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Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over a Fortnite emote  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Epic has been hit with another lawsuit over one of the many, many emotes in its free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite, but this case is taking a different approach toward the alleged infringement.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Four years after launch, Angry Birds 2 is still Rovio's top-earning game  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Angry Birds 2 continues to be the company's big earner in its games business, bringing in €32 million (~$35.6 million) in gross bookings all on its own.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Snapchat is launching an SDK to let devs use Bitmoji avatars in their own games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Snapchat is rolling out a Bitmoji for Games SDK that lets select game developers use the social platform’s customizable Bitmoji avatars within their own games on any platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Supercell partners with Internet Matters to improve child safety online  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
Clash of Clans maker Supercell has joined forces with non-profit organization Internet Matters on a mission to help keep children safe in the digital world. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google coy with new Stadia details, pushes the promise of discoverability 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.19]
Google has lofty ambitions for its coming cloud-based game platform Stadia, many of which include giving game developers and players alike the ability to approach video games in a different way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Keywords nabs Japanese HTML5 developer Wizcorp for $1.1 million  
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Irish game service provider Keywords has acquired Japanese work-for-hire studio Wizcorp for $1.1 million in cash. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Over half of PUBG Corp's 2018 revenue came from Asia  
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
PUBG Corp saw $920 million in revenue for 2018, most of which came from the PC version of its multiplatform game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

China's game approval rules will soon apply to HTML5 and WeChat mini-games  
by Staff [04.19.19]
China's game approval process has undergone a lot of change in the past year or so, including a full-on freeze for most of 2018, but more changes are set to hit the program this month.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Google opens its Indie Games Accelerator to mobile devs across 37 countries  
by Alissa McAloon [04.17.19]
Google has expanded its Indie Games Accelerator program and is now taking applications from devs in select countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Smartphone/Tablet

Hajime Tabata's first post-Square Enix project is a licensed Paralympics game  
by Alissa McAloon [04.15.19]
The Final Fantasy XV director says his studio aims to "represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports" through an upcoming RPG.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Apple willing to spend over $500 million bringing games to Arcade 5
by Chris Kerr [04.15.19]
Apple is reportedly willing to spend "hundreds of millions" of dollars to fill out its Apple Arcade premium game subscription service with quality titles. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Falcon Scores Weed, Needs Vacation  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.19]
This week's roundup includes intriguing debuts from Falcon Age and Vacation Simulator, a historical tour of The Division's New York, the trickiness of marketing your weed tycoon game & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Animoca Brands acquires majority stake in Trilliona dev Skytree for $850k  
by Chris Kerr [04.12.19]
Hong Kong-based mobile publisher Animoca Brands has acquired a 75 percent stake in developer Skytree for $850,000 in cash and shares.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why being trapped in a loop makes Reigns: Her Majesty so satisfying  
by Staff [04.11.19]
"Everything in the game helps the player define the pace," explains Reigns creator Francois Alliot. "In the game you can swipe very quickly or you can take your time, and we adapted everything around that."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Disruptor Beam plans to offer a mobile live ops platform to other devs  
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
The mobile game developer behind the likes of Game of Thrones Ascent and Star Trek Timelines has announced that it'll be commercializing its Disruptor Engine live operations platform.
Smartphone/Tablet

Moonlighter sells 500,000 copies in less than a year 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
Digital Sun’s 2-in-one shop management sim and dungeon crawler Moonlighter has sold over 500,000 copies across all platforms. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Survey: More teenagers are getting into video games because of Fortnite  
by Alissa McAloon [04.10.19]
A survey from Piper Jaffray says that Fortnite has both boosted teen game spending overall and attracted a handful of first-time-players to video games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Black Desert franchise has crossed $1 billion in gross sales  
by Chris Kerr [04.09.19]
Developer Pearl Abyss announced the news earlier today, and explained the series now has 18 million registers users in over 150 countries across PC, mobile and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Retro streaming platform picks up Arc System Works, SNK, others  
by Chris Kerr [04.09.19]
Those deals include the rights to popular franchises like Double Dragon, Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, Gridrunner, and Metal Slug
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing