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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 2
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.
Business/Marketing

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