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Certain Affinity's new VP of Canadian operations is Halo veteran Dan Ayoub  
by Chris Kerr [04.01.21]
Certain Affinity has appointed industry veteran Dan Ayoub as VP of Canadian operations and general manager of its Toronto studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Which YouTubers are the right ones for your game?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.31.21]
We know just how many games there are out there, and how tricky it can be to get featured by notable streamers. So let's talk about 'variety' streamers and the best targets for your game.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Talofa Games as a Unity Software Engineer  
by Staff [03.31.21]
Talofa is seeking a Mobile (iOS/Android) Unity Software Engineer to join the team for our new social running game in development.
Programming, Recruitment

16 backward compatible Xbox games are now playable via The Cloud  
by Alissa McAloon [03.31.21]
Amid various PlayStation-ignited conversations about game preservation and digital longevity, Xbox has announced that it is uniting two of its big initiatives: cloud-based gaming and backward compatibility.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: The absolute basics of good gyro controls 3
by Jibb Smart [03.31.21]
There's no question about it: a controller's gyroscope offers far more precision than a thumbstick for aiming. But without adhering to some very simple standards, most games fall far short of what's possible.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Don't Miss: Making Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon the Nintendo way 7
by Staff [03.31.21]
In this classic interview, four developers of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon -- two from Vancouver-based Next Level Games, two from Nintendo -- discuss their collaborative game development process.
Design, Production

Video: Balancing community and business needs  
by Staff [03.31.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Uken Games' Nick van Vugt ll reviews ways you can work with your community and internal teams to provide the best experience for both parties.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Registration is now open for the all-digital GDC 2021!  
by Staff [03.31.21]
It's time to register for GDC 2021! Sign up today to get the best price.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The low-spec version of PUBG aimed at cheap hardware is being shut down  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
PUBG Lite, a low-end version of the popular battle royale shooter designed for those without access to expensive hardware, is being shut down.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

$76M cheating ring busted by Tencent and police in operation 'Chicken Drumstick'  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
A joint operation between Chinese police and Tencent has busted what's being described as the "world's biggest" video game cheating ring.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The benefits and risks of using Patreon to crowdfund games 1
by Diego Arguello [03.31.21]
We speak to a number of developers to talk about the advantages of using Patreon, the challenge that comes from trying to keep a consistent number of subscribers, and whether or not it can be considered a viable option depending on your project.
Indie, Business/Marketing

505 Games acquires Ghostrunner franchise and tech licenses for $5.8 million  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
505 Games has acquired the Ghostrunner IP from Polish publisher All In Games for €5 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Core developer Manticore raises $100M ahead of Epic Games Store debut  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
Manticore Games, the company behind the user-generated content driven world of Core, has raised an additional $100 million in funding.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Dear Investors: CD Projekt shifts to agile dev, focuses on future 10
by Kris Graft [03.30.21]
Following a tumultuous launch last year for open world, neon-drenched RPG Cyberpunk 2077, leaders at CD Projekt addressed the path forward in a strategy update today aimed at investors.
Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Creating the Headquarters feature in Call of Duty: WWII  
by Staff [03.30.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Sledgehammer Games' Riley Pietsch discusses the creation of a brand new Call of Duty feature called Headquarters.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Activision Blizzard hires former Trump administration 'bully' Brian Bulatao 4
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Activision Blizzard has quietly hired a former member of the Trump administration to be its new chief administrative officer. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is teasing what could be a pair of AR glasses  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic is working on new hardware that "leverages" its platform, according to a teaser image shared by company CEO John Hanke. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard will appoint Armin Zerza as its new CFO  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard will name Armin Zerza as its new chief financial officer following the retirement of Dennis Durkin.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Subverting player expectation in The Last of Us Part II 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.21]
The second part of a discussion on 'subverting player expectation,' focusing on the creation of a unique workbench event in The Last of Us Part II.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Get a job: Brass Lion Entertainment is looking for a Senior Combat Designer  
by Staff [03.29.21]
Brass Lion Entertainment is looking for a Senior Combat Designer. Is it you?
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment