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Pokemon Go maker Niantic acquires community platform Mayhem  
by Chris Kerr [01.05.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic has acquired game community platform Mayhem for an undisclosed fee. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: The top 10 game developers of the year 3
by Staff [01.05.21]
Selecting 10 studios for our top game developers list is difficult every year, but this year was one of the toughest to narrow down.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Quantifying the Xmas day video game sales bump  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.04.21]
What does Xmas Day mean for game sales nowadays? Does unwrapping game consoles under the Christmas tree mean that digital game sales shoot up over the holidays? We examine the evidence.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Crafting mobile-friendly atmospheric storytelling in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Staff [01.04.21]
thatgamecompany's Eileen Hollinger and Tim Nixon sat down with Gamasutra to explain how the studio's visual storytelling style plays out in Sky and how it molds meaningful multiplayer moments.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Apple removes 39,000 games from the App Store in China  
by Chris Kerr [01.04.21]
Apple pulled 39,000 games from its App Store in China on December 31, 2020 including NBA 2K20 and Assassin's Creed Identity.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: The top 10 games of the year  
by Staff [12.28.20]
Here are 10 games that offered some escapism, some human connection, a joyful retreat from the turmoil we faced and continue to face.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

What makes for a good game publishing contract? 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.27.20]
Raw Fury (Kingdom, Backbone) has made public its full publishing agreement, including revenue % - as has Whitethorn Digital. What are they like, and what should we take away? Opinions within...
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2020: Kris Graft's top 5 games (+1) 1
by Kris Graft [12.24.20]
The games that resonated with me were games that connected me with other people, that encouraged persistence in the face of hell itself, and intimate stories that would be lessened if told in any other format other than video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

The IGF 2021 call for judges is now open!  
by Staff [12.21.20]
Developers, journalists, academics, now is the time to join the 2021 IGF Awards as an official Judge! Submit your application today.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sponsored: How adding an in-game store gives games a competitive advantage  
by Xsolla [12.21.20]
To help give your team an edge in this competitive landscape, Xsolla has gathered valuable trends and insights about the benefits of integrating an in-game economy into your project.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Whitepaper

MAG Interactive acquires mobile studio Apprope for $6 million  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.20]
Swedish game company MAG Interactive has purchased mobile studio Apprope for an initial SEK 50 million.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Rovio has named Alexandre Pelletier-Normand as its new CEO  
by Chris Kerr [12.21.20]
Alexandre Pelletier-Normand has been appointed as the new CEO of Rovio Entertainment, following the previously announced departure of Kati Levoranta.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Unity partners with Snap to extend reach of Unity Ads and deliver Snap Kit integration  
by Chris Kerr [12.17.20]
Unity has partnered with Snap to extend the reach of Unity Ads to Snapchat advertisers, while also bringing Snap technology to game devs through the Snap Kit SDK.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Stadia is now on iOS, but not through the App Store  
by Alissa McAloon [12.16.20]
Google has officially launched its game streaming service Google Stadia on iOS devices but, like many of its competitors, had to bypass the App Store to do so.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: A look at the revenue, expenses and statistics of Starlight X-2  
by Gamasutra Community [12.16.20]
This post details (with actual numbers) the revenue and the expenses of Starlight X-2. It's a mobile puzzle game released on Android and iOS in June 2020.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tilting Point pens $40 million UA team up with Gunship Battle: Total Warfare dev Joycity  
by Alissa McAloon [12.15.20]
Korean developer and publisher Joycity has teamed up with Tilting Point, landing the studio as much as $40 million to use for user acquisition in the process.
Smartphone/Tablet

Pocket Mortys developer Big Pixel Studios is shutting down  
by Chris Kerr [12.15.20]
A number of employees have shared the news on Twitter, and explained the entire 40-strong team will be made redundant on January 1, 2020. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

UK games industry made record $3.84 billion economic contribution in 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.20]
The UK games industry made a record £2.91 billion ($3.84 billion) contribution to the country's national economy in 2019.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The Last of Us Part II dominates The Game Awards 2020  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.20]
The Last of Us Part II took home the top prize at The Game Awards 2020, which returned last night to celebrate the games industry's best and brightest.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga-owned Rollic acquires Onnect from dev Chef Game Studio for $6 million  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
Zynga subsidiary Rollic is now the owner of the matching game Onnect, following a $6 million deal with the casual game's developer Chef Game Studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet