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Updates » Smartphone/Tablet
PUBG Mobile surpasses 100 million downloads since launch  
by Emma Kidwell [08.16.18]
PUBG Mobile has been downloaded over 100 million times on both iOS and Android devices since first launching about five months ago.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Publisher Tilting Point sets up Barcelona studio to support live mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
Tilting Point has set up shop in Barcelona with the goal of offering more support to mobile game developers in Europe. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tencent reports decrease in PC and mobile revenue despite rising DAUs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Tencent has released its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, which shows an overall increase in revenue across the board despite a drop in PC and mobile game revenue.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

RuneScape dev forms Jagex Partners to take on publishing live games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The developer behind the long-running online game RuneScape is branching out into third-party publishing through its new arm Jagex Partners.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

China has quietly stopped approving new games for release  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The freeze takes the typically complicated task of releasing a game in China from difficult to legitimately impossible following government restructuring efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Reminder: Thursday is your last day to pitch Main Conference talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: The last day to pitch talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference is this Thursday, August 16th -- so get your submissions in now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

'Fundamentally we were building an MMO': Designing The Walking Dead AR game  
by Alan Bradley [08.14.18]
The developers of the new augmented reality game The Walking Dead: Our World open up about their experiences designing and building on the cutting edge of AR tech.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Bethesda reluctant to bring Elder Scrolls: Legends to systems that don't offer cross-play 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.18]
"We can't be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or its walled off from everything else," said Hines.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: We, Happy To Take The Magic Leap  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.13.18]
This week's highlights include impressions of the much-pivoted We Happy Few, hands-on with the vaunted Magic Leap AR glasses, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Over a year later, South Korean devs still aren't allowed to publish games in China  
by Emma Kidwell [08.10.18]
South Korean game developers and publishers are still not able to release games in China after the Chinese government instituted a full ban on the release of new South-Korea developed games in 2017.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google Play searches now warn that Fortnite isn't hosted in the store 3
by Alissa McAloon [08.10.18]
Google has added a small disclosure at the top of Google Play searches for Fortnite, cautioning players that the game they’re probably searching for isn’t actually hosted on Google Play.
Smartphone/Tablet

Proposed Fortnite changes aim to group mouse-and-keyboard players together 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.10.18]
Fortnite dev Epic Games has a matchmaking tweak in the works that will pair players up according to the peripherals they use to play.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

One month in, Pokemon Quest has brought in over $8 million on mobile  
by Alissa McAloon [08.10.18]
The mobile release of Game Freak’s free-to-play blocky brawler Pokemon Quest has brought an estimated $8 million in revenue since it launched just one month back.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

ZeniMax-owned Escalation Studios is now Bethesda Game Studios Dallas  
by Alissa McAloon [08.10.18]
The team at Escalation Studios has officially been absorbed into Bethesda itself after being acquired by ZeniMax early last year.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Jam City's Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery clears $50 million in revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [08.09.18]
The mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimates that the free-to-play mobile game has generated $55 million in revenue since its late April launch.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Devs, pitch your great and clever Design talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.08.18]
If you've been sitting on a great idea for a talk on game design at Game Developers Conference 2019, organizers want to hear it -- before next Thursday, August 16th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Facebook introduces AR games to Messenger  
by Alissa McAloon [08.08.18]
Facebook has launched a handful of internally developed augmented reality games that can be played during Messenger video chats.
VR, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Fallout Shelter surpasses $90M in lifetime mobile revenue 3
by Chris Kerr [08.08.18]
The free-to-play title launched on iOS devices back in June 2015, before eventually making its way to Android in August 2015.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile revenue failed to meet Square Enix's expectations this quarter  
by Alissa McAloon [08.07.18]
The first quarter of Square Enix's 2018-2019 fiscal year passed rather quietly this time around, thanks to both a lack of new releases and lackluster mobile performance.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: How to do cost-effective QA for your mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [08.07.18]
From successful planning to test execution, the blog gives exclusive insights into how to approach cost-effective QA for your mobile project.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production