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THQ Nordic acquires German developer and publisher HandyGames  
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.18]
THQ Nordic has acquired the German developer and publisher HandyGames, noting that it plans to use the new outfit as an international publisher for small and mid-sized developers and projects.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

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Sponsored: A practical way to make more money from your mobile games
by Amelia Zins, Facebook Audience Network [07.09.18]
Amelia Zins from Facebook Audience Network takes a deeper view into the field of app bidding, which is causing app publishers and game developers to pause and take notice.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: Livestreaming Your Fortnite Addiction 1
by Gamasutra Staff [07.08.18]
This week's highlights include a fascinating longform piece on a video streamer, Fortnite's unexpected story flourishes, and more on gaming addiction being 'singled out'.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Quest nabs 7.5M downloads across Switch and mobile 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.06.18]
Game Freak’s free-to-play blocky brawler Pokemon Quest has surpassed 7.5 million worldwide downloads across all platforms.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Following Fate/Grand Order international release, Sony Aniplex hits $1.8B revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [07.06.18]
For comparison’s sake, that number is roughly twice the sales figure of $934 million reported by the Aniplex during the preceding year.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The Sims Mobile has amassed $15M in revenue in four months  
by Chris Kerr [07.06.18]
The Sims Mobile has pulled in over $15 million in global revenue since launching on March 6, with the bulk of player spending coming from the States.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Cold Iron Studios, Rockstar Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [07.05.18]
From indie to triple-A, companies are looking for producers, engineers, designers, community managers, and more right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Pokemon Quest nets $3M in revenue during first week on mobile  
by Chris Kerr [07.04.18]
An estimated 56 percent of that revenue was pulled in through the iOS App Store, with the remaining 44 percent being attributed to the Google Play marketplace.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Incoming Paradox CEO wants more acquisitions and mobile expansion  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.18]
Incoming Paradox chief exec Ebba Ljungerud wants the strategy specialist be pulling in at least 10 percent of its sales from mobile titles by 2020. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Inside The RNG Tetris Effect  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.01.18]
This week's highlights include a piece on random number generation in classic games, what the upcoming Tetris Effect can learn from other classic updates, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Warner Bros. calls Bethesda lawsuit against Westworld game 'baseless'  
by Emma Kidwell [06.28.18]
Warner Bros. and Behaviour Interactive released a statement today regarding the Westworld mobile game, calling out Bethesda's accusations of copyright infringement against them "baseless."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: Changes to the Google Play Store are putting thousands of indie devs at risk 27
by Gamasutra Community [06.28.18]
"At first, it looked like a normal fluctuation...By Monday morning, most of them lost from 80% to 90% of new organic traffic. They are now all in the same boat, that is about to sink."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

French startup Oh BiBi nets $21M to build out mobile shooter  
by Chris Kerr [06.28.18]
French mobile startup Oh BiBi has raised $21 million to support the development of Frag, an online first-person shooter looking to capitalize on the popularity of Fortnite. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game of Thrones: Conquest players find bot exploiting user data  
by Emma Kidwell [06.27.18]
Players of the F2P mobile title Game of Thrones: Conquest claim to have found bots that are exploiting the game's mechanics and cheating players out of money used on in-app purchases.  
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Snap looking to launch a game platform for Snapchat  
by Alissa McAloon [06.27.18]
Snap is reportedly looking to bolster the offerings of its messaging app Snapchat by introducing a full-fledged video game platform to the mobile app. 
Smartphone/Tablet

A producer's guide to decision-making  
by Iain Angus [06.27.18]
Creative Assembly development manager Iain Angus writes in depth about how game devs (especially producers) can become better at decision-making and make better games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Pokemon Go hits largest playerbase since launch  
by Emma Kidwell [06.26.18]
Pok�mon Go hit its highest active playerbase�since launching�back in July 2016�according to a new report from the market analysis firm SuperData.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Monument Valley 2 made $10.4M during its first year
by Chris Kerr [06.26.18]
Acclaimed isometric puzzler Monument Valley 2 has amassed $10.4 million in revenue during its first year on digital shelves.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Flipping Out On Primal Rage  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.24.18]
This week's highlights include a discussion on 'asset flips' and store-bought assets for games, an emotive postmortem of canned arcade game Primal Rage II, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Westworld bug outs stolen Fallout Shelter code, alleges Bethesda lawsuit 7
by Alissa McAloon [06.22.18]
Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. over the recently released Westworld mobile game, alleging that the Behaviour-developed game is based on code from Fallout Shelter.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing