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Updates » Smartphone/Tablet
Citing the declining premium mobile market, Square Enix backs away from Go series 4
by Alissa McAloon [06.01.18]
"You've got more and more high-quality free titles so there are even fewer and fewer people inclined to try something that will not be free," said Square Enix Montreal head Patrick Naud.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analyst: 77% of the 4.5M apps on iOS are games, down from past years  
by Alissa McAloon [06.01.18]
App Annie has published an interesting report that looks at data from the past ten years to track the growth and evolution of the iOS App Store.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Free-to-play Pokemon Quest passes 1M downloads on Switch  
by Alissa McAloon [06.01.18]
Game Freak’s free-to-play Pokemon title has already grabbed 1 million downloads on the Nintendo Switch, just two days after its near-simultaneous reveal and release.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Chinese game company iDreamSky aims to go public -- again  
by Alex Wawro [05.31.18]
Chinese game company iDreamSky, best known in the West for localizing and publishing games like Subway Surfers and Gardenscapes in China, is planning to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The first Pokemon RPG on the Switch takes cues from Niantic's Pokemon Go  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.18]
Though similar to past Pokemon games in many ways, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee both borrow elements from Niantic's massively popular mobile AR game.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Layoffs at mobile dev Jam City  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.18]
Jam City has reportedly laid off an unknown number of developers, including some at subsidiary and Marvel Avengers Academy dev TinyCo. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga acquires mobile game dev Gram Games for $250 million  
by Kris Graft [05.30.18]
Social game company Zynga said Wednesday that it acquired London- and Istanbul-based independent mobile game studio Gram Games for $250 million in cash.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Total Domination dev Plarium Ukraine is hiring a Games Writer  
by Staff [05.29.18]
Plarium is looking for an experienced writer with a background in a range of published mobile, console, or PC titles to help craft the voice, lore, and content of its prototypes and games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Recruitment

Mobile dev Voodoo secures an estimated $200M investment from Goldman Sachs  
by Alissa McAloon [05.29.18]
Voodoo has received $200 million from Goldman Sachs it aims to use to double its staff, build messaging tools, and more efficiently use data collected from players.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Company annual profits drop to a mere $80.8 million  
by Kris Graft [05.29.18]
The Pokemon Company, purveyor of little monsters that theoretically fit in pockets, pocketed $80.8 million in profit during the fiscal year ended February, a drop from $145.6 million the year prior.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Inside The Cultist Splatterhouse  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.28.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the making of Cultist Simulator, behind the scenes on the relatively recent - and troubled - Splatterhouse reboot, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Valve's Steam Link app blocked by Apple due to 'business conflicts' 14
by Alex Wawro [05.24.18]
This is significant because it locks down Valve's ability to reach iOS users, and according to Valve it was done retroactively after the Steam Link app had been approved by Apple.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Minecraft surpasses 100M users in China on PC and mobile  
by Chris Kerr [05.23.18]
The Chinese version of Mojang's blocky builder is a free-to-play release, and is operated by internet technology outfit NetEase. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Kaneva is hiring a Software Engineer  
by Staff [05.21.18]
Kaneva is looking for a Software Engineer well versed in Unity to work on mobile and VR development as a member of its Georgia-based team.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Lack of oversight led to use of Overwatch art in Paladins Strike ad, says dev  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.18]
A promotional image for Hi-Rez Studios’ Paladins Strike mobile game took its background directly from Blizzard, something the dev chalks up to lack of oversight in regards to outsourced work.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art

Adult Swim acquires Pocket Mortys dev Big Pixel Studios  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.18]
Adult Swim has acquired Big Pixel Studios, the developer behind the Pocket Mortys game based on the Rick And Morty animated series, for an undisclosed sum. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Secret Of Harry's Binding  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.20.18]
This week's highlights include a gigantic video on the seminal The Secret Of Monkey Island, a look at Harry Potter vs. Fortnite in the mobile arena, and the future of The Binding Of Isaac, among many others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamelynx raises $1.2 million to develop esports games on mobile 2
by Emma Kidwell [05.18.18]
Gamelynx has raised $1.2 million toward its goal of creating team-based competitive games on mobile platforms in an effort to make esports more accessible and global.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Game Closure is looking for a Studio Game Engineer  
by Staff [05.18.18]
Game Closure is on the hunt for Game Engineers to help it build the social games that guide the development of its mobile game engine.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Battlegrounds mobile attracting over 10 million daily active users  
by Chris Kerr [05.18.18]
The popular battle royale title landed on smartphones in March this year, at around the same time as its main competitor Fortnite
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing