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EA leaks personal information of 'approximately 1600' FIFA 20 players  
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
EA has confirmed it leaked the personal information of "approximately 1600" players who registered for the upcoming FIFA 20 Global Series esports tournament.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Stardew Valley creator distances from under-fire publisher Chucklefish 3
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone has clarified his relationship with the game's publisher Chucklefish, which is accused of exploiting volunteers during the development of Starbound.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Unlocking the full power of Unity Animator's interruption feature 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.04.19]
The interruption mechanism in Unity’s Animator tool is often misused or completely skipped altogether, so here's a blog explaining how you can unlock its full potential.
Design

Q&A: How composer Petri Alanko created the otherworldly score for Control  
by Chris Kerr [10.04.19]
We recently caught up with BAFTA nominated composer, musician, and producer Petri Alanko to learn more about his anomalous approach to audio on Control.
Console/PC, Audio, Production

Co-founder Rick Fox files multi-million dollar lawsuit against Echo Fox partners  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
The lawsuit accuses two business partners of misleading Rick Fox and manipulating business funds, and ultimately is seeking damages in the tens of millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: BonusXP is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [10.03.19]
We are working on premium original titles for consoles/desktops and some high-profile licensed IPs and are a 30 person indie studio located in the Dallas, TX area.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: In It To Minit: Designing a world of one-minute adventures  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
Minit devs Kitty Calis and Jan Willem Nijman open up about how they designed their one-minute adventure game to be fun but not frustrating, and why time limits are great for emphasizing player choice.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Co-founder Mike O'Brien is leaving Guild Wars developer ArenaNet  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
ArenaNet president and co-founder Mike O’Brien announced that he is leaving the company to start a new studio focused on making smaller games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: A game programmer's guide to the math of deep learning  
by Staff [10.03.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, creative.ai's Alex Champandard looks at the mathematics behind deep neural networks and how to apply it to game development for fun and (hopefully!) profit.
Console/PC, Programming, Video, Vault

Randy Pitchford and ex-Gearbox general counsel agree to settle legal dispute 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
The lengthy legal back-and-forth between former Gearbox general counsel Wade Callender and current CEO Randy Pitchford has ended in a settlement, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Console/PC

Discord makes layoffs due to 'active shift in talent needs' 6
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
No concrete reason was given for the cuts, with the company simply explaining it has made an "active shift" in its talent needs. 
Business/Marketing

WGA removes video game writing category from 2020 awards 3
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
A WGA representative noted that the Videogame Writing Award will "be reinstated when there is a critical mass of video games covered by the WGA in order to provide a meaningful award selection process."
Production

Blog: Simple and effective character pose prediction in Cascadeur  
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.19]
Banzai Games founder Evgeniy Dyabin and his colleagues Alexander Grishanin and Maxim Tarasov explain how they invented a pose prediction tool for their new character animation software Cascadeur.
Programming, Design

XRDC taps new headset tech to improve your conference experience  
by Staff [10.03.19]
Learn about why XRDC will be using special Silent Conference headsets that ensure all presentations sound crystal clear to attendees, even in a large, convivial conference hall!
VR, XRDC

Raph Koster's new MMO studio Playable Worlds raises $2.7 million  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.19]
Playable Worlds, the game dev studio founded in part by Star Wars Galaxies creative director Raph Koster, has raised $2.7 million to bring its first title, an unannounced massively multiplayer online game, to life
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: A development postmortem for The Painscreek Killings  
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.19]
A look at the conception and development of EQ Studios' first title, a murder mystery investigation game, and how it managed to make players feel like real-life detectives.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Unity acquires live game management platform ChilliConnect  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
Unity has acquired live game management platform ChilliConnect for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Monument Valley developer Ustwo threatened with legal action over union busting  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has accused Monument Valley developer Ustwo Games of union busting, and is threatening the studio with legal action. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

How to create effective, organic-feeling tilesets for your game 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.03.19]
"The best way to create more lively, organic feeling tilesets required not a change in technique," explains Butterscotch Shenanighans artist Samuel Coster. "But an increase in the number of tiles."
Indie, Art

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is hiring a Sr. Audio Designer  
by Staff [10.02.19]
This role is responsible for being an active and key contributor for the creative direction and style for audio assets and workflow processes throughout a production cycle.
Audio, Recruitment