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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Worlds Of Game Addiction 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.27.19]
This week's highlights include a couple of pieces on the hotly awaited The Outer Worlds, and a gratifyingly complex New York Times magazine piece on the nature of game addiction - or indeed, any addiction.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to plan for performance and scale for multiplayer games in a free webinar  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Learn about the pros and cons of different infrastructure implementations, and tactics to employ to maximize performance and minimize cost in this one-hour webinar!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Now's the time: Apply to be a GDC 2020 Conference Associate!  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Consider applying now to be a volunteer Conference Associate (CA), because you can earn the equivalent of an All-Access Pass by putting in roughly 25 hours of (paid) on-site work!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Get a job: The Pokemon Company is hiring a Senior Software Engineer  
by Staff [10.24.19]
The Senior Software Engineer contributes to the development, polish, and optimization of new Pokémon mobile game services.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: Examining the design and UX of Miniclip's 8 Ball Pool  
by Gamasutra Community [10.24.19]
Product and UX deconstruction of an all time favourite 8 Ball Pool along with a deep dive into the psychology of skill and chance-based gratification loops and how they affect player perception.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

DragonVale dev Backflip Studios is closing down 2
by Alissa McAloon [10.24.19]
The Hasbro-owned mobile developer Backflip Studios is closing its doors, according to posts from developers laid off in wake of the closure.
Smartphone/Tablet

Bethesda looks to bolster its mobile game offerings with Alpha Dog Games acquisition  
by Alissa McAloon [10.24.19]
Bethesda itself isn’t entirely a stranger to developing mobile games, but this acquisition shows that the studio is looking to expand its dealings on mobile platforms.
Smartphone/Tablet

Tencent now owns 51.2% of Supercell-controlling consortium  
by Alissa McAloon [10.23.19]
Tencent has raised its stake in Halti S.A.. the consortium that owns a majority Clash of Clans developer Supercell, bringing its ownership of the firm from 50 percent to 51.2 percent.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video: How to lead a healthier, more effective game dev team  
by Staff [10.22.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, CheckPoint's Jennifer Hazel discusses different models of workplace psychology and how understanding them can help game devs build healthier, more effective working habits.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Youtubers Life has brought in more than $12 million in revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.19]
U-Play Online says its management sim Youtubers Life has brought in over $12 million in revenue since the game first launched into early access back in 2016.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Paring down the elegant control scheme of Sayonara Wild Hearts  
by Diego Arguello [10.22.19]
Simon Flesser of Simogo outlines how his team kept controls simple, and resisted the temptation of over-complication, when designing the controls of the gorgeous action game Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Oxford researchers say clinical 'gaming disorder' lacks sufficient evidence 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.19]
Based on the findings of a recent study, Oxford researchers say they "do not believe sufficient evidence exists to warrant thinking about gaming as a clinical disorder in its own right."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Dash Valley dev MadBox raises $16.5 million  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.19]
MadBox, the Paris-based game studio behind Dash Valley and a suite of other casual games, has raised $16.5 million to continue to tackle development, publishing, and promotion of its games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Fortnite's End In Jedi's Order 2
by Gamasutra Staff [10.19.19]
This week's highlights include the end (and resurrection) of Fortnite, an early look at Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, plus games from Manifold Garden to Killer Queen Black & Disco Elysium.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Unity is raising Pro and Plus prices for new subscriptions in 2020  
by Alissa McAloon [10.18.19]
Developers with existing Unity subscriptions won’t be affected by the change, but those that sign up after January 1, 2020 will end up paying a little bit extra.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Stadia's wireless controller needs a cord to play on everything but TV at launch  
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.19]
Google Stadia’s November 19 debut isn’t the game streaming service’s full rollout, and news of how some features will be limited at launch serves as a reminder of that as the Founders Edition release draws near.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Video

Registration is now open for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [10.16.19]
Sign up now to attend GDC 2020 at a discount price and gain access to the global game development community for a week of unmatched education, inspiration and networking in San Francisco!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Riot will use League of Legends as springboard for deluge of new games  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.19]
League of Legends maker Riot Games will be upping the ante in the next couple of years, as it looks to compete in key genres and platforms with a deluge of new titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Paradox takes Stellaris: Galaxy Command offline over stolen Halo 4 artwork 1
by Chris Kerr [10.16.19]
The mobile spin-off only launched in beta form yesterday, but within hours some Reddit users noticed a piece of artwork that seemed to feature iconic vehicles and a location from the Halo franchise.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Production

Google backs away from Daydream VR due to a general lack of interest  
by Alissa McAloon [10.15.19]
The next Google Pixel phone won’t support the company’s shortlived VR platform, and sales of the phone-driven VR headset have already ceased.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet