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Updates » VR
Follow GDC Summer 2020 coverage right here!  
by Staff [08.04.20]
Gamasutra is (virtually) on-site at the first-ever GDC Summer! Follow along here for news, session coverage, and other updates!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: Creating Dr. Grordbort's Invaders for Magic Leap One  
by Staff [07.31.20]
In this 2019 VRDC talk Weta's James Everett discusses the process of creating the striking Dr. Grordbort's Invaders game for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset.
VR, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Moss developer Polyarc raises $9 million to explore AR development  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.20]
Moss developer Polyarc has secured $9 million in Series B funding to create augmented reality experiences. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Impulse Gear as a Art Director  
by Staff [07.27.20]
Impulse Gear is looking for an experienced Art Director with a thorough understanding of video game development and production pipelines
VR, Art, Recruitment

Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: ILMxLab's perspective on pioneering immersive entertainment  
by Staff [07.23.20]
In this GDC 2018 Mohen Leo, David Collins, Judah Graham and Camille Cellucci discuss the future of immersive entertainment, including in-home and location-based experiences being developed at ILMxLAB.
VR, Console/PC, Video, Vault

Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner - GDC Podcast ep. 11  
by Kris Graft [07.23.20]
On GDC Podcast episode 11, longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

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

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

Unreal Engine devs can now capture facial animation using an iOS app  
by Alissa McAloon [07.10.20]
Epic Games has launched a new iOS app that uses the platform's ARKit technology to capture real-world facial movements and translate those to character models in Unreal Engine.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art

Former Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson signs on as Magic Leap CEO  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.20]
Magic Leap has brought an ex-Microsoft exec in to fill the vacant CEO role following Rony Abovitz’s departure from the seat in May. 
VR

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

Here's a sneak peek at how you'll meet peers and network at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.25.20]
Here's an early look at what GDC Summer attendees can expect to find when you log in on the first day and start looking for opportunities to meet interesting people in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Quest-curious VR devs will be able to officially bypass the Oculus Store in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.20]
Starting in 2021, Oculus is looking to launch an alternative way for devs to bring their games to the Quest without launching on the platform's tightly curated Oculus Store. 
VR, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Oculus is winding down Oculus Go support to instead double down on Quest and Rift 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.20]
Moving forward, Oculus won’t be selling its standalone Oculus Go headset but plans to continue to offer bug fixes and security patches through 2022.
VR

Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn acquired by Facebook  
by Alissa McAloon [06.22.20]
Facebook has acquired the game dev studio behind The Order: 1886 and Lone Echo.
VR

Learn to diversify skills and clinch your next job interview at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.22.20]
Phoenix Labs' Garrett Fredley will be at GDC Summer in August to give you practical advice for avoiding skill set pitfalls, highlighting strengths, and maximizing your odds in your next job interview!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

California court dismisses Magic Leap lawsuit against competitor Nreal  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.20]
A California court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Magic Leap against Chinese augmented reality company Nreal, according to a report from TechNode.
VR, Business/Marketing