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Updates » Indie
The IGF 2021 call for judges is now open!  
by Staff [12.21.20]
Developers, journalists, academics, now is the time to join the 2021 IGF Awards as an official Judge! Submit your application today.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sponsored: How adding an in-game store gives games a competitive advantage  
by Xsolla [12.21.20]
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, Whitepaper

Opinion: Game company acquisitions & the 'growth stock bubble' 2
by Gamasutra Staff [12.17.20]
Why are some companies in the game biz - from Embracer Group to Keywords - going on studio buying sprees right now? Should we be worried about it, and what are the larger financial underpinnings?
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Switch cracks down (further) on extreme discounting  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.16.20]
Switch can still be quite a discount-centric platform - especially for games that cost $20-$25 on launch. But Nintendo has made some changes to shut down more egregious discounts - here's how.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: A look back at the 5-year development of Eastshade 7
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.20]
A look back at the 5-year development of Eastshade, the open-world adventure where you play as a traveling painter.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: The heartfelt motivations of solo-dev project DOOR:Inner Child  
by GG Content [12.14.20]
PLAY Mephistowaltz's latest, DOOR:Inner Child, explores an emotional journey to explore souls and heal broken hearts. Here, the game's solo dev explores the game's inspirations and goals.
Indie, Video, Sponsored Article

Inside 'Browsing Steam': the biggest change to Steam Discovery in recent history 3
by Lars Doucet [12.14.20]
Steam Labs Experiment 010: Browsing Steam amounts to nothing less than the biggest potential change to Steam Discovery we've seen since the launch of Steam Direct.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Steam gets 'experimental' with discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.14.20]
Valve's latest Steam Labs experimental feature "aims to increase the surface area of the store by introducing a broader set of ways to browse Steam’s catalog of games from the outset." Does it work?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: Creating the ever-improvising text adventures of AI Dungeon 2  
by Staff [12.11.20]
AI Dungeon 2 created quite a stir upon its unveiling, so much that they had to quickly rework it to cut down on bandwidth costs.
Indie, Programming, Design

The Game Awards' Future Class highlights 50 people shaping the future of the game industry  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
A new initiative from The Game Awards aims to highlight those making waves in the game industry and are helping to shape its "bright, bold and inclusive" future.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Best of 2020: Nintendo Switch Game Sales - The Three Biggest Misconceptions 1
by Simon Carless [12.10.20]
The Nintendo Switch is still probably still the hottest console platform for small and medium-sized indies looking to launch on multiple platforms - but what are people getting wrong about it?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: How deeply personal RPG The Wagadu Chronicles explores new realms of Afrofantasy  
by Staff [12.09.20]
Creator Allan Cudicio opens up about his personal journey making The Wagadu Chronicles, an upcoming online and tabletop RPG that aims to foster community while exploring new realms of Afrofantasy.
Indie, Design

Platform share, platform share, platform share!  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.09.20]
What's the revenue split for first week sales across PC and console? Some more anecdotal data and comments within - also solely for PC games, including Epic Game Store!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A deep dive into the making of King of Cards' Joustus mini-game  
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.20]
In this part, we'll talk about how the initial design of Joustus was implemented and how we extended it to accommodate the expanding scope of the platforming game.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Do betas & demos right, the Monster Train way!  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.06.20]
Are you using demos solely as a marketing tool, or are you actually engaging your community, iterating, and improving the game using demos or betas, like Monster Train?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: Iran video games timeline - from 1970 to 2019 18
by Arash Hackimi, Saeed Zafarany, Brandon Sheffield [12.04.20]
Journalist and game designer Arash Hackimi offers an extensive look at evolution of Iran's video game industry, tracing through nearly 50 years of Iranian video game history.
Indie, History

Best of 2020: How a new wave of developers are using voxels to create jaw-dropping worlds 1
by Staff [12.03.20]
Developers behind Touryst, Fugl, and Skies of the Past talk about techniques, problems, and solutions related to making their stunningly beautiful voxel-based games.
Indie, Art, Design

Case study: making Core Defense a solo dev success 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.03.20]
A few months ago, Mario Kaiser released Core Defense on Steam and grossed $20,186 in the first week. Good enough for a solo indie developer – and here's how he did it.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2020: Behind the dizzying ride to the top for Among Us  
by Simon Carless [12.02.20]
The amazing 'out of the blue' success of multiplayer party game Among Us on Steam is, uh, amazing. But what happened? I delve into it with the help of one of its co-creators.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Dead Cells surpasses 3.5 million sold ahead of second DLC announce  
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.20]
All in all, this makes for around 1 million total sales in the last year or so given that the Dead Cells crossed the 2.4 million sales mark back in September 2019.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie