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Rovio files trademark lawsuit against hot chicken restaurant 'Angry Birdz' 2
by Chris Kerr [06.26.19]
Rovio is suing a hot chicken restaurant in California for allegedly violating and diluting its Angry Birds trademark.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: My Friend Pedro's Elite Beat Agent  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.23.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at breakout indie action game My Friend Pedro, a much-deserved history of the excellent Elite Beat Agents series, on Mordhau's surprisingly hot debut, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Project Babel dev Colopl says employees inflated sales to boost app rankings 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.19]
Project Babel developer Colopl says that a pair of employees poured roughly $79,000 into the recently launched mobile game with the goal of artificially raising the game’s ranking on top grossing app lists.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!
by Staff [06.20.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Azerion has purchased Spil Games' mobile game division  
by Chris Kerr [06.20.19]
Media, video game, and tech company Azerion has purchased Dutch studio Spil Games' mobile gaming division for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Monument Valley dev ustwo appoints new leaders to help multi-project transition 1
by Chris Kerr [06.20.19]
Monument Valley developer ustwo games has expanded its leadership team to better transition towards multi-project development.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Cultist Simulator mobile: The all-singing, all-dancing data dump  
by Lottie Bevan [06.20.19]
We launched a mobile port of Cultist Simulator on the App Store and Google Play in April 2019. Here’s how it’s gone so far. I hope you like DATA!
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga-owned Empires & Puzzles has surpassed 34 million downloads  
by Chris Kerr [06.19.19]
Zynga and Small Giant Games' popular match-3 battler Empires & Puzzles has surpassed 34 million downloads worldwide.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Niantic is suing Global++ over modified Pokemon Go, Ingress apps  
by Alissa McAloon [06.17.19]
Niantic has filed a lawsuit against the group Global++ for creating and releasing hacked versions of the developer’s social mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: E3, E3, E3 (and some Non-E3!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.14.19]
This week's roundup is E3-packed, including discussion of best games, Nintendo, the PC Gaming Show, Microsoft's xCloud vs Google Stadia (or not!), as well as another 10+ links that aren't about E3 at all.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Next Games is making a location-based Stranger Things mobile game  
by Alissa McAloon [06.12.19]
Netflix has been popping up more and more around video games lately, and its latest announcement sees the video streaming platform partnering with developer Next Games for a Pokemon Go-like mobile game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Epic Games has acquired group video chat platform Houseparty  
by Chris Kerr [06.12.19]
Fortnite maker Epic Games has acquired synchronous social network Houseparty for an undisclosed fee. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Why fashion in (most) games sucks, and why you should care 1
by Staff [06.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran explores the recent history of fashion in games and provides multiple tips for making your own character designs runway-worthy. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Follow all of Gamasutra's E3 2019 coverage here!  
by Staff [06.09.19]
Gamasutra will be covering E3 both on-site and remotely to bring you the latest news and interviews from the game industry's big L.A. showcase. Follow coverage on our dedicated E3 news page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Combo Breaking E3 With BitSummit Flair  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.08.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at some great community events - from the fighting game scene's Combo Breaker to Japanese indie dev scene's BitSummit, as well as a peek at the first ever E3 Expo & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tencent sells a quarter of its Glu Mobile shares for $56 million  
by Alissa McAloon [06.07.19]
Tencent has reduced its stake in Diner Dash and Kim Kardashian Hollywood developer Glu Mobile through the sale of just over 7.2 million shares in the company.
Smartphone/Tablet

Stadia 'Founder's Edition' launches in November, base version in 2020 11
by Alissa McAloon [06.06.19]
Google has finally offered more details on the Stadia game streaming service it announced earlier this year, shedding light on pricing details and the platform’s game offerings in a pre-E3 stream today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, E3

Hatch partners with Samsung to bring 5G game streaming to the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [06.06.19]
Hatch has partnered with Samsung to bring its mobile game streaming service to 5G-capable smartphones in the United States, giving the Rovio-owned company a helping hand in North America.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Remixing the endless runner genre for Talking Tom Hero Dash 2
by Outfit7 Limited [06.06.19]
The Talking Tom Hero Dash team shares the results of combining the high-energy, speed, and action of an endless runner with the more layered gameplay you’d expect from one of their Tamagotchi-style games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: Admiring the design in hyper-casual games 20
by Gamasutra Community [06.06.19]
Game designers: here's what you can (probably) learn from hyper-casual games, no matter how much you hate seeing them on App Stores.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design