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Video: 1,500 Slot Machines Walk Into A Bar: Adventures in game quantity over quality  
by Staff [06.27.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Alex Schwartz and Ziba Scott reveal how they tried to determine the lowest bar for success on mobile app stores by flooding the market with over 1.5k auto-generated slot machine games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

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