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The Last of Us Part II breaks record for most BAFTA Games Award nominations  
by Chris Kerr [03.02.21]
Naughty Dog's acclaimed sequel is up for 13 awards at the 2021 British Academy Games Awards, beating the previous record of 11 nominations.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Hardsuit Labs lays off staff after removal from Bloodlines 2  
by Bryant Francis [03.01.21]
Several developers have reported that Hardsuit Labs told them today that they would be losing their jobs after the studio was fired from work on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinking City dev accuses publisher of releasing pirated copy on Steam  
by Alissa McAloon [03.01.21]
The back and forth between Frogwares and Nacon, once known as Bigben Interactive, continues to pick up steam.
Console/PC, Video

How do you fund that game prototype?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.01.21]
One of the biggest issues in game funding now is - how on Earth do you get your prototype funded? Can’t do game discovery if you don’t have a game. We look into it!
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Get a job: Jackbox Games seeks an International Games Lead  
by Staff [03.01.21]
Jackbox Games is looking for an experienced business leader to build and manage a development team focused on international expansion.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Need for Speed delayed as EA shifts dev Criterion to support Battlefield 6 development  
by Alissa McAloon [03.01.21]
EA's chief studios officer places the blame at least partially on the pandemic, as remote development has taken its toll on the EA DICE team tasked with making Battlefield 6.
Console/PC

Video: Animating the final villain of Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [03.01.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Insomniac Games' Sol Brennan provides an overview of what went into animating the iconic final villain of Marvel's Spider-Man.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Sony announces string of partnerships to support Black communities  
by Chris Kerr [03.01.21]
Sony Interactive Entertainment has partnered with four organisations dedicated to providing economic opportunities for Black communities.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Sinking City developer is asking players not to buy the game on Steam  
by Chris Kerr [03.01.21]
The Sinking City developer Frogwares is asking players not to buy the Steam version of the horror title.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: 5 games that make you think like a programmer 2
by DigiPen Institute of Technology [03.01.21]
Former Bethesda Softworks developer Matthew Picioccio recommends five video games that will hone your computer science skills and get you thinking like a programmer.
Console/PC, Programming

Turkish mobile studio Dream Games nets $50 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [03.01.21]
Dream will use the cash to expand its audience following the full launch of its debut title, Royal Match.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Ranking the Resident Evil franchise in terms of horror design  
by Gamasutra Community [03.01.21]
Writing my fourth book on horror gave me the chance to revisit the entire Resident Evil franchise, and in today's post, I wanted to try and rank them in terms of horror design.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Square Enix is hiring artists, programmers, and technical artists  
by Staff [02.26.21]
Square Enix is seeking motivated and experienced artists, programmers and technical artists to work with it in Tokyo on its next projects and push the boundaries in content creation.
Programming, Art, Recruitment

Devs offer a look inside Stadia's fall, and the mismatch of Google and games 3
by Alissa McAloon [02.26.21]
"It seemed there were executive-level people not fully grasping how to navigate through a space that is highly creative, cross-disciplinary."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Luna head Marc Whitten leaves Amazon for Unity  
by Alissa McAloon [02.26.21]
Marc Whitten, VP of Amazon's Entertainment Devices and Services business and head of its game streaming service Luna, has quietly departed Amazon for another game company: Unity.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: How classic games like Pokemon make smart use of random number generation 2
by Staff [02.26.21]
Curious about the best way to put a bit of randomness in your game? With the help of speedrunner research, Gamasutra examines how three classic games (Final Fantasy, Super Mario 64, and Pokemon) handle RNG.
Console/PC, Programming

Blog: A case for sub-factions in strategy games 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.26.21]
Sub-factions can be used to give players an opportunity to personalize their play experience and create expandable content for a game.
Design

Hiro Capital leads $15 million investment into three game studios  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
Hiro Capital has led a $15 million investment into mobile and cross-platform studios Snowprint, Double Loop Games, and Happy Volcano.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: EA cancels new property Gaia after six years in development at EA Motive  
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
EA has reportedly canceled a new property codenamed 'Gaia' after six years in development.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve ordered to comply with Apple's request for Steam data 3
by Chris Kerr [02.26.21]
A California magistrate judge has ordered Valve to comply with Apple's recent request for financial data on over 400 Steam titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing