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October 27, 2020
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Starbreeze says Payday 3 development is underway, this time using Unreal Engine  
by Alissa McAloon [10.05.20]
The Swedish studio has now shared a slight update to Twitter to note that development on the game is moving along.
Console/PC, Programming

Don't Miss: Building a solid foundation for your toolset - Where Cards Fall's 'Master Tool'  
by Staff [10.05.20]
Joel Clark, tech lead and gameplay designer at The Game Band, offers an in-depth look at the "Master Tool" -- the toolset used to create the highly-acclaimed Apple Arcade game Where Cards Fall.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Don't Miss: The buzzer-beating bug fix that saved Crash Bandicoot 33
by Staff [10.02.20]
A coder on the original Crash Bandicoot explains how his first big game almost shipped with a destructive save-wiping bug -- and how he and the team at Naughty Dog eventually solved it.
Console/PC, Programming

20% of Ubisoft staff don't feel respected or safe at work, reveals internal survey  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.20]
Ubisoft has shared the results of an internal staff survey with Kotaku, likely a reaction to the many stories of harassment and inappropriate conduct reported over the last several months.

Blog: Switch & Steam discount strategies? Here's some good ones  
by Simon Carless [10.02.20]
Let's look at some interesting discount and sale strategies for console and PC games - including Switch eShop discounts and Steam sales.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Some Epic Games Store games can now be purchased through GOG Galaxy 2.0  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.20]
Now it looks like the folks at GOG are taking GOG Galaxy 2.0's mission statement one step further by testing the ability to buy games from other digital stores through the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Q&A: The operatic art of 2D animation in Eastern Exorcist  
by Chris Kerr [10.02.20]
"We had all worked on 3D projects until now, so moving to 2D with Eastern Exorcist meant we had to learn and master a lot of new techniques."
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video

Video: Brenda Romero's hidden histories of women in programming  
by Staff [10.02.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk, Romero Games' Brenda Romero digs up the fascinating history of women in computer programming.
Console/PC, Design, Video

War Child UK hosting 'Game of the Girl' panel to spotlight women in games  
by Chris Kerr [10.02.20]
War Child UK is hosting a 'Game Of The Girl' panel on October 7 to celebrate and support International Day of the Girl.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard esports CEO Pete Vlastelica is stepping down  
by Chris Kerr [10.02.20]
Activision Blizzard esports CEO and Overwatch League commissioner Pete Vlastelica is stepping down after little over a year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Roblox readies to go public in early 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.20]
Roblox, the company behind the massive game creation platform of the same name, is reportedly planning to go public early next year, though the exact form that action will take is still up for debate.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Apex Legends brings cross-play to PS4, Xbox One, and PC next week  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.20]
Cross-play presents its own complications and challenges for each game, and Apex Legends is no exception.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Interior Mapping - rendering real rooms without geometry 10
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.20]
Modelling interiors behind every window in a city often takes too much performance, so some games use "interior mapping", a shader trick to render geometry that isn't actually there, but still achieves sharp, perspectively correct rooms.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Video: Maintaining your mental health while working in games  
by Staff [10.01.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer session, Take This' Eve Crevoshay leads a wide-ranging discussion on the world of mental health and the world of video game development.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Blog: What to expect when you’re expecting (a content creator)  
by Gamasutra Community [10.01.20]
Do you want to get in touch with content creators but aren’t sure how? Here are a few pieces of advice to get you started.
Console/PC, Design

Tencent grabs 'major stake' in GTFO developer 10 Chambers 2
by Chris Kerr [10.01.20]
Tencent has acquired a "major stake" in GTFO developer 10 Chambers, and will support the studio's long-term vision moving forward. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

ProbablyMonsters opens mystery studio led by former Torchlight devs  
by Chris Kerr [10.01.20]
ProbablyMonsters has opened an unnamed next-gen studio led by a group of former Borderlands and Torchlight developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Has Xbox changed discoverability with its new store?  
by Simon Carless [10.01.20]
What's the new Xbox store for Xbox One - which will also roll out for Xbox Series - like? (This is a big one for the future of how people buy games on Xbox consoles.)
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: New Moon Production is hiring a Product Manager  
by Staff [09.30.20]
At New Moon Production we specialize in game development for both mobile and web. We are looking for a Product Manager to kick ass and develop awesome games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Recruitment

Nintendo's lawsuit against Switch hack seller to land it $2 million in damages  
by Alissa McAloon [09.30.20]
A lawsuit levied by Nintendo against one seller of a popular hack that allows for piracy of Nintendo Switch games is moving toward conclusion, with a proposed final judgment ordering the retailer Uberchips to pay Nintendo $2 million.