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Austin, Texas: A nation of indies rises

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at 03:33pm February 12 2013
Region Specific: Frontier Spirit

What happened next when redundancies hit one of game development’s closest communities.

SWTOR developer BioWare Austin suffers layoffs

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at 10:04pm May 22 2012

Primary Star Wars: The Old Republic developer BioWare Austin has laid off an unspecified number of staff.The restructuring of the studio comes five months after the release of The Old Republic, which saw paying subscribers drop from 1.7 million in February to 1.3 million at the end of April.

PS3 hacker in cannabis bust

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at 09:28am March 15 2012

George "Geohot" Hotz, the man who posted the PlayStation 3 "root key" online and opened up Sony's console to piracy, has been arrested for possession of marijuana.Above The Law reports that Hotz, 22, who also devised the iPhone jailbreak, was stopped by police at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, on his way to give a talk at the SXSW festival in Austin.

Region Specific: Juegos Rancheros indie community

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at 12:08pm February 20 2012
Region Specific: Juegos Rancheros indie community

Due to a combination of closures of big-budget Austin game studios in recent years and the newly available digital channels through which indies can sell their work, the city has seen a resurgence in small developers setting up shop. We speak to Semi Secret Software co-founder Adam Saltsman and Venus Patrol founder/IGF chairman Brandon Boyer about how they’re nurturing a community, along with Karakasa Games founder Wiley Wiggins, where indies can meet up, drink a few beers, and get inspired.

City profile: Austin

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at 10:53am February 20 2012
City profile: Austin

When Twisted Pixel – the studio behind The Gunstringer – decided to relocate from Madison, Indiana, to Austin in late 2008, every member of its staff came along. Even some friends who’d been volunteering their services on a part-time basis for free insisted on following the studio south. A range of options had been considered, but the warm weather, low cost of living, deep talent pool, lack of a state income tax and budget incentives ultimately tipped the balance to the city.

Microsoft acquires Twisted Pixel

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at 12:48pm October 12 2011

Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Austin-based Splosion Man and The Gunstringer developer Twisted Pixel.Founded in 2006, the studio has built close ties with Microsoft, releasing four games for Xbox Live Arcade since 2009, while recent game The Gunstringer was a boxed Xbox 360 exclusive that made use of Kinect.

UTV Ignition confirms Austin layoffs

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at 10:38am July 19 2011
UTV Ignition confirms Austin layoffs

Following reports last month UTV Ignition has confirmed that it has made a number of job cuts at the Austin-based True Studios, which developed free-to-play MMOG Faxion Online and was working on FPS Reich.UTV online vice president Don Choi issued a statement to Gamasutra saying that only a "fraction" of the studios staff had been laid off, though an affected employee, who wished to remain anonymous, contradicted the statement, claiming instead that the majority of employees at True had been let go.

EA Sports to open new Texas division

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at 11:29pm July 18 2011
EA Sports to open new Texas division

EA Sports has revealed plans to open a new division in Austin, Texas.State governor Rick Perry and EA executives announced the move during a press conference at BioWare Austin today."We're going to be adding 300 jobs to our operations here in Austin," half permanent positions and the rest contract ones, EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau said, according to Joystiq.

Red Fly, Blue Fang suffer layoffs

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at 12:22pm July 2 2011
Red Fly, Blue Fang suffer layoffs

US developers Red Fly Studio and Blue Fang have been hit by layoffs that reportedly affect a combined total of up to 55 staff.Austin, Texas-based Red Fly, which was responsible for Wii and DS platformer Mushroom Men, as well as the Nintendo console versions of Ghostbusters: The Video Game and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, told GameSpot that around 30 people were let go on Wednesday June 22.

Dance Dance Revolution To The Death In New Independent Film

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at 12:22pm March 15 2011
Dance Dance Revolution To The Death In New Independent Film

The FP, a new film about “an underground war” in the small US town of Frazier Park between two gangs who fight “not with fistfights or petty brawls, but the dancing video game Beat-Beat Revelation", had its US premiere at the South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

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