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Supercell sinks $5.7M into smartwatch game dev Everywear Games  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.18]
Founded back in 2015, Everywear is the creator of small screen titles Field Day, Time Unit, Micropolis! and Runeblade.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nexon M is hiring a Software Engineer  
by Staff [11.15.18]
Nexon M is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to be responsible for all aspects of developing, implementing, and evangelizing technology initiatives within the company.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Despite China's game freeze, mobile game revenue is still on the rise at Tencent  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.18]
Tencent’s game business saw a rise in mobile game revenue during the third quarter of the company’s fiscal year, though PC game revenue fell by 15 percent during that same period.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Deconstruct what makes top mobile games tick at GDC 2019  
by Staff [11.15.18]
How do popular mobile games rise to the top, and how can you help your own do the same? Find out at GDC 2019, which will host insightful talks from the Deconstructor of Fun folks and other experts.
Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: Choices dev Pixelberry Studios is hiring a Senior Software Engineer  
by Staff [11.14.18]
The Pixelberry Studios team in Mountain View, California is looking for an experienced Software Engineer to play a part in architecting new features, troubleshooting issues, and more.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

China's ongoing game license freeze prompts decline in market forecast  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
The market analysis firm Niko Partners has adjusted its 2018 forecast for PC and mobile game revenue in China, dropping those predictions by 3.8 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Jam City signs multi-year game dev partnership with Disney  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.18]
The deal means Jam City now has the rights to create mobile games based on characters and stories from both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Senators ask FTC to investigate malicious ads in apps geared for kids  
by Emma Kidwell [11.13.18]
Several Senators have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the practice of monetizing kids' mobile games and apps.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 lead nominees for The Game Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
The Game Awards has listed the games nominated for honors in the event's coming 2018 award show, with both God of War and Red Dead Redemption leading the pack with a total of 8 nominations each.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Mobile publisher Flaregames lays off 45 staff  
by Alissa McAloon [11.12.18]
Flaregames has laid off a portion of its staff during a restructure that has also resulted in the departure of its CEO.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google Play announces Games for Change design challenge finalists  
by Chris Kerr [11.12.18]
Google Play launched the competition back in March to promote gender diversity by inspiring young women as players and game makers. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Quiet Man, With Trivial Credits 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.11.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the baffling The Quiet Man, a piece on HQ Trivia's struggles to continue its success, and a look at how credits in video games still aren't going quite right.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard's revenues falter after Destiny 2 DLC 'underperformed'  
by Emma Kidwell [11.08.18]
The company's third quarter results were better-than-expected despite a decrease in total revenue and player engagement, as well as unexpectedly weak sales of Destiny 2: Forsaken.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent dials back game marketing budget to weather China’s game freeze  
by Alissa McAloon [11.08.18]
With no information as to when China's months-long freeze on issuing new game licenses will end, Tencent is reportedly shifting its budget to weather the halt.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Three Square Enix mobile games blocked in Belgium over loot box use 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.08.18]
Square Enix is the latest of many developers to be affected by loot box laws in Belgium, alongside the likes of EA, Blizzard, 2K, and Valve.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Google's in-app update API gives Android devs new tools for pushing updates  
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.18]
Google's new in-app update API comes in two flavors that offer devs different ways to encourage Android users to update their apps to the latest version through in-app prompts.
Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Japan's mobile game creators are losing out to China, South Korea  
by Alissa McAloon [11.06.18]
Japan has a sizable and still growing market for mobile games, but Japanese companies are turning away from mobile game development to pursue work in other industries.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Invoking the 'feel' of a classic game for Lara Croft Go 5
by Staff [11.06.18]
Lara Croft Go dev Antoine Routon describes how he and his team tried to recreate what they remember it feeling like to play the earliest Tomb Raider games, rather than the games themselves.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Hone your game tool-making skills at GDC 2019's Tools Tutorial Day!  
by Staff [11.06.18]
Featuring talks from some of the biggest studios in the business, the Tools Tutorial Day returns to GDC 2019 to offer you a deep dive on building tools that enable teams to ship amazing games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

Blizzard's Hearthstone reaches 100 million registered players  
by Emma Kidwell [11.05.18]
Blizzard Entertainment's Hearthstone has reached 100 million registered players just over five years after launch. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing