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Don't Miss: Creating the free-flowing text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n 4
by Staff [08.28.19]
Adam Hines and Kevin Riach talk about creating the free-flowing real-time text conversations in Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Video: The three phases of designing Episode's interactive fiction  
by Staff [08.27.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Pocket Gems' Michael Dawson explains how the Episode teams take a story idea and design it into a polished interactive mobile entertainment experience in three phases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Vault

Playtika acquires Best Fiends developer-publisher Seriously  
by Chris Kerr [08.27.19]
Israeli social and mobile game studio Playtika has acquired Finnish mobile publisher Seriously for a reported $275 million.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Remnants Of A Lie-Telling Anthem  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.25.19]
This week's roundup includes Remnant: From The Ashes and Telling Lies, as well as a new Westworld VR title, 20 years of Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Steam China, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Play Ventures raises $40 million to fuel game-focused VC fund  
by Alissa McAloon [08.23.19]
The venture capital firm Play Ventures has closed out its first round of funding, raising a total of $40 million to later invest in pre-seed and seed-stage game startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Game stores: you need more real-time charts! 2
by Simon Carless [08.23.19]
Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hatch and Vodafone partner to bring 5G mobile game streaming to Germany  
by Alissa McAloon [08.22.19]
Rovio-owned Hatch is working with the phone service provider Vodafone to bring its streaming, 5G mobile game platform to select Android phones in Germany.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Google Play Store design refresh aims to boost game discoverability 2
by Chris Kerr [08.22.19]
The Google Play Store has been given a visual refresh to improve the overall store experience, and notably for mobile devs, make it easier for users to find and access games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Inside the flexible music system of Plants vs. Zombies Heroes 1
by Staff [08.21.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk PopCap Games' Becky Allen shares an in-depth look at the experiments that shaped the dynamic music systems of PopCap's digital collectible card game Plants vs. Zombies Heroes.
Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story 3
by Staff [08.21.19]
For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Apple delays new rules for kid-focused apps to give devs more room to comply  
by Alissa McAloon [08.21.19]
Apple has pushed back the rollout of new rules for children’s apps on the App Store that block developers in the category from using third-party ads and analytics tools.
Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: InnoGames is hiring a Senior Unity Developer  
by Staff [08.20.19]
As a Senior Unity Developer, you will be part of our agile, cross-functional and international development team working on a new mobile-only multiplayer game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Denuvo launches new mobile game security solution to help devs prevent tampering  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
Game security company Denuvo as launched a new Mobile Game Protection solution to help developers and publishers prevent their smartphone games from being tampered with. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Apple Arcade monthly subscription will cost $4.99  
by Chris Kerr [08.20.19]
It's been a few months since Apple unveiled its 'Arcade' game subscription service, and while there's still no official word on pricing, recent reports suggest a monthly subscription will cost $4.99.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Cyberpunk 2077, exclusive Orcs Must Die 3, and many more now headed to Stadia 1
by Alissa McAloon [08.19.19]
Google has added several new games to the lineup for Google Staida, in turn addressing some of the concerns about the cloud-based platform's library being a little light despite its coming launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Dicey Dungeons Gets Rad, Patreon Follows  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.18.19]
This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Data, trends, and tips for raising subscription revenue in free-to-play games  
by Xsolla [08.16.19]
Learn how to structure an effective subscription plan that benefits both players and game studios with the insights found in this guide.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: How to make a casual mobile game  
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.19]
While it is absolutely impossible to describe all technical decisions made in the project in the scope of a single article, we’ll try to outline a generic approach that you could possibly use.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Great game production tips with Grant Shonkwiler - GDC Podcast ep. 1 2
by Kris Graft [08.15.19]
Grant Shonkwiler is a rising star of video game production, having worked on games including Doom, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Fortnite. He recently joined Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft and news editor Alissa McAloon on the newly-minted GDC Podcast.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Podcast

Tencent doubling down on season passes as mobile titles drive revenue  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
Revenues and profits were up at Tencent during the last quarter, thanks in part to the performance of mobile games including Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing