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Updates » Indie
Video: How to build a remote team for better happiness
by Staff [07.19.18]
In this GDC 2016 session, Fox Cub's Ian Wang shares lessons learned from building a remote 30 person team that spans 12 countries.
Indie, Production, Video

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Schell Games, Telltale, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [07.19.18]
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
Indie, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

NetEase picks up minority stake in Somerville dev Jumpship  
by Alissa McAloon [07.19.18]
The Chinese internet tech company NetEase has picked up a minority stake in Jumpship, the indie studio co-founded by former Playdead CEO Dino Patti and film animator Chris Olsen.
Indie

How jams become levels in the co-op bullet hell musical Just Shapes & Beats  
by Joel Couture [07.19.18]
"My point is basically to share my love of music," explains dev Simon Lachance in this dive into how he came up with and designed the hellishly rhythmic levels of Just Shapes & Beats.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: How to thrive and grow as an indie studio  
by Staff [07.18.18]
In this 2018 GDC session, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy discusses the lessons learned while building Failbetter Games, and how those lessons were taken into account when founding a second studio.
Indie, Production, Video

Get a job: Slime Rancher dev Monomi Park is hiring a 3D Environment Artist  
by Staff [07.18.18]
San Mateo-based Monomi Park is looking for a 3D Environment Artist well-versed in 3D modeling, texturing, shader creation to contribute to the development of Slime Rancher and its future titles.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Promethean AI aims to take the grunt work out of worldbuilding through AI  
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.18]
Headed by former Naughty Dog technical director Andrew Maximov, Promethean AI tackles the mundane, non-creative side of worldbuilding to help artists and devs.
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Xaviant to delist The Culling 2 after rocky launch, opts to support The Culling 1 instead 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.18.18]
Xaviant has announced that it is delisting the recently released game and instead focusing its efforts on reviving and supporting the day-one build of the original The Culling.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Video

Devs weigh in on the best ways to write and design characters  
by Alan Bradley [07.18.18]
Game devs Chris Avellone, Obsidian's Carrie Patel, and Guerrilla's Dan Calvert chat with Gamasutra about how they and their teams write and design characters -- from start to finish.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: How 1979 Revolution: Black Friday drops players into a real crisis 3
by Staff [07.17.18]
In this 2016 interview, developer Navid Khonsari details the personal experiences that inspired him to tell the story of the Iranian Revolution in his award-winning game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.
Indie, Design

PAX 10 reveals Praey for the Gods, Shift Quantum, and more for 2018 showcase 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.18]
The folks behind PAX 10 have revealed the 10 games set to be featured in the annual showcase at PAX West this fall.
Console/PC, Indie

Book Excerpt: Keeping the player at the heart of the story 2
by Toiya Kristen Finley [07.17.18]
In this chapter of "Narrative Tactics for Mobile and Social Games: Pocket-Sized Storytelling" author Toiya Kristen Finley, Phd unpacks the narrative design process for games built for mobile devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Octopath's DOS Demake  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.15.18]
This week's highlights include a rounded look at Octopath Traveler, the dev making a DOS game in 2018, and the evolution of the PlayStation 1-style demake as a genre.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Inkle Studios announces 'ink jam', encourages devs to learn ink 1
by Emma Kidwell [07.13.18]
Inkle Studios announces its first ever ink jam, a game jam running for games written using its open source scripting language ink.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Todd Hollenshead's Nerve: Former id chief opens up about going indie 1
by Alex Wawro [07.12.18]
"I don't want to be the tree that fell in the forest that nobody heard," the ex-id Software chief says in this chat about why, after years away from games, he's joined Texan indie Nerve Software.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: The cooperative studio structure of KO_OP  
by Staff [07.11.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, KO_OP's Saleem Dabbous discusses the reasons behind the structure of KO_OP, going over how the structure lays out a different vision for game development.
Indie, Production, Video

Designing a 'demake' in 2018: The making of PS1 love letter OK/NORMAL 1
by Joel Couture [07.11.18]
The nightmares of the '90s are alive in the work of devs like Toni Kortelahti (aka 98DEMAKE), who chats with Gamasutra about using historical techniques to make his PS1 demake game OK/NORMAL.
Indie, Art, Video

How do companies like Nintendo and CD Projekt Red approach crunch? 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.10.18]
"Crunching in our company is actually something that all of the workers think that they need to do right now, because they want to have their work look better, you know?"
Indie, Production

Ideally, Nintendo wants 20 to 30 new indies to hit the Switch per week  
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.18]
Speaking during an investor Q&A, Nintendo leadership explained why the company strives to create an indie-friendly environment, and how indies 'invigorate' the Nintendo Switch.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: What's the ideal time frame for announcing your release date?  
by Staff [07.09.18]
We speak with experts from game companies big and small to learn the best strategy when making the big decision about determining when to announce a launch date.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing