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Zynga sells headquarters for $600 million to help finance acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [05.29.19]
Social and mobile game developer Zynga has sold its San Francisco headquarters for $600 million, and intends to use some of the cash to finance further acquisitions.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Four new Pokemon projects have been unveiled, including cross-platform trading hub  
by Chris Kerr [05.29.19]
The Pokemon Company has unveiled four new Pokemon projects including a new Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo Switch, two new mobile apps, and a cloud-based Pokemon storage and trading service.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent backs away from Arena of Valor after it fails to take off in the West  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.19]
Tencent’s Arena of Valor missed the mark in the West, so much so that the company is reportedly shifting resources away from the Honour of Kings spinoff.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

King co-founder Riccardo Zacconi stepping down as CEO  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.19]
King's longtime CEO Riccardo Zacconi is leaving his role at the head of the company after 16 years in the position.
Smartphone/Tablet

Subway Surfers surpasses 2.5 billion lifetime downloads  
by Alissa McAloon [05.28.19]
Kiloo and SYBO's 2012 endless runner has been downloaded over 2.5 billion times across all platforms, a milestone the developer says makes it one of the most downloaded mobile games to date.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Observing A Playdate With Some Cool Ghosts  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at AI thriller Observation, the unique new Panic handheld Playdate, and subjects including eSport shadiness, Oculus Quest, and Pathologic 2.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Report: Tencent and Riot working on a mobile version of League of Legends 1
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
Chinese tech and video game company Tencent is working with subsidiary Riot Games on a mobile version of League of Legends.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Nintendo is pulling two mobile games from Belgium over loot box laws 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
Both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes will no longer be available in Belgium due to the country’s laws on loot box mechanics.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Marvel, The Pokemon Company partner with NetEase to launch games in China  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.19]
NetEase has formed strategic partnerships with Marvel and The Pokemon Company to help the pair launch new games in China.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.17.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New Minecraft Earth AR game takes a cue from Pokemon Go  
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
Mojang has unveiled a new Minecraft game, and it's an augmented reality mobile experience called Minecraft Earth.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Steam Link streaming app launches on iOS a year after Apple rejection  
by Chris Kerr [05.16.19]
Valve's Steam Link streaming app has finally arrived on iOS almost a year after it was rejected by Apple for "business conflicts."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PUBG Mobile now reminds minors to take breaks from playing in some countries  
by Alissa McAloon [05.15.19]
A PUBG Mobile update rolled out to select countries includes a "gameplay management" system that periodically reminds players under the age of 18 to step away from the game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Revenue and profit up at Tencent despite stagnant games revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.15.19]
Tencent reported year-over-year increases in both revenue and profit for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year, though the company’s online games business didn’t share in that growth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored: The Talking Tom team's 5 tips for building a 'super' endless runner  
by Outfit7 Limited [05.15.19]
Talking Tom Hero Dash developer Outfit7 Limited digs into the question of "what's next?" for the endless runner genre and offers advice to developers working in a similar space.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Antitrust lawsuit over iOS App Store to move forward, despite Apple's arguments 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
The Supreme Court has shot down Apple's argument that iOS users aren't the App Store's customers, an argument the company made to deflect an antitrust lawsuit currently brewing over its App Store policies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Yuppie Psycho, Thomas The Tank Engine  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.19]
This week's roundup includes the odd & striking Yuppie Psycho, an exploration of why Thomas The Tank Engine keeps getting modded into so many games, plus looks at Mordhau, Sable, Vader Immortal & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

DeNA and The Pokemon Company have a mobile Pokemon game on the way  
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Mobile developer DeNA is working with The Pokemon Company on an upcoming mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet