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  Alienware co-founder Frank Azor is now AMD's chief architect of gaming solutions
image "The builder and creator in me is ready for the next challenge,” wrote Azor.
4 Don't Miss: A postmortem of Fatshark's Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
image "I would guess that 70 percent of all games today are released too early. Luckily we had the funds to allow us to delay the release." Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark.
1 Switch owners say Joy-Con controllers are prone to drifting after just months
image The Nintendo Switch launched back in 2017, but owners of the system say that the console’s detachable controllers still feature a defect that makes their joysticks prone to 'drifting.'
  Video: Living the freelancing dream while avoiding the nightmare
image In this 2019 GDC talk, game writer Greg Buchanan discuses strategies to cope with the positive and negative aspects of freelance work, and ultimately build your career and reputation!
  Outsourcing studio Pole to Win expands with Montreal office
image The game and tech outsourcing company Pole to Win is opening up an office in Montreal, the sixteenth studio the company has opened up to date.
  Blog: Finding the fun in monetizing Archero - Part 3
image Welcome to part three of my look into Archero! This time we’ll focus on the monetization aspect of the game and how it doesn’t intrude on the fun.
2 Odyssey and Siege push Ubisoft to a better-than-expected quarter
image Ubisoft credits Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Rainbow Six Siege for that performance, two games that notably released before Q1 even began.
1 Terraforming Mars dev LuckyHammers has closed down
image LuckyHammers, the developer behind Terraforming Mars and the unreleased game Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, has closed its doors.
  VR training for the workplace works -- see how firsthand at XRDC!
image Hilton and the Sweetrush design firm won top honors for their innovative and effective use of virtual reality as a training tool, and at XRDC this October they're going to show you how they did it!
  Blog: How music enhances virtual presence - Part 1
image In the first of a four part series, video game composer Winifred Phillips shares ideas from her GDC 2019 talk, 'How Music Enhances Virtual Presence.'
Pokemon Detective Pikachu is the second highest grossing video game movie ever
image Pokemon Detective Pikachu has become the second highest-grossing video game movie of all time after bringing in $429 million worldwide at the box office.
  Indie publisher Private Division splits from Swedish dev The Outsiders
image Private Division, the indie publishing label owned by Take-Two, has parted ways with Swedish developer The Outsiders.
  Blog: Crowdfunding and tabletop games - A 2019 mid-year update
image ICO Partners' very own Thomas Bidaux looks at the state of board games on Kickstarter in the first half of 2019.
  Nintendo is boosting Switch battery life through a slight hardware refresh
image Nintendo is releasing an upgraded version of the original Switch that will offer more battery life for your buck.
  Q&A: Designing for deception in Werewolf-inspired Project Winter
image There are a lot of survival games out there these days, but none that are quite like Other Ocean's Project Winter. We speak with Other Ocean to dig into this Werewolf-inspired multiplayer game of deception.
3 GOG puts Heaven's Vault up for sale after declining to sell the game at launch
image The CD Projekt-owned storefront GOG has walked back an earlier decision about Inkle Studios' Heaven's Vault, announcing that it has changed its mind and will now sell the game on the digital store.
  Gearbox wants crossplay in Borderlands 3, but it won't launch with it
image Gearbox wants Borderlands 3 to be one of a growing number of games that have bridged the console gap for online multiplayer, but the feature won't be in the game on day one.
  Get a job: iGotcha Studios is hiring a Unity Developer
image iGotcha Studios is looking for a passionate programmer ready to join an exciting, growing studio.
  Designing experimental game Cultist Simulator for commercial success
image In this 2019 GDC talk, Weather Factory's Alexis Kennedy discusses the challenges and the advantages of the decisions made while creating the studio's digital tabletop sect sim Cultist Simulator.
1 GameStop taps design firm R/GA to help keep its stores relevant
image Struggling retailer GameStop is working with design firm R/GA to come up with new designs for its storefronts that offer 'streamlined' venues focused on things like eSports, or retro games.
  Don't Miss: 20 difficult games worth revisiting and learning from
image In this classic feature 20 games with intriguing, influential, or otherwise notable difficulty systems are profiled to help game devs broaden their perspective on difficulty and learn some new tricks!
  PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
image Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
1 Ubisoft's Uplay+ subscription library launches this fall with 100+ games
image Ubisoft has offered more details on the games that will be available under its Uplay+ subscription service when the service launches this fall.
  GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!
image Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
  UK publisher Merge Games creates $4 million indie game fund
image UK publisher Merge Games has created a $4 million indie games fund to help smaller devs finance their projects and extend their marketing reach.

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  Gaminiscing 101 – Recording my grandmother's childhood memories to turn them into a video game
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  Video Game Composers: How Music Enhances Virtual Presence (The Theory of Flow)
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  Crowdfunding and Tabletop Games: 2019 Mid-Year Update
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  Finding The Fun: Archero Part 3 - Monetization
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A Guide To DIY Market Research For Indie Developers
image Damien Yoccoz explains how you can use free resources to find your target audience and make your game more appealing to players through market research.
Tips And Tricks To Manage Open Game Development
image Want to experiment with an early access business model? Goblinz Studio's Yannick Elahee outlines helpful techniques and best practices for managing open development.
What Publishers Look For In Games
image David Logan presents a guide to crafting your pitch and materials, getting noticed, and taking the right steps toward finding a publisher for your project.
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?
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
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STUDIO ANC - Animation & More Game art provider, focus on character animation, let's "animate your game" :-)

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