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God of War wins Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards
by Staff [03.20.19]
Game dev veterans Amy Hennig and Rieko Kodama were also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Pioneer Award (respectively) during the Game Developers Choice Awards tonight at GDC 2019!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Return of the Obra Dinn takes Grand Prize at the 21st IGF Awards!
by Staff [03.20.19]
Announced tonight, the 2019 IGF Awards featured an eclectic and impressive group of winners, from Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn to Cassie McQuater's Black Room and Zachtronics' Opus Magnum!
Indie, GDC

How Arkane built a roguelike atop an immersive sim with Prey's Mooncrash DLC  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Today at GDC, lead level designer Richard Wilson took the stage to explain how (and why) Arkane took a roguelike approach when developing its innovative Prey DLC Mooncrash.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Building an inclusive studio culture begins with retention  
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.19]
Several developers discuss how game studios can shift their culture to be more welcoming and supportive of underrepresented employees.
Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

Google Stadia supports the Xbox Adaptive Controller  
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.19]
Google unveiled a controller alongside its cloud-based game streaming service Stadia this week, but players aren't locked into using Google-made hardware to play games on the service.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Cuphead is heading to the Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live support  
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.19]
StudioMDHR announced this morning during the Nintendo Indie Showcase that Cuphead will be heading to the Nintendo Switch on April 18th.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Opinion: Chez Stadia - Google's new cloud platform  
by Joost van Dreunen [03.20.19]
The announcement for Google Stadia was absolutely perfect and flawless. It also told us exactly nothing about the relevant aspects for content creators or consumers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

After a worrisome start, Slay the Spire has sold more than 1.5 million copies 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.20.19]
MegaCrit’s roguelike Slay the Spire has sold more than 1.5 million copies since it first popped up as an early access title in late 2017.
Indie, GDC

Remedy, Quantic Dream, and other devs sign on for Epic Games Store exclusives  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
This is a big deal because Epic seems to be ramping up its efforts to compete with Steam and other storefronts by wooing developers to the Epic Games Store. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic lays plans for Unreal Engine ray tracing and physics revamps  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Epic hosted its usual 'State of Unreal' briefing at GDC today, and the big news for Unreal devs seems to be a new online services SDK, ray tracing support, and a big upcoming "Chaos" physics system.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, GDC

Devs can now sell Epic Game Store keys on the Humble Store  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Today at GDC the team at Epic announced they've partnered with Humble to allow for Epic Games Store game keys to be sold on Humble's storefront, even if said games are Epic Store exclusives.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic expands its dev grants program with $100M in Epic MegaGrants  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.19]
Roughly four years after announcing its inaugural $5 million Unreal Dev Grants program, the team at Epic has announced a new $100 million successor: the Epic MegaGrants initiative.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Stadia's biz dev director talks challenges, opportunities in new age of cloud games 3
by Kris Graft [03.20.19]
Gamasutra speaks with Jack Buser, director for games business development at Google, about the boxless future that Stadia is promising.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

The Oculus Rift S is a new PC VR headset with built-in tracking 2
by Chris Kerr [03.20.19]
The Oculus Rift S makes use of Oculus Insight tracking technology to remove the need for bothersome external sensors, meaning it can deliver out-of-the-box room scale with minimum fuss.
VR, GDC

3 indie leaders share tips on keeping your small studio afloat without a hit 1
by Alex Wawro [03.19.19]
Today at GDC three captains of indie-stry (Anemone Hug's Chris Langmuir, Temple Gate's Theresa Duringer, and Kitfox's Tanya x. Short) shared real talk about how to keep your small indie studio alive.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mapping out the subtle social cues throughout Hitman's level design 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.19]
“Apart from mocking everything up one of the most important things that we do in a game like Hitman is making life, making drama situations as we call them. We borrow a little bit from the world of theater.”
Console/PC, Design, GDC

How simple mechanics and vignettes inspired Florence  
by Emma Kidwell [03.19.19]
Creative director of Mountains Ken Wong delivers a postmortem of the studio's debut game, Florence.
Indie, Design, GDC

'Care more about your streamers' advises Magic: The Gathering Arena dev  
by Alex Wawro [03.19.19]
“When you have happy streamers...you will get so much more than you could ever imagine," said Wizards of the Coast's Michelle Sutterfield today in a GDC talk on Wizards' community-building efforts.
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

How indie devs can form their own worker cooperative  
by Emma Kidwell [03.19.19]
Given the current state of the games industry, there needs to be alternative ways to run indie and midsize studios. Worker cooperatives could be the solution.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Pokemon Go's PvP was designed to appeal to players new and old--and it worked 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.19]
"Pokemon Go's always been about real-world social connections. We looked to this as a way to compliment our gameplay of players walking around and catching Pokemon together."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC