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California says Activision Blizzard is hampering suit, shredding documents  
by Bryant Francis [08.24.21]
Update: The California DFEH has filed an update to its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, accusing the company of stonewalling the state regulator and shredding documents relevant to the its investigation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Unity buys acoustic intelligence company OTO to help devs curb toxicity  
by Chris Kerr [08.24.21]
Unity has acquired AI-driven acoustic intelligence platform OTO to help its developers build and foster safer, more inclusive gaming environments.
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook Gaming has reopened its Black Gaming Creator Program  
by Chris Kerr [08.24.21]
Facebook Gaming has reopened applications to its Black Gaming Creator Program to a second wave of streamers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA will let devs use accessibility tech like Apex Legends' ping system for free 1
by Chris Kerr [08.24.21]
EA is letting other developers use some of its accessible game technologies, like Apex Legends' ping system, for free.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Addressing crunch - The games industry's worst practice  
by Gamasutra Community [08.24.21]
In this research paper, I compile causes of crunch to better understand the reasons many developers find themselves overworking, before outlining what could be done to reduce and hopefully eliminate crunch.
Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What's in a name when naming your game? 1
by Erin Bell [08.23.21]
For no reason whatsoever, we're looking back at this 2009 Casual Connect panel coverage where developers discuss different methods for coming up with a good game name.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch streamers plan to protest continuing lack of action on hate raids  
by Bryant Francis [08.23.21]
A number of Twitch streamers are planning to turn their channels off on September 1st to protest Twitch's continued slow response to a spike of bigoted harassment on the site.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Unity staff concerned by lack of transparency over military projects 1
by Chris Kerr [08.23.21]
Unity employees are questioning the company's lack of transparency over its military and government work
Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

New GDC Masterclass is all about getting your studio funded  
by Staff [08.23.21]
Focus on fundraising strategy and pitching your studio in Jason Della Rocca's virtual GDC Masterclass course!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra is becoming Game Developer
by Kris Graft [08.23.21]
The time has come to respectfully lay to rest the name Gamasutra, a title that's been around for nearly 25 years and has become known as a leading resource and reference for game development and industry knowledge.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Love Island dev Fusebox accused of creating toxic workplace  
by Chris Kerr [08.23.21]
Love Island: The Game and Matchmaker developer Fusebox Games has been accused of creating a toxic workplace culture by including problematic content despite staff protests.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Stunlock Studios and Riot devs form new PC game studio Box Dragon  
by Chris Kerr [08.23.21]
A group of former Stunlock Studios and Riot developers have formed a new studio called Box Dragon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Halo Infinite won't have co-op or Forge Mode at launch  
by Bryant Francis [08.20.21]
343 Industries has announced that Halo Infinite won’t feature co-op or a Forge Mode level editor right away when it launches.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Nearly a decade later, 38 Studios employees start getting their final paychecks 3
by Bryant Francis [08.20.21]
According to a report, employees former employees of 38 Studios have begun to receive the last paycheck from Curt Schilling's doomed RPG studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic claims that Google offered preferential treatment to keep devs on Play Store 1
by Bryant Francis [08.19.21]
In a new legal filing, Epic Games says that Google developed a program to keep high-earning game developers on the Google Play store by offering back-alley incentives in a program called 'Google Hug.'
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Roblox faces criticism for 'exploiting' young game developers  
by Bryant Francis [08.19.21]
A Roblox corporation rep declined to directly comment on a YouTube video alleging that the company's business model 'exploits' young game developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Frostpunk 2 devs call out key reseller for listing game before price is set  
by Bryant Francis [08.19.21]
11 Bit Studios has called out key reseller Kinguin for listing copies of Frostpunk 2 for pre-order before the game's price has been set.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

TinyBuild to 'acquihire' Rawmen developer Animal for up to $10.2 million  
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.21]
TinyBuild has penned a deal that will bring the entire Animal studio onboard and boost its own development prowess through the part cash, part shares deal.

EA offers mea culpa for delisting classic games from GOG 1
by Bryant Francis [08.18.21]
EA's Chris Bruzzo explains that the company will “consider player perspectives” before removing games from sale in the future.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Epic Game Store self-publishing tools enter closed beta so devs can tinker  
by Chris Kerr [08.18.21]
Epic is letting developers tinker with the Epic Games Store's self-publishing tools as part of a new closed beta.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing