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Blog: Transitioning your team to remote work  
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.20]
Book excerpt from the newly published 'Remote Teamwork Tools' a collection of tools and practices to help distributed teams of remote workers communicate, collaborate, and execute effectively.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A postmortem of my rope-swinging action title Hang Line  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.20]
The story of how indie game Hang Line was created, from concept to launch. How I learnt new skills, cut corners, struggled with anxiety and ignored advice to find my own personal journey to success.
Design, Production

Blog: The impact of product managers on game design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.20]
A look at how design in the games industry evolved after product managers were brought into the fold.
Design, Production

Irish studio Vela Games raises $3.1 million to create 'player first' co-op titles  
by Chris Kerr [04.08.20]
Irish developer Vela Games has raised $3.1 million to create multiplayer online co-operative games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Embracer Group raises $164 million to acquire more studios and publishers  
by Chris Kerr [04.08.20]
THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group has raised $164 million through a directed new share issue.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A/B tests for analyzing live ops  
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.20]
How to choose the right metric to run an A/B test. What options do you have while testing (just A and B or multiple variants). Important notes on preparing a sample for the test.
Design, Production

SteelSeries acquires game audio software developer A-Volute  
by Chris Kerr [04.07.20]
A-Volute is best known for creating a range of 3D sound processing solutions, and is the owner of immersive audio tool Nahimic.
Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

Game discoverability: to demo, or not to demo?  
by Simon Carless [04.07.20]
How should you position your game demo on Steam? We look at a couple of options, as well as a whole bunch of other news around game discoverability - how people find and play your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Analgesic has open-sourced its 'Zelda-like' adventure game Anodyne  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.20]
The studio has uploaded the game's source code, art, level editor, and music to Github, and has implored fans to get creative.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: Best virtual development practices for a COVID-19 world 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.06.20]
As game dev teams around the world figure out how to work remotely in a pandemic, I thought I would share a few best practices we've discovered in the past two weeks.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Year Of The Pac  
by Simon Carless [04.03.20]
The latest picks for the week's best writing & videos about video games includes a look at Over The Alps, Good Job!, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: What does games culturalization involve?  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.20]
This article introduces the 'Three Levels of Culturalization' model to demonstrate why knowing your global players and their context is critical to the success of games studios.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium win big at BAFTA Games Awards 1
by Chris Kerr [04.03.20]
Indie darlings Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium were the big winners at the British Academy Games last night.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Journey to the Savage Planet a reaction to a past life of AAA development  
by Aron Garst [04.03.20]
After life as creative director on huge Ubisoft games like Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4, Alex Hutchinson was ready to make games at his own small studio.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Phil Spencer talks how Xbox teams are weathering remote work in the lead-up to Series X  
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.20]
Xbox head Phil Spencer talks about how Xbox teams are handling the sudden swap to entirely remote development.
Console/PC, Production

Unity launches 'Unite Now' digital series to help devs stay in the know during pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [04.02.20]
Unity has launched a new digital programming series of talks, how-tos, demos, Q&As, and stories under the 'Unite Now' banner to help developers learn more about its tech during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Historians discuss Through the Darkest of Times  
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.20]
Historians Bob Whitaker and Ned Richardson-Little discuss the historical strategy game Through the Darkest of Times.
Design, Production

Interview: Tuning promotion to make Academia a success  
by Simon Carless [04.02.20]
How Squeaky Wheel co-founder Ryan Sumo helped scale his studio's game Academic: School Simulator to $1 million in gross Steam revenue.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision has dished out over 50,000 permabans in Call of Duty: Warzone  
by Chris Kerr [04.01.20]
Activision is clamping down on cheaters in Call of Duty: Warzone, and has already issued over 50,000 permanent bans worldwide.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

What happens when an outbreak ruins your game announcement plans?  
by Aron Garst [04.01.20]
Sabotage Studio's Thierry Boulanger opens up about how the success of The Messenger allowed the studio to start in on Sea of Stars, and the impact COVID-19 has had on the game's development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing