Austin, Texas: A nation of indies rises

Region Specific: Frontier Spirit

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

118 jobs cut as THQ drops Warhammer 40K MMO plans

THQ and the death of the middle tier

THQ has announced plans to lay off 79 full-time staff at Darksiders II developer Vigil Games and a further 39 at Company Of Heroes creator Relic Entertainment.The publisher said the cuts are a result of a move to switch Warhammer 40,000: Dark Millennium from an MMO to a single and multiplayer title.

Region Specific: Texas

Region Specific: Texas

You can read about all of our visits to the world's key development scenes by visiting our Region Specific topic page.Texas overview How the Lone Star State is setting the pace for the US game industry.Education overview Texas's world-class education system prepares the next wave of pro developers.

Region Specific: Frontier Spirit

Region Specific: Frontier Spirit

Last July, Texas governor Rick Perry stood behind a podium at EA BioWare’s North Austin offices – flanked by two chuffed EA executives – and announced that the publisher would be expanding its operations in Texas. The plan is expected to create 300 new jobs in the city, spanning across programming, art, and customer support. EA Sports will also be setting up a new branch to complement its teams in Orlando and Burnaby.

Region Specific: Texas education

Region Specific: Texas education

When was the last time you saw a developer’s motion- capture studio and it was painted with the colours and emblem of a local university? Well, that’s precisely how Houston’s TimeGate Studios, developer of the sci-fi shooter Section 8, has decorated its new facilities, which were built as a joint project between the studio and the University Of Houston. 
It’s a powerful symbol of the close ties between Texas’s game development community and educational institutions.

City profile: Houston

City profile: Houston

Last year, a team of four students from Rice University in Houston created a game called Azmo The Dragon, which turns a wireless spirometer – a tool used to measure lung capacity – into a gameplay peripheral (we’re guessing calling it Spiro The Dragon would’ve raised copyright concerns). For children suffering from asthma, the ritual of blowing into this diagnostic tool provides data that can be used to anticipate the likelihood of an impending attack. Sadly, blowing into a spirometer is a chore that children frequently neglect.

Bluepoint on HD remakes: “You make one mistake and it kills it”

Bluepoint on HD remakes: "You make one mistake and it kills it"

Bluepoint Games, the Austin, Texas-based developer which is fast carving out a reputation as the master of the HD remaster, has told us the process is far from as simple as it seems, saying: "You make one mistake and it kills it."

Nintendo facing Wii patent suit

Nintendo facing Wii patent suit

Nintendo is facing patent litigation over the technology used in the Wii.The suit, brought by ThinkOptic against Nintendo and several other companies, claims that Nintendo has knowingly violated three patents used in the Wavit TV remote.

Devs urge court to let Apple into Lodsys case

Devs urge court to let Apple into Lodsys case

Developers facing patent litigation brought by "patent troll" Lodsys have requested a Texas court to allow Apple to intervene in the case.In a court filing, the developers say Apple's involvement in the case is "critical" in their bid to have Lodsys' patent suit thrown out of court.

EA Sports to open new Texas division

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.