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Apple has named the best iOS games of 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.03.19]
The omniscient souls over at Apple have revealed their picks for the best iOS apps and games of 2019, and some familiar names have made the grade.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Rocketwerkz CEO shares how and why the studio offers unlimited time off 2
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.19]
For some staff, Rocketwerks offers unlimited leave, a move CEO Dean Hall says aims to both attract talent and keep spirits on the up at the New Zealand-based studio.
Production

Come to GDC 2020 for an inside look at Astroneer's crafting system overhaul  
by Staff [12.02.19]
It's never been more important for game makers to understand the nuances of updating live games, and at GDC 2020 the Astroneer team will offer their own lessons learned on how to do it gracefully.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: Beyond game design - 5 absolutely vital jobs in game development  
by Jam City [12.02.19]
It can take anywhere from a few to hundreds of people to make a game, but when talking about careers in game development people often think that the only path is open to designers, producers, and QA Testers.
Programming, Art, Production, Sponsored Article, Whitepaper

Video Game Deep Cuts: From Shenmue 3 To Super Mario Poetry  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.30.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the long, long-awaited Shenmue 3, a book of poetry about Super Mario World, loneliness in games, Disco Elysium, Vader Immortal, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Codemasters acquires Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios  
by Chris Kerr [11.29.19]
British developer-publisher Codemasters has purchased Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios for a reported $30 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

A group of senior Ubisoft devs have joined Google's in-house Stadia studio  
by Chris Kerr [11.28.19]
Google has expanded its Stadia development team by hiring a group of senior Ubisoft developers.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

An inside look at one indie dev-publisher relationship (with contract details!) 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.28.19]
Squeaky Wheel shares details of their publishing contract with Maccima Games to help guide devs on future contract negotiations.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Embracing the co-op model in indie games  
by Staff [11.26.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel, developers Scott Benson, Ted Anderson, Steve Fillby, Ian Thomas and Bethany Hockenberry discuss life as indie devs and share their experiences forming workers co-ops.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

NetEase has purchased a stake in Surgeon Simulator dev Bossa Studios  
by Chris Kerr [11.26.19]
Chinese internet and game company NetEase has secured a minority stake in Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread developer Bossa Studios.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Combining film and comics to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.26.19]
A written and visual history of the iterative process that we used to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation
Art, Production

Behaviour Interactive scrapping Deathgarden due to lack of players  
by Chris Kerr [11.25.19]
The multiplayer survival title only hit shelters on August 14, 2018, but it has struggled to attract players leaving Behaviour with no choice but to abandon the project.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Level up your live game game with lessons from Supercell's Clash of Clans at GDC!  
by Staff [11.25.19]
Clash of Clans is among the world's most enduring and profitable F2P mobile games, and at GDC 2020 you'll have a unique chance to see how Supercell has kept it vital via updates and a new Battle Pass.
Social/Online, Production

Rebellion has purchased Xenon and Speedball developer The Bitmap Brothers  
by Chris Kerr [11.25.19]
Sniper Elite and Strange Brigade developer Rebellion has purchased the brand and portfolio of UK game studio The Bitmap Brothers for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Half-Life: Alyx On Planet Stadia Zoo  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a video & other notes on VR surprise Half-Life: Alyx, some very odd economy-related shenanigans in Planet Zoo, plus Apple Arcade games you missed, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Riot creates new League of Legends champions  
by Staff [11.22.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Riot Games' Jeremy Lee shares the creative tools and production framework they've developed to create new champions for League of Legends.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Handling Unity scene hierarchy and performance 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.22.19]
Your Unity scene hierarchy is reducing the performance of your game. That we knew from last post. But what can you do about it? Let's find out.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Swedish startup Coherence nets $2.5 million to build 'democratic' dev platform 1
by Chris Kerr [11.22.19]
Swedish tech startup Coherence has netted $2.5 million in funding to continue developing its 'democratic' game development platform.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Adopting continuous delivery to combat crunch on Sea of Thieves  
by Staff [11.21.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Rare's Jafar Soltani explains how Rare changed its culture and approach for developing Sea of Thieves by adopting 'continuous delivery.'
Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Valve shares platform and launch details for VR exclusive Half-Life: Alyx  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
After giving fans a few days to get to grips with the news, Valve has shared more details about its long-awaited return to the Half-Life franchise.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing