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Gameloft to bring Xbox Live features to 3 mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.19]
Three of Gameloft's existing mobile games will be updated to offer Xbox Live support in the coming year.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: Designing Spider-Man 2's classic web-swinging mechanic  
by Staff [05.06.19]
In this GDC 2019 classic game mechanic postmortem, dev Jamie Fristrom breaks down how the acclaimed web-swinging mechanics in Treyarch's 2004 game Spider-Man 2 were designed and implemented.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A Plants vs. Zombies dev's guide to teaching mechanics to players  
by Staff [05.06.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, PopCap's George Fan walks through how he managed to get his mom to play video games through the development of Plants Vs Zombies.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Riot Games employees organize walkout over forced arbitration  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.19]
Riot Games employees plan to stage a walkout this afternoon to protest the studio's response to lawsuits filed against it by current and former staff members across the last year.
Console/PC

China remains a massive PC game market despite regulation hiccups  
by Alissa McAloon [05.06.19]
A report from Niko Partners finds that PC game revenue in China hit $15.21 billion in 2018 and could reach $16 billion by 2023.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Transitioning from desktop to mobile game development 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.19]
This is the blog post that I wish I had read when I first transitioned to mobile games: an overview of the top challenges and solutions I faced developing mobile games having focused solely on PC games prior.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production

Blog: Mapping your soft launch with hard-hitting IP  
by Gamasutra Community [05.06.19]
Strong IP is a boost that can catapult games apps to the top of the charts. To make it big requires a new level of teamwork and open communications.
Production

Designing SteamWorld Quest's card-based battle system  
by Kris Graft [05.06.19]
Game director Peter Johansson and lead game designer Robert Olsén​ deconstruct the design of Hand of Gilgamech's fun, accessible card battle system and reflect on what makes a good deckbuilding game.
Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Type Dreams, Death Punch Nightmares  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.05.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Cart Life creator's Victorian typing follow-up, the primal rage of One Finger Death Punch 2, developer pets in video games & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Inside Prismata's hierarchical portfolio search AI
by Staff [05.03.19]
At GDC 2017 Lunarch Studios' David Churchill describes the Hierarchical Portfolio Search AI system created for Prismata, and how it can be adapted to fit almost any genre of game!
Console/PC, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How a ragtag band of modders restored Star Wars KOTOR II 9
by Staff [05.03.19]
How a ragtag band of rebel modders fleshed out crucial missing sequences in Obsidian's Knights of the Old Republic II, and how that material came to be incorporated into the official Steam version of the game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Get a job: PixelPool is hiring a Backend Developer  
by Staff [05.03.19]
We are currently looking for an exceptional Backend Developer to work on innovative 3D Applications including Windows applications, Virtual Reality experiences, and iOS apps.
Programming, Recruitment

The Call of Duty series has sold over 300 million games 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.19]
Activision Blizzard says that the Call of Duty series has now sold over 300 million games since its start in 2003.
Console/PC

Blog: The design pillars of Eco 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.03.19]
This week I’d like to dive into the core of Eco's design a bit, and talk about the principles that guide the design and development of the game.
Console/PC, Design

Riot agrees to scrap mandatory arbitration, but only for new employees 1
by Chris Kerr [05.03.19]
"As soon as current litigation is resolved, we will give all new Rioters the choice to opt-out of mandatory arbitration for individual sexual harassment and sexual assault claims."
Business/Marketing

Risk of Rain 2 crosses 1 million sales in first month 1
by Chris Kerr [05.03.19]
Risk of Rain 2 has sold over 1 million units during its first month on Steam Early Access, according to developer Hopoo Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What is 'live support' and how does it fit into the games industry?  
by Gamasutra Community [05.03.19]
This is how customer support, quality assurance and community can work together with the right tools to provide a customer-centric approach to live support.
Production

Phoenix Games has acquired UK studio Well Played Games  
by Chris Kerr [05.03.19]
Phoenix Games, the latest venture from Flaregames founder Klass Kersting, has acquired UK game studio Well Played Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard quarterly revenues take a dip 5
by Kris Graft [05.02.19]
Activision Blizzard announced a year-on-year decrease in revenues for its first fiscal quarter ended March 31.
Business/Marketing

Microsoft announces HoloLens 2 Development Edition  
by Alissa McAloon [05.02.19]
Microsoft has announced a game developer-focused HoloLens 2 bundle that comes with additional payment options and some digital extras.
VR, Console/PC