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Game localization for discovery: it's trickier than you think! 1
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.21]
Localization is a really important part of game discovery, since it opens up so many new potential markets for your PC/console games. But what are the best languages to localize to, and why?
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Rare's postmortem of the N64 hit GoldenEye 007  
by Staff [06.23.21]
It's the Nintendo 64's 25th anniversary. Celebrate with a look back at the making of one of its most popular games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Get a job: SideFX is hiring a Senior Distributed Systems Developer  
by Staff [06.23.21]
SideFX is seeking an exceptional software developer with distributed systems experience and a talent for producing high performance, robust software to join its Toronto-based R&D team.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

You can now run Xbox Cloud games at Series X performance levels  
by Bryant Francis [06.23.21]
It’s now possible to play Xbox Cloud games running at the same fidelity as their Xbox Series X equivalents.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest change aims to prevent buyers from gaming regional pricing  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Steam users can now only change the country on their account every three months, a move that aims to prevent people from fibbing about their location to score cheaper games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft's special Cyberpunk 2077 refund policy ends July 6  
by Alissa McAloon [06.23.21]
Nature is healing. Microsoft has quietly announced that its special refund provisions for CD Projekt Red's infamous Cyberpunk 2077 are coming to a close.

Meet your host of the 2021 IGF Awards: Victoria Tran!  
by Staff [06.23.21]
Innersloth Games’ Victoria Tran will be your host for the 2021 IGF Awards.
Indie, Design

Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.

EA buys Golf Clash developer Playdemic from AT&T and WB Games for $1.4B  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
EA has acquired Golf Clash developer Playdemic from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T for $1.4 billion in cash.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pokemon leakers told to pay $150,000 each in damages to The Pokemon Company  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Two leakers have been told to pay The Pokemon Company a sizable $150,000 each in damages after taking and uploading photographs of an unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market  
by Gamasutra Community [06.23.21]
Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and disempowering experiences.

Rovio will revive some older Angry Birds titles after pulling them from sale  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Rovio is working to revive a number of older Angry Birds titles after quietly pulling them from sale.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo will shut down the Splatoon 2 Online Lounge in July  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
The feature allows players to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange online battles using their smart device by sending a URL link that allows other players to join a room.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Unity acquires 3D data optimization software provider Pixyz Software  
by Chris Kerr [06.23.21]
Unity has acquired 3D data preparation and optimization software provider Pixyz Software for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The new theory of horror driving Dead Space 2 5
by Staff [06.22.21]
Take a look back at the design philosophy that drove the horror of Dead Space 2.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Lead DevOps Engineer  
by Staff [06.22.21]
Remedy Entertainment is looking for a Lead DevOps Engineer.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS  
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.21]
The 'early game' -- or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match -- is a first impression that players experience over and over again, whether they're playing competitively or solo. It makes sense to try to do it right.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.22.21]
We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game Rubber Bandits - plus lots more!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

At GDC 2021, you can celebrate 25 years of Quake with John Romero  
by Staff [06.22.21]
Happy Birthday Quake! Get in on the celebration when you attend GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

GameStop to invest in 'growth initiatives' after raising $1.12 billion through ATM Offering  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
GameStop has raised $1.12 billon dollars after selling 5 million shares of common stock through an at-the-market equity offering program.