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TinyBuild buys Streets of Rogue developer DogHelm in $6.5 million deal  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.21]
TinyBuild has acquired Streets of Rogue developer DogHelm Studios in a deal worth up to $6.5 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Stillfront Group acquires idle mobile RPG Crush Them All from Godzilab  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.21]
Stillfront Group has agreed to acquire Crush Them All, an idle mobile RPG developed by Godzilab, for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Syberia developer Microids opens new Lyon studio to create adventure games  
by Chris Kerr [06.08.21]
French game company Microids, known for developing and publishing the Syberia franchise, has cut the ribbon on a new development studio in Lyon.
Production, Business/Marketing

Can paid ads for PC/console games give you positive ROI?  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.07.21]
Let's take a look into how paying big social media platform companies to promote your game could (or might not!) pay off - and other notable game discovery news.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Developers have earned $230 billion through the App Store to date 1
by Alissa McAloon [06.07.21]
Apple says that developers have made over $230 billion dollars since the App Store first launched way back in 2008.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Black Desert Online dev Pearl Abyss opens new offices in L.A. and Amsterdam  
by Chris Kerr [06.07.21]
Black Desert Online developer Pearl Abyss has opened new offices in Los Angeles and Amsterdam.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Gacha - A 2021 detailed guide for beginners  
by Gamasutra Community [06.07.21]
Gachas account for a significant part of the hard currency spent in any games that include them, but there's little information about their design differences. Here's an explainer aimed at beginners.
Business/Marketing

Indie developers have curated a new Itch bundle in aid of Palestine  
by Chris Kerr [06.07.21]
Digital storefront Itch is hosting a new bundle to help raise money for Palestinians in need.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hades wins the Nebula Award for Best Game Writing 2
by Chris Kerr [06.07.21]
Supergiant's roguelike action dungeon crawler Hades has been honored with the 2020 Nebula Award for Best Game Writing.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook Gaming acquires Crayta developer Unit 2 Games  
by Chris Kerr [06.07.21]
Facebook Gaming has acquired Unit 2 Games, the UK developer behind collaborative game development and publishing platform Crayta, for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Finnish studio Quicksave Interactive nets $1.3 million to create HTML-5 chat games  
by Chris Kerr [06.04.21]
Helsinki-based game studio Quicksave Interactive has raised $1.3 million to create HTML-5 social games that can be played on messaging platforms.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Balan Wonderworld game director Yuji Naka departs Square Enix 1
by Chris Kerr [06.04.21]
UPDATE: Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator and Balan Wonderworld game director Yuji Naka has seemingly left Square Enix.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Tencent opens new L.A. office to consolidate workforce and enable further expansion  
by Chris Kerr [06.04.21]
Chinese tech and game company Tencent has opened a new office in Los Angeles that could house up to 300 employees.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video game charts: a series of lenses  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.03.21]
Sure, you're looking at the top games on the Steam charts, but are those really the 'top games'? This and lots more discoverability takes in this latest round-up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Snowed In Studios launches new division to help high-flying brands make games  
by Chris Kerr [06.03.21]
Snowed In Studios has launched a new division called Scarab Games to help brands create console and PC games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile esports platform Skillz buys marketing company Aarki for $150 million  
by Chris Kerr [06.03.21]
Mobile esports platform Skillz has acquired machine learning marketing company Aarki for $150 million in cash and shares.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Astro's Playroom dev Team Asobi is the newest internal PlayStation Studio  
by Chris Kerr [06.03.21]
Sony has officially inducted Astro's Playroom developer Team Asobi into its family of internal PlayStation Studios.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo wants to turn a factory into a museum called the 'Nintendo Gallery'  
by Chris Kerr [06.02.21]
Nintendo is turning the land surrounding its Uji Ogura Plant into a new museum that will showcase and preserve many of its products.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A 6 step guide to starting your own game studio 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.02.21]
Yvora is a video games startup created by an IT industry veteran. We have big plans, and wanted to share our experiences with other game developers.
Design, Business/Marketing

Dark Horse Comics opens video game division, wants to work with 'top' studios  
by Chris Kerr [06.02.21]
"I think most triple-A devs that I’ve talked to prefer their game dev team to build core gameplay and then fit an IP to it, versus shoving an IP down their throats. We're sensitive to that."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing