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Don't miss the GDC Podcast broadcasting LIVE at this year's show!  
by Staff [07.09.21]
Catch 5 days of live GDC Podcast episodes at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Ubisoft worried 'inappropriate' behavior could hurt staff hiring and retention 5
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Ubisoft has indicated the "occurrence of inappropriate behaviour by employees" has become a very real risk to the company.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Here are the winners of the 11th annual BAFTA Young Game Designers competition  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
BAFTA has announced the winners of its 11th annual Young Game Designers competition, which aims to spotlight and celebrate some of the best and brightest emerging talent in the UK games industry.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Roblox partners with Sony Music to fill the metaverse with musicians  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Roblox has signed a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to bring more musicians into the metaverse.
Console/PC, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Digital game publisher SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Creating a visual language that makes sense of the madness in Call of the Sea  
by Joel Couture [07.09.21]
"...we conceived the visual style as a key element to translate the emotions and feelings Norah is having on the Island. It reflects her admiration, fascination, and the discovery she is going through."
Video, IGF

Get a job: Join the Xbox team as a Sr. Software Engineer (Performance Tooling)  
by Staff [07.08.21]
The PIX team is hiring experienced graphics programmers and GPU engineers.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: 6 ways to make your game more appealing to speedrunners 1
by Staff [07.08.21]
Take a look at these tips from the Spelunky, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Axiom Verge devs on making speedrunable games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Initial thoughts on Rational Design 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.08.21]
The idea of Rational Design, born more than 10 years within the walls of Ubisoft, is still living and breathing. Here, Alexis Jolis-Desautels provides some initial thoughts on why the idea is more relevant now than ever
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Sponsored Content
Learn how data-driven personalization can drive player engagement in this free webinar  
by Staff [07.08.21]
Sponsored: Personalization is critical to driving player engagement, but this comes with real-time performance and scalability challenges. Learn how to address those concerns in this free webinar.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Tencent rolls out facial recognition tech to enforce late-night gaming curfews 1
by Bryant Francis [07.08.21]
Chinese publisher Tencent wants to enforce China's gaming session restrictions for younger players with new technology: facial recognition.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

36 states take legal aim at Google, argue its Play Store practices violate antitrust law 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.21]
Attorneys general from 36 states have filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of antitrust behavior through its dealings with Android devices and its own Google Play Store.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Make time for the Sponsored Developer Summits at GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.08.21]
Don't miss out on all the great Sponsored Developer Summits you can check out at the all-digital GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

The relaxing, open-world puzzle design of A Monster's Expedition  
by Joel Couture [07.08.21]
"The way that the music is calming, and even quiets down as you pause to think about a tricky puzzle, really lends itself to a sort of “puzzle-solving meditation” style of play..."
Console/PC, Indie, Video, IGF

Codemasters CEO and CFO step down following EA acquisition  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.21]
Dirt dev Codemasters is losing its executive leadership following its acquisition by EA earlier this year.
Console/PC

DICE LA rebrands as Ripple Effect Studios  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.21]
The EA-owned game development studio unveiled its new name and look today, noting in a blog post that, while DICE remains part of its DNA, the team was eager to carve out its own unique identity as Ripple Effect.
Console/PC

Please welcome Imogen Mellor as your host for GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.07.21]
Game journalist and streamer Imogen Mellor will be your host for the 35th annual Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Visit our friends at Omdia when you attend GDC 2021  
by Staff [07.07.21]
Our colleagues at Omdia will be on hand at GDC 2021 for all your marketplace research needs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Using mundane objects to evoke heartfelt memories in Some Old Stuff  
by Joel Couture [07.07.21]
"When you find an object you have not seen for a long time, you start to figure out why you had that object. That moment felt very human to me."
Video, IGF

Blog: An ode to optimization video games 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.21]
A subgenre of strategy games, optimization/logistics games have attracted fans to a different kind of gameplay and thinking that I wanted to talk about today.
Console/PC, Indie, Design