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Ex-Riot devs net $2.5M to help launch new LA studio Singularity 6  
by Alex Wawro [09.13.18]
There's a new game studio in Los Angeles: Singularity 6, founded by former Riot Games staffers Anthony Leung and Aidan Karabaich with an eye towards creating "genre-defining" online games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile marketplaces accused of publishing apps violating kids' privacy laws  
by Emma Kidwell [09.13.18]
An analysis by The New York Times examines a lawsuit filed by New Mexico’s attorney general claiming mobile game Fun Kid Racing violated a federal children’s privacy law.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Pitch your exciting, insightful game UX talks for GDC 2019's UX Summit!  
by Staff [09.13.18]
GDC organizers are still accepting UX Summit talk submissions -- but only until Friday, October 5th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Telecoms giant Sky forms new mobile studio with The Walking Dead producer 1
by Chris Kerr [09.13.18]
UK telecoms outfit Sky has partnered with multi-platform entertainment company Skybound to create new mobile game studio, Skybound Stories. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

iPhone Xs comes with enhanced performance for ARKit 2  
by Emma Kidwell [09.12.18]
The recently unveiled iPhone Xs and Xs Max feature a brand-new chip called the A12 Bionic, a 6-core CPU said to enhance performance improvements for ARKit 2.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Learn to design better virtual, augmented, and mixed reality spaces at XRDC!  
by Staff [09.12.18]
If you're a game or experience designer, it doesn't matter if you're working in augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, or all of the above: XRDC 2018 has something that meets your needs!
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Niantic touts 35 percent growth in active players for Pokemon Go 2
by Bryant Francis [09.11.18]
Thanks to new social features and a busy summer, Niantic says Pokemon Go has seen a 35 percent growth in active users.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

NPD survey: 34% of players exclusively play mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.18]
The NPD Group's EEDAR has released a report examining the platforms typically favored by players, offering devs insight into how groups of people prefer to play games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019's Mobile Summit needs you to submit great mobile-centric talks!  
by Staff [09.11.18]
Today officials want to give a special shoutout to folks who might have ideas for talks that would be a good fit for the GDC Mobile Summit, which helps kick off GDC 2019 next March in San Francisco!
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Developing the first mobile Spider-Man game before the App Store  
by Emma Kidwell [09.10.18]
In an interview Gadgets 360, game designers from Mumbai studio Indiagames discuss development of the first mobile iteration of Spider-Man, which was put together in under a month.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Analyst: 'Whale' spenders aren't as crucial to F2P mobile games as they once were  
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.18]
Data featured in a report from DeltaDNA suggests that casual spenders are on the rise, and that free-to-play mobile games likely won’t need to rely on power-spenders as a result.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Now's the time to submit talks for the GDC 2019 Educators Summit!  
by Staff [09.10.18]
Next March, GDC 2019 will again host the Educators Summit, a program of talks dedicated specifically to game education. If you have a great talk in mind, now's the time to pitch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Report: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp lifetime revenue hits $50 million  
by Chris Kerr [09.10.18]
The mobile title had earned around $35 million as of June this year -- meaning it's pulled in another $15 million in the two months since. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Putting The AR in Artifact?  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.09.18]
This week's highlights include an article about Facebook Messenger's AR microgames, a detailed look at Valve's upcoming Artifact card game, & lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Fortnite on Android reaches 15 million downloads sans Google Play  
by Emma Kidwell [09.07.18]
Epic Games reports 15 million Fortnite downloads and 23 million players on Android only 21 days after the game's beta release.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Cold Iron Studios, Endnight Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [09.07.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Honour of Kings to require players use real names to comply with new Chinese policies  
by Alissa McAloon [09.06.18]
The system will check registered players against China’s public security database to ensure that children don’t exceed playtime restrictions put in place.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Submit your talks now for the GDC 2019 Community Management Summit!  
by Staff [09.06.18]
Submit your talk pitches for next year's GDC Community Management Summit, which presents sessions and panels aimed at giving community management pros room to share knowledge and hone their craft.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Assessing the impact of China's changing game regulations  
by Gamasutra Community [09.06.18]
On August 30th, China's Ministry of Education issued a notice aimed at preventing myopia among minors, and it could have a significant impact.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Games intelligence firm SuperData acquired by analytics company Nielsen  
by Emma Kidwell [09.05.18]
Nielsen Holdings announced in a press release today its acquisition of games market intelligence firm SuperData Research, known for collecting and interpreting data from customers.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing