Video Games

How Much Would It Cost to Start My Own Gaming Studio?

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Many a game developer has contemplated opening his or her own studio. But how much would such a project actually cost? In a new op-ed on Polygon, Nine Dots Studio founder Guillaume Boucher-Vidal suggested that the costs—in terms of money, lost opportunities, and emotion—are enormous. “In three years, I personally went from having $20,000 in savings to $35,000 in debt,” he wrote. “After two unsuccessful Kickstarter campaigns, I was on the verge of bankruptcy before signing a deal with Bandai… continue…

The Best of E3

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This week’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) saw the major game studios and console builders unveil their upcoming titles. None of the presentations were subtle, to put it mildly: Mainstream developers seem more determined than ever to pour years of work and tens of millions of dollars into games in which things explode, explode, and, just for variety, explode some more. If you squinted against the glare of all those pyrotechnics, however, you could see a few games attempting innovative stuff—whether… continue…

The Epic Silliness of ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s New Game

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Imagine, for a moment, that you’re Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft, one of the most popular video games of the decade. Within three years of entering Beta in late 2010, Minecraft had sold 35 million copies, transforming Persson into a multimillionaire in the process. The game has won tons of awards, sparked the annual MineCon conference and inspired—inevitably—lots of merchandise. Click here for game-development jobs. So after that blockbuster success, what do you do for an encore? If you’re… continue…

These 10 People Make a Lot of Money Playing Video Games

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Playing video games and making a six-figure income for your trouble? It’s good work if you can get it, and enough people are getting it for e-Sports Earnings to compile a list of the top 100 of them. They come from around the world and the best of them–Korea’s Lee Jae Dong–is making in excess of $500,000. As Business Insider notes, this is just their winnings. The figures don’t even include sponsorship deals and the like. Just think about it… continue…

Here’s How to Develop a Successful Game for the PS4

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 boasts an early lead in the console wars, having sold 7 million units in its first five months of release (along with 20.5 million games). Compare that to its biggest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November rollout. Both Sony and Microsoft encourage third-party developers to build games for the online store that accompanies their console. But what does it actually take to build an indie game that becomes profitable? Adam… continue…

What PlayStation 4 Winning the Console Wars Means for Developers

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  Sony’s PlayStation 4 is plunging ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One in total sales, according to reports. The PlayStation 4 has managed to sell 7 million consoles in its first five months of release, along with 20.5 million games. That’s a striking contrast to the Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November debut. Click here for game development jobs. In an attempt to put a positive spin on the numbers, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi released an… continue…

Amazon’s Fire TV Offers Big Opportunity for Game Developers

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Amazon is serious about conquering the living room: the online retailer has launched Fire TV, a set-top box that not only allows viewers to stream content, but also play games. That streaming-and-gaming capability makes Amazon a threat to Apple, which rumors suggest is hard at work on an Apple TV capable of doing the same things. In addition, Fire TV puts the screws to other streaming hardware, including Roku and Google’s Chromecast, as well as smaller game consoles such as… continue…

Why Did Facebook Buy Oculus Rift?

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When Facebook plunked down $19 billion for WhatsApp, the move made perfect sense: after all, the latter is a messaging app with 400 million active users worldwide, which fits in nicely with the social network’s emphasis on connecting people together. And when Facebook shelled out $1 billion for Instagram, that also seemed like a logical turn of events: people enjoy sharing images with each other, and Instagram offers a sleek (and growing) platform for doing so. Click here to find… continue…

Chicago’s Wargaming West Plans to Hire 60 to 70

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Wargaming West wants to add to its Chicago headcount as the company brings its World of Tanks game from the PC to the Xbox, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The Xbox 360 version is in beta now, but the company is looking for additional people to continue development and support. During the next year, the online game developer plans to add 60 to 70 people to the staff of about 95 already working in Chicago. According to the report, the… continue…

Next Gen. Console Game Lineups Hint at Future Directions

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Microsoft and Sony’s next generation console game lists is that there were so few surprises. By December 31, Microsoft and Sony plan to release at least 23 and 33 titles, respectively. Based on sheer numbers, it would seem that Sony would have the upper hand, but a closer look reveals that the company might have been trying to boost its numbers: More than half of the titles are digital downloads, of which it appears… continue…