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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

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

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

Three key discoverability takeaways from the Epic/Apple lawsuit  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.05.21]
What does the Epic/Apple trial data show us about which game platforms are good to make games for? And how has Epic Games Store itself evolved?
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discover how ZA/UM crafted Disco Elysium's outstanding narrative at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.05.21]
Justin Keenan, one of the writers at ZA/UM who worked on the revered RPG Disco Elysium, will be on-hand at the all-virtual GDC 2021 to talk about shaping the game's outstanding narrative. GDC 2021 takes place July 19-23.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

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

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

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

Epic Games now owns ArtStation 2
by Bryant Francis [04.30.21]
Epic Games has announced that it's acquiring ArtStation, one of the major portfolio platforms for visual artists across different fields.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Here are the different session formats for GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.30.21]
Take a look at the different session formats for the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Narrative design, indie life with Oxenfree dev Night School - GDC Podcast ep. 19  
by Kris Graft [04.29.21]
On GDC Podcast episode 19 we welcomed Adam Hines and Sean Krankel, cofounders of Night School Studio, developers of games such as Afterparty and the iconic indie game Oxenfree.
Indie, Design, Production, Podcast

Deep dive: can new Steam browsing options help your game?  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.28.21]
We examine a new taxonomical Steam announcement, showing continued leadership from the platform in 'ways to discover new games' - and lots more discovery goodness.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC State of the Industry: Devs irked by 30 percent storefront revenue cuts  
by Staff [04.28.21]
The ninth annual survey of more than 3,000 game industry professionals reflects improved work-life balance and creativity after more than a full year of remote work.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

Sponsored Content
Learn to protect against criminal attacks on games in this free webinar  
by Akamai Technologies [04.26.21]
How much do you really know about how the criminal economy works when it comes to the video game industry?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Sponsored Article, Webinar

What PlayWay should - and shouldn't - teach us about game publishing 12
by Gamasutra Staff [04.26.21]
How is Polish game publisher PlayWay & associated studios getting so many top wishlists for unreleased Steam games? And what can we learn from it - both positive and negative?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How indies add flavor to monster combat 25 years after Pokemon  
by Dan Colonna [04.23.21]
We speak with developers behind monster-battling games Temtem, Coromon, and Monster Sanctuary about Pokemon's enduring influence and how their games approach monster combat design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Supergiant's Hades named Game of the Year at 24th DICE Awards 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.21]
Supergiant Games' narrative roguelike Hades has walked away with top honors at the 24th Annual DICE Awards this year, while also leading the pack as the most awarded game of the 2021 event.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.21]
What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but should be? This and more game platform round-ups within...
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing