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GDC Summer State of the Industry: 33% of devs had a game delayed due to COVID-19  
by Staff [07.17.20]
Dive deeper into the results of the free State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey to see how COVID-19 quarantine measures have affected game developers' ability to ship games on schedule!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

Learn AR game design from Pokemon Go dev Niantic at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.17.20]
GDC organizers are excited to confirm that some of of the game design experts at Pokemon Go maker Niantic will be offering a crash course in AR game design at GDC Summer next month!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Mobile dev Carbonated raises $8.5 million in seed funding  
by Alissa McAloon [07.16.20]
Carbonated has raised $8.5 million at the close of a seed funding round, money the California-based team plans to use to get its first project, an AI-driven squad-based shooter for mobile, off the ground.
Smartphone/Tablet

Stadia's 'Click To Play' - the future?  
by Simon Carless [07.16.20]
Does Stadia's 'click to play' functionality change the game for the cloud gaming platform? And all kinds of other game discovery news besides...
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC State of the Industry: WFH Edition survey reveals COVID-19's impact on devs 1
by Staff [07.16.20]
GDC today released the results of a special State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey which reveal how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted game developers across the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

TinyBuild nabs Hello Neighbor dev team, plans to invest $15M into the franchise  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.20]
TinyBuild has acquired the development team behind Hello Neighbor from Dynamic Beasts and announced plans to invest $15 million into the franchise.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Media Molecule's Dreams named GOTY at 2020 Games for Change Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.20]
The awards aim to highlight games throughout the industry that "[redefine] the boundaries of technology, empowering an ever-diversifying audience, and exemplifying what it means to use technology for good."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Valve, Oculus veteran Anna Sweet signs on as Bad Robot Games CEO  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.20]
Anna Sweet, former senior product & business manager at Valve and Oculus’ previous head of dev strategy, is now the CEO of filmmaker J.J. Abrams’ game dev studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Huuuge Games has purchased interactive ad company Playable Platform  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Mobile studio Huuuge Games has purchased Dutch advertising company Playable Platform for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tilting Point acquires Plamee Studios and FTX Games assets  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.20]
Tilting Point has acquired Plamee Studios along with the assets and games of publisher FTX Games from gambling technology company Playtech.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: System design advice for mobile free-to-play games  
by Staff [07.14.20]
In this GDC 2018 session Scopely's Evan Losi presents a practical take on system design, starting with the one resource that is universal to all games: time.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Mobile company Nifty Games opens first internal development studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.20]
Mobile game company Nifty Games has opened a new development studio in Chicago to create "mobile-first" sports titles.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: What the Golf? is going on in this Q&A 1
by Staff [07.10.20]
Copenhagen-based Triband is the studio behind what is easily one of the funniest, most joyful games of the year in What the Golf? The team answered...most of our questions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Unreal Engine devs can now capture facial animation using an iOS app  
by Alissa McAloon [07.10.20]
Epic Games has launched a new iOS app that uses the platform's ARKit technology to capture real-world facial movements and translate those to character models in Unreal Engine.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art

Attend GDC Summer and see how thatgamecompany crafted the art of Sky  
by Staff [07.10.20]
At GDC Summer next month a lead artist on thatgamecompany's Sky: Children of the Light will teach you how the studio uses visuals to evoke emotional experiences!
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, GDC

8,000 games have been pulled from the App Store in China over missing ISBNs  
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.20]
Apple is bringing its App Store policies in-line with Chinese regulation by requiring paid and in-app purchase-bearing games to receive government approval to appear on its storefront.
Smartphone/Tablet

Analyst: Mobile games generated 1 billion downloads each week in Q2 2020  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.20]
According to the latest figures from market intelligence company App Annie, during the first week of Q2 2020 mobile games were downloaded a record 1.2 billion times worldwide. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Finnish mobile studio Traplight nets $9 million to support Battle Legion  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.20]
Finnish mobile studio Traplight has netted $9 million in funding after launching its latest title, Battle Legion. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Furukawa: Mobile is still 'contributing to the sustainable growth' of Nintendo  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.20]
Mobile is far from its most lucrative platform, but Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa says in a recent investor Q&A that its smartphone dealings have a positive impact that extends beyond just revenue and profit.
Smartphone/Tablet

Get tips and inspiration to build the next generation of mobile games at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.07.20]
At GDC Summer next month attendees will get expert analysis of the mobile game market (including how the pandemic has shaped it) and tips on how to take advantage of it from N3twork chief Neil Young.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC