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Designing Grindstone's super satisfying board-clearing gameplay 1
by Aron Garst [10.31.19]
Dan Vader, lead writer and designer on the brilliant Grindstone from Capy Games, explains the iterative process that brought about one of the most satisfying puzzle games in recent memory.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Zynga reports record Q3 revenues and weaker-than-expected profits  
by Alex Wawro [10.30.19]
Record-setting performance from games like Merge Dragons! and Empires & Puzzles is a key reason Zynga today reported better-than-expected earnings during its most recent quarter.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Revenue up at Rovio, though high user acquisition costs impact operating profit  
by Alissa McAloon [10.30.19]
The end of Rovio's Q3 sees the company with year-over-year gains in revenue for both its game division and the group as a whole, though operating profit came in below estimates.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The GDC Film Festival returns for GDC 2020 -- submit your film today!  
by Staff [10.30.19]
Heads up, film-makers: The 2020 Game Developers Conference will play host to the third annual GDC Film Festival, and you have until Friday, December 6th to submit your work for potential inclusion!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Deep Dive: Inside the narrative design and 'multiple middles' of Mutazione 1
by Hannah Nicklin [10.30.19]
In this nuanced look at game storytelling Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin walks you through how she joined up with the Mutazione crew to flesh out and build the narratives of this mutant soap opera.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Video: Have Laptop, Will Telecommute: Working globally as a game dev  
by Staff [10.29.19]
In this 2019 GDC panel devs Alexandra M. Lucas, Heidi McDonald, Michelle Clough, Toiya Kristen Finley & Patrick Coursey share advice on working remote internationally, covering taxes, visas, & more!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, Vault

Star Trek Fleet Command publisher Scopely nets $200 million for future acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [10.29.19]
Mobile developer-publisher Scopely has secured $200 million in Series D funding to expand its business through "large-scale acquisition opportunities."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Worlds Of Game Addiction 1
by Gamasutra Staff [10.27.19]
This week's highlights include a couple of pieces on the hotly awaited The Outer Worlds, and a gratifyingly complex New York Times magazine piece on the nature of game addiction - or indeed, any addiction.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Learn how to plan for performance and scale for multiplayer games in a free webinar  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Learn about the pros and cons of different infrastructure implementations, and tactics to employ to maximize performance and minimize cost in this one-hour webinar!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Now's the time: Apply to be a GDC 2020 Conference Associate!  
by Staff [10.25.19]
Consider applying now to be a volunteer Conference Associate (CA), because you can earn the equivalent of an All-Access Pass by putting in roughly 25 hours of (paid) on-site work!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Get a job: The Pokemon Company is hiring a Senior Software Engineer  
by Staff [10.24.19]
The Senior Software Engineer contributes to the development, polish, and optimization of new Pokémon mobile game services.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: Examining the design and UX of Miniclip's 8 Ball Pool  
by Gamasutra Community [10.24.19]
Product and UX deconstruction of an all time favourite 8 Ball Pool along with a deep dive into the psychology of skill and chance-based gratification loops and how they affect player perception.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

DragonVale dev Backflip Studios is closing down 2
by Alissa McAloon [10.24.19]
The Hasbro-owned mobile developer Backflip Studios is closing its doors, according to posts from developers laid off in wake of the closure.
Smartphone/Tablet

Bethesda looks to bolster its mobile game offerings with Alpha Dog Games acquisition  
by Alissa McAloon [10.24.19]
Bethesda itself isn’t entirely a stranger to developing mobile games, but this acquisition shows that the studio is looking to expand its dealings on mobile platforms.
Smartphone/Tablet

Tencent now owns 51.2% of Supercell-controlling consortium  
by Alissa McAloon [10.23.19]
Tencent has raised its stake in Halti S.A.. the consortium that owns a majority Clash of Clans developer Supercell, bringing its ownership of the firm from 50 percent to 51.2 percent.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video: How to lead a healthier, more effective game dev team  
by Staff [10.22.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, CheckPoint's Jennifer Hazel discusses different models of workplace psychology and how understanding them can help game devs build healthier, more effective working habits.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Youtubers Life has brought in more than $12 million in revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [10.22.19]
U-Play Online says its management sim Youtubers Life has brought in over $12 million in revenue since the game first launched into early access back in 2016.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Paring down the elegant control scheme of Sayonara Wild Hearts  
by Diego Arguello [10.22.19]
Simon Flesser of Simogo outlines how his team kept controls simple, and resisted the temptation of over-complication, when designing the controls of the gorgeous action game Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Oxford researchers say clinical 'gaming disorder' lacks sufficient evidence 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.19]
Based on the findings of a recent study, Oxford researchers say they "do not believe sufficient evidence exists to warrant thinking about gaming as a clinical disorder in its own right."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Dash Valley dev MadBox raises $16.5 million  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.19]
MadBox, the Paris-based game studio behind Dash Valley and a suite of other casual games, has raised $16.5 million to continue to tackle development, publishing, and promotion of its games.
Smartphone/Tablet