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Video: Doing good user research at the end of game production  
by Staff [04.26.18]
At GDC 2015, Electronic Arts' Veronica Zammitto talks about what to do when you start testing early, and keep testing -- all the way through until the final leg of game production. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Social AR games are coming to Snapchat  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.18]
Snapchat plans to introduce a number of AR games as interactive ‘lens’ camera overlays, starting later this week.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Video

Tencent investing $15M to help establish Fortnite in China  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.18]
Tencent is investing more than $15 million in Fortnite to ensure Epic Games' popular battle royale shooter succeeds in China. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hearthstone executive producer Hamilton Chu leaves Blizzard  
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.18]
A second high-profile member of the Hearthstone development team has left Blizzard as Hamilton Chu departs to “start something new.”
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: How Shopify enables game developers to monetize with merch  
by Corey Pollock, Product Manager, Shopify [04.23.18]
If you're not selling merchandise from right inside your game, you may be leaving money on the table. Corey Pollock explains how Shopify can help game devs take advantage of the rapidly-growing merchandising segment.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Video Game Deep Cuts: Rise Of The Ambient Parent Jam  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.22.18]
This week's highlights include a piece on Zelda & ambient video games, the role of parents in games like God Of War, and a NBA Jam making-of video.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode departs Blizzard  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.18]
Brode, who has worked on Hearthstone for 10 of his 15 years at Blizzard, has announced that he is leaving Blizzard to 'take a crazy risk' and help start a game development company of his own.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Capcom scrapping Puzzle Fighter to focus on Dead Rising  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.18]
The mobile version of the arcade classic only launched in November last year, but has already been deemed surplus to requirements.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fortnite mobile nabbed $25M in revenue during its first month  
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.18]
Epic Games’ mobile release of its popular free-to-play battle royale title grossed $25 million worldwide during its first 30 days out.
Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: Join this free live webinar on cross-platform multiplayer game dev!  
by Amazon GameLift [04.17.18]
In this free webinar, join AWS and Amazon GameLift and learn how to support cross-platform play for your multiplayer game. Register now!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Blog: Why Fortnite will fall, but battle royale will rise on mobile 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.17.18]
I believe key factors will limit the long-term sustained growth and success of Fortnite on mobile, and this is why.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $58 on apps and IAPs in 2017  
by Chris Kerr [04.17.18]
U.S. iPhone users spent an average of $58 on in-app purchases and premium apps in 2017, with the growing number of free-to-play mobile games pulling in the bulk of that cash. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google Play under investigation by South Korea's FTC over market abuse  
by Emma Kidwell [04.16.18]
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission is investigating Google Play after claims that the mobile marketplace used its position to pressure game devs into publishing titles through Google Play only.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Ex-Scopely, EA devs form Ordinal Games mobile studio  
by Alissa McAloon [04.16.18]
A pair of devs previously hailing from EA and Scopely teams have partnered up to form a new game studio, focused specifically on creating narrative-focused free-to-play mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dancing Below The Ceiling?  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.15.18]
This week's highlights include an update on Capy's much-discussed Below, how Valve gets you to look up in their first-person shooters, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Female game devs in South Korea are being harassed for feminist beliefs 17
by Emma Kidwell [04.13.18]
Female game developers in South Korea who align themselves with feminism are being targeted and harassed by Twitter users in an attempt to push out "anti-social ideology".
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

FoxNext to donate up to $50k to animal charity Frankie's Friends  
by Alissa McAloon [04.13.18]
The dev is running a promotion that could see it donate as much as $50k to the charity Frankie’s Friends, a pet-centric charity that aims to help cover costs for life-saving animal surgeries.
Smartphone/Tablet

Reflecting on Hitman Sniper, four years after launch  
by Emma Kidwell [04.12.18]
In an interview with Pocket Gamer, product lead on Hitman Sniper Dominic Allaire shares how, after four years, the iOS title has managed to keep an active player base.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: Designing architecture to support cross-platform play  
by Bruce Brown, Peter Chapman [04.12.18]
Experts from the Amazon GameLift team take an informative deep-dive into the architecture of cross-platform multiplayer games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Sponsored Article

Stick or twist: Balancing randomness and strategy in Hearthstone  
by Chris Kerr [04.12.18]
Hearthstone lead developer Ben Brode has some interesting thoughts on how the popular card-battler manages to balance player agency and strategy with randomness. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Design