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  Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games
image Companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, and Ubisoft are willing to pay a $50,000 hourly rate for streamers to play up their new releases, reports the Wall Street Journal.
  Video: Designing Path of Exile to be played forever
image In this GDC 2019 talk, Grinding Gears' Chris Wilson explains how Path of Exile is designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term.
  2K cuts off Borderlands 3 pre-orders on PC during Epic Mega Sale
image Publisher 2K has suddenly ended pre-orders for the PC version Gearbox’s upcoming game (and Epic Games Store exclusive) Borderlands 3.
  Report: PlayStation staff were in the dark about the Sony and Microsoft team-up
image Bloomberg’s sources say that PlayStation staff were caught off-guard by the announcement and that the deal was made "largely without the involvement" of staff at PlayStation.
  Get a job: Ghost of Tsushima dev Sucker Punch is hiring a QA Manager
image Sucker Punch is looking for an experienced manager for its QA team to be responsible for the entire Quality Assurance process, from the strategic planning to final verification.
  Xbox head commits to building a safe and inclusive game community
image Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses his 'two fundamental truths' for video games and explores how Microsoft aims to promote inclusion and safety in its communities.
21 Don't Miss: Looking back at the development of the original Rage
image John Carmack talks to Gamasutra about finishing up work on Rage in this 2011 interview.
  Access to Red Dead Online's poker restricted by regional gambling laws
image Rockstar Games added poker to Red Dead Online when it brought the game out of beta last week, but the feature now looks to be restricted in certain regions due to varying gambling laws.
  Marvel, The Pokemon Company partner with NetEase to launch games in China
image NetEase has formed strategic partnerships with Marvel and The Pokemon Company to help the pair launch new games in China.
  Sony launches PlayStation Productions to turn games into movies and TV shows
image Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched a new production studio called PlayStation Productions that will develop film and television projects based on the company's extensive video game catalog.
  Defiant Studios axed as Lords of the Fallen 2 developer
image CI Games claims it was forced to end its development partnership with Defiant after the studio failed to meet key milestones and delivered work of subpar quality; Defiant disagrees with the assessment.
  Blog: What would Mavis Beacon do? Punish you
image A short essay looking at the design of the game Let's Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Teaches Typing.
Game Design Deep Dive: Environmental storytelling in Generation Zero
image Here at Avalanche Studios we often refer to our game worlds as the "main character," and seeing as there were almost no other characters in Generation Zero, that felt more relevant than ever.
  Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth
image This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
21 Don't Miss: The world design of Diablo III
image Blizzard designer Leonard Boyarsky talks to Gamasutra about the process of expanding the Diablo universe significantly with the third installment of the series, talking about what has both worked and what has not.
  Get a job: Crystal Dynamics, FoxNext Games, and more are hiring now!
image Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
10 CD Projekt Red talks Cyberpunk 2077 crunch, vows to be 'more humane' to devs
image CD Projekt Red leadership says speaking publicly about crunch acts as a commitment to treat its devs more humanely.
  Video: Writing and designing Star Trek: Bridge Crew for VR
image In this talk from GDC 2017, Red Storm Entertainment's Jay Posey shares his experience as lead writer and senior designer developing Ubisoft's VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
2 Minecraft has sold 176 million copies in 10 years
image This week marks the 10th anniversary of Minecraft’s very first release and Microsoft now says that the game has sold over 176 million copies worldwide in that decade.
  Magic Leap acquires Mimesys to boost spatial computing offerings
image The augmented reality company Magic Leap has acquired Mimesys, a Belgium-based startup behind co-presence conferencing technology that brings hologram-like projections to AR conferences.
3 Riot ignores calls to scrap mandatory arbitration for all employees
image League of Legends maker Riot Games has refused to completely scrap its mandatory arbitration policy, despite employees staging a mass walkout over the issue less than two weeks ago.
  New Minecraft Earth AR game takes a cue from Pokemon Go
image Mojang has unveiled a new Minecraft game, and it's an augmented reality mobile experience called Minecraft Earth.
4 Teething pains for Epic Games Store as publishers opt out of debut 'Mega Sale'
image UPDATE The Epic Games Store made a little bit of history yesterday by kicking off its first ever 'Mega Sale,' but it seems some publishers aren't keen to take part.
9 Blog: Was it worth quitting my job to go indie?
image Two years ago I quit my job as an architect to pursue my dream of making video games. Now that the game is out, was it a good idea, financially speaking?
  'Herd' is the word: Developing the Pikmin-inspired The Wild at Heart
image Gamasutra speaks with Moonlight Kids, who aim to expand on the ideas of Nintendo's Pikmin and add their own twist to "herd-like" game design.

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  What Would Mavis Beacon Do? Punish You.
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Notes From A Game Writer: Indie To AAA
image Denius-Sams Gaming Academy fellowship recipient Danny Homan retraces the path he followed in establishing a career as a professional games writer.
Publishers: How To Find Them And What To Expect
image Ready to release your project to a wider audience? Kevin Giguere outlines the factors to consider when partnering with a publisher.
Level Design Principles: Familiarity
image Mateusz Piaskiewicz reflects on the core elements of effective level design, explaining how implementing familiar experiences into gameplay can empower players.
Exis, LLC
Exis, LLC XCOM, CIV, Bioshock Infinite, World of Tanks, the list goes on.Top publishers and defense contractors count on Exis to deliver their assets. Why not join them, and get the best art possible for your projects?
Sunrisez Entertainment
Sunrisez Entertainment We are specialized in providing digital art services to the video game and animation industries.
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd We are a 40-people game art production studio based in China, we've been serving the global game dev industry for more than 10 years, providing 2D Concepts, Illustrations, UI graphics, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation (Key-frame & Spine).
Streamline Studios
Streamline Studios Streamline specializes in tech art and creative execution for video games through its integrated 2D, 3D and Animation services.
Art Bully Productions LLC
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STUDIO ANC - Animation & More
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