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Help needed: what's the real Steam reviews/sales ratio? 2
by Simon Carless [07.20.20]
So, following a successful survey for ‘Steam wishlists to first week sales’, it’s time for a (much needed) re-evaluation of the lifetime review/sales ratio on Steam. And we need your help in giving us stats! But why the re-eval, and what’s it for?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The writing team for Voltage's Lovestruck is on strike over pay, working conditions  
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.20]
"We want to see our hard work and commitment to authentic storytelling given the value it deserves."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Crossfire dev Smilegate opens Barcelona studio to develop triple-A projects  
by Chris Kerr [07.17.20]
South Korean developer Smilegate has opened a new studio in Barcelona that will focus on triple-A game development.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia's 'Click To Play' - the future?  
by Simon Carless [07.16.20]
Does Stadia's 'click to play' functionality change the game for the cloud gaming platform? And all kinds of other game discovery news besides...
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game composers and the importance of themes - Part 2 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.20]
The second instalment of a five-part article series based on game composer Winifred Phillips' presentation during the GDC 2020 online conference.
Audio, Production

TinyBuild nabs Hello Neighbor dev team, plans to invest $15M into the franchise  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.20]
TinyBuild has acquired the development team behind Hello Neighbor from Dynamic Beasts and announced plans to invest $15 million into the franchise.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: 13 free tools to develop and manage your game remotely 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.16.20]
Having a good set of tools to help your remote team work and communicate is imperative. My team has worked together remotely for over two years now - these are the free tools we've found success with.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Summer attendees, look forward to a Q&A with veteran producer Rod Fergusson!  
by Staff [07.15.20]
A veteran game producer and closer who's helped ship everything from BioShock Infinite to Gears 5, Rod Fergusson will answer your questions at GDC Summer next month!
Console/PC, Production, GDC

Report: Sony increasing PlayStation 5 production by 50 percent  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Sony will increase PlayStation 5 production by up to 50 percent to capitalize on demand created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A beginner's guide to making your own games  
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.20]
This guide is made for new and aspiring indie devs who have no prior knowledge of game development, covering essential parts of game development from the idea to the finished game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Improving narrative accessibility 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.20]
Games stories are getting increasingly intricate, and are often a core selling point of a game. Yet games don't usually provide players with tools needed to follow a story.
Design, Production

PUBG has sold over 70 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.20]
Popular battle royale title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 70 million copies to date. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile company Nifty Games opens first internal development studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.20]
Mobile game company Nifty Games has opened a new development studio in Chicago to create "mobile-first" sports titles.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Money or passion? How to become an indie entrepreneur 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.20]
If you want to be making games for decades, there's no point in choosing between creating things you love or making enough money to sustain your studio. You need a system to do both successfully.
Production, Business/Marketing

The surprising way that paid DLC works 3
by Simon Carless [07.14.20]
So, paid DLC - new levels, modes, etc - specifically those made for PC games on Steam. It's way better for devs than you think, and here's why!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Analyzing those Satisfactory sales numbers (& more!)  
by Simon Carless [07.10.20]
Coffee Stain Studios were kind enough to go public with their game sales for standout first-person factory building game Satisfactory - what does that say about Epic Games Store and Steam?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Balancing Tips - How we managed math on Idle Idol  
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.20]
During Idle Idol development - our first Idle Game - we came across some balancing challenges we managed to solve with creative approaches. Here's what we learned from that process.
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: An oral ('Sporal'?) history on the development of Maxis' Spore  
by Staff [07.09.20]
Former team members look back on the triumphs and challenges in developing one of the most ambitious games of all time.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Finnish mobile studio Traplight nets $9 million to support Battle Legion  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.20]
Finnish mobile studio Traplight has netted $9 million in funding after launching its latest title, Battle Legion. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A deep dive into the 'old school' save system of Alien: Isolation 15
by Staff [07.08.20]
How going "old-school" with game saves -- they're manual! -- created a sorely-needed sense of tension in Creative Assembly's first-person horror-shooter Alien: Isolation.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production