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Niantic names director of developer relations ahead of Lightship ARDK launch  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic has appointed Oculus veteran Dan Morris as its new director of developer relations.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: In defense of 'hard counters' in RTS games 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.02.21]
The conversation around 'soft counters' and 'hard counters' in RTS games often focuses on best case scenarios for soft counters and worst case scenarios for hard counters, but that only scratches the surface.
Console/PC, Design

Plarium acquires Finnish mobile studio Futureplay to diversify game portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
Mobile and PC game company Plarium has agreed to acquire Finnish mobile studio Futureplay for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft and Bungie file lawsuit against cheat software developer Ring-1  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
"Plaintiffs are informed and believe, and on that basis allege, that the Cheating Software has been downloaded and used by Destiny 2 and Rainbow Six Siege players thousands of times."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Riot opening new Shanghai studio to 'double down' on development in China  
by Chris Kerr [08.02.21]
"In China, we have a lot of passionate players for League of Legends and Riot Games. There's a reason we would like to double down in China and continue to invest here."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blizzard vet and Undead Labs founder urges employees, industry to unionize 2
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
Former Blizzard employee, ArenaNet co-founder, and Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain has written an open letter to his employees and the game industry at large, urging them to unionize.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More stories from Activision Blizzard emerge in days after walkout  
by Bryant Francis [07.30.21]
A number of current and former Activision Blizzard employees have been sharing their stories publicly since Wednesday's walkout and protest.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Understanding the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV 9
by Christian Nutt [07.30.21]
Take a look back at our chat with Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida about the successful relaunch of Final Fantasy XIV.
Console/PC, Production

Get a job: Bytro Labs GmbH needs a Lead Game Designer  
by Staff [07.30.21]
German developer Bytro Labs GmbH is looking for a Lead Game Designer.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Blog: Directing virtual characters in Wayward Strand - Part 1  
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.21]
Exploring the design and tech behind directing Wayward Strand's character animations in Unity, including how we've set up our animator controllers to allow for continuous, complex character animation.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Ubisoft staff claim publisher has 'sidelined' their demands and 'continues to protect known offenders'  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
"Ubisoft continues to protect and promote known offenders and their allies. We see management continuing to avoid this issue."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft is pulling Forza Motorsport 7 from sale after less than four years 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Forza Motorsport 7 has reached 'end of life' status and will be pulled from sale on the Microsoft Store on September 15, 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

VR company nDreams opens fully-remote development studio to diversify portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
VR game company nDreams has opened a second development studio called nDreams Studio Orbital. 
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Panic managed to sell 20,000 Playdates in under 20 minutes 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.21]
Panic sold 20,000 of its quirky crank-laden Playdate consoles in under 20 minutes after opening pre-orders yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Opinion: Civilization VI's (Green) New Deal  
by Katherine Cross [07.29.21]
In Civilization VI's latest expansion Gathering Storm, the world fights back and your actions have far-reaching, unintended consequences down the ages and across the whole of the map.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: SMU Guildhall is hiring a Professor of Practice  
by Staff [07.29.21]
SMU Guildhall is looking for faculty to fill a position in one of these areas of specialization: Gameplay Creator, Team Game Production, Art or Programming.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Facebook blocks Road 96 ad for being 'political messaging' 2
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Road 96 developer Yoan Fanise has told Axios that Facebook rejected an advertisement for his team's upcoming game, on the grounds it contained "political messaging."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Valve's response to Wolfire lawsuit: Deal with it 5
by Bryant Francis [07.29.21]
Updated: Valve has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by Wolfire that alleged the company had created a monopoly with Steam, and was not earning its 30 percent cut on game sales.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The Stanley Parable, Tacoma, and Minecraft alum join forces for new studio Ivy Road  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.21]
Annapurna Interactive's showcase today brought news of both familiar and new projects, including the announcement of a new studio working on its first project with Annapurna Interactive's backing.