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Mobile AR headset maker Mira secures $1M investment  
by Alissa McAloon [09.21.17]
Additionally, the company says the first wave of its $99 dev kits are in the mail.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, VRDC

The iOS 11 App Store update shines the spotlight on games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.20.17]
The new store update launched alongside iOS 11 and aims to help developers overcome discoverability issues through the addition of a curated and game-centric storefront.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mail.ru invests $959k in mobile game dev Panzerdog  
by Alissa McAloon [09.19.17]
The Finnish-Russian mobile game developer is the first dev to partner with Mail.ru through its recently established $100M games investment program.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Apple rolls out iOS 11, ending support for 32-bit apps  
by Alissa McAloon [09.19.17]
The next big iOS update has been released, bringing with it both good and bad news for mobile game developers.
Smartphone/Tablet

The GDC 2018 Mobile Summit seeks your great talk submissions!  
by Staff [09.19.17]
Heads up: organizers are still accepting pitches for Summit sessions at Game Developers Conference 2018, which is coming back to the Moscone Center in San Francisco March 19-23, 2018!
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Game Design Deep Dive: Mixing VR and non-VR in Lola and the Giant 1
by Matt Duff [09.19.17]
"VR, especially mobile VR, can be an isolating experience. We decided to try and create some way that the adventure could be enjoyed by both the player using the VR device and by everyone else in the room."
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Deep Dive

The iPhone X's 'notch' is powered by the same tech as the Kinect  
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.17]
The tech that let a generation of players fill their living rooms with virtual lava is powering the FaceID feature on the iPhone X.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: An HDR Tooth Nindie Tail? 2
by Gamasutra Staff [09.17.17]
Top game articles & videos for the week include the state of HDR in gaming, behind the scenes on new RTS Tooth & Tail, and stories from some key Nintendo indies.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

PSA: Pitch your talks now for the GDC 2018 Educators Summit! 1
by Staff [09.14.17]
Next March, GDC 2018 will again have a Summit of talks dedicated specifically to game education, this time with a new name: the GDC Educators Summit! Make sure to pitch your talks for the Summit now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Google Play kicks off new initiative to support diverse game makers 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.17]
Google is expanding its Infinite Deviation program to help support marginalized people in the early stages of their game development careers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Apple is now in the business of making its own mobile GPUs 1
by Alex Wawro [09.12.17]
Mixed in with news out of Apple that the company will release two new iPhone models, the 8 and the X, was a confirmation that the A11 chip powering both will have its own custom, Apple-designed GPU.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Thatgamecompany's Sky is headed to Apple TV, iPhone and iPad first  
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.17]
The latest game from the developer behind Journey is coming to mobile phones this winter, but only for people that own an Apple device.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

The GDC 2018 Game Narrative Summit needs your best talks!  
by Staff [09.12.17]
Submit your talks for next year's GDC Game Narrative Summit, which addresses interactive narrative in all its forms, from AAA blockbusters to indie games to mobile/social projects.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Video: Writing NPCs with agency, for 80 Days and beyond  
by Staff [09.11.17]
At GDC 2016, writer and narrative designer Meg Jayanth (80 Days, Samsara) shares some best practices for writing three-dimensional, engaging NPCs that breathe life into your game narratives.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Secret World Of Dad Of Light  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.10.17]
This week's long form article/video highlights include the depths of the Secret World role-playing community, a unique new Final Fantasy-themed TV show, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Submit your pitch for a great GDC 2018 Community Management talk!  
by Staff [09.08.17]
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, GDC

Now's the time to submit your talks for the GDC 2018 AI Summit!  
by Staff [09.07.17]
Submit your talk pitches for next year's GDC AI Summit, which presents panels and lectures from top game AI programmers, designers, researchers, and AI enthusiasts in the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Q&A: Cracking the code of China's mobile market with Ubisoft's Palasse  
by Mathew Kumar [09.06.17]
"We have to learn from the Chinese market about monetization and retention. Doing games that are free and that people stick with for years, that takes a real expertise."
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Wargaming Mobile acquires Danish casual dev Hapiti  
by Chris Kerr [09.05.17]
Wargaming's fledgling mobile divison has continued its European expansion by picking up casual game developer Hapiti.co for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Angry Birds maker Rovio confirms it's planning an IPO  
by Chris Kerr [09.05.17]
The move has been heavily rumored in recent months, and now the Finnish mobile studio hopes to strengthen its position after its games division experienced its best year to date.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing