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Game companies in Spain to benefit from $21.9 million in protective financing 1
by Chris Kerr [05.26.20]
The Spanish Government has pledged €20 million to help protect those cultural industries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the country's video game industry. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train 2
by Gamasutra Staff [05.24.20]
The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo cartridges, and a unique new FMV game based around delivery driving, among others!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Democratizing real-time filmmaking techniques for indie devs  
by Staff [05.20.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Glassbox's Norman Wang breaks down what it will take to democratize real-time VFX and virtual production tools for all levels of content creators -- including indie devs.
Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Mafia 3 and the value of putting game developers in a box 2
by Alex Wawro [05.19.20]
Sometimes, maybe the best thing you can do as a developer is box yourself in. That's one takeaway from this chat with Hangar 13's Haden Blackman about lessons learned in making a new Mafia game.
Design, Production

King has opened up and relinquished control of the Defold game engine  
by Chris Kerr [05.19.20]
King has opened up and relinquished ownership of the Defold game engine in what it claims is an effort to bring more transparency to the development process.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Minecraft developer Mojang rebrands as Mojang Studios  
by Chris Kerr [05.18.20]
Minecraft maker Mojang has rebranded to better reflect its current status as a multi-studio operation.
Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Ghost Of Id's Pro Skater  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.16.20]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts rounds up the notable games released this week, plus delves into the history of Id Software, the return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo notes COVID-19 is delaying Switch production, might hit game development 1
by Bryant Francis [05.15.20]
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has informed investors that the company is anticipating delays in hardware and potentially software development thanks to COVID-19.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Heart Machine as a Quality Assurance Manager  
by Staff [05.14.20]
Your responsibility will be to organize and track the team’s QA process, including playtesting feedback, bug tracking, localization & platform certification.
Production, Recruitment

Blog: Creating sequels as an indie developer  
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.20]
David Galindo, creator and developer of the game series Cook, Serve, Delicious!, returns to our blog to tackle sequels and creating a multi-game franchise while being an indie developer.
Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Surviving failed Kickstarters and publishing woes to launch Song of Horror 2
by Chris Kerr [05.14.20]
Protocol Games co-founder Carlos Grupeli explains how the studio overcame two failed Kickstarters and an ill-fated publishing deal to eventually launch Song of Horror.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Get a job: Visual Concepts is hiring a Producer  
by Staff [05.13.20]
Our Agoura Hills studio is looking for a Producer to work with our team to help organize, focus, prioritize and track a host of new features and best-in-class visuals that we're creating for the WWE 2K franchise.
Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Paradox Development Studio's postmortem of Stellaris 4
by Staff [05.13.20]
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus and project lead Rikard Åslund take us through the making of Paradox Development Studio's epic 4X space strategy game Stellaris.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Understanding different specialties & approaches in game production  
by Staf [05.13.20]
In this 2017 GDC talk veteran prodcer Caryl Shaw reviews different producer-adjacent roles that exist today, deconstructs different approaches to game production, and offers practical production tips.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Digital revenue and packaged game sales driving growth at Sega Sammy  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.20]
Digital games are helping to drive growth at Sega Sammy, which saw both sales and profits increase during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic reveals next-gen Unreal Engine 5 tech running on PlayStation 5 2
by Alex Wawro [05.13.20]
Epic's Tim Sweeney and others chat about today's reveal of UE5 running on PS5, a new free Online Services SDK, and a new exemption from Unreal Engine royalties until a game passes $1M gross revenue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

PS4 sales down at Sony, but network services revenue gets 'significant' boost  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.20]
Both sales and operating income are down in Sony's video game division due to a drop off in PlayStation 4 hardware and software sales.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Starbreeze cuts losses by $7.2 million, calls Payday 3 publishing talks 'positive'  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.20]
Net sales are down at Payday 2 developer Starbreeze, although profits have risen significantly despite the company still recording a loss.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Grand strategy title Stellaris has sold over 3 million copies in four years  
by Chris Kerr [05.12.20]
Paradox Interactive's sweeping sci-fi strategy title Stellaris has sold over 3 million copies in four years.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Gaining fans for your game? A marathon, not a sprint 2
by Simon Carless [05.12.20]
There is no silver bullet in having people find your game. If you’re relying on one thing to change your fortunes radically - you’re using the wrong strategy to develop & market your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing