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Nintendo and Tencent have set a launch date for the Switch in China  
by Chris Kerr [12.04.19]
Nintendo and Tencent have finally set a launch date for the Switch in China, and it’s sooner than you might expect.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: An introduction to wargame design - Part 1 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.04.19]
This series deals with design concepts imported from board and digital wargames, with subsequent articles detailing specific mechanics or games and comparing them to video game genre approaches.
Design

The $0 marketing game guide 2
by Victoria Tran [12.04.19]
Unpacking some marketing strategies Kitfox Games has used for over 3 profitable games — and counting!
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Campo Santo's In the Valley of the Gods on hold as team shifts to Valve projects 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
The project Firewatch developer Campo Santo had been working on before being acquired by Valve last year has been officially shelved for the time being.
Console/PC

Get a job: Snowcastle is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [12.03.19]
Snowcastle is looking for a talented, versatile and passionate Gameplay programmer to join its code team in Oslo, Norway.
Programming, Recruitment

XR Games raises £1.5 million for new projects and staff  
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
UK-based virtual reality developer XR Games has raised £1.5 million from both new and existing investors to fuel new hires and the development of new projects.
VR

YouTube no longer equates video game and real-world violence for age restrictions  
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
This means videos uploaded to YouTube featuring in-game violence are less likely to be age-restricted than they would have been under the previous enforcement guidelines, though advertising rules are unaffected.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A brief history of PlayStation, from one-time frontman Phil Harrison  
by Staff [12.03.19]
Phil Harrison's microtalk on the history & impact of the original Sony PlayStation is peppered with interesting insights.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Google Play names Call of Duty: Mobile as best Android game of 2019 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
Google Play has ranked the best games to hit its storefront in the last year, breaking those selections down to highlight competitive, indie, casual, and innovative games launched on Android.
Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: Breaking down the Steam sales of Battle Royale Tycoon 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.03.19]
I've recently released my latest game, Battle Royale Tycoon, on Steam and here are the sales numbers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Remember, the 2020 GDC Film Festival submissions close Friday!  
by Staff [12.03.19]
Just a quick reminder that submissions for the 2020 GDC Film Festival are open, but only until this Friday, December 6th -- so if you're planning to submit, now's the time!
Console/PC, GDC

Over 450 million PlayStation home consoles have been sold in 25 years  
by Chris Kerr [12.03.19]
The PlayStation family of home consoles have sold over 450 million units since the original PlayStation launched 25 years ago. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Composing a soundtrack to match the intimate game design of Telling Lies  
by Jay Castello [12.03.19]
Accompanying the intimate game design of Sam Barlow's Telling Lies is the striking score by Nainita Desai. Here she explains in detail how she composed music that complements the game's characters, their personalities, and their situations.
Indie, Audio

Persona 5 has topped 3.2 million sales worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [12.03.19]
Breaking the news in a short press release, the studio also revealed the visually striking RPG has sold 400,000 units in Japan alone. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple has named the best iOS games of 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.03.19]
The omniscient souls over at Apple have revealed their picks for the best iOS apps and games of 2019, and some familiar names have made the grade.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Designing strategically intelligent AI in Halo Wars 2 1
by Tommy Thompson [12.03.19]
Let's explore the AI Commander system in Halo Wars 2 that enables Atriox to not only exhibit strategic intelligence, but be capable of defeating players on various difficulty levels without cheating.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Quantic Dream on the hook for €7,000 for allowing vulgar images to circulate  
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.19]
While the unlawful dismissal request at the center of the case was not granted, a judge found Quantic Dream failed to protect its employee's security by allowing harassing images to circulate in the first place.
Console/PC

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is looking for a VFX Artist  
by Staff [12.02.19]
We are looking for a Senior FX Artist to come aboard and help us build the highest quality game FX possible.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Riot Games to pay $10 million in gender discrimination settlement  
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.19]
The settlement of a class-action lawsuit over allegations of discrimination at League of Legends developer Riot Games will see the studio paying out $10 million to women that worked at the studio in the past five or so years.
Console/PC

Rocketwerkz CEO shares how and why the studio offers unlimited time off 2
by Alissa McAloon [12.02.19]
For some staff, Rocketwerks offers unlimited leave, a move CEO Dean Hall says aims to both attract talent and keep spirits on the up at the New Zealand-based studio.
Production