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Chappie and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp joins Gunzilla as chief visionary officer  
by Chris Kerr [07.22.21]
Gunzilla Games has named District 9, Elysium, and Chappie direct tor Neill Blomkamp as its new chief visionary officer.
Production, Business/Marketing

Hades wins Game of the Year at 21st Annual Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [07.21.21]
Hades also honored with the Best Audio and Best Design Awards, Ghost of Tsushima wins Best Visual Art and Audience Awards.
Console/PC, Design

Umurangi Generation leads the way at the 23rd annual Independent Games Festival Awards  
by Staff [07.21.21]
Umurangi Generation also honored with the Excellence in Narrative Award, other winners include Vessels, Genesis Noir, Arrog, Teardown, and Blaseball.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

California sues Activision Blizzard over sexist, harmful workplace culture 2
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
UPDATE: The state of California is suing Activision Blizzard over some of the most toxic workplace sexual harassment allegations leveled against the game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Here's a deep dive on the first 30 minutes of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales  
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Here's how Insomniac Games made sure their take on Miles Morales landed with a smash.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

That time World of Warcraft's servers buckled under thousands of players in a single zone  
by Bryant Francis [07.21.21]
Take a walk down memory lane with Blizzard's Joseph Cochran and Kurtis McCathern to the time a global World of Warcraft event invited players to gather by the thousands--and positively wrecked the game's servers.
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Get a job: Mountaintop Studios needs a Lead Tech Artist  
by Staff [07.21.21]
Mountaintop Studios is looking for a Lead Tech Artist who’s passionate about building extraordinary new experiences that inspire others.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Zoom Apps bring in-platform games to everyone's favorite video chat platform  
by Alissa McAloon [07.21.21]
Zoom, the video chat platform that became a household name during 2020's COVID-driven lockdowns, is adding a number of apps and games to its platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Discovering your game's regional appeal, pre-launch?  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.21.21]
What's the best way to see the regional breakdown of Steam interesting and wishlists before launch? This, plus lots more, in our discovery latest round-up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft's mobile game Tom Clancy's Elite Squad is shutting down after a single year  
by Alissa McAloon [07.21.21]
Tom Clancy's Elite Squad is going dark in just a few short months, with Ubisoft explaining that the year-old mobile game is no longer sustainable.

Understanding the meaningless, micro-reactive, and marvellous writing of Disco Elysium 2
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"This thing that we've been calling micro-reactivity is essentially a process for generating narrative ripples on an industrial scale."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

How Naughty Dog defined melee attacks and behaviors in The Last of Us Part II  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"A melee attack contains animations to be played by the attacker and the defender, or the target. Then we have starting and ending conditions for each melee attack."
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Day three of GDC 2021 is about to start!  
by Staff [07.21.21]
The third day of the all-digital Game Developers Conference will feature can’t-miss DevNotes, talks, and of course the IGF and Game Developers Choice Awards.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Opinion: Is Final Fantasy XIV a World of Warcraft killer? ...Maybe. (But probably not.) 2
by Katherine Cross [07.21.21]
Final Fantasy XIV is, like so many other "World of Warcraft killers" before it, an MMO that suffers from all of WoW’s limitations. The fault lies, to a great extent, in the genre itself.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Sponsored Content
Avoid the mounting costs of multiplayer games with hybrid cloud  
by Improbable [07.21.21]
Sponsored: While relying on the cloud might eat up your budget, relying on bare metal alone might not allow a studio to scale up fast enough if a game becomes popular.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Sponsored Article

Ubisoft CEO says Steam Deck support depends on sales, lauds Netflix's game ambitions  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"We're happy to see Steam Deck coming to the industry. It shows that there's a continuous flow of very innovative new hardware coming to the market."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft wants to create a 'virtuous circle' between free-to-play and premium games  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
"It should allow us to create a virtuous circle with players, enjoying different experiences across different game modes and business models."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Portal Knights dev Keen Games nets $10 million from Hiro Capital and Tencent  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Portal Knights developer Keen Games has raised $10 million to create a new multiplayer sandbox RPG.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Konami is turning PES into a digital-only, free-to-play franchise called eFootball  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Konami is rebranding its Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise after over two decades and turning the soccer sim into a digital-only, free-to-play series.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Netflix will break into games by offering mobile titles to subscribers at no extra cost 1
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Netflix will expand into games by baking an Apple Arcade-style service centered around mobile titles into its existing subscription tiers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing