2023

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Bobby Kotick to leave Activision Blizzard next week

Game Developer

Kotick's tenure at Activision Blizzard saw it become one of video games' biggest publishers, along with it (and himself) the subject of numerous recent controversies.

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China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization The Chinese government have just announced new regulations that will have a MASSIVE impact on the world of game development. It immediately resulted in huge stock market losses for China’s two largest gaming companies Tencent and NetEase. The announcement is a crackdown on “gacha” style monetization strategies, loot boxes and … China Massively Disrupts Game Industry Monetization Read More The post Chi

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PlayStation will not delete Discovery TV shows after all

GamesIndustry.biz

PlayStation will no longer be removing over 1,300 Discovery TV shows from its platform next month. Sony had previously announced that users will not be able to watch Discovery content on PlayStation from December 31, even if they had already purchased it. However, the firm now says that due to an 'updated licensing agreement' with Warner Bros -- which owns the Discovery brand -- consumers will now be able to access their previously purchased shows 'for at least the next 30 months'.

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NVIDIA 2023 Highlights: Driving Generative AI, LLM, HPC, Robotics, and Virtual Worlds Breakthroughs

Nvidia

As we approach the end of another exciting year at NVIDIA, it's time to look back at the most popular stories from the NVIDIA Technical Blog in 2023. As we approach the end of another exciting year at NVIDIA, it’s time to look back at the most popular stories from the NVIDIA Technical Blog in 2023. Groundbreaking research and developments in fields such as generative AI, large language models (LLMs), high-performance computing (HPC), and robotics are leading the way in transformative AI solution

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Bayard Wu

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Bayard Wu Bayard Wu is a freelance illustrator and concept artist currently working in the video game industry. Bayard studied animation at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Link: Portfolio | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram All images © Bayard Wu or their respective copyright holder.

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New Shader Graph Node Reference Samples

Unity Blog

Announcing the new Shader Graph Node Reference Samples – a set of samples, examples, and reference assets that help new Shader Graph users learn faster and enable advanced users to gain a deeper understanding of the tool.

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Making Gaussian Splats smaller

The Astronauts

In the previous post I started to look at Gaussian Splatting. One of the issues with it, is that the data sets are not exactly small. The renders look nice: But each of the “bike”, “truck”, “garden” data sets is respectively a 1.42GB, 0.59GB, 1.35GB PLY file. And they are loaded pretty much as-is into GPU memory as giant structured buffers, so at least that much VRAM is needed too (plus more for sorting, plus in the official viewer implementation the tiled spl

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MCV/DEVELOP’s 30 Under 30 2023

Game Development News

This year’s 30 Under 30, where we put the spotlight on the best and brightest young talent in the industry that the industry has to offer - MCV/DEVELOP

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Nixie game aims to highlight British Blackness

Game Daily

London-based developer and YouTuber David Akinola is working on a game called Nixie , that was the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. The game follows the life of Fiona Soul, a soup kitchen worker with hoverboard skills. It’s a game that Akinola says will “give the Black children of the next generation characters to fall in love with,” something he felt was lacking as he looked in vain for Black British characters in games, when he was growing up.

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Top 100 Indies of 2023 Announced

Indie DB

The 2023 Indie of the Year Awards moves into its next phase: voting for the Top 100!

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Sega of America employees announce multi-department union

Game Developer

The Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS) is both the Sonic the Hedgehog developer's first-ever union, and also the United States' first game developer union to cover multiple staff departments.

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Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed

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GameFromScratch.com Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed Acquired back in 2021 for an eye watering 1.6 BILLION dollars by Unity, today Weta Digital is being closed. In the face of high business costs not being offset by revenues, partially from expensive purchases like Weta, Unity proposed the Unity Run-time Fee. To say this was poorly received by … Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed Read More The post Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Wet

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Atari's re-focus on retro

GamesIndustry.biz

Atari has been considered a retro brand for decades now, but it hasn't always leaned into that designation. While licensed T-shirts and plug-and-play consoles have been a fairly consistent offering, the company's growth plans focused less on its own games and more on branching out to wearables, movies, gambling, blockchain, and hotels. That changed a couple years ago with the arrival of new CEO Wade Rosen.

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In-Game GPU Profiling for DirectX 12 Using SetBackgroundProcessingMode

Nvidia

If you are a DirectX 12 (DX12) game developer, you may have noticed that GPU times displayed in real time in your game HUD may change over time for a given. If you are a DirectX 12 (DX12) game developer, you may have noticed that GPU times displayed in real time in your game HUD may change over time for a given pass. This may be the case even if nothing has changed on the application side.

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Godot for AA/AAA game development - What's missing?

Mircosoft Game Dev

Godot 4.0 is coming out soon. It includes major improvements all across the board in features, performance, and usability. Still, one of the biggest questions the community has is: How does it compare with mainstream commercial offerings? Godot 4.0 improvements. Rendering. Godot 4.0 has an entirely new rendering architecture, which is divided into modern and compatibility backends.

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Unity plan pricing and packaging updates

Unity Blog

In January 2024, Unity will introduce a new Unity Runtime Fee based on game installs. Prior to this, Unity subscription plans will add cloud-based asset storage, Unity DevOps tools, and AI at runtime at no additional cost.

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The ascent of Indian video game development

Game Developer

Indian video game development seems to be displaying more and more potential and exposure; we spoke to three different developers based in India about their current projects and their own experiences.

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Bandcamp employees accuse CEO and Epic Games of union busting

Game Developer

As Bandcamp employees are attempting to have their union recognized by the NLRB, they're also shining a light on alleged actions to stop the union by its CEO and parent company.

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DreamHack taps Guy Blomberg to oversee North American festivals

Game Developer

Blomberg's previous experience with trade shows and events like E3 and Comic-Con will be used to help make DreamHack "a broader festival and celebration of all types of video games.

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Unity developer group dissolves after company "completely eroded trust"

Game Developer

The Boston Unity Group no longer want their name tied to Unity after the company's recent business moves, and are calling it quits to focus on the city's larger community of developers.

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Epic Games cuts almost half of Bandcamp pre-Songtradr sale

Game Developer

Update : A spokesperson for Epic Games clarified to Game Developer that the Bandcamp layoffs aren't new, but part of Epic's previously announced reductions.

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CMA decries EU's Microsoft-Activision approval, stands by rejection

Game Developer

The CMA thinks its fellow regulator made the wrong call in giving Microsoft permission to merge with Activision Blizzard, and reasserted its own decision to block it.

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Suda51 on 25 years of making strange masterpieces at Grasshopper Manufacture

Game Developer

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO and game designer Goichi “Suda51” Suda dishes on 25 years of toilet humor, ultraviolence, and his love for Takashi Miike.

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Unity apologizes to devs, reveals updated Runtime Fee policy

Game Developer

Unity's updated Runtime Fee will no longer apply to games made on Unity Personal, and will only apply beginning with the next LTS version of Unity.

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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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Unity is reviewing its product portfolio and says layoffs are "likely"

Game Developer

Interim CEO Jim Whitehurst said interventions will "likely include discontinuing certain product offerings, reducing our workforce, and reducing our office footprint.

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Obituary: Bob Smith, Atari 2600 programmer, has passed away

Game Developer

Smith was a programmer at Atari during the 1980s and worked on a number of titles such as Star Wars: The Arcade Game and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.

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Ex-Escapist staff launch new games media website Second Wind

Game Developer

Less than a day after resigning from The Escapist, Yahtzee Croshaw and ex-EiC Nick Calandra have established a new site to pick up where they left off.

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Baldur's Gate 3 and Starfield headline Steam's 2023 bestsellers

Game Developer

Like 2022 before it, Valve's list of best-sellers for 2023 feature the year's biggest titles and games that have have been around for a year or longer.

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QA staff at Xbox support dev Experis successfully vote to unionize

Game Developer

Despite alleged anti-union behavior from management, the QA team at Experis Game Solutions formed their union and are now drawing up a contract.

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CWA rescinds three Unfair Labor Practice charges against Activision Blizzard

Game Developer

The labor union has withdrawn some Unfair Labor Practice charges against the Call of Duty publisher, but feels Kotick is "undermining this productive process.

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Unity tweaks new install fees as developers threaten to jump ship

Game Developer

The company has tweaked its policy to counter potential "install-bombing" and clarified how titles on Xbox Game Pass and similar services will be impacted.

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Embracer has conducted layoffs at Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics

Game Developer

Embracer continues to enact layoffs at its various subsidiaries, with the newest round said to be hitting various departments at Crystal Dynamics.

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Games for Gaza bundle launched to aid in Palestinian relief

Game Developer

Players can spend $10 to receive Arcade Spirits , Beam Saber, and more in a bundle whose proceeds will go towards humanitarian aid for Palestinians.

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