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Don't Miss: How continuous world generation works in No Man's Sky  
by Staff [08.09.21]
Take a look at Innes McKendrick's 2017 GDC talk, where he explains how continuous world generation works in No Man's Sky.
Console/PC

Blizzard employees weigh costs and benefits of advocating boycott  
by Bryant Francis [08.09.21]
A number of Activision Blizzard employees have explained to Axios why they're reluctant to advocate for a player boycott of the company’s games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Pocketwatch Games is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [08.09.21]
Pocketwatch Games is looking for an Art Director that can imbue their wild and weird games with a unique visual style.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Steam demo showcases: officially good for sales!  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.09.21]
We can now see official Valve data that shows that Steam Next Fest is 'good for you'. So what does that mean? And how about all those antitrust suits? This, and much, much more...
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Select Xbox Insiders can now play Xbox games on PC via Xbox Cloud Gaming  
by Alissa McAloon [08.09.21]
Those enrolled in both the Xbox Insiders beta program and Game Pass Ultimate will be able to check out what Xbox Cloud Gaming has to offer on PC.
Console/PC, Social/Online

IGDA Foundation executive director Nika Nour is departing after two years  
by Chris Kerr [08.09.21]
The International Game Developers Association Foundation (IGDA Foundation) executive director Nika Nour is departing after two years.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: An introduction to caching shading information in world space  
by Gamasutra Community [08.09.21]
A hands-on article briefly discussing the research presented in the thesis/publication 'Caching Shading Information in World Space using Implicit Progressive Low Discrepancy Point Sets/'
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Sponsored Content
Gaming in a Pandemic - Inside Akamai's latest SOTI Research report  
by Akamai Technologies [08.09.21]
Sponsored: SOTI Research: Gaming in a Pandemic digs into the numbers behind 2020's video game criminal attacks, reveals the preferred attack methods, and looks at the rise in phishing as a service kits aimed at separating gamers from their money.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Sponsored Article, Whitepaper

Epic suggests Google once considered buying Epic Games to end Fortnite platform dispute 2
by Chris Kerr [08.09.21]
Google toyed with the idea of buying Fortnite developer Epic Games as the two companies butted heads over platform fees and payment methods.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sustained development on Kerbal Space Program has ended after over a decade 1
by Chris Kerr [08.09.21]
Kerbal Space Program developer Squad is ending sustained development on the space exploration sim after over a decade.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What game designers should know about game physics 1
by Fred Marcus [08.06.21]
Midtown Madness designer Fred Marcus breaks down what game designers need to know about game physics in this 2003 Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Get a job: Antler Interactive is hiring a Senior Game Designer  
by Staff [08.06.21]
Antler Interactive is looking for an experienced game designer to work on their current project My Neighbor Alice.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Opinion: Devs, please don't encourage 'teabagging' 6
by Bryant Francis [08.06.21]
Updated: Right as the game industry is finally having a reckoning over toxic cultures of sexual harassment, a decade-old in-game display of dominance that mimics sexual harassment is having a comeback moment.
Console/PC, Design

PopCap alumni launch new F2P studio Electric Manta in London  
by Bryant Francis [08.06.21]
A number of PopCap alumni have banded together to launch a new free-to-play game studio in London.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Ass Effect - What's really behind the Miranda Lawson freakout? 4
by Katherine Cross [08.06.21]
I agree: the butt should be free! But Mass Effect's strange Miranda-cam is not "freedom" in any meaningful sense, and this debate about sexuality in games illustrates how narrow the horizons of sexuality remain in gaming.
Console/PC, Design

Valve says Steam Next Fest games saw more wishlists and sales during 2020  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.21]
Developers participating in Steam Next Fest received a substantial bump in daily wishlists and sales, according to Valve.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic forms internal task force to address concerns of Pokemon Go fans  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.21]
"We are assembling an internal cross-functional team to develop proposals designed to preserve our mission of inspiring people to explore the world together."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game sales down at Sega but freemium titles and new releases performing 'strongly'  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.21]
Free-to-play titles and new releases are driving sales revenue within Sega's entertainment contents division, despite an overall decline in full-game sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga has acquired the Chinese mobile studio behind Golf Rival for $525 million  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.21]
Golf Rival amassed 6 million downloads in 2021 alone and is currently being touted as the "second-largest mobile golf game in the world."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Developing the visually striking Death Trash  
by John Harris [08.05.21]
"There’s depth in the Death Trash world," says creator Stephan Hövelbrinks. "It's just consumed in a different way."
Console/PC, Art, Design