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GDC State of the Industry: Devs irked by 30 percent storefront revenue cuts  
by Staff [04.28.21]
The ninth annual survey of more than 3,000 game industry professionals reflects improved work-life balance and creativity after more than a full year of remote work.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

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Learn to protect against criminal attacks on games in this free webinar  
by Akamai Technologies [04.26.21]
How much do you really know about how the criminal economy works when it comes to the video game industry?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Sponsored Article, Webinar

Respawn and Oculus win Academy Award for Medal of Honor short doc Colette  
by Chris Kerr [04.26.21]
Colette, a documentary short featured in Oculus VR title Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, has won an Academy Award.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Supergiant's Hades named Game of the Year at 24th DICE Awards 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.21]
Supergiant Games' narrative roguelike Hades has walked away with top honors at the 24th Annual DICE Awards this year, while also leading the pack as the most awarded game of the 2021 event.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.21]
What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but should be? This and more game platform round-ups within...
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Here are the nominees for the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards  
by Staff [04.20.21]
The winners of the developer-picked awards will be revealed during GDC 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Examining the craft of video game music composition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.21]
In this partial transcript of an online Q&A, video game music composer Winifred Phillips describes her process for several projects - including Spyder, Shrek the Third, Shattered State, and Assassin's Creed Liberation.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio

Facebook has enabled software subscriptions for Oculus Quest  
by Chris Kerr [04.16.21]
The company said it wants to give developers the ability to "seamlessly delver" new content, features, and tools to app subscribers.
VR, Business/Marketing

Why TikTok matters for game discovery 2
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.21]
TikTok - the shortform video social app which sports hundreds of millions of MAUs worldwide - can be a boon for the right type of game. We explain how within.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Oculus bringing Air Link wireless and native 120Hz support to Quest 2 headsets  
by Chris Kerr [04.14.21]
Oculus is bringing official wireless support to its Quest 2 headset using new 'Oculus Air Link' technology.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Using live biometric data to adapt a mood and enhance the player experience  
by Gamasutra Community [04.13.21]
This blog post will discuss the use of biometrics in the gaming industry. It will also discuss my research about: Enhancing the Player Experience Using Live Biometric Data to Adapt a Mood in a Virtual Reality Game Environment.
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Hades, Ghost of Tsushima and more await: Start planning your GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.08.21]
GDC 2021 is right around the corner, making now the best time to start planning out the sessions and talks that will define your event.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Controversial Hololens military deal moves into production phase at $22B 1
by Kris Graft [04.01.21]
Once demoed as augmented reality hardware for use with video games like Minecraft, Microsoft is moving forward with a $22 billion Hololens deal with the U.S. Army that will put the militarized version of the headset into production.
VR, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is teasing what could be a pair of AR glasses  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic is working on new hardware that "leverages" its platform, according to a teaser image shared by company CEO John Hanke. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Rec Room raises $100 million in funding at $1.25 billion valuation  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.21]
The investment values the free-to-play social experience at $1.25 billion and will be used to continue expanding the game beyond its VR roots.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo and Niantic creating new AR apps including unnamed Pikmin project  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.21]
Nintendo has partnered with Pokemon Go developer Niantic to create a range of new augmented reality titles for mobile.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony unveils next-generation VR controller for PlayStation 5  
by Chris Kerr [03.18.21]
Sony has revealed the new controller that will come with its recently teased 'next-generation VR system' for the PlayStation 5.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

NetEase is shutting down its open-world VR survival title Nostos  
by Chris Kerr [03.17.21]
NetEase is closing down its PC and VR cross-platform multiplayer survival title, Nostos, after two years.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

HTC launches Vive Facial Tracker and third-generation Vive Tracker 1
by Chris Kerr [03.10.21]
HTC has launched an upgraded Vive Tracker and brand new Vive Facial Tracker to expand its range of VR tech.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Design

Cyberpunk 2077, expectation management & your game 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.08.21]
For Cyberpunk 2077, obviously there was a major gulf between expectations and reality. But whose expectations? We look at how devs should manage pre-release hype for their game carefully.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing