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Game writer Sam Maggs is your host for the 2021 Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [06.30.21]
Bestselling game, TV, and comics writer Sam Maggs is your host for the 2021 Game Developers Choice Awards.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Room 8 Group opens Montreal studio to offer external support to more developers  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Room 8 Group has opened a new studio in Canada to provide creative, development, and management services to development partners working on free-to-play mobile titles and console games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Former Riot Games devs band together to establish new studio Amihan Entertainment  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
A group of former Riot Games developers have established a new studio called Amihan Entertainment.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: When is it time to rewrite your code? 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.30.21]
A working system is a valuable asset. It works. It lets you test new ideas cheaply. Don’t take that for granted.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Funcom acquires majority stake in Metal: Hellsinger developer The Outsiders  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Conan Exiles developer Funcom has acquired a majority stake in Swedish game studio The Outsiders for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox boss talks mergers and acquisitions, says telling studios not to sell is 'short-sighted' 1
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
"If a team actually takes the risk of starting a new company, starting a new studio, building that over years, building value in that. To say they shouldn’t sell, I think, is just short-sighted."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Vela Games raises $17.3 million to create debut co-op title codenamed 'Project-V'  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Vela Games, the Dublin-based studio established in 2018 by a group of former Riot and EA developers, has raised $17.3 million in Series A funding to build out its debut title.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG owner Krafton buys interactive content production company Thingsflow  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
South Korean video game company Krafton has acquired Thingsflow Inc, the interactive production company behind chat-based content platform Hellobot.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Konami and The Medium dev Bloober Team partner to create new games  
by Chris Kerr [06.30.21]
Konami Digital Entertainment has signed a strategic partnership with The Medium developer Bloober Team to create games based on existing and new properties.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Playing with expectation to create tension in Local Space Survey Corps, LLC's Vessels  
by Joel Couture [06.30.21]
Vessels is a game of ever-shifting identities and pretending to be who you need to be to stay alive, doing anything you can to get out of being dumped into space.
Video, IGF

Get a job: Hinterland Studio is hiring a Systems Design Lead  
by Staff [06.29.21]
Hinterland Studio is looking for a veteran systems (gameplay) designer to join an early prototyping team for an original unannounced game.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Casey Hudson's new Humanoid Studios focuses on the charm of small, agile teams  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
Longtime BioWare general manager Casey Hudson has revealed his next adventure after departing BioWare last year: A new game development studio with a small, agile team and flat organization structure at its center.
Console/PC

Magic: Legends is shutting down in beta, refunds promised for in-game purchases  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
All player purchases made during the beta period will be refunded, while Magic: Legends is slated to go offline this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Playground winds down new content for Forza Horizon 4 as Horizon 5 draws near  
by Alissa McAloon [06.29.21]
Forza Horizon 5 is right around the corner, but the launch of a new game means less time to focus on delivering new content to its predecessor.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2021 will feature an Xsolla Devnote on the state of the game industry  
by Staff [06.29.21]
Don’t miss Xsolla's sponsored Devnote on the state of the game industry at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: How to pitch a video game  
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.21]
A summary of my experience and knowledge on video game pitching I gathered over the course of years in the games industry.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Thunderful names former [email protected] director as chief strategy and investment officer  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
Lonely Mountains: Downhill and SteamWorld Quest publisher Thunderful has named former [email protected] director Agostino Simonetta as its new chief strategy and investment officer.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Iron Galaxy hires diversity, equity and inclusion program lead to build inclusive teams  
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
Wreckateer and Killer Instinct Season 2 and 3 developer Iron Galaxy Studios has named Rejess Marshall as its new program lead of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony accidentally said it acquired Demon's Souls dev Bluepoint for a hot second 1
by Chris Kerr [06.29.21]
As the rest of the world learned about Sony's acquisition of Returnal developer Housemarque, PlayStation Japan also welcomed Demon's Souls maker Bluepoint Games into the fold.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Getting excellent voice acting into your indie game - Part 1 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.29.21]
Don't be afraid to put voice into your game. I'll show you how to do it cheaply and get exceptional results by running a professional casting call yourself.
Audio, Design, Production