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Get a job: The Savannah College of Art & Design is hiring a Chair of Visual Effects  
by Staff [09.03.20]
In this role, you will direct the SCAD Savannah visual effects department, develop curriculum, and teach classes annually as assigned
Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Mario maestro Koji Kondo on composing the classics 6
by Staff [09.03.20]
In this classic 2014 interview, the composer behind everything from Ocarina of Time to Super Mario 64 offers timeless advice to fellow video game composers.
Console/PC, Audio

With profit and revenue on the rise, CD Projekt heaps praise on The Witcher 3 4
by Alissa McAloon [09.03.20]
It's been over five years since CD Projekt Red launched The Witcher 3, and even still the game remains a key contributor to CD Projekt's earnings.

Video: Cultivating female talent in big-budget studios  
by Staff [09.03.20]
In this GDC Summer session Avalanche's Victoria Setian discusses how to increase the number of women in your talent pool and support their growth into leadership roles via research-backed programs.
Serious, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Microsoft Flight Simulator attracts 1 million players in just over two weeks  
by Alissa McAloon [09.03.20]
Microsoft Flight Simulator has caught the attention of over 1 million players in only a matter of weeks, and set new records for both the franchise and Xbox Game Pass for PC.

Wargaming UK rebrands as DPS Games to reflect global growth  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.20]
Wargaming UK has rebranded as DPS Games to reflect the studio's "distinctive" direction and international growth.
Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's next Mario Kart title is a mixed reality racer set in your living room 1
by Chris Kerr [09.03.20]
Nintendo has just announced Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a mixed reality Switch title that lets players build and race around real-world circuits using remote control karts.
Console/PC, Video

Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans is departing after 13 years  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.20]
Media Molecule co-founder Alex Evans is leaving the company after 13 years to pursue other ventures.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join the Embodied team as a Game Designer  
by Staff [09.02.20]
At Embodied, our Game Designers are champions for overall quality of experience and creators of innovative activities designed for children.
Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Bringing Washington D.C. to life - The AI of The Division 2 1
by Staff [09.02.20]
Part two of this interview with Massive's lead AI programmer Philip Dunstan discusses the weird problems that arose when balancing systemic game design in the new Washington D.C. map.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Rocket League won't require PS Plus or Nintendo Switch Online after free-to-play shift  
by Alissa McAloon [09.02.20]
Online matches on Xbox One will still require Xbox Live Gold however.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Crafting the crafting system in Astroneer  
by Staff [09.02.20]
In this 2020 GDC Summer talk System Era Softworks' Aaron Biddlecom & Elijah O'Rear walk you through how they made extensive changes to Astroneer's crafting system without destabilizing the game. 
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Marvel's Avengers sets new beta download record on PlayStation  
by Alissa McAloon [09.02.20]
Over 6 million players logged time in Marvel's Avengers across all platforms, with enough doing so on PlayStation 4 to set a new record.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Interactive storytelling platform Dorian raises $3.25 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [09.02.20]
Dorian is being pitched as a "no-code platform that allows writers to turn fiction into interactive visual games" and generate revenue.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Finding retention influencers in Destiny 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.20]
The era of social media gave birth to influencers, however, this phenomenon also occurs in other types of social environments: games, for instance. Who are they? How can we find them?
Console/PC, Design

China-linked mobile games including PUBG Mobile have been banned in India 1
by Chris Kerr [09.02.20]
The Government of India has banned over 100 mobile applications with links to China, including popular games like PUBG Mobile and Arena of Valor.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Democratizing PySpark for mobile game publishing  
by Gamasutra Community [09.02.20]
How Zynga analytics is leveraging the Spark big data platform to support game studios and publishing operations.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

In-depth: Crafting the score for Ori and the Will of the Wisps  
by Chris Kerr [09.02.20]
Ori and the Will of the Wisps composer Gareth Coker outlines how he created the score for the super sequel in this incredibly in-depth Q&A.
Console/PC, Audio, Production, Video

Get a job: Join System Era as a Senior Services Engineer  
by Staff [09.01.20]
As Senior Services Engineer at System Era, you are responsible for our online services technology stack.
Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Staff [09.01.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production