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Video: How Ubisoft handled NPC voice design for The Division 2  
by Staff [05.19.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Ubisoft's Adam Ritchie offers insight into the effort that goes into making NPCs talk in games like Tom Clancy's The Division 2, as well as the pipeline and tools behind it. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Video: How to run your own career fair on a tiny budget  
by Staff [05.18.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual panel Chris DeLeon, David Mullich, Dru Erridge, and Tiffany Otto explain how to run and operate your own career fair to help developers in your community. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Ghost Of Id's Pro Skater  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.16.20]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts rounds up the notable games released this week, plus delves into the history of Id Software, the return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft beats Q4 forecasts, thanks in no small part to player recurring investment  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.20]
Player recurring investment, or the sort of player spend that comes from in-game purchases, DLC sales, season passes, and subscriptions, helped Ubisoft beat its expectations for the 3 month period ending March 31, 2020.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Square Enix won't hold one big, E3-like announcement stream this summer  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.20]
For some, the plan is to launch their own online events to host an E3's worth of news and announcements, but for others that option simply isn't feasible.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Scavengers Studio ends active development on Darwin Project  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.20]
It's an unfortunate end to any online game, and one the team at Scavengers says they tried to stave off with new platforms, content, and features to no avail.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Understanding different specialties & approaches in game production  
by Staf [05.13.20]
In this 2017 GDC talk veteran prodcer Caryl Shaw reviews different producer-adjacent roles that exist today, deconstructs different approaches to game production, and offers practical production tips.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Devs using Unreal Engine won't owe Epic royalties on a game's first $1 million 4
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.20]
Epic Games started the day with a slew of good news for game developers, including a change to its royalties scheme.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic reveals next-gen Unreal Engine 5 tech running on PlayStation 5 2
by Alex Wawro [05.13.20]
Epic's Tim Sweeney and others chat about today's reveal of UE5 running on PS5, a new free Online Services SDK, and a new exemption from Unreal Engine royalties until a game passes $1M gross revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

The Culling is coming back, this time swapping free-to-play for one-free-play-per-day  
by Alissa McAloon [05.12.20]
Developer Xaviant is taking another stab at reviving its battle royale game The Culling: Origins, this time dropping the game’s free-to-play structure in favor of a one-free-play-per-day model.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Gaining fans for your game? A marathon, not a sprint 2
by Simon Carless [05.12.20]
There is no silver bullet in having people find your game. If you’re relying on one thing to change your fortunes radically - you’re using the wrong strategy to develop & market your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft marks July 12 for its digital, not-quite-E3 upcoming game showcase  
by Alissa McAloon [05.11.20]
Ubisoft has sent out the save the date for its big summer event: a digital showcase called Ubisoft Forward that looks to offer the caliber of news and reveals usually lined up for E3.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

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by Cloudflare [05.11.20]
Now more than ever, ensuring the security, performance, and reliability of game servers is important to the success of online gaming companies.
Social/Online, Programming, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Donkey Kong Snowrunning Team  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.09.20]
The latest roundup of interesting games, articles & videos from the last week includes new titles like Snowrunner & old beefs like the Donkey Kong high score lawsuit.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tokyo Game Show 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic  
by Kris Graft [05.08.20]
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, September's Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been cancelled, organizers announced Thursday.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Riot wants to curb toxicity in Valorant without putting the burden on targeted players  
by Alissa McAloon [05.07.20]
Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon offers a refreshing take on how toxicity needs to be dealt with in online games, and explores why a perfect solution is so difficult to create.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Fortnite surpasses 350 million registered players  
by Alissa McAloon [05.07.20]
The milestone comes as Epic doubles down on the social elements of Fortnite with additions like the combat-free Party Royale mode and last month's in-game Travis Scott concert.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: How NetEase applied reinforcement learning to build game AI  
by Staff [05.06.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk NetEase's Renjie Li discusses the application of reinforcement learning in NetEase games, including problems encountered and how the solutions impacted the final product.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Games, psychology, and UX with Celia Hodent - GDC Podcast ep. 8  
by Kris Graft [05.06.20]
For Celia Hodent, a psychology PhD, author, and freelance user experience consultant whose credits include Fortnite, Assassin's Creed games, and more, UX is everywhere.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

Activision Blizzard raises full year outlooks as Q1 revenue beats expectations  
by Alissa McAloon [05.05.20]
Activision Blizzard had a solid Q1, so much so that the company has raised its forecasts for the full year as a result.
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