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Blog: Designing an effective logo for your game  
by Gamasutra Community [06.22.21]
This is an article explaining the step-by-step process on how to design a logo for your game, from the initial research to final logo design.
Art, Business/Marketing

Tencent grabs majority stake in The Cycle and Spec Ops developer Yager  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Tencent has acquired a majority stake in Spec Ops: The Line and The Cycle developer Yager.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Online Services expanded with free anti-cheat and voice chat tools  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Epic Games is expanding its Epic Online Services toolkit with two free services in the form of Easy Anti-Cheat and Voice.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Nier Automata and Replicant reach 7 million combined digital sales and shipments  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Nier: Automata and Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... have shipped and digitally sold a combined 6 million and 1 million units, respectively.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Angry Birds maker Rovio signs long-term partnership to create Moomin games 1
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Angry Birds maker Rovio has secured the rights to develop and publish games based on the Moomin franchise.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Niantic adding 'exploration bonuses' to Pokemon Go to get players moving again  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Niantic is trying to ease Pokemon Go players into post-pandemic life by adding exploration bonuses to the popular AR title.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why Apex Legends players are so in love with Skull Town  
by Bryant Francis [06.21.21]
Respawn Games design director Jason McCord discusses why Apex Legends players were so excited to return to Skull Town after months away.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Genvid is hiring a Senior Producer  
by Staff [06.21.21]
Genvid Technologies is looking to hire a Senior Producer.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was the most tweeted about game during E3  
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.21]
Chatter about Nintendo's open-world sequel bumped the long-anticipated Elden Ring to second place, according to Twitter's own metrics.
Social/Online

Activision Blizzard passes exec pay package with support from 54% of shareholders  
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.21]
Bobby Kotick's paycheck is even more controversial than usual this year, despite a significant cut to the Activision Blizzard CEO's salary for this year and next.
Console/PC

Connect with incredible sponsors and exhibitors at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.21.21]
Check out all the incredible sponsors showing off the newest in game-making technology at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Xbox Game Studios Publishing has hired Portal lead designer Kim Swift 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Xbox Games Studios Publishing has named Portal lead designer Kim Swift as its new senior director of cloud gaming.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A quick LOD (level of detail) tutorial for Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.21]
In this blog post, I will show you why, when and how you should use LOD in Unity. Remember, LOD is not only about the poly count.
Programming, Design, Production

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan wants more games to support cross-play 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
New comments from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan suggest that Sony is working to shed its image as something of a cross-play curmudgeon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Mysterious Switch error that halted downloads has been fixed for some users  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Nintendo appears to have quietly fixed a mysterious Switch error that had left some console owners unable to download software.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: A beginner's guide to designing indie game store pages  
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.21]
For this post, I wanted to break down the areas you need to focus on when building an attractive store page.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

From action-packed Furi to relaxing romance Haven: A Q&A with The Game Bakers  
by Joel Couture [06.21.21]
"The problem with love is that it's hard to translate into game mechanics...I wanted to feel that relationship throughout the gameplay," says Emeric Thoa, creative director of Haven.
Video, IGF

PS4 players told to expect issues as Cyberpunk 2077 returns to PlayStation Store 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Cyberpunk 2077 has been relisted on the PlayStation Store, but both Sony and CD Projekt Red have warned PlayStation 4 players to expect some teething pains.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix: Outriders made 'good start' thanks to Xbox Game Pass launch  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Outriders publisher Square Enix has said the decision to make People Can Fly's looter shooter available through Xbox Game Pass at launch worked in its favor.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA is letting FIFA Ultimate Team players preview loot boxes for a limited time  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
EA is testing a new type of loot box in FIFA Ultimate Team that allows players to see what's inside them before hitting purchase.
Design, Business/Marketing