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PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK publisher Merge Games creates $4 million indie game fund  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
UK publisher Merge Games has created a $4 million indie games fund to help smaller devs finance their projects and extend their marketing reach.
Production, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter suspends funding campaign for online game RAW over honesty concerns 1
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the funding campaign for RAW, a sandbox MMORPG inspired by Grand Theft Auto Online and Rust.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

NetEase nabs minority stake in Dead by Daylight dev Behaviour Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Chinese internet and online game company NetEase Games has picked up a minority stake in Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive.
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Memoirs of a video producer who put Madden in Madden  
by Staff [07.15.19]
In this classic article, Ernest Adams recounts the hilariously strange and true '90s tale of how he struggled to put legendary football coach John Madden into EA's Madden NFL Football.
Console/PC, Art, Production

Ubisoft defends Watch Dogs HitRecord partnership amid spec work criticism 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.19]
Ubisoft has once again partnered with the company HitRECord to solicit fan contributions to an upcoming game and, as with last time, the decision is drawing a fair amount of criticism online.
Audio, Production

Video: Improving game dev tool design through editor triage  
by Staff [07.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, tools designer Robin-Yann Storm discusses multiple approaches for tool and editor triage, intended for immediate application in a game development environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Crowdfunding and video games - A 2019 mid-year update  
by Gamasutra Community [07.15.19]
What is the state of Kickstarter for video games in the first half of 2019? ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux has all the answers.
Production, Business/Marketing

'Reality-focused' game dev Surrogate secures $2 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Finnish reality-focused game developer and video streaming company Surrogate has raised $2 million in funding.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Red Candle won't be re-releasing Devotion (yet) following China controversy 1
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Devotion dev Red Candle claims a scandal involving an art asset that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping has caused "immeasurable harm," and said it won't be re-releasing the game anytime soon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch Lite-s Up, 2019's Best Games So Far  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.14.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Switch Lite announcement and Valve's experimental discovery mechanisms, as well as some picks on 2019's best games so far, Dragon Quest Builders 2, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Smartphone maker Rokit launches $50 million game development fund 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Smartphone maker Rokit has launched a $50 million game development fund to support indies and startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury following Iron Maiden trademark lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [07.11.19]
3D Realms has changed the name of its first-person shooter Ion Maiden to Ion Fury after being sued by the heavy metal band Iron Maiden for trademark infringement. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Former Riot and EA devs form new multiplayer studio, Vela Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.10.19]
A trio of former Riot Games and EA developers have joined forces to establish new 'triple-A independent' studio, Vela Games.
Production, Business/Marketing

What is the solution for art testing in games and entertainment? 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.19]
I interviewed over a dozen creatives to discuss better solutions and standards for the ongoing practice of "art tests," which are used to vet job applicants in the animation and games industries.
Art, Production

Take This rounds up data on crunch and mental health in the game industry 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.19]
The nonprofit Take This has released a whitepaper that aims to explore the factors that influence the mental health of game developers and open a dialogue on mental health in the industry as a whole.
Production

Don't Miss: Monsters from the id: The making of the original Doom 8
by Staff [07.09.19]
This 1994 retrospective on Id Software's then-contemporary Doom and Wolfenstein 3D paints a unique portrait of a legendary developer whose games would launch a genre.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Nintendo will move parts of Switch production from China to Vietnam  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.19]
Nintendo will move some aspects of Switch production from China to Vietnam, a company spokesperson has confirmed.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Smite and Paladins developer Hi-Rez has opened its first UK studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.19]
Smite and Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios has opened a new UK studio called Red Beard Games.
Production, Business/Marketing