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Life is Strange dev Dontnod is branching into third-party publishing  
by Chris Kerr [04.08.21]
Life is Strange and Tell Me Why developer Dontnod Entertainment is moving into third-party publishing.
Business/Marketing

Video: Making Marketing Mistakes with Innersloth's Victoria Tran  
by Staff [04.07.21]
Innersloth Games' Victoria Tran goes through her own mistakes as a game marketer to explain that mistakes are inevitable, there are ways to correctly fail, and what lessons you can take away from failure.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a job: Hinterland Studio is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [04.07.21]
In this role, you will lead a team of artists across multiple areas and unify their efforts behind a clear artistic vision, ensuring the result reinforces gameplay, strengthens narrative, and delights players.
Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Exploring the world-driven game design of Control 1
by Staff [04.07.21]
Remedy's Control was one of the most interesting games of last year because of its mysterious world where the mundane collided with the strange. Mikael Kasurinen and Brooke Maggs tell us the thinking behind the world-building.
Console/PC, Design

Steam's marketing tracking, Epic's exclusivity data & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.07.21]
The latest game discovery round-up looks at Steam's new UTM tracking solution, an Epic Game Store exclusivity database, and lots more besides.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Steamworks expands marketing tools with open beta for UTM traffic analytics  
by Chris Kerr [04.07.21]
Valve is adding Urchin Tracking Module analytics to Steamworks to help developers better measure the effectiveness of marketing efforts that direct players towards their games. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Threes creator forms new studio Vodeo Games to create 'cozy-crunchy' experiences  
by Chris Kerr [04.07.21]
Threes creator Asher Vollmer has founded a new studio called Vodeo Games with the aim of delivering annual releases that offer a "cozy-crunchy experience."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Embracer completes $1.38 billion acquisition of Borderlands dev Gearbox  
by Chris Kerr [04.07.21]
Embracer Group has completed its $1.38 billion purchase of Borderlands and Brothers in Arms developer Gearbox Entertainment.
Production, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Six Days in Fallujah tramples over the human cost of the Iraq War 3
by Bryant Francis [04.07.21]
The surprise revival of Six Days in Fallujah risks justifying the violence against the Iraqi people in the name of entertainment, writes Bryant Francis.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Join Sucker Punch Productions as a Senior Writer  
by Staff [04.06.21]
Sucker Punch is looking for a Senior Writer to join its writing team and help craft engaging narrative content for its next project.
Design, Recruitment

Resident Evil Village director shares the process behind creating its imposing antagonist  
by Alissa McAloon [04.06.21]
In a larger interview with IGN, Resident Evil Village director Morimasa Sato notes that the setting of the upcoming horror game was built around the character concepts that emerged, similar, he says, to Resident Evil 4.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Day of the Devs is taking game submissions for its Summer Game Fest showcase  
by Alissa McAloon [04.06.21]
Day of the Devs announced details about its next big showcase, and is currently looking for games to feature (digitally!) during Summer Game Fest in June 2021.
Indie

Five lessons from a year of online GDC events  
by Katie Stern [04.06.21]
GDC General Manager Katie Stern shares lessons learned from a year of adapting the conference to an online format.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Esports Integrity Commission working with FBI to probe Counter-Strike esports cheats  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.21]
The Esports Integrity Commission is working with the FBI to investigate match fixing and illegal betting in Counter-Strike competitions. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

E3 returning virtually in June with backing from Microsoft, Nintendo, and more  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.21]
E3 will be making a virtual return in 2021 after taking a year out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Play Ventures raises $135 million to invest in game startups  
by Chris Kerr [04.06.21]
VC fund Play Ventures has raised $135 million to invest in video game startups, beginning with a $1.5 million pre-Series A investment into Indian mobile studio All Star Games.
Business/Marketing

Ubisoft acquires anti-cheat software developer GameBlocks 1
by Chris Kerr [04.06.21]
Ubisoft has acquired anti-cheat and performance monitoring software developer GameBlocks for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Tactic Studios as a Senior Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [04.05.21]
We are looking for a talented game programmer to join our team and create high-quality game code for an unannounced third-person multiplayer project.
Programming, Recruitment

Extensive UK loot box study digs into why players are drawn to random chance IAPs 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.05.21]
A recently published study likens loot box mechanics to gambling while also exploring the complicated reasons why players are attracted to those purchases.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Apple's Arcade shifts, Steam's cookies & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.05.21]
We look at an interesting widening of Apple Arcade’s subscription service, Steam's new European cookie rules, and lots more.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing