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How AI and Automation are Revolutionizing Player Support

Game Developer

At Keywords Studios, we believe that AI is a creative collaborator and performance enhancer, with the potential to revolutionise the future of our industry.

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Yolanda Mogatusi of Alkemaiz Games “I’m curious about doing things better”

PreMortem.Games

Art is a mystical force that naturally courses through every fabric of Yolanda Mogatusi’s being. As the Managing Director of South African-based Alkemaiz Games, she recalls how people were amazed by her artistic talents as a child. What was easy for her wasn’t easy for everyone else. Alkemaiz comes from alchemize , a word that means to magically change the nature of something.

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Assassin's Creed, Spider-Man, Mario and PS5 deliver strong sales in October | European Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

10.21 million PC and console games were sold across Europe according to GSD, a slight drop of 2.3% year-on-year. This data covers all games sold digitally by most major games publishers across the Eurozone (for UK market analysis, click here) , and physical game sales in all major Eurozone markets. The sales decrease is still impressive when you consider that Call of Duty launched in the October sales window last year, but this year's CoD came out in November.

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The Forever War: How CCP’s sci-fi universe Eve might outlast us all

Game Development News

Richie Shoemaker flew over to attend Eve’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Iceland, to see how plans for the game’s everlasting afterlife were coming along

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Sony sued for $7.9 billion over UK PlayStation Store pricing

Game Developer

Players in the UK claim Sony has unfairly jacked up PlayStation Store prices and created a monopoly after preventing third-party retailers from selling digital games.

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Anylysis • The games industry is thriving, so why lay off 8,000 people?

PreMortem.Games

Top image: Fortnite. Developer Epic Games fires 830 people this year. The games industry is doing better than it’s ever done. It is also cutting costs and laying off staff at an alarming rate. According to videogamelayoffs.com , a site that tracks public announcements across the industry, a reported total of 8,000 people have lost their jobs in gaming in 2023.

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Submissions open for Godot 2023 showreel!

Mircosoft Game Dev

Showcase your Godot creations in 2023! We're inviting submissions of short videos featuring your published or in-progress Godot games or tools. Don't miss this chance to be a part of it!

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GameMaker expands with more free options, replaces two subscriptions with one-time fee

Game Developer

The 2D engine is now free for non-commercial use on all non-console platforms and has introduced a new one-time fee catered towards hobbyists and indies.

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OPM’s Kim Parker Adcock joins us for episode 2 of the MCV/DEVELOP Podcast

Game Development News

The second episode of the MCV/DEVELOP Podcast is avaibale now, and features Kim Parker Adcock, the founder of One Player Mission and vice chair of Safe In Our World

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Disney Illusion Island wins Game of the Year at TIGA Awards 2023

GamesIndustry.biz

The UK trade body TIGA has revealed the winners of its annual awards, with Dlala Studios taking home the Game Of The Year award for Disney Illusion Island, which also won Best Social Game. Ustwo Games won two prizes, including the Diversity Award and Creativity in Games for Desta: The Memories Between. Sumo Digital won Best Large Studio, while Dlala Studios won Best Small Studio.

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The Limits of Esports

Game Wisdom

The Limits of Esports Josh Bycer josh@game-wisdom.com One of the entries in the Deep Dive series that I’m going to be writing is on Real-Time Strategy (or RTS) games. The RTS genre is one that has changed the most with the advent of trying to grow the … The post The Limits of Esports appeared first on Game Wisdom.

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15 years later, Chet Faliszek dishes on the making of Left 4 Dead

Game Developer

The Left 4 Dead co-lead looks back on "paying for the debt" of the game's broken engine—and how that led to a rapidly-developed sequel.

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Podcast: Marketplace Morning Report’s ‘Skin in the Game’

Unity Blog

Unity’s Jessica Lindl shares background on a recent podcast roundtable she participated in for American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report on representation in gaming.

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Ubisoft pulls advertising from X

GamesIndustry.biz

Ubisoft has pulled its advertising from X, Axios reported. The company was running a campaign for Assassin's Creed Nexus VR, which released last week. The publisher told the outlet it has since "paused advertising" on the social media platform. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Ubisoft for further clarification.

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Full Steam Ahead For SUPERHOT Veterans: Cezary Skorupka, CEO at Something Random on Toy Trains VR

Game Development News

SUPERHOT was one of the earliest VR hits and the team partly responsible is steaming on with a new title that looks chuffing great - MCV/DEVELOP

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What goes into graphically updating a decade-old MMORPG like Final Fantasy XIV

Game Developer

Square Enix Technical artist Tatsuya Okahisa and producer/director Naoki Yoshida share insights on the process of the visuals of the long-running MMORPG.

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GameMaker Announces Major Pricing Changes

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com GameMaker Announces Major Pricing Changes The long running game engine GameMaker have announced some major pricing changes, including the fact that all non-console versions of GameMaker are now available for free for non-commercial use. Additionally they have announced new flat tier pricing as well as promotions for existing customers.

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Sony fails to block lawsuit over PlayStation Store prices

GamesIndustry.biz

A London tribunal has ruled that a lawsuit filed last year accusing Sony of breaching competition law over store prices will continue, Reuters reports. The lawsuit, which concerns the 30% commission Sony receives on all purchases, could cost the platform holder up to £6.3 million in damages. The firm argued the case was "flawed from start to finish," but the Competition Appeal Tribunal ruled has confirmed it will go ahead.

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Last year in Sweden 44% of new game industry workers were women

PreMortem.Games

Top image: Jonas Åkerlund for 30 years Dice The Swedish games industry is booming according to the 2023 Industry Report by Dataspelbranschen , Sweden’s trade association for video game companies. In 2022 Swedish game companies increased revenue by 13% to €3.1 billion, a new record. If we take in account all the subsidiaries abroad, the Swedish industry generated a revenue of €8.1 billion, an increase of 40% compared to the previous year.

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The Sam Altman saga casts a shadow on "ethical" AI

Game Developer

We shouldn't let developers claim they're making generative AI "ethically" without scrutiny.

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The Jolt Physics Engine

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com The Jolt Physics Engine The Joly Physics Engine is a cross platform physics engine that powers the game Horizon Forbidden West. It is open source under the MIT license. The reasoning behind the creation of the Jolt Physics engine was as follows: Jolt just released Jolt Physics 4.0, with the following features: Key Links … The Jolt Physics Engine Read More The post The Jolt Physics Engine appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Report: 83% of mobile games fail in the three years after launch

GamesIndustry.biz

New research from mobile revenue growth engine SuperScale has found that 83% of launched mobile games fail within three years, while 43% are cancelled during development. Conducted by Atomik Research, SuperScale's Good Games Don't Die report was published this week, and is based on interviews with 500 game developers in the UK and US. According to the report, 76% of launched games reached peak revenue within the first year, but only 4% reached this peak during the second year.

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Legacy Code Conversion to the Latest Tech Stack Using AI

Rocket Brush Studio

Legacy code is a common challenge many organizations face when dealing with outdated software systems. As technology evolves rapidly, businesses must keep their tech stacks up to date to remain competitive. Converting codes to a modern tech stack can be complex and time-consuming, but AI makes it easy and efficient. This blog covers how AI can streamline the legacy code conversion to the latest tech stack, providing numerous advantages such as efficiency, accuracy, savings, and risk reduction.

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Assassin's Creed publisher Ubisoft suspends X advertising

Game Developer

The French company joins others in boycotting X, formerly known as Twitter, amid a row over the spread of antisemitism and far-right ideology on the platform.

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Top selling assets to supercharge your next project (hint: they’re on sale for Black Friday)

Unity Blog

We highlight the latest best-selling assets for game developers available in the Unity Asset Store, including tools for scripting, shading, and more.

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Be thankful this didn't happen to you | This Week in Business

GamesIndustry.biz

This Week in Business is our weekly recap column , a collection of stats and quotes from recent stories presented with a dash of opinion (sometimes more than a dash) and intended to shed light on various trends. Check every Friday for a new entry. It's Black Friday today, but sometimes I worry we can lose focus on the true meaning of the day, with the hyper-commercialist celebration being forgotten around all the "reflections on gratitude" nonsense of the neighboring US Thanksgiving.

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Ultimate Game Development Humble Bundle

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Ultimate Game Development Humble Bundle There is a new humble bundle of interest to game developers, the Ultimate Game Development Bundle is a collection on Unreal Engine and Unity assets from Leartes Studios and others. It is a massive collection of game development assets organized into the following tiers: 1$ Tier Cyberpunk/Futuristic Structures Set CyberPunk/Sci-Fi … Ultimate Game Development Humble Bundle Read More The post Ultimate Game Development Humble Bundle a

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Rockstar axed Agent for "distracting" from Grand Theft Auto V development

Game Developer

The would-be PlayStation 3 exclusive Agent was reportedly cutting into development on what would be Grand Theft Auto V , and for Rockstar, something had to give.

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Announcing the MCV/Develop 30 under 30 2023

OPM Jobs

As proud sponsors of the MCV/Develop 30 Under 30, we are so pleased to introduce this years winners, the best and brightest young talent in the games industry. And we look forward to celebrating with them at this years IRL event. You can find more games industry events via our events calendar. “It brings so much pride to continue to support the 30 Under 30 Award and celebrate our industry’s rising stars, future leaders, and trailblazers.

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Early Black Friday deals put Hogwarts Legacy back at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

Hogwarts Legacy is back at the top of the UK physical charts following its release on Nintendo Switch, plus Black Friday discounting, pushing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to second place. Black Friday deals have boosted sales for several titles, including EA Sports FC 24 at No.3, which benefited from a 115% sales boost from being part of a PS5 bundle.

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Release candidate: Godot 4.2 RC 2

Mircosoft Game Dev

The first release candidate brought another crop of regression reports, which we've now fixed!

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Black Myth: Wukong devs accused of enabling sexist culture

Game Developer

Alleged comments made by Game Science staff go to highlight a larger issue of sexism within the Chinese tech industry.

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Half-Life Beyond - DevLog #10

Indie DB

25th Anniversary Update - details about the game, progress, and more!

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Aonic acquires NDreams for $110m

GamesIndustry.biz

Aonic has acquired VR developer NDreams for approximately $110 million. NDreams' co-founders Patrick and Tamsin O'Luanaigh will remain in their positions as CEO and CPO, as will the rest of the executive team. The Farnborough-based studio will use the funding for future investments including third-party publishing and potential studio acquisitions.

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