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CDPR working to navigate physical Cyberpunk 2077 returns as refunds roll out  
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.21]
Folks that bought the game physically have begun to receive the refunds direct from CD Projekt Red but have been asked to hold on to their physical copies as CDPR navigates the return process.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google takes Tilt Brush open source as official development comes to an end  
by Alissa McAloon [01.26.21]
Google is ending official support and development for its VR painting tool Tilt Brush, a decision that comes roughly five years since the app first launched back in early 2016.
VR, Console/PC

Video: Putting production at the heart of the team  
by Staff [01.26.21]
In this 2017 GDC microtalk session, Garth DeAngelis, Charles Hoover, Oksana Kubushyna, Bryan Mashinter and Grant Shonkwiler discuss methods to improve your team's production process.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Deep Rock Galactic has topped 2 million sales  
by Chris Kerr [01.26.21]
Deep Rock Galactic has sold over 2 million copies since launching in early access form on Steam, Windows PC, and Xbox One in 2018.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Horizon Zero Dawn concept designer Mike Nash has passed away  
by Chris Kerr [01.26.21]
Concept artist Mike Nash, who worked as the lead principle designer on Horizon Zero Dawn, has passed away. 

Sponsored Content
Ad Feature: Increase game revenue with app bidding on Facebook Audience Network
by Staff [01.26.21]
Game developers on mobile platforms face a challenging marketplace. So how can they be more efficient and effective when building their business? Michael Bertaut, director of Facebook Audience Network EMEA joins us to talk about creating a sustainable developer ecosystem.
Business/Marketing, Video, Sponsored Article

Together Labs nets $35 million to fund avatar-based social platform IMVU  
by Chris Kerr [01.26.21]
Together Labs, creator of avatar-based social platform IMVU, has secured $35 million in funding from investors including Structural Capital and NetEase.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Using data-driven lessons from Academia: School Simulator to understand discounts 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.21]
I share data on past discounts with Academia : School Simulator in an effort to find the best discount for our version 1 launch.
Business/Marketing

Report: Scavengers Studio co-founder allegedly groped, screamed at employees  
by Bryant Francis [01.25.21]
Scavengers Studio cofounders Simon Davreau and Amelie Lamarche are facing accusations of enabling a hostile work environment at the Montreal-based studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Creating the 'hidden horror' of Observer  
by Staff [01.25.21]
Observer is a cyberpunk horror game from Polish studio Bloober Team. They stress that it isn't a survival horror experience--they prefer to call it "hidden horror" or "catharsis 2.0."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Get a job: Join Pixelberry as an Engineering Manager  
by Staff [01.25.21]
Pixelberry is looking for a talented Software Engineering Manager to lead development at Pixelberry for its hit mobile game Choices: Stories You Play.
Programming, Recruitment

GameStop stock hits new highs as Redditors and stock market short sellers wage war  
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.21]
The past few years have been a wild ride for GameStop, but the past week or so has been an absolute rollercoaster for the company's stock prices.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Opinion: Xbox's Gold pricing flipflop & Game Pass ramifications  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.25.21]
What happened with Microsoft's change of heart over increased pricing on Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, and what does it mean for the future of Xbox Game Pass? We examine in detail...
Console/PC, Indie

Restructure at Konami consolidates production teams, shuffles exec lineup  
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.21]
Konami has kicked off a restructure for its production divisions in response to "the rapid market that surrounds" it, seemingly aiming to streamline its three production teams as one entity.
Console/PC

Habbo developer Sulake to be fully acquired by Azerion  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
Habbo Hotel developer Sulake is set to be fully acquired by media and tech company Azerion, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pitch your talks for GDC 2021’s Summits, VRDC, and Game Career Seminar!  
by Staff [01.25.21]
Submissions are now open for GDC 2021's Summits, VRDC, and Game Career Seminar!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: The development decisions and design choices behind Speed Limit  
by Gamasutra Community [01.25.21]
A look into the game development process of Speed Limit and (un)popular game design choices we had to make to align gameplay perfectly with our vision for the game.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Pokemon Company is clamping down on Sword, Shield, and Home hackers  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
The Pokemon Company has warned Pokemon Sword, Shield, and Home hackers they could face permanent bans.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Runescape developer Jagex has been acquired by The Carlyle Group  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
Runescape developer Jagex has been acquired by global investment company The Carlyle Group for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Microtransations and the race to the bottom 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.25.21]
Or the unexpected virtue of monetizing video games through microtransactions.
Design, Business/Marketing