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Enjoy musical performances from these remarkable artists during GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.10.21]
Live concerts are returning to GDC 2021! You can see MEga Ran, Mariachi Entertainment System, and Matt TheBanjoPlayer at this year's show.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, GDC

Microsoft CEO says the company is 'all-in on gaming' and wants to democratize play  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has explained the company as a whole is "all-in on gaming" during an interview with Xbox chief Phil Spencer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: An interactive choose-your-own debugging story  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
The tricky thing with writing about debugging is that it's such a hands-on experience. So, I decided to try something else: a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure about debugging in The Machinery.
Programming, Production

Early access colony sim Going Medieval sells 175,000 copies in one week  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Early access colony simulator Going Medieval has sold over 175,000 copies over in one week.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop sales increased by 25.1 percent during the first quarter of 2021  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
Net sales increased by 25.1 percent at GameStop during the first fiscal quarter to $1.28 billion from $1.02 billion, according to the company's Q1 financial report. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why the science of game design matters 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.10.21]
Today's post is a wake-up call for the industry when it comes to understanding the basic rules and structure of game design, and what can happen if you choose to ignore the "science."
Console/PC, Design

GameStop lines up Amazon veterans for CEO and CFO roles  
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
U.S. game retailer GameStop has named Amazon veterans Matt Furlong and Mike Recupero as its new CEO and CFO, respectively.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Roblox hit with $200 million lawsuit for allegedly using music without permission 1
by Chris Kerr [06.10.21]
The National Music Publishers' Association is suing Roblox for allegedly using songs from a number of artists without permission.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Evaluating game mechanics for depth 33
by Gamasutra Community [06.09.21]
Ratchet and Skylanders designer Mike Stout writes on depth: "To me, it describes a sweet spot -- that point during a game where the player can repeatedly display his mastery of a game mechanic."
Design

Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a Concept Artist  
by Staff [06.09.21]
Insomniac Games is searching for a Sr. Concept Artist, responsible for creating pre-visualization work.
VR, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Investment group: Excessive bonuses render Activision Blizzard CEO's paycut moot  
by Alissa McAloon [06.09.21]
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick took a 50 percent salary reduction for 2021 and 2022, down to $875,000, but the investment group CtW says other provisions in his contract more than make up for the cut.
Business/Marketing

Five years in, Blizzard announces cross-play for Overwatch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.09.21]
Overwatch players on console and PC will soon be able to play alongside and against one another no matter which platform they use.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come on down for the Tools Summit Live Game Show at GDC 2021!  
by Staff [06.09.21]
Win prizes, make friends, and show off your toolmaking trivia at the first-ever Tools Summit Live Game Show.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Ubisoft will transition to a hybrid work system after the pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
Recently appointed chief people officer Anika Grant said the majority of Ubisoft staff will be given the opportunity to balance home and office work via a hybrid system.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The methodology of keeping cross-hair design on track  
by Gamasutra Community [06.09.21]
After the FPS became a popular game genre, the crosshair became a reliable partner for players to control shooting in game.
Console/PC, Design

62 percent of UK adults played online games during the pandemic, says UK regulator 1
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
The number of people playing online games in the UK rose during the pandemic, according to a report from UK communications regulator Ofcom. 
Business/Marketing

Obituary: Zenobi Software founder and text adventure legend John Wilson  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
John Wilson, the founder of renowned text adventure game publisher Zenobi Software, has passed away.

Apple's new Object Capture feature will let AR devs turn photos into realistic 3D models  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
Apple is introducing a new feature called Object Capture to its RealityKit 2 engine that will make it easier for app and game developers to create high-end quality and immersive AR content.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Video

The Itch bundle for Palestinian Aid has passed its $500K fundraising goal 1
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
The Itch-hosted Indie Bundle for Palestinian Aid has surpassed its initial fundraising goal of $500,000.
Business/Marketing

Coffee Talk creator Toge Productions is offering funding to devs in Southeast Asia  
by Chris Kerr [06.09.21]
Coffee Talk developer Toge Productions has launched the Toge Game Fund Initiative to help developers from Southeast Asia secure funding for their game projects.
Production, Business/Marketing