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Stadia VP and head of product John Justice has left Google  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.21]
Stadia vice president and head of product John Justice has left Google after less than three years.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn how Naughty Dog designed The Last of Us Part II's interactive guitar at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.04.21]
Learn all about the design goals, challenges, and lessons from designing the interactive guitar mechanic in Naughty Dog's The Last of Us: Part II, both from a musical and technical perspective.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Blog: Store page marketing tips for game devs  
by Gamasutra Community [05.04.21]
Perfecting your store page is arguably the most important marketing activity you can focus on. Good store pages facilitate conversions (wish lists and buys), while bad pages render greatly hinder your marketing efforts.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony wasn't sold on Fortnite cross-play until 'compensation' policy sweetened the deal  
by Chris Kerr [05.04.21]
Sony charged Fortnite developer Epic Games cross-play 'compensation' to ensure letting PlayStation owners play with friends on other platforms worked in its favor.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic v. Apple trial offers rare look into Epic financials, billions of Fortnite revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look into the company's earnings.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Shiny Shoe as a Rigger/Technical Artist  
by Staff [05.03.21]
Shiny Shoe is seeking a multi-talented, self-motivated Rigger/Technical Artist to join its team in San Francisco.
Art, Recruitment

Epic paid devs nearly $12 million for 9 months of Epic Games Store free games 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
The big Epic Games v. Apple case officially kicked off today, offering a unique look at the finances and strategy behind Epic Games Store initiatives like its free game promotions.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Sony invests in Discord, plans to integrate Discord into PSN next year  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Sony has made a minority investment in chat platform Discord, and in doing so kicked off a partnership that will see the popular voice and text chat service connect with PlayStation in 2022.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft debated reducing revenue share on consoles as well as PC  
by Alissa McAloon [05.03.21]
Microsoft reportedly considered reducing the share it takes from digital game sales on console as well as PC, but eventually decided against changing revenue splits on Xbox.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Ready Player, Everyone? Finding long-term success in gaming and esports  
by Adam Day [05.03.21]
With gaming and esports experiencing a boom in 2020, how can we ensure that we’re setting up gaming and esports for long-term success? Read on to learn about the emerging technologies and trends leading these industries into the future.
Social/Online

Get a job: Join SideFX as a Sr. Houdini Technical Artist  
by Staff [04.30.21]
We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our talented Technical Consulting Team, reporting to the Technical Consulting Manager.
Programming, Art, Recruitment

Riot will retain and review voice chat clips as part of Valorant's reporting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
A shift in policy means that Riot Games will now record snippets of voice chat in Valorant, but only in cases where a report is filed against a player over behavior in in-game voice channels.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Facebook acquires Onward dev Downpour Interactive  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
Downpour Interactive is joining Oculus Studios by way of acquisition.
VR

Don't Miss: Remembering the life and times of Nintendo Power 19
by Staff [04.30.21]
Nintendo Power founding editors Gail Tilden and Howard Phillips share their memories of launching (for better or worse) one of the most influential video game periodicals in this classic 2012 feature.
Business/Marketing

Obituary: Sly Cooper, Tomba 2 composer Ashif Hakik  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
Ashif Hakik, the composer behind a number of PlayStation classics like Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus and Crash Nitro Cart, has passed away.
Audio

Official PlayStation Magazine drops official branding to relaunch as Play Magazine  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.21]
Official PlayStation Magazine is no more, ending the publication's decades-long run as it relaunches (with the same staff and focus) simply as Play Magazine.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Towards a filmic quality at 30 FPS  
by Staff [04.30.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Unity's Natasha Tatarchuk share the lessons, tips and tricks from the integration of real-time ray tracing into a modern unified PBR rendering pipeline.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Epic Games now owns ArtStation 2
by Bryant Francis [04.30.21]
Epic Games has announced that it's acquiring ArtStation, one of the major portfolio platforms for visual artists across different fields.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Here are the different session formats for GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.30.21]
Take a look at the different session formats for the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Overgrowth dev Wolfire Games files antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam fees  
by Chris Kerr [04.30.21]
"Valve abuses its market power to ensure game publishers have no choice but to sell most of their games through the Steam Store, where they are subject to Valve's 30 percent toll."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing