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EA will spend over $125 million laying off 5 percent of its workforce

Game Developer

The publisher is implementing a sweeping restructuring plan that will also result in project cancellations and office closures.

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EA cutting 5% of workforce

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Electronic Arts today announced that it is laying off approximately 5% of its employees as it leans in on the parts of the business it feels will be the most successful in the years to come. In its most recent annual report, the publisher gave its headcount as 13,400 as of the end of March 2023, which would put the job losses around 670 people. The cuts are just one part of the company's restructuring plan, which also includes closing some offices and sunsetting certain live games, like the prev

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Nintendo is gunning for Switch emulator Yuzu with new lawsuit

Game Developer

'With Yuzu in hand, nothing stops a user from obtaining and playing unlawful copies of virtually any game made for the Nintendo Switch.

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Remedy acquires full Control rights from 505 Games for €17m

GamesIndustry.biz

Remedy has reacquired the rights to its hit action game Control from 505 Games. The Finnish video game developer now owns the rights to the hit 2019 action game, alongside its upcoming sequel and the multiplayer co-operative spin-off game Condor. 505 Games will continue as the publisher of the original Control until December 31, 2024. The cost of the deal is €17 million, which is the amount that 505 Games had invested in the development of Control 2 and Condor.

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Remedy Entertainment gets Control's full franchise rights from 505 Games

Game Developer

Remedy now has full power over both the Alan Wake and Control franchises, and can do with them as it pleases.

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Cloud Imperium reportedly hit with layoffs

GamesIndustry.biz

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games has reportedly laid off an unknown number of staff. As reported by Game Developer , former employees have shared that they have been made redundant on LinkedIn, including level designer Dane Kubicka , Austin QA lead Vincent Sinatra and Austin senior QA analyst Andrew Rexroth. Star Citizen's game director, Todd Papy, also left the company last week according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features There was an interesting discussion over on the Unity forums about features that are appearing only in the Chinese version of Unity. Unity China was formed as a joint venture in 2022 and as part of that formation, part of their purpose was: In the short term, Unity China will […] The post Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Texas Chain Saw Massacre nets 5.6 million players as Black Tower takes over development

Game Developer

Even with the regime change, Gun Interactive appears to be putting its faith in Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its future.

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Based 2023’s data, which casual game genres are likely to perform well in 2024?

PreMortem.Games

This article is written by Alexandra Doroshenko from AppMagic. Top image: Merge Mansion. 2023 turned out to be no less challenging for the mobile market than the year before. User spending went down by around 3.5%, following the decline trend of 2022. Yet, the key genres were not significantly impacted, and downloads remained on the same level. Moreover, the revenue decline wasn’t even: some genres got affected more, while others succeeded in growing significantly. 2023 also saw fewer new releas

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Polaris design retreat papers explore colonial-free design, prioritization frameworks, and more

Game Developer

Designers across the industry dig into designing games for empathetic players and how to evoke suspense and discovery in game design.

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Dune (2021) Concept Art by Joseph Cross

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Dune (2021) Concept Art by Joseph Cross Concept artist Joseph Cross had previously shared some of the concept art he created for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One , starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa and many more. His work features several concepts art pieces for the Fremen crysknife, stillsuit, thumper and stilltent, plus some Harkonnen costume and helmet designs.

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TRY AGAIN: How frustrations with game development lead to a platformer about game development frustrations

Game Developer

TRY AGAIN developer Adam Morina talks about how their own frustrations coming up with a game concept would lead to a game about those very frustrations.

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Are games too much like pornography? | 10 Years Ago This Month

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox The games industry moves pretty fast, and there's a tendency for all involved to look constantly to what's next without so much worrying about what came before. That said, even an industry so entrenched in the now can learn from its past. So to refresh our collective memory and perhaps offer some perspective on our field's history, GamesIndustry.biz runs this monthly feature highlighting happenings in gaming from exactl

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NetEase hires veteran Call of Duty designer to lead new triple-A studio

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David Vonderhaar spent almost two decades at Treyarch but will now take charge of remote-first studio BulletFarm.

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NetEase opens new AAA studio BulletFarm led by Treyarch vet David Vonderhaar

GamesIndustry.biz

NetEase Games has opened another new studio in the West in the form of BulletFarm, and has hired Call of Duty veteran David Vonderhaar to lead the team. BulletFarm is headquartered in Los Angeles but positioned as a remote-first studio, and is already working on a AAA game built in Unreal Engine 5. The only details of the game shared so far are that it is a first-person title set in an original universe, and will be focused on co-operative gameplay.

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Google Play Games aims to capture Android and iOS mobile game revenue on PC

Game Developer

Google Play Games is a defense strategy against competing storefronts that host PC ports of mobile games, ensuring Google continues to capture revenue from users who abandon mobile to play on PC.

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Nintendo files lawsuit against Yuzu emulator creators

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Nintendo of America is taking legal action against the developers of the Nintendo Switch emulator, Yuzu. As reported by Game File's Stephen Totilo , the suit was filed with the US District Court of Rhode Island on February 26.

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What surprising series influenced the design of Forza Motorsport? Dark Souls

Game Developer

Turn 10 game director Andy Beaudoin says Motorsport and From Software's games are both about 'mastery.

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Deck Nine Games cuts 20% of its staff

GamesIndustry.biz

Life Is Strange: True Colors developer Deck Nine Games has cut 20% of its total workforce. As reported by Eurogamer , approximately 30 employees have lost their jobs as a result. "Like many others in the games industry right now, Deck Nine has been affected by the games industry's worsening market conditions," the studio wrote in a statement on X.

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Accessibility and fancy footwork with GLYDR's John Warren

Game Developer

On this edition of the Game Developer podcast, we chatted with John Warren of the new foot-operated control system GLYDR, all about accessible controller options and the importance of being "feet legal.

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Tekken boss says microtransactions are prevalent because dev costs are larger

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Tekken series boss Katsuhiro Harada says rising development costs have necessitated the inclusion of microtransactions in the series' latest outing, claiming the cost of making these games is ten times higher than during the 1990s The comment comes from Harada, who was responding to a social media user lamenting the inclusion of items such as paid costumes in the fighter.

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How Graphite Labs created a Pong-like in qomp2

Game Developer

For the sequel, our main vision was expanding the narrative of the original qomp.

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Elevating the Security of Cloud Speed Layer in 2024

Rocket Brush Studio

Explore the critical role of security testing in the Cloud Speed Layer, emphasizing its importance in protecting data processing. QASource's expert team ensures data integrity and protection against cyber threats in real-time cloud environments.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile will have cross-progression between Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone

Game Developer

Warzone Mobile's cross-progression means players always have Call of Duty, and can spend money on it wherever they like.

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Data-oriented design roundtable: Your questions, answered

Unity Blog

Hear from Unity experts and devs using DOTS in production, and learn best practices and hard-won tips about using data-oriented design in your game.

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Black Desert Online nets €2 billion and 55 million players

Game Developer

The first (and only) game from Pearl Abyss has hit a pair of high benchmarks ahead of its 10th birthday.

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Rocket Brands has opened up Skape.gg and Cre8tor to the public

Game Development News

Rocket Brands has announced plans to grow with the public launch of new online gaming community platforms Skape.gg and Cre8tor.

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Keywords and Charisma partner to let devs harness AI-powered storytelling platform

Game Developer

Keywords claims Charisma is in the business of 'responsible' AI, but what exactly does that mean?

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What Is DISA STIG? STIG Security + STIG Viewer Demo

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Get an overview of DISA STIG and STIG security, and how to implement these guidelines. Plus, watch a demo video to learn how to export STIG Rule Violations to the Desktop STIG Viewer with Klocwork.

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Black Desert Online's lifetime revenue hits €2bn

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Pearl Abyss' Black Desert Online has amassed over €2 billion in consumer revenue Read more

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How to get an array of pixel colors from an image?

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daisyH: o *= vec4(1, 1, 1, alpha); Thanks. Now I understand that this o *= vec4(1, 1, 1, alpha); is rgba. But I don’t understand whether these are rgba textures or just rgba colors that are superimposed on top of the texture. I tried to display in the picture the movement pattern of drawing the appearance of pixels. The beginning of the movement of pixels depends on the color saturation and tends to display colors next to a circle.

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Marcus Lehto leaves EA studio he founded

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Ridgeline Games founder Marcus Lehto has left the EA studio working on the Battlefield franchise. Lehto, who formed the studio in 2021 , issued a statement on social media in which he confirmed that he left the studio on his "own accord." "This was a very tough decision for me to make," Lehto wrote. "I want to thank the Battlefield community for allowing me to listen to you while I was able.

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Why do I only get spriteFrame when importing files?

Cocos

For the processing of vertices and pixels, shaders are often required. Vertex shaders are responsible for processing vertex transformations, while fragment shaders handle pixel-level transformations.

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G’day GameDev. I am in my late 30’s and considering returning to school to study Game Design. I currently have no applicable/transferable knowledge, skills or experience and I will be 40 years old when I have finished my studies and looking to find my first job in the industry. Am I too late? Will I be wasting my time (and money) trying to enter the industry at that age?

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There's some major questions that you need to answer for yourself. First and foremost, I think it really depends on what your own goals and responsibilities are. What is it you want to do with your life? Do you have any other major goals outside of your career? Is doing game design professionally what you really want, or would doing game design as an amateur hobbyist be enough?