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Call of Duty: Mobile has topped 300 million downloads  
by Chris Kerr [10.23.20]
Call of Duty: Mobile has amassed over 300 million downloads during it first year on digital shelves. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GD Mag

New non-profit Hit Save! wants to help preserve video games and their history  
by Chris Kerr [10.20.20]
A new video game preservation initiative has been launched in the form of Hit Save!, a registered non-profit dedicated to preserving video games and the history behind them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Switch game discovery - look on the bright side?  
by Gamasutra staff [10.16.20]
With Switch game discoverability, perhaps everyone's pessimist side has been over-exposed. So here's why you should dig releasing on Switch! (And more discovery news.)
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The in-app purchase merchandising playbook - Part 1  
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.20]
In mobile games, IAP Merchandising is an area where best-practices are well established. Here's your checklist for creating IAP Special Offers that sell!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

How to get on the good side of media & streamers  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.14.20]
Analyzing a Twitter thread asking ‘content creators’ & media folks about the game promo-related practices that devs and publishers should stop doing. Plus lots more game discovery goodness!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

MyGames buys minority stake in hyper-casual studio Mamboo Games  
by Chris Kerr [10.14.20]
My.Games has purchased a minority stake in hyper-casual mobile developer-publisher Mamboo Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Beamable, once known as Disruptor Beam, files for bankruptcy  
by Alissa McAloon [10.13.20]
Beamable, the studio that once helmed projects like Star Trek Timelines as developer Disruptor Beam, has filed for bankruptcy.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Apple touts the new iPhone 12 and its 5G as a game changer for mobile games 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.13.20]
This latest line is split across four models of varying size, but all promise access to 5G networks and Apple’s shiny new A14 Bionic chip.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Unity launches Game Growth Program to help indie mobile devs flourish  
by Chris Kerr [10.13.20]
Engine maker Unity is looking to support indie developers on mobile with the launch of a new Game Growth Program.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

UK regulator bans misleading Homescapes, Gardenscapes pin puzzle ads 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.20]
The UK ad authority has put the kibosh on a certain format of ads used by Playrix, arguing that the ads for each wildly misrepresent the gameplay of each title.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Epic vs. Apple judge warns of 'serious ramifications' for console makers 2
by Chris Kerr [10.12.20]
The legal battle between Apple and Epic Games over the former's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store could have "serious ramifications for Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Kids vs. Zombies dev Donut Lab raises $1.6 million  
by Kris Graft [10.09.20]
Donut Lab, creator of the in-development mobile game Kids vs. Zombies, has raised $1.6 million in funding, VentureBeat reports.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

An in-depth analysis of IAP pack design in free-to-play mobile games 4
by Javier Barnes [10.08.20]
Currency packs are the core of the monetization of any F2P mobile game. We share some of the key concepts, techniques and ferengi tricks involved with their creation and balancing.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Epic Games and Apple will head to trial in May 2021 1
by Chris Kerr [10.07.20]
The legal dispute between Epic Games and Apple will go to trial in May 2021, which is a little earlier than the July 2021 date that was previously being touted.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join InnoGames as a Concept Artist  
by Staff [10.06.20]
We are looking for an Artist to transform this vision into a game we are not only proud of playing ourselves but one that shapes the success story of InnoGames in the years to come.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Recruitment

Niantic launches new Pokemon Go initiative to help small businesses hit by COVID  
by Alissa McAloon [10.06.20]
The Niantic Local Business Recovery Initiative started taking nominations earlier this year, and has narrowed down those submissions to 1,000 small businesses to support through Pokemon Go.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sky: Children of the Light has topped 50 million installs worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [10.05.20]
Thatgamecompany's social adventure Sky: Children of the Light has topped 50 million installs worldwide since launching in July 2019.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta will leave the company at the end of 2020  
by Chris Kerr [10.05.20]
Rovio CEO Kati Levoranta will depart the company at the end of 2020 after more than four years at the helm.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google officially ends support for Daydream VR  
by Alissa McAloon [10.02.20]
Google’s short lived foray into virtual reality has come to a close, with the official launch of Android 11 ushering in the end of Daydream.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: New Moon Production is hiring a Product Manager  
by Staff [09.30.20]
At New Moon Production we specialize in game development for both mobile and web. We are looking for a Product Manager to kick ass and develop awesome games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Recruitment