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Sekiro claims GOTY, but Disco Elysium leads The Game Awards winners  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.19]
This year’s edition of The Game Awards wrapped up last night, offering up a slew of new reveals (including an official Xbox Series X debut) and several award announcement to the masses.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: Designing efficient, effective branching narratives for games  
by Staff [12.12.19]
In this 2016 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Cassie Phillipps offers a crash course on how to create meaningful story branches without making narratives that are convoluted, confusing or shallow.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

High Fidelity lays off half of studio in pivot away from VR  
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.19]
High Fidelity, the once VR-focused studio from Second Life creator Philip Rosedale is laying off a significant portion of the team as it moves away from development of its VR platform of the same name.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Case Study: A 'peek' at Golf Peaks' multiplatform sales 3
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.19]
Luke Spierewka of Polish indie studio Afterburn shares insights into the sales of the multiplatform golf-puzzle game Golf Peaks, shedding light on what other devs might expect from similar mobile-first games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Voodoo acquires mobile dev Gumbug  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.19]
Mobile game dev Voodoo has acquired the similarly focused studio Gumbug for an undisclosed sum to support the rapid development of Voodoo’s hypercasual mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Pokemon Go developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite developer Niantic raised $100,000 for STEM programs in communities around the world during 2019. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google refuses to budge on Play Store fees after Epic asks for Fortnite exemption  
by Chris Kerr [12.10.19]
Google has dismissed the notion it would allow Epic Games to launch Fortnite on the Play Store without paying the standard fees
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Report: iDreamSky in talks to acquire Leyou Technologies for $1.4 billion  
by Chris Kerr [12.09.19]
Chinese publisher iDreamSky could be about to purchase Hong Kong-based games company Leyou Technologies for $1.4 billion.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: PlayStation's 25th, Top Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.08.19]
This week's roundup includes the PlayStation's 25th anniversary, multiple new 2019 'best of' game lists, and great articles on Katana Zero, Shovel Knight, Knights Of The Old Republic modders & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile developer Wildlife Studios nets $60 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [12.06.19]
Mobile game company Wildlife Studios has secured $60 million in Series A funding to bolster its dev team, continue supporting existing titles, and kickstart new projects.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Google Play names Call of Duty: Mobile as best Android game of 2019 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.03.19]
Google Play has ranked the best games to hit its storefront in the last year, breaking those selections down to highlight competitive, indie, casual, and innovative games launched on Android.
Smartphone/Tablet

Apple has named the best iOS games of 2019  
by Chris Kerr [12.03.19]
The omniscient souls over at Apple have revealed their picks for the best iOS apps and games of 2019, and some familiar names have made the grade.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Analyst: Roblox revenue on mobile alone surpasses $1 billion  
by Alissa McAloon [11.26.19]
Estimates from the market analyst firm Sensor Tower say Roblox Mobile, the iOS and Android version of the online game platform, has surpassed $1 billion lifetime gross revenue.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Half-Life: Alyx On Planet Stadia Zoo  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.24.19]
This week's roundup includes a video & other notes on VR surprise Half-Life: Alyx, some very odd economy-related shenanigans in Planet Zoo, plus Apple Arcade games you missed, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A trailer analysis of Manifold Garden 2
by Gamasutra Community [11.22.19]
Discussing genre in game marketing best starts with the trailer. In this trailer breakdown of Manifold Garden, we discover what works well for associative puzzle marketing design.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The Witcher 3 continues to sell well as CD Projekt reports rising revenue 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.21.19]
CD Projekt cites "continuing strong sales" of The Witcher 3, its expansion packs, and spin-offs like Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales and in-game Gwent sales as the driving forces behind rising Q3 revenue.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Mobile developer and tool maker N3twork secures $40 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [11.21.19]
Mobile game company N3twork has secured $40 million in Series C funding to expand its first-party games portfolio, live publishing platform, and media network.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

New studio Dream Games raises $7.5 million to fuel mobile game development  
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.19]
The freshly founded Turkish mobile game studio Dream Games has raised $7.5 million in a funding round led by Makers Fund.
Smartphone/Tablet

Steam's online couch co-op feature Remote Play Together leaves beta  
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.19]
The Remote Play Together feature that allows Steam users to play local co-op games together has left beta, opening its use up to Steam’s entire playerbase, as well those on iOS and Android.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

GDC 2020 debuts new Summit to help devs find funding and forge deals!  
by Staff [11.20.19]
The new Game Funding & Investment Summit will bring together game developers, investors, and deal-makers to help build new projects and partnerships!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC