new Toronto studio  
by Chris Kerr [05.05.21]
Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games has opened a new studio in Toronto, Canada.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join PlayStation as a Sound Designer  
by Staff [05.04.21]
PlayStation is looking for a Senior Sound Designer to join its award-winning team to craft high-quality audio content for 1st party product development projects.
Console/PC, Audio, Recruitment

Call of Duty Warzone, Mobile drive 70% jump in Activision revenue, record Q1 MAUs  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Call of Dutys expansion into both mobile and free-to-play is doing great things for Activision as the company reports new records in MAUs and, for parent Activision Blizzard, revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sweeney asked Xbox to time free multiplayer launch with Epic's first Apple attack  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Day one of the Epic v. Apple trial granted us insight into Epic Games' financial history, and it looks like day two is giving us a peek at Epic CEO Tim Sweeney's email outbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online

The Witcher 3 director resigns, denies bullying accusations  
by Alissa McAloon [05.04.21]
Konrad Tomaszkiewicz departs CD Projekt but denies workplace bullying took place.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: A classic postmortem of BioWare's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
by Staff [05.04.21]
Creating a new type of combat system inside a 60-hour RPG was a daunting task. Yet that's exactly what BioWare did with its classic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
Console/PC, Design

Epic v. Apple trial surfaces Walmart's rumored 'Project Storm' streaming service  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.21]
Walmart's unannounced cloud gaming service codenamed 'Project Storm' has been detailed in confidential emails shown during the Epic Games vs. Apple trial.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Storytelling through skill trees 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.04.21]
Discussing observations in developmental psychology vs how development is presented in video game skill trees, and how those things can help us tell stories.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

What do devs really think of game platform cut?  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.04.21]
We look at the GDC survey on game platform cut and the state of subscription services, as well as lots more neat game discovery news!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia VP and head of product John Justice has left Google  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.21]
Stadia vice president and head of product John Justice has left Google after less than three years.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn how Naughty Dog designed The Last of Us Part II's interactive guitar at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.04.21]
Learn all about the design goals, challenges, and lessons from designing the interactive guitar mechanic in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Part II, both from a musical and technical perspective.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Blog: Store page marketing tips for game devs  
by Gamasutra Community [05.04.21]
Perfecting your store page is arguably the most important marketing activity you can focus on. Good store pages facilitate conversions (wish lists and buys), while bad pages render greatly hinder your marketing efforts.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony wasn't sold on Fortnite cross-play until 'compensation' policy sweetened the deal  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.21]
Sony charged Fortnite developer Epic Games cross-play 'compensation' to ensure letting PlayStation owners play with friends on other platforms worked in its favor.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic v. Apple trial offers rare look into Epic financials, billions of Fortnite revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look into the company's earnings.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Epic paid devs nearly $12 million for 9 months of Epic Games Store free games 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The big Epic Games v. Apple case officially kicked off today, offering a unique look at the finances and strategy behind Epic Games Store initiatives like its free game promotions.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony invests in Discord, plans to integrate Discord into PSN next year  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Sony has made a minority investment in chat platform Discord, and in doing so kicked off a partnership that will see the popular voice and text chat service connect with PlayStation in 2022.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft debated reducing revenue share on consoles as well as PC  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Microsoft reportedly considered reducing the share it takes from digital game sales on console as well as PC, but eventually decided against changing revenue splits on Xbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Riot will retain and review voice chat clips as part of Valorant's reporting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
A shift in policy means that Riot Games will now record snippets of voice chat in Valorant, but only in cases where a report is filed against a player over behavior in in-game voice channels.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Official PlayStation Magazine drops official branding to relaunch as Play Magazine  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
Official PlayStation Magazine is no more, ending the publication's decades-long run as it relaunches (with the same staff and focus) simply as Play Magazine.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing