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GameStop lays off 120+ people, including some Game Informer staff 1
by Alex Wawro [08.20.19]
U.S. game and tchotchke retailer GameStop laid off roughly 120 people this week as part of the company's ongoing effort to restructure and respond to its recent financial troubles.
Business/Marketing

Microsoft has no plans to bring Xbox first-party exclusives to other consoles  
by Alissa McAloon [08.20.19]
Microsoft says that Xbox has no plans to bring its existing first-party exclusives to other consoles moving forward, though cross-platform play and progression remain on the table.
Console/PC

ReadySet Heroes is the first Sony-published game to debut on Epic's Games Store  
by Alex Wawro [08.20.19]
The debut of Robot's PS4 co-op dungeon crawler on the Epic Games Store suggests Epic's efforts to lure devs to its young storefront are compelling enough to sway even big, platform-holding publishers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Think you're ready to pitch a publisher? You're not, and here's why  
by Staff [08.20.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Finji's Rebekah Saltsman explains how Finji builds and uses pitch documents, key art and game play videos to help developers improve their pitches to publishers.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Starbreeze posts $6.6 million loss amid ongoing reconstruction  
by Alissa McAloon [08.20.19]
Starbreeze has been in dire financial straits for a while now, and the company is still in the process of refocusing its attention and efforts on core businesses to stay above water.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Come to XRDC for expert insight on how AR/VR is transforming business!  
by Staff [08.20.19]
Businesses around the world are adapting and upgrading to use the latest AR/VR/MR tech, and that means there's a ton of new opportunities for AR/VR/MR experts -- discover them at XRDC in October!
VR, Design, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution to help devs prevent tampering  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
Game security company Denuvo as launched a new Mobile Game Protection solution to help developers and publishers prevent their smartphone games from being tampered with. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Apple Arcade monthly subscription will cost $4.99  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
It's been a few months since Apple unveiled its 'Arcade' game subscription service, and while there's still no official word on pricing, recent reports suggest a monthly subscription will cost $4.99.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Phoenix Labs acquires Bot School Inc to further Dauntless cross-play efforts  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based studio behind Dauntless, has acquired game and platform developer Bot School Inc for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Engaging level design for combat
by Gamasutra Community [08.20.19]
I break down what I believe helps make a strong combat space, and explain how you can create combat spaces that feel engaging and challenging.
Design

Get a job: Join Heart Machine as a Studio Manager  
by Staff [08.19.19]
Heart Machine is looking for a details-oriented person who is incredibly organized, energetic, and quick to solve problems.
Production, Recruitment

Sony-owned studios may lean into a wider, non-PlayStation install base in the future  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
PlayStation-owned game development studios, like the recently acquired Insomniac Games, may look outside of their parent platform for some future releases.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: A look back at the development of Ori and the Blind Forest 5
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
The CEO of Moon Studios pours his heart out in a lengthy postmortem of what went right -- and wrong -- during the 4-year development of Super Metroid-inspired Ori & The Blind Forest.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Before Stadia came along, Robot had shelved the Orcs Must Die series  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
Robot Entertainment CEO Patrick Hudson says that the recently announced Orcs Must Die 3 wouldn’t have happened without Google's involvement.
Console/PC

Xbox Game Studios-published Ori and the Blind Forest headed to Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
Update Ori and the Blind Forest is headed to the Nintendo Switch later this year, a move that brings the Xbox Game Studios-published title to a non-Microsoft platform for the first time.
Console/PC, Indie

Sony announces it's buying Spider-Man developer Insomniac Games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.19.19]
Sony has announced that it's purchasing longtime PlayStation exclusives developer Insomniac Games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing for color blindness in games  
by Staff [08.19.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Creative Assembly's Douglas Pennant introduces you to best practices and solutions that can help you make games that are more accessible to the colorblind.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Cyberpunk 2077, exclusive Orcs Must Die 3, and many more now headed to Stadia 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
Google has added several new games to the lineup for Google Staida, in turn addressing some of the concerns about the cloud-based platform's library being a little light despite its coming launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Immerse yourself in the future of AR/VR games & entertainment at XRDC!  
by Staff [08.19.19]
This is your last week to register for XRDC early at a discounted rate, so don't delay; there's a smorgasbord of great stuff lined up for you, including these cutting-edge Games & Entertainment talks!
VR, Console/PC, Design, XRDC

PUBG is rolling out console crossplay to Xbox One and PS4 this year  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
The team behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is bringing cross-platform play to its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions.
Console/PC, Social/Online