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Submissions for GDC 2019 Summits are now open!  
by Staff [08.30.18]
The wait is over: the call for submissions is now open for GDC 2019’s Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, & Game Career Seminar through October 5th at 11:59 pm Pacific Time!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: How Love Balls became a viral smash hit  
by Gamasutra Community [08.29.18]
Minimalist physics game Love Balls managed to reach the overall #1 slot on the App Store in over 60 countries. We dissected it to understand how.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Report: Analyzing player preferences from the US games market  
by Emma Kidwell [08.27.18]
Video game research outfit EEDAR published a report showing how the US market segments players based on motivations, behavior, preferences, and investment across which platforms they use.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Animoca Brands acquires The Sandbox dev Pixowl for $4.9 million  
by Alissa McAloon [08.27.18]
Animoca Brands has scooped up the mobile developer Pixowl for the sum of roughly $4.9 million, split between shares and cash.
Smartphone/Tablet

Google spots security vulnerability in Epic-hosted Fortnite Android installer  
by Alissa McAloon [08.27.18]
Google flagged a significant security vulnerability in the Fortnite Android installer released earlier this month, though the issue has since been fixed in the current version of the installer.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Two-Bit GoldenEye Circus  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.26.18]
This week's highlights include a look at innovative 'alternative arcade' Two-Bit Circus, a retrospective on the creation of GoldenEye for the N64, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Amassing organic installs while in Google Play open beta 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.24.18]
As many mobile developers are interested in the growth of organic traffic for their games, we decided to share our experience of open beta preparations.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Learn to design AR experiences for unpredictable spaces at XRDC  
by Staff [08.23.18]
At XRDC in October, Google's Alesha Unpingco aims to equip you with design techniques you can use when creating augmented reality content that reacts and adapts to different environment sizes!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Facebook removes its revenue share from Instant Games on Android  
by Emma Kidwell [08.22.18]
Facebook announced today that it is foregoing its 30 percent share of Instant Games in-app revenue on the Android platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ustwo Games' Monument Valley picked up for film adaptation  
by Alissa McAloon [08.22.18]
Paramount Pictures and Weed Road Pictures are spearheading the coming adaptation and have brought on Patrick Osborn to direct.
Smartphone/Tablet

Zynga to develop a Star Wars mobile game following Disney partnership 1
by Emma Kidwell [08.21.18]
Zynga announced today that it has struck a multi-year deal with Disney to develop an unannounced mobile game based in the Star Wars universe. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile dev Gismart forms publishing partnership with Appodeal
by Chris Kerr [08.21.18]
The pair are particularly interesting in signing casual and hyper-casual games, alongside music, entertainment, and utility apps.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The Witcher creator CD Projekt has opened a new mobile studio  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.18]
"We want to expand our business with innovative concepts and solutions, and the vision presented to us by the Spokko team represents an entirely novel creative angle."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A PICO Double Walking Dead  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.19.18]
This week's highlights include articles about new Walking Dead narrative & AR games, a talk on PICO-8's playfulness, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG Mobile surpasses 100 million downloads since launch  
by Emma Kidwell [08.16.18]
PUBG Mobile has been downloaded over 100 million times on both iOS and Android devices since first launching about five months ago.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Publisher Tilting Point sets up Barcelona studio to support live mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
Tilting Point has set up shop in Barcelona with the goal of offering more support to mobile game developers in Europe. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tencent reports decrease in PC and mobile revenue despite rising DAUs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Tencent has released its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, which shows an overall increase in revenue across the board despite a drop in PC and mobile game revenue.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

RuneScape dev forms Jagex Partners to take on publishing live games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The developer behind the long-running online game RuneScape is branching out into third-party publishing through its new arm Jagex Partners.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

China has quietly stopped approving new games for release  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The freeze takes the typically complicated task of releasing a game in China from difficult to legitimately impossible following government restructuring efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Reminder: Thursday is your last day to pitch Main Conference talks for GDC 2019!  
by Staff [08.14.18]
Heads up, game makers: The last day to pitch talks for the 2019 Game Developers Conference is this Thursday, August 16th -- so get your submissions in now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC