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Tencent working to bring Battlegrounds to mobile in China 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.27.17]
The recent partnership between Bluehole and Tencent looks to be doing more than just bringing Bluehole's PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to China on PC.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Pokemon Go developer Niantic nets $200M in funding 1
by Chris Kerr [11.27.17]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has reportedly secured $200 million from a Series B funding round led by Spark Capital. 
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: HAL In The Clouds, Monster-Free  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.26.17]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts includes a look at HAL Laboratory's last self-published title, a poke at a famous game artwork's use of Mario's clouds, and how SOMA's patch allows you to play sans monsters. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get mobile game dev tips from the maker of Good Pizza, Great Pizza at GDC 2018  
by Staff [11.24.17]
At GDC 2018, TapBlaze (Good Pizza, Great Pizza) chief Anthony Lai will be offering fellow game makers advice on how they can make great mobile games that also make enough money to keep the lights on.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Rovio shares fall by 20 percent thanks to rising UA costs
by Chris Kerr [11.23.17]
Rovio has seen its share prices drop by 20 percent just two months after its IPO, with declining profits and rising user acquisition (UA) costs the likely culprits. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Earnings report roundup: Winners and losers of the last quarter 2
by Jon Jordan [11.21.17]
Who's up and who's down? The info is all arranged in easy-to-read charts for our quarterly rundown of the financial winners and losers in the quarter ending 30 September 2017.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pitch your offbeat prototypes to the GDC 2018 Experimental Gameplay Workshop!  
by Staff [11.21.17]
The mad geniuses behind the Experimental Gameplay Workshop have issued their call for submissions of intriguing new (and playable!) video game prototypes for the GDC 2018 showcase!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Citing ethics and better game design, Clicker Heroes 2 dev forgoes free-to-play 12
by Alissa McAloon [11.20.17]
"The mere existence of real-money purchases puts an ugly cloud over the player's experience, with the persistent nagging feeling of 'My game could be so much better if I just spent a few dollars.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Opinion: South Australia's $2 million AUD investment in game devs  
by Katherine Cross [11.20.17]
"The South Australian government are finally taking the game industry seriously. It's a sector that is a natural fit for region's incredible arts culture and it's strength in tech.”
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Need For Soderbergh's PlayerUnknown 2
by Gamasutra Staff [11.19.17]
The best longform articles & podcasts of the week include a look at Need For Speed's monetization, Steven Soderbergh's new interactive film project, and a podcast talking to Brendan 'PlayerUnknown' Greene.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild leads Golden Joystick award winners  
by Alissa McAloon [11.17.17]
Nintendo's open world Zelda title walked away with four awards during the show, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Cuphead, and Horizon Zero Dawn following close behind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

iCandy picks up Animoca Brands mobile game portfolio for $3.8M  
by Alissa McAloon [11.15.17]
All in all, Animoca Brands' 318 casual mobile games were included in the sale.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Porting classic games to smartphones isn't the way to go, says Nintendo 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.17]
"A lot of thought is going into what kind of games for smart devices will further our business," said Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima.
Smartphone/Tablet

Nintendo 'can see the possibility' of a future mobile push in China 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.17]
"Nintendo cannot expand its business in China alone, and an important issue is whether we can proceed with a partner entity in China to bring our IP to consumers in China," said Nintendo's president.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: E.T. Solitaire - The Hob Odyssey  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.12.17]
This weeks articles & videos of the week include how E.T. for Atari 2600 was reviewed on its release, a new Solitaire standout, a video on Hob's design, and multiple Mario / Odyssey pieces.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The Game Awards adds new honors, including an award for 'live games'  
by Alex Wawro [11.10.17]
This new award is interesting because it prominently highlights how important the care and feeding of live games has become in contemporary game dev, especially for big-budget studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Nexon snaps up High School Story game dev Pixelberry Studios 1
by Alex Wawro [11.10.17]
Online game company Nexon has made a deal to acquire California-based mobile game studio Pixelberry Games (High School Story, Choices) for an undisclosed sum.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Balancing trust, creativity, and business in game UX  
by Staff [11.09.17]
At GDC 2017's UX Summit, a panel of prominent user experience researchers, creatives, and producers acknowledged the challenge and spoke frankly about the tricky business of making good UX in games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

EA CEO: It's only a matter of time before games embrace subscription services 15
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.17]
Evolving tech and the rise of subscription-based services could change how EA handles its annual titles like Madden NFL and FIFA.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Come to GDC 2018 for real talk on staying creative in difficult times  
by Staff [11.09.17]
Veteran game dev Laralyn McWilliams will explore the challenges of working in a creative field while dealing with stress, grief, & change, drawing on her own experiences dealing with cancer.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC