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GDC State of the Industry: WFH Edition survey reveals COVID-19's impact on devs 1
by Staff [07.16.20]
GDC today released the results of a special State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey which reveal how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted game developers across the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

Media Molecule's Dreams named GOTY at 2020 Games for Change Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.20]
The awards aim to highlight games throughout the industry that "[redefine] the boundaries of technology, empowering an ever-diversifying audience, and exemplifying what it means to use technology for good."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Stadia's Click to Play aims to speed up game launches with sharable, instant-play links  
by Alissa McAloon [07.14.20]
One of the nifty features meant to set the cloud-based game platform Google Stadia out from the crowd has officially gone live.
Console/PC, Social/Online

What did (and didn't) work for the first year of Valve's Steam Labs experiments  
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.20]
Valve has shared a bit of a rapid fire micro-postmortem of Steam Labs' first-year experiments, offering devs a look at how certain creations evolved through feedback and which features were left on the cutting room floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn to ward off cheaters & other threats to online games in a free webinar  
by Irdeto [07.13.20]
Join in on this free webinar to learn about modern threats to multiplayer games and how Denuvo Anti-Cheat addresses those threats without requiring modification of the game's source code.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Webinar

Free-to-play brawler Ninjala surpasses 3 million downloads on Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.20]
GungHo Online's free-to-play online brawler Ninjala has officially surpassed 3 million downloads worldwide. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

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

Sony invests $250 million in Epic Games 6
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.20]
Sony has made a multimillion dollar investment into Fortnite and Unreal Engine maker Epic Games, grabbing itself a minority stake in the company for the price of $250 million.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn to ward off cheaters & other threats to online games in a free webinar  
by Irdeto [07.09.20]
Join in on this free webinar to learn about modern threats to multiplayer games and how Denuvo Anti-Cheat addresses those threats without requiring modification of the game's source code.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Webinar, Whitepaper

Video: A microtransaction design primer for game devs  
by Staff [07.08.20]
In this GDC 2018 talk ArenaNet's Crystin Cox shares her experience leading microtransaction design efforts for games like Guild Wars 2 and MapleStory to help you design high-quality microtransactions.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Designing Destiny 2's PvEvP Gambit mode  
by Staff [07.07.20]
Bungie's Peter Sarrett dives into how Destiny 2's Gambit mode combines PvE with a smidge of PvP, and explains why it's the story of development gone delightfully right.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Don't Miss: The Team Fortress 2 guide to keeping your game alive 3
by Staff [07.06.20]
Even 8 years after publication, and now 13 after the game's release, game developers can learn a lot from listening to these tips on sustaining online games from Valve's Robin Walker.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.03.20]
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

COVID-19 and pivot towards game development lead to layoffs at Kongregate  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
Kongregate has laid off a, reportedly sizable, portion of its staff, a decision the company says in a statement to Gamasutra was set in motion by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash's final days approach 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
Support for Flash is expected to cease at the end of 2020, and Kongregate is changing some of its platform features to ready for that shift.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: The mechanics of explosive growth in Roblox 1
by Staff [07.01.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Roblox's Adam Miller dissects the explosive growth of Roblox as a company and platform and shares lessons that can help other companies looking to accomplish similar feats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Report: Apple scraps deals with some Apple Arcade devs in pursuit of more engagement  
by Alissa McAloon [06.30.20]
Apple is reportedly moving toward a retention-focused revamp of Apple Arcade’s future library, a shift that seems to indicate the $5 per month subscription isn’t sticking quite as well as the company had hoped.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Learn to better design game communities for kindness at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.29.20]
Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran will be at GDC Summer to present a talk which will equip you with practical, specific community design strategies that encourage kindness among members.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: SpongeBob's Death Come True  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.26.20]
Death Come True, Hylics 2, and the SpongeBob game remake are just a few of the things featured in this week's new Video Game Deep Cuts link round-up.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Discoverability by design: Rethinking how video games get noticed 1
by Simon Carless [06.26.20]
The best way around a shouting match to promote your game? Avoid it altogether. Rather, embrace that game design is part of the marketing equation and embed discoverability directly into the game itself.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing