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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

Tencent will use police databases to restrict playtime in China
by Chris Kerr [11.05.18]
Mobile game maker Tencent intends to start verifying the identifies of its players against police databases so it can more effectively restrict the playtime of youths in China
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Diablo's Deltarune... To The Stars?  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.05.18]
This week's highlights include the top news from Blizzcon around Diablo and other devilish titles, Toby Fox's Deltarune & his radical transparency, and Marty O'Donnell talking 'The Music Of The Spheres'.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game Programming Deep Dive: 3 scenarios for movement prediction 6
by Gamasutra Community [11.05.18]
Bartlomiej Waszak, senior software engineer at Titanfall studio Respawn Entertainment, dives deep into three different situations of movement prediction in game programming.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Monster Squad, Game Closure, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [11.02.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on Gamasutra's Job Board.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Recruitment

Blizzard announces its first mobile Diablo game 3
by Emma Kidwell [11.02.18]
Blizzard announced Diablo: Immortal, a new game in the Diablo franchise, will be making its mobile debut sometime next year. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Survey: Teens spend an average of $184 on video games a year  
by Alissa McAloon [11.02.18]
Based on its past 15 surveys, the investment firm Piper Jaffray says that the average teenager spends $184 on video games, though 2018’s average expected spend alone is $215.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga reports rising revenues and deals for Harry Potter & Game of Thrones games  
by Emma Kidwell [10.31.18]
Zynga has released financials for its third quarter ended September 30, reporting mobile revenue increased 9 percent to $212.5 million. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: Nintendo's latest mobile game Dragalia Lost earned $28M in first month  
by Chris Kerr [10.31.18]
Nintendo's latest mobile title Dragalia Lost has grossed roughly $28 million worldwide during its first month on digital shelves.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft CEO: Cloud gaming can help AAA games grow beyond PC and console  
by Alissa McAloon [10.30.18]
"We think in the medium term this will give games that have a lot more appeal than what we have today,” said Guillemot.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Switch sales remain steady as Nintendo reports bump in profits  
by Chris Kerr [10.30.18]
Nintendo revealed that Switch hardware continues to be "quite popular," with the console selling 5.07 million units during the first half of the fiscal year
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The rising need for game economy designers in freemium mobile games
by Pietro Guardascione, Senior Director of Envelope Design, King [10.30.18]
Pietro Guardascione of Candy Crush maker King argues that there will be a sharp increase in demand for "analytical game designers" who work closely with lead designers on key game systems.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: The creation of Necrosoft Games' Gunhouse  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.29.18]
A deep dive into the creation of Gunhouse, a puzzle-meets-tower defense game, as filtered through conversations with various game developers and regular human beings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production