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Blog: 7 Unity tips for a beginner 3D artist  
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.21]
Here are seven tips for Unity (plus a bonus one) that I have found very helpful when working on our VR project. Hopefully, these tips will make life a bit easier for you if you are just starting out.
Indie, Art

Seattle-based Starform raises $5 million to scale up ahead of game reveal  
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.21]
Starform has raised an additional $5 million to fund the development and marketing of its upcoming release, and scale up the team for future projects.
Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Making Frostpunk grim without descending to dark comedy 9
by Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Learn about how Frostpunk managed to tell a grim story without descending into despair or dark comedy.
Console/PC, Design

Amazon Games loosens rules on personal projects 2
by Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Amazon Games has loosened its rules on personal game projects, a few weeks after the overly restrictive rules were roundly mocked on Twitter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: tinyBuild is hiring a Senior Video Games Producer  
by Staff [08.12.21]
tinyBuild is looking for an excellent communicator and a multitasking person with strong problem-solving skills a passionate for video games to fill the role of a Senior Producer.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Activision Blizzard QA employees speak out about poor working conditions 4
by Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Update: A number of Activision Blizzard employees have spoken out publicly about poor working conditions for quality assurance testers at the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Roblox Corporation buys up Jim Greer's Bash Video team  
by Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Update: Roblox has bought up Bash Video, Jim Greer's post-Kongregate startup, and hired him as a new director of engineering at the company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Registration is now open for GDC Masterclass Fall 2021 courses  
by Staff [08.12.21]
Check out all the great classes available in the GDC Masterclass Fall section.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Spec Ops: The Line creative director opens studio with Nine Inch Nails guitarist  
by Chris Kerr, Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Spec Ops: The Line creative director and designer Cory Davis has opened a new game studio called Eyes Out with Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The impact of the economy on RTS multiplayer level design 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.21]
An analysis of the relationship between an economy and the placement of resource spots in multiplayer level design.
Design

Keywords buys Romanian art creation studio AMC for $3.3 million  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.21]
Game service provider Keywords has acquired Romanian art creation studio AMC for €2.8 million.
Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing Highfleet, a strategy game with heavy machinery and twirling knobs  
by Bryant Francis [08.12.21]
Konstantin Koshutin, creator of Highfleet discusses some of the design decisions that went into this new take on the simulation strategy genre.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: The importance of player freedom and prototyping exploration mechanics  
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.21]
Exploring design considerations in creating a video game to evoke meaningfulness through the lens of various disciplinary perspectives such as philosophy, psychology and spirituality.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Angry Birds dev Rovio to acquire hyper-casual developer Ruby Games  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.21]
Angry Birds creator Rovio has acquired Turkish hyper-casual studio Ruby Games in a multi-million dollar deal.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Glu Mobile CEO and COO depart the company months after EA acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.21]
Glu Mobile leaders Nick Earl and Eric Ludwig are stepping down just months after the mobile company was acquired by EA for $2.1 billion.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Twitch pledges to do more to protect marginalized streamers from harassment  
by Chris Kerr [08.12.21]
Twitch has pledged to do more to help protect marginalized content creators from harassment.
Business/Marketing

Industry vets respond to pushback after announcing mostly-white, male studio  
by Bryant Francis [08.11.21]
Industry vets Alex Hutchinson and Reid Schneider, co-founders of the new studio Raccoon Logic, respond after a photo of the mostly-white, mostly-male team at their studio received pushback on Twitter.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Diablo 4 director among three employees ousted at Blizzard  
by Bryant Francis [08.11.21]
Update: Activision Blizzard has confirmed earlier reports that Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga has departed from Blizzard, along with two other high-level employees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Question is hiring a Senior Gameplay Engineer  
by Staff [08.11.21]
Question, the team behind The Magic Circle and The Blackout Club, is hiring a Senior Gameplay Engineer.
Console/PC

Estimating Steam and console sales: two hot methods!  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.11.21]
Do you want two essential spreadsheets for estimating Steam & console game sales? Because that's what you've got, alongside lots more game discovery news.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing