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Join a free talk + Q&A on leadership in game production with Grant Shonkwiler  
by Kris Graft [02.24.21]
We welcome expert producer Grant Shonkwiler, formerly producer on triple-A shooters at id Software and Epic Games and now consultant at Shonkventures to talk about leadership in game development and answer your questions live.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Webinar

Deep dive: how Steam followers and wishlists relate  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.24.21]
How do Steam followers (the folks who follow news on your Steam page) related to your pre-release Steam wishlists? We have full survey results here for your delectation.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation  
by Staff [02.23.21]
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

How does your game boost its 'long tail'?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.22.21]
Teardown is one of those titles that just continues to sell, even after leaving the overall Steam Top 10. So... how do you get to be one of those games? We explore the possibilities.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Don't Miss: Dreaming Spires - Dynamic narrative, layer by layer 2
by Jon Ingold [02.22.21]
Jon Ingold of Inkle goes in-depth on the studio's game Pendragon, which ties a dynamic narrative engine to a chess-like strategy game.
Indie, Design

Don't Miss: In It To Minit - Designing a world of one-minute adventures  
by Staff [02.18.21]
Minit devs Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman open up about how they designed their one-minute adventure game to be fun but not frustrating, and why time limits are great for emphasizing player choice.
Indie, Design

Minit devs launch Minit Fun Racer, with all proceeds to go to charity  
by Alissa McAloon [02.18.21]
The four-person team behind Minit have all at once announced and launched a new game, and promised that all proceeds from it will forever be directed to charity.
Console/PC, Indie

A new approach to 2021 with a family of GDC events and more!  
by Katie Stern [02.18.21]
GDC GM Katie Stern updates the community on what to expect from the team in 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo ends pandemic-driven Nintendo Direct hiatus with a remaster-filled showcase 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.17.21]
Today's broadcast marked the first true-to-rights Nintendo Direct since September 2019 and brought with it news about both fresh franchises and established Nintendo IP.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

The 'GaaS or subscription service' squeeze in games  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.21]
With the rise of subscription game services like Apple Arcade or Game Pass, do game devs have to choose between crafting games as a service (GaaS) titles or games made specifically for sub services?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

IGDA Foundation launches $300,000 Diverse Game Developers Fund  
by Alissa McAloon [02.16.21]
The IGDA Foundation has teamed up with Grant for the Web to launch a $300,000 fund that aims to empower marginalized developers and students.
Console/PC, Indie

What are your game's pre-release 'story beats'?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.15.21]
For your in-development game, story beats are the 3 or 4 ‘big pre-release announcements’ that you actually expect to get wider press and notice. What should you pick, and why?
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Summit Submissions for GDC 2021 close on Monday  
by Staff [02.11.21]
Heads up! Talk and panel submissions for GDC 2021's Summits are closing on Monday February 15th at 11:59PM PT.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Call for data: your Steam wishlist to follower ratio!  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.11.21]
Followers are a useful metric for Steam interest! And nowadays, we think many unreleased Steam games fall in the 6 to 10 wishlists per follower range. But... we don’t know. So let’s find out!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Conveying your game's value - A marketing talk for self-publishers  
by Staff [02.10.21]
The very first presentation in our new Gamasutra Webcasts series, featuring indie marketing superstar Victoria Tran is now available for free on-demand!
Indie, Business/Marketing, Webinar

Can you cheat to get ahead on Steam?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.08.21]
Can you get your game more positive reviews than it would otherwise deserve on Steam, and is this actually a good idea? (Spoiler: it's not...)
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

What Stadia's pivot tells us about the future of cloud gaming  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.03.21]
Google Stadia has giving up on its plan to build out robust first-party dev studios for its cloud gaming platform. What gives, and what's next for cloud gaming? Here's some thoughts...
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: The competive advantage of adding an in-game store to your next game  
by Xsolla [02.03.21]
To help give your team an edge in this competitive landscape, Xsolla has gathered valuable trends and insights about the benefits of integrating an in-game economy into your project.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Is Steam really conspiring to price fix?  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.01.21]
A new class action lawsuit against Valve suggests that price fixing could be at play on Steam. Is this really happening, and if so, has antitrust law actually been breached? We look into it (& lots more!)
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Roguelikes and narrative design with Hades creative director Greg Kasavin  
by Kris Graft [01.28.21]
On GDC Podcast episode 16 we're joined by Greg Kasavin, creative director at Hades developer Supergiant Games. We talk narrative design, his journey from game journalist to game developer and the allure of the roguelike genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Podcast