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Deca Games acquires DragonVale following Backflip Studios closure  
by Alissa McAloon [03.17.20]
Deca Games is taking over Backflip Studios' free-to-play mobile game DragonVale, an acquisition that comes months after Backflip was closed down by parent company Hasbro.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Streaming startup Genvid secures $6 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [03.17.20]
Streaming startup Genvid Technologies has raised another $6 million in Series B funding, adding to the $27 million it raised back in November 2019.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ukie partners with law firm Sheridans to open COVID-19 Contract Hotline  
by Chris Kerr [03.17.20]
Ukie has teamed up with law firm Sheridans to open a free legal advice hotline for those UK games businesses and contractors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business/Marketing

Oculus adds prototype OpenXR support for Quest 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.16.20]
Oculus has added support for Khronos Group’s open VR and AR standard OpenXR to Quest devices, though it says that support is currently only extended to a prototype version for the time being.
VR, Business/Marketing

The new Xbox Wireless Controller will reduce latency and allow instant sharing 1
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
Along with sharing the full list of tech specs for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft has also given us a detailed look at the new Xbox Wireless Controller. 
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Warzone crosses 15 million players in four days  
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
Call of Duty: Warzone has amassed over 15 million players in just four days, according to publisher Activision.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile studio Bazooka Tango raises $2.5 million to expand portfolio  
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
Mobile game studio Bazooka Tango has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to create new titles based on original and existing properties.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft drops full Xbox Series X tech specs, reveals 'storage expansion cards' 1
by Chris Kerr [03.16.20]
After months of drip feeding information, Microsoft has finally shared the complete list of tech specs for the Xbox Series X.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 virtual talks, awards streaming for free all week! Here's the lineup 1
by Staff [03.15.20]
Just a quick reminder that while GDC is no longer happening this week in San Francisco, organizers invite you to watch scheduled livestreams of the awards and some of the talks planned for GDC 2020!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Ori's Will, Duty's Call, Nioh's Sequel?  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.15.20]
The week's highlights include neat impressions on Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Call Of Duty Warzone, and Nioh 2, plus pieces on pixel pets, bullet painting in GTA V & Kabaddi.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Reboot Develop Blue is the latest game event rescheduled due to coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Organizers confirmed today that the upcoming Reboot Develop Blue event in Croatia will be postponed until the fall due to travel bans and other issues caused by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo staff working from home after employee tests positive for coronavirus  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Employees at Nintendo's offices in California and Washington are being permitted to work from home after someone working in the company's Redmond offices tested positive for the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Free press advocates unveil new library of censored works -- in Minecraft  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
"The library is filled with...articles that were censored...these articles are now available again within Minecraft – hidden from government surveillance technology inside a computer game."
Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video

Dreams dev testing the waters of letting players monetize their work  
by Alex Wawro [03.13.20]
Media Molecule today opened up a special beta program for its game-making PS4 game Dreams which will allow select players to put their Dreams creations to commercial use beyond PlayStation's ecosystem.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Niantic just made it easier to play Pokemon Go in self-isolation 1
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic is attempting to make the augmented reality title easier to play in "an individual setting" in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Aragami developer Lince Works nets $3.4 million to fund next project  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
Aragami developer-publisher Lince Works has received $3.4 million in funding to push ahead with the development of its sophomore title. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

EGX Rezzed postponed until July due to COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.13.20]
UPDATE: EGX Rezzed been postponed until the summer due to the coronavirus outbreak, and will now take place in July.
Business/Marketing

Report: AR headset maker Magic Leap exploring a sale at $10 billion valuation 3
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Augmented reality company Magic Leap is exploring the possibility of a sale, according to a report from Bloomberg.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Nvidia's brilliance, Google's foresight, and the necessity of adding something new 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.20]
Using Google Stadia and Nvidia Geforce Now as building points, Neil Schneider highlights opportunities for getting more game developers on board with the client-cloud industry.
Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard names veteran Google exec Daniel Alegre as president and COO  
by Chris Kerr [03.12.20]
Activision Blizzard has named veteran Google executive Daniel Alegre as its new president and chief operating officer.
Business/Marketing