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Approximately one third of game developers were affected by layoffs last year

Game Developer

According to the GDC 2024 State of the Game Industry report, about a third of game developers were affected by a layoff in 2023.

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Solo developer Csaba Putnai of Bob: A Thousand Lives “My life is filled with many challenges”

PreMortem.Games

All of his life Csaba Putnai has had a fascination for games, but he was well in his forties when he took the step to actually develop a game himself. His debut game Bob: A Thousand Lives , a dark themed action game about a boy that has to escape his all-consuming past, was released last year. “After the loss of my father, I began working on the Bob project and realized that the story and concept had been with me for years”, he says.

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Riot and Microsoft layoffs the same, but different | 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 was another brutal week in the industry right from the start, with Riot Games laying off about 530 people on Monday while reciting a lot of the familiar lines we've been hearing for the past year.

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Apple Introduce New Run-Time Fee

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Apple Introduce New Run-Time Fee In response to the EU’s newly instated Digital Markets Act, Apple have just implemented a new Unity-like run-time fee for developers that wish to take advantage of the laws new provisions. The DMA or Digital Markets Act aims to provide the following benefits: In what can only be described as … Apple Introduce New Run-Time Fee Read More The post Apple Introduce New Run-Time Fee appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Former Bungie general counsel says the game industry must unionize

Game Developer

Don McGowan, the former Bungie CLO who pursued Destiny 2 cheaters and players that threatened his coworkers, wants developers to fight for their rights.

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The gorgeous visuals of Bionic Bay that Juhana Myllys calls Painterly Pixel Art

PreMortem.Games

Physics-based 2D platformer Bionic Bay is a collaboration between the Finnish one-man-studio Mureena and Taiwanese indie game company Psychoflow Studio. The game started as a demo shown on Reddit, but picked up momentum when Badland art director Juhana Myllys offered to mix and match his distinct artwork with the gameplay. “Back in 2019, I was wasting time on Reddit and came across a short clip from a demo in r/indiegaming”, says Myllys.

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Announcing our closure

OPM Jobs

It is with a heavy heart that I share some difficult news regarding the future of One Player Mission. After careful consideration and evaluation, it is with great sadness that I must announce my decision to cease trading. This has been an incredibly challenging decision for me, and it comes after thorough examination of all available options. As we move into 2024, despite our best efforts I cannot see how OPM can remain profitable and overcome the difficulties that have arisen in the games indus

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Devs claim Apple has pulled a Unity in the EU with new Core Technology Fee

Game Developer

App Store devs interested in using third-party services in the EU will need to agree to new terms, and a fee that could eventually cost them €0.50 per install.

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Bukola Akingbade of Kucheza Gaming on nurturing dreams and shaping industries

PreMortem.Games

Bukola Akingbade is many things. She is a mother to three. A role that she holds dear and that inspired her to establish her company Kucheza Gaming. She is also a marketer, entrepreneur and trained architect. In 2020 she decided to channel her decade-plus entrepreneurial experience into her current venture leaving everything behind to focus on gaming.

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CWA says Microsoft's job cuts did not impact the staffers it represents

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Following news that Microsoft laid off 1,900 staffers from its games division, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said that the move has not impacted any of the staffers it represents. The CWA represents some employees from Microsoft divisions, including ZeniMax Studios and Activision Blizzard.

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Find the right AI model for your game with Unity and Hugging Face

Unity Blog

Our neural engine for bring AI models to Unity – Unity Sentis – announces a new integration with Hugging Face, plus some product updates for the tool.

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Report: Microsoft follows Activision Blizzard merger with 1,900 layoffs

Game Developer

The company spent $68.7 billion on its merger with Activision Blizzard but claims it must now implement a "sustainable cost structure.

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Powell Group and Representing Games join forces to create an allround agency

PreMortem.Games

The Powell Group , a full-service game consultancy, and Representing Games , the agency label of game industry matchmaker MeetToMatch, are collaborating. By joining forces the two companies will leverage their complementary strengths to create an allround agency for publishers and developers alike. The collaboration between The Powell Group and Representing Games will focus on providing support for developers and publishers, assisting them in growing their company.

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2025 could very well be the best year in video games sales to date | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

It is beginning to look like 2025 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years in video games, if not the biggest. Let us start with the obvious: the release of GTA 6. When it comes to the most successful video entertainment products of all time, for many franchises like Star Wars, the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), Avatar or maybe Mario come to mind.

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What Is IEC 81001-5-1?

Perforce

IEC 81001-5-1 is a healthcare standard that goes beyond covering medical devices, addressing cybersecurity at every phase of the SDLC for various types of health software. From medical diagnosis software to yoga apps, IEC 81001-5-1 helps organizations ensure software security.

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About 1,600 women received payments from Riot Games after discrimination suit

Game Developer

Riot's women staff saw the majority of its $104 million settlement, which arose from a 2018 lawsuit alleging the studio's yearslong culture of sexism.

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6 x Operative Changes That Kept SciPlay Growing Despite the Market Headwinds

Deconstructor of Fun

The story behind SciPlay's evolution in the realm of social casino gaming is guided by a commitment to player-centric experiences and a pioneering spirit. In the recent podcast, Mishka has a chat with the CEO of SciPlay, Josh Wilson , tackling the intriguing question of how the company achieved substantial growth in the social casino market amidst an industry decline and post privacy changes.

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Focus Entertainment's Q3 revenue dips 43% and it announces a rebrand

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Focus Entertainment released its third-quarter earnings report, posting a 43% decrease; this was partly attributed to no major releases during the three months ending December 31. The games firm also announced that on April 1, it will be rebranding to Pullup Entertainment.

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Godot Gets Free Nintendo Switch Port

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Godot Gets Free Nintendo Switch Port Until now, if you wanted to port your Godot game engine developed game over to the Nintendo Switch, you either did the work yourself or broke out your credit card and either subscribed to W4Games Consoles or used a porting service such as Lone Wolf Technologies or Pineapple Works. Thankfully, … Godot Gets Free Nintendo Switch Port Read More The post Godot Gets Free Nintendo Switch Port appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Fortnite is landing back on iOS in Europe, but Epic still thinks Apple is breaking the law

Game Developer

The EU's Digital Markets Act will let Epic sell Fortnite on iOS through its own marketplace, but the way Apple has engaged with the new law has the company riled up.

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Tomas Sala on building an indie IP with award-winning Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles

Unity Blog

BAFTA-winning indie developer Tomas Sala, winner of the CommUnity Choice Award at gamescom 2023, shares the development process behind his new game, Bulwark: Falconeer Chronicles.

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Black Forest Games reportedly cuts 50% of employees

GamesIndustry.biz

THQ Nordic and Embracer subsidiary Black Forest Games has reportedly cut 50% of its workforce. As reported by Kotaku , the layoffs were announced yesterday with a source alleging that the developer's creative directors and "if not all" managers will keep their positions. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Black Forest Games and Embracer Group for more information regarding the layoffs.

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Top 4 Scheduling Strategies for Indie Filmmaking on a Tight Timeline

Filmustage

For Indie Filmmaking, the magic of crafting a cinematic vision often clashes with the harsh reality of limited resources and tight timeline production. Budgets are lean, teams are compact, and every minute counts. Time is not merely a metric; it's a precious commodity, demanding strategic allocation and unrelenting efficiency. Resourcefulness becomes a badge of honor, as filmmakers explore innovative solutions to achieve cinematic alchemy within budgetary and temporal constraints.

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Ruiner dev Reikon Games reportedly lays off 80% of staff

Game Developer

January 2024's layoffs continue with alleged cuts at Reikon, which released its debut game Ruiner in 2017.

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Revive & Prosper - Chemical Age

Indie DB

The Chemical Age brings Petroleum Refinery, Chemical plant, and new resources such as Ethylene, Alcohol, and good ol'toxic into the game. And 20 % off this week on Steam and Epic!

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Palworld sales hit 4m and boasts the fifth highest concurrent Steam players ever

GamesIndustry.biz

Survival game Palworld has had a sensational launch at the weekend, and has sold over four million units in just three days. The game, which is still in Early Access, is also available via Xbox Game Pass. Developer PocketPair said yesterday that it was selling 86,000 copies every hour. Palworld had a peak concurrent Steam player count of 1.29 million over the weekend, which is the fifth highest number in Steam history, according to SteamDB.

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Moving FROM and TO The Unity Game Engine

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Moving FROM and TO The Unity Game Engine Moving your game assets to and from the Unity game engine has become easier thanks to a pair of “new” addons supporting popular open formats. The first add-on is gltFAST and it supports important and exporting using the gltf open standard. The second add-on is OpenUSD, supporting the USD open … Moving FROM and TO The Unity Game Engine Read More The post Moving FROM and TO The Unity Game Engine appeared first on GameFr

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Outriders studio People Can Fly is laying off Project Gemini developers

Game Developer

"To those individuals transitioning out of the studio due to these changes, we extend our sincere appreciation for the skills and expertise you brought to the team.

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Tales of Old: Dominus - New area

Indie DB

Showcase of a new area: Hillstowe Abbey - A hamlet rests near, where inhabitants lend a helping hand to pilgrims - "The Name of the Rose" vibes here.

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Playdemic founders' new studio ForthStar Games will "test and kill" to find its next Golf Clash

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Paul Gouge and Alex Rigby have quite the track record. The pair set up their first mobile games studio, BattleMail, in 2001 and sold it to (M)Forma a year later. Shortly after, they formed Rockpool Games, made the J2ME edition of Worms, and sold the developer to Eidos/Square Enix in 2007.

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GameDev.tv Community’s Top 10 Games in 2023

DameDev.tv

With 2023 wrapped up, we saw an incredible array of titles that have not only pushed the boundaries of storytelling and gameplay but have also provided us with countless hours of entertainment. From the mystical halls of Hogwarts to the cosmic expanses of Starfield, this year's games have taken us on unforgettable journeys across various genres.

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Don't worry, The Pokemon Company is looking into the whole Palworld thing

Game Developer

"We intend to investigate and take appropriate measures to address any acts that infringe on intellectual property rights related to the Pokémon.

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Dev snapshot: Godot 3.6 beta 4

Mircosoft Game Dev

Godot 3.6 is still in development, slowly but steadily! This snapshot updates toolchains for official builds and adds official Linux ARM binaries, among other improvements.

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An arms race for games industry tax breaks

GamesIndustry.biz

Consulting firm Nordicity is well-versed on the subject of tax credits for the games industry. It has worked with trade groups around the world, helping them explain to legislators how tax breaks can help make their regions more competitive. It has also worked on the other side of the equation, helping governments that are either exploring the idea, or have already settled on tax breaks but need help with the logistics of implementing them.

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