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Blog: How Peggle Blast employs a most hated F2P tactic 14
by Gamasutra Community [12.15.14]
"Peggle Blast offers the player to buy extra moves instead of giving up when they are about to lose a level. But the presentation of this feature uses a trope I find annoying and disrespectful as a player."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Mobile gameplay video startup Kamcord nets $15m, led by GungHo  
by Christian Nutt [12.11.14]
Now the company has $15 million more in the bank to pursue further development of its recording/sharing solution for iOS and Android -- and the social network that hosts the video.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

The evolution of a business model: Getting players to pay on mobile 14
by Gamasutra Community [12.04.14]
World of Goo's Ron Carmel: "An invitation from a friend to come play a game with them for a week, even if it costs $10, is an excellent value proposition for anyone who can afford to pay for a game."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

iOS App Store downloads spike in October, reaching record high  
by Christian Nutt [11.24.14]
The release of two popular new phones has helped to heat up the already popular market -- a 39 percent rise year-over-year for app downloads.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

App Store optimization tips: Choosing keywords  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
A quick guide to choosing the right keywords -- crucial for getting found. "They should be the words that best explain or relate to your app or game. The first rule is that they should be relevant."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Get a job: DeNA is hiring a Senior Build and Release Engineer  
by Staff [11.21.14]
The Tokyo-based mobile game powerhouse is looking for an engineer in its San Francisco office to "maintain open dialogue with all product groups to bring up and maintain build and release pipelines."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment, Mobile Games

Unity support for 64-bit iOS apps coming close to Apple's deadline 7
by Christian Nutt [11.20.14]
UPDATE: Unity clarifies "complexity" issue. Starting from February 1, 2015, developers who submit games to the App Store will need to include a 64-bit version.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Mobile Games

Our mobile game got a lot of attention, but nearly no installs 35
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.14]
"We haven't bought any user acquisition programs or rating programs since we really don't like that approach of gaming the systems. But maybe it's the only way to go forward from here?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

A guide to writing a great App Store description 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.10.14]
"A great app description will close the sale and trigger that all important download," writes Simon Hill. But how do you do it? This blog post serves as a guide.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

What's a Google Play feature slot worth? 3
by Gamasutra Community [11.06.14]
"We rose quickly to 20,000 downloads/day for a couple of days before the featuring spots changed and we started falling down. After this we fell down to around 900/installs day. But why?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Corona, makers of popular 2D mobile game engine, acquired by Fuse Powered 1
by Christian Nutt [11.04.14]
Monetization firm nets itself a popular toolkit for making apps; integration of Fuse Powered's ad and metrics platform is planned.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Getting started with mobile game localization 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.04.14]
A quick list of six things you need to keep in mind before launching into localizing your game: "mobile game localization is not rocket science... but there’s still some work that needs to be done."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

A picture's worth thousand words: Choosing screenshots for your iOS game 4
by Gamasutra Community [11.03.14]
"When you are creating screenshots or a preview video for your app make sure that you show off all the key features and help prospective customers to understand what you are offering."
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Blog: Breasts? No thank you! 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.31.14]
"Maybe I should have just made a game about candy pieces. Calling my shiny, colorful puzzle game Boob Rescue certainly made things a lot harder than they needed to be."
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Production, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Apple's iAd now live in 70 new countries, bringing total to 95  
by Christian Nutt [10.28.14]
Thinking about using Apple's ad service for your iOS game? Now, it's got a lot more reach, as the company brings a swath of major territories into thee program.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

TestFlight is changing in iOS 8, under Apple's watch  
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The popular testing tool, which Apple acquired in February, is making some changes under iOS 8 -- including iTunes Connect integration.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Mobile Games

Blog: Get your app featured by Google Play 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.10.14]
Even though a "Google feature is not a big deal like App Store featuring," says one dev -- you still want it, if you can get it. This is a quick guide on how to get it!
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

What’s in a name? Choosing a name for your iOS app  
by Gamasutra Community [10.10.14]
"When it comes to naming your app, there’s a lot to consider, and a well thought out name can make a big difference to your bottom line."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Disney yanks Tiny Death Star from app stores without telling devs 15
by Christian Nutt [10.03.14]
The game was still "a significant source of revenue for us" says developer Ian Marsh, whose studio NimbleBit created the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

On the back of mobile success, InnoGames opens new studio  
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
The Hamburg-based studio, best known for making browser games, has an iPad hit -- and now expands to Dusseldorf to beef up its mobile offerings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games