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December 16, 2019
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Staying Alive: How some indies are setting their studios up for survival 1
by Bryant Francis [12.06.19]
Gamasutra speaks with studio members of Red Thread Games, Crows Crows Crows, Flamebait Games, and Valiant Game Studio about their approaches to surviving -- and hopefully thriving -- amid tumultuous times.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Romero Games is hiring a Sr. 3D Environment Artist  
by Staff [12.05.19]
Romero Games is looking for a Senior 3D Environment Artist to join our team and help us bring new video game worlds to life. 
Art, Recruitment

Review aggregator site GameRankings is shutting down  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
The 20-year-old review aggregator site GameRankings will cease to be on December 9, and instead redirect to sister site Metacritic following that shutdown.
Social/Online

Riot Games opens publishing label for League of Legends games from other devs  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
Riot Games' new publishing label Riot Forge aims to pave the way for smaller studios that want to take a stab at making a game using Riot’s rapidly expanding League of Legends universe.
Business/Marketing

Minecraft beats Fortnite and GTA as YouTube's most-watched game of 2019  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
Sandwiched between ASMR and K-pop clips, YouTube’s 2019 Rewind roundup shares a peek at the most popular video games featured in videos on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: How Eve Online addressed exploit abuse with customer care  
by Staff [12.05.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, CCP Games' David Einarsson discusses the handling of an impactful exploit in EVE Online and the many challenges entailed therein.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Watch a breakdown of Superliminal's perspective-driven puzzles  
by Bryant Francis [12.05.19]
Superliminal lead designer Albert Shih dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the design and development of this unique perspective-driven puzzler.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Best of 2019: Dissecting the development of Dwarf Fortress with creator Tarn Adams 1
by John Harris [12.05.19]
Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams agreed to answer some of our questions about the development of what is still, despite the presence of a number of imitators, an entirely unique game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

CD Projekt Red ending Gwent console support to focus on PC and mobile  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
Console support is on the chopping block, partially for fear CD Projekt wouldn’t be able to tackle feature parity on mobile, PC, and console with so many different versions of Gwent in the mix.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Latest Rocket League update replaces loot boxes with an item store  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
The latest update to hit Rocket League wipes out the game’s loot box system entirely, replacing it with a premium storefront and a new blueprint system.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Kongregate acquires mobile and browser battle royale shooter Surviv.io  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.19]
U.S. publisher and game portal Kongregate has acquired top-down battle royale shooter Surviv.io for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Layoffs as mobile developer Gameloft closes UK office  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.19]
Update: French mobile developer Gameloft has shut down its UK branch, saying its advertising and distribution dealings in the UK market ultimately weren't robust enough to justify a local office.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How Ghost Recon Breakpoint broke the rules of player intel  
by Gamasutra Community [12.05.19]
Breakpoint introduced a new way to dispatch the intel the players need to progress in the story and the open world.
Design

Avakin Life developer Lockwood Publishing closes Leamington studio  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.19]
Avakin Life developer Lockwood Publishing has closed its Leamington Spa studio, but plans to expand its offices in Nottingham and Newcastle in 2020. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Brenda Romero breaks down Empire of Sin's complex relationship system  
by Aron Garst [12.05.19]
Famed game developer Brenda Romero tells us all about the autonomous character interaction system of her upcoming gangster-centric strategy management game, Empire of Sin.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Get a job: Schell Games is hiring an Experienced Graphics Engineer  
by Staff [12.04.19]
We are seeking an experienced Graphics Programmer to be a key contributor to our team.
Programming

Obituary: Edge editor Jason Brookes  
by Alissa McAloon [12.04.19]
Longtime writer and editor Jason Brookes has passed away.

Video: A game dev's guide to designing games with social impact  
by Staff [12.04.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk Elizabeth Maler presents her innovative ways of designing, writing and playtesting social impact games, and gives advice on how to ensure their ability to change lives. ​
Serious, Design, Video, Vault

Report: A cheaper Project Scarlett alternative remains in Xbox's next gen plans  
by Alissa McAloon [12.04.19]
Rumors about a cheaper Project Scarlett console continue to ebb and flow as insiders now tell Kotaku a lower-powered next-gen system is still in the cards.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Best of 2019: Downscaling, upscaling, same-scaling - Porting to Switch and under-powered consoles 2
by Andrew King [12.04.19]
We chatted with some of the top porting houses and the author of Arcade Perfect to find out the current state of porting games to Nintendo's immensely popular Switch.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production