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Rovio quietly shutters game streaming service Hatch 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.27.21]
Angry Birds-maker Rovio has seemingly shut down Hatch, a mobile-based game streaming service launched by Rovio subsidiary Hatch Entertainment in 2017.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

The Last of Us Part II leads the 2021 DICE Awards nominations  
by Chris Kerr [01.27.21]
The nominations for the 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards have been announced by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, and The Last of Us Part II is leading the charge. 
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Together Labs nets $35 million to fund avatar-based social platform IMVU  
by Chris Kerr [01.26.21]
Together Labs, creator of avatar-based social platform IMVU, has secured $35 million in funding from investors including Structural Capital and NetEase.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Habbo developer Sulake to be fully acquired by Azerion  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
Habbo Hotel developer Sulake is set to be fully acquired by media and tech company Azerion, according to a report from GamesIndustry.biz. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The Pokemon Company is clamping down on Sword, Shield, and Home hackers  
by Chris Kerr [01.25.21]
The Pokemon Company has warned Pokemon Sword, Shield, and Home hackers they could face permanent bans.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join InnoGames as a Game Designer  
by Staff [01.21.21]
For a new unannounced game, InnoGames are looking for a Game Designer. Your task will be the design of new game features and the creation of new events for this game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Recruitment

Miniclip acquires Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics  
by Chris Kerr [01.20.21]
Miniclip has purchased Online Soccer Manager developer Gamebasics for an undisclosed fee. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Understanding the types of game currencies in mobile free-to-play 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.21]
Currencies are the pillar of any F2P in-game economy. But what types of currencies are out there, and which ones does your game need?
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Impending IPO values PUBG Studio parent Krafton at as much as $27 billion  
by Alissa McAloon [01.19.21]
PUBG Studio parent Krafton is reportedly looking to go public and, according to info gleaned by Bloomberg, doing so could value the company at as much as $27.2 billion.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Casino game studio Huuuge looking to raise $150 million through IPO 1
by Chris Kerr [01.19.21]
The company expects to raise around $150 million from the initial public offering, with that cash being used to fund growth initiatives including acquisitions and investments. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: The State of Game Development Report: 2020 & Beyond  
by Perforce [01.19.21]
The game development industry continues to rapidly evolve. But where is it headed in the 2020s?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Mobile developer Savage Game Studios nets $4.4 million for competitive shooter  
by Chris Kerr [01.18.21]
Fledgling mobile developer Savage Game Studios has raised $4.4 million to establish two new studios in Helsinki and Berlin.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Jackbox Games as a Sr. Gameplay Engineer  
by Staff [01.15.21]
Jackbox Games is looking for a Senior Gameplay Engineer to join our team in Chicago! (Though currently, we are all working from home.)
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Epic submits claims against Google and Apple to UK Competition Appeal Tribunal  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.21]
Epic Games is taking both Apple and Google to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) over their decision to remove Fortnite from their respective platforms. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Scopely taps former Facebook exec as new CMO  
by Alissa McAloon [01.12.21]
Ben Webley, Facebook's now former director of global marketing solutions for games, has joined up with Scopely as the mobile-focused firm's new chief marketing officer.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

IronSource acquires ad insight platform Soomla  
by Alissa McAloon [01.11.21]
IronSource has acquired the advertising quality measurement platform Soomla, aiming to bolster its own game dev-focused advertising tools through the purchase of the like-minded company. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The FTC slams Tapjoy over deceptive ads, pledges to keep 'gatekeeping giants' in check  
by Chris Kerr [01.08.21]
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has found that U.S. mobile advertising platform Tapjoy misled users by cheating both developers and players out of compensation and rewards.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Last call: Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts close on Monday  
by Staff [01.07.21]
Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts talks are closing on January 11th at 11:59PM PST.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent and Alibaba may get blacklisted by the Trump administration  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
The outgoing Trump administration could blacklist Chinese tech and game companies Alibaba and Tencent, potentially preventing American investors from trading their stocks on home soil.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Minecraft Earth is going dark at the end of June  
by Alissa McAloon [01.05.21]
Microsoft-owned Mojang has made the call to close down its Minecraft AR game Minecraft Earth, ending the location-based game's run less than two years after first launch.
VR, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet