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A survey conducted by the Independent Game Developers Association has identified Valve as the most desirable game developer to work for. The team behind the likes of DOTA 2, Team Fortress 2, Portal and the digital distribution platform Steam came on top in a poll of over 2,200 developers ahead of the likes of BioWare, Activision Blizzard and even the potential to work independently.
Although Valve have not created a new game for a couple of years now (focusing instead in getting SteamOS & Steam Machines into the living room and denying the existence of Half Life 3), developers have identified the open minded approach to completion of tasks and flat organization of employees as a big factor in why they would want to work there. Other developers appearing in the Top Ten included Ubisoft and its many subsidiary studios, Nintendo, Naughty Dog, Double Fine & Bethesda. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 18TH – 24TH AUGUST
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Casey Hudson, the executive producer at Bioware (who has overseen much loved titles including the Mass Effect series and Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic), is to leave the company after sixteen years of service. Hudson had most recently been involved in a new IP that BioWare have been developing, which is set to be revealed in the coming week at GamesCom in Cologne. In a pre-prepared statement, Hudson had the following to say:
‘After what already feels like a lifetime of extraordinary experiences, I have decided to hit the reset button and move on from BioWare…I’ll take a much needed break, get perspective on what I really want to do with the next phase of my life, and eventually, take on a new set of challenges.’
In additional developer news, there has been yet another high profile exodus from Naughty Dog – Jacob Minkoff & Taylor Kurosaki (lead game designer on Uncharted 3 and narrative design lead respectively) have both left to join Call Of Duty developers Infinity Ward. Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 4TH – 10TH AUGUST