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Report: Talking Tom dev Outfit7 acquired by Chinese chemical firm  
by Alissa McAloon [01.18.17]
Chinese chemical manufacturer and supplier Zhejiang Jinke Entertainment Culture has reportedly purchased mobile developer Outfit7 for just over $1 billion.
Smartphone/Tablet

GDC State of the Industry: For the first time, devs favor Android over iOS  
by Staff [01.18.17]
We dig deeper into the many findings of the 2017 Game Developers Conference survey of over 4.5k devs, and find some surprising insight into which game platforms are most popular right now.
Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

Breakout Ninja dev highlights the waning appeal of ad-removal IAPs 2
by Chris Kerr [01.18.17]
New data released by Breakout Ninja developer Part Time Monkey shows just how hard it is to turn ad-removal in-app purchases into a meaningful source of income.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Cignition is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [01.17.17]
Cignition is looking for a gameplay programmer to prototype, develop core features, and blend gameplay and neuroscience to create immersive learning experiences in Palo Alto, California
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Pokemon Go was 2016's most downloaded game but not the top earner 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.17]
A yearly retrospective of the mobile games market from App Annie shares data about the total downloads and revenue earned by top mobile games and companies in 2016.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Handicapping the Switch's chances: Industry analysts weigh in 8
by Chris Baker [01.17.17]
We reached out to several games industry analysts to get their take on Thursday night's Nintendo event, in which new details about the pricing, launch date, and tech specs of the Switch were revealed.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

PSA: Tomorrow is your deadline to register early for GDC 2017!  
by Staff [01.17.17]
With just over 24 hours to go before early registration for Game Developers Conference 2017 ends tomorrow -- Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59 PM Pacific, now's the time register at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Weakened pound results in UK App Store price hike  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.17]
Apple has announced it'll be raising the prices of apps and games on its UK App Store to account for weakened exchange rates in the wake of Brexit. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Rovio opens London studio to create new online franchises  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.17]
Mobile juggernaut Rovio has opened a new in-house studio in London that will focus on creating massively multiplayer online games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch-ed Up For Pokemaniacs  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.15.17]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts, picking the smartest longform video game articles and videos of the week, looks at Switch's launch, the deep fandom of Pokemon, & lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Will the Switch outsell the Wii U? Gamasutra staff weighs in 9
by Gamasutra Staff [01.13.17]
Will the Switch outperform the disappointing WiiU? Is the price right? Are the games that were teased sufficiently appealing? Gamasutra staffers weigh in with their take.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

How and why game devs manipulate 'luck' in games like Peggle 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.17]
Maintaining the balance between luck and fairness isn’t always easy, but sometimes game design can benefit from replacing pure-luck with more controlled randomness.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Pokemon Go and Inside among D.I.C.E. Game of the Year nominees  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.17]
The nominees for the 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards have been revealed, with Battlefield 1, Inside, Overwatch, Pokemon Go, and Uncharted 4 all in competition to be named 2016’s Game of the Year.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design

GDC State of the Industry: Devs weigh in on Nintendo Switch, Vive interest surges  
by Staff [01.12.17]
The 2017 Game Developers Conference survey of over 4.5k devs reveals many findings, including that devs are optimistic about Nintendo's Switch & uncertain about mid-cycle PS4/Xbox console refreshes.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Get a job: Nexon M is hiring a Sr. Software Engineer, Big Data  
by Staff [01.11.17]
Nexon M is looking for a Sr. Software Engineer to design, develop, and maintain various ETL processes, database standards, and data warehouse infrastructure in Emeryville, California.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Jam City co-founder reflects on monetization lessons learned from MySpace  
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.17]
Chris DeWolfe, co-founder of both Jam City and MySpace, shares how his experiences with the former social media giant informed the decisions he made with Jam City's free-to-play games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Glu restructure could result in over 100 layoffs, loss of two studios 3
by Chris Kerr [01.11.17]
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood maker Glu Mobile has posted details of a restructuring plan that could result in over 100 layoffs and the shuttering of two studios. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nix Hydra is hiring a UI/UX Artist  
by Staff [01.10.17]
Nix Hydra Games is seeking an experienced UI/UX artist to develop animations, interfaces, assets, and more for mobile games in Los Angeles, California.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Recruitment

China blocks Pokemon Go and others to protect 'information security'  
by Chris Kerr [01.10.17]
China's state censor isn't in any hurry to let augmented reality titles, including Niantic's hit smartphone app Pokemon Go, into the country. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Study estimates Pokemon Go has added over 144 billion steps to US physical activity 1
by Alex Wawro [01.09.17]
A new study of Pokemon Go interest correlation with activity finds that "if this user engagement could be sustained, Pokémon Go would have the potential to measurably affect US life expectancy."
Smartphone/Tablet