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Tencent still absent from third round of Chinese game approvals 2
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.19]
93 more games have been approved by the Online Games Ethics Committee of China, signaling the third wave of media authorized by the country's gaming regulator since December 2018.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hothead Games opens new publishing division  
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.19]
Canadian developer Hothead Games has opened up a new division to focus on putting its self-publishing resources toward mobile games from other developers.
Smartphone/Tablet

Hey devs, submissions are now open for Day of the Devs at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Double Fine and iam8bit's popular indie game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want their games to be a part of it!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

NCSoft makes layoffs at mobile developer Iron Tiger Studios  
by Chris Kerr [01.21.19]
NCSoft established Iron Tiger back in 2015, and tasked the Califonia-based studio with developing original mobile games inspired by its existing franchises. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft says its game streaming service has an advantage thanks to Xbox  
by Alissa McAloon [01.18.19]
Microsoft says the experience it's gained through its Xbox dealings gives it a potential leg up on the competition. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Make time to learn from industry leaders at GDC 2019's Dev Days!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Hey devs, make sure to leave some room in your GDC schedule for some of the insightful Developer Day sessions sponsored by industry leaders like Unity, Autodesk, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than HBO 1
by Chris Kerr [01.18.19]
Streaming mogul Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than other media companies like Game of Thrones and True Detective producer HBO.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Byju's acquires AR educational startup Osmo for $120M  
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
Online tutoring company Byju's announced yesterday that it has acquired Osmo, developer of educational games for children, for $120 million.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analyst: PUBG out-earned every other premium PC and console game in 2018  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
SuperData's end-of-year report lists PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as 2018's top premium earner on console and PC, beating out Fifa 18, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC 2019 for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Florence!  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Mountains creative director Ken Wong returns to GDC this year to show you how the studio's critically-acclaimed debut mobile game was made.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2019 debuts new mentoring program to help grow your game dev career  
by Staff [01.17.19]
Launching at GDC 2019 is a brand-new mentoring program to help encourage game development professionals to continue and grow in their personal careers!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Playtika continues push into casual market with Supertreat acquisition  
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
The purchase will see Playtika gain the rights to the Solitaire Grand Harvest, which the company's chief marketing officer Nir Korczak claims is "one of the highest grossing solitaire games."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Westworld Mobile shuts down following Bethesda lawsuit 1
by Chris Kerr [01.17.19]
Westworld Mobile has shut down just two weeks after developer Behaviour Interactive and publisher Warner Bros. settled a lawsuit brought against it by Bethesda. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 offers a wealth of UI/UX talks to help you build better games!  
by Staff [01.16.19]
Good UI/UX is key: No matter how great your game is, people won't play it if it's a pain to learn and play. So come to GDC 2019 and learn useful UI/UX design strategies from the best in the business!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, GDC

Niantic closes funding round with $245 million raised  
by Alissa McAloon [01.16.19]
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has raised a grand total of $245 million at the close of a Series C funding round, bringing the company’s current valuation up to nearly $4 billion. 
VR, Smartphone/Tablet

Jam City secures $145 million to support global growth and acquisition plans  
by Chris Kerr [01.16.19]
The news comes shortly after the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery developer laid off an unknown number of staff as a result of "organizational changes."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Level up your free-to-play mobile game dev skills at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.15.19]
At GDC 2019 in March you won't want to miss these opportunities to hone your mobile game-making skills and learn new ways of grabbing (and holding) a healthy playerbase!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Writers Guild crowns Reigns: Her Majesty for best writing in a video game  
by Emma Kidwell [01.14.19]
Reigns: Her Majesty, written by Leigh Alexander, took home the statue for Best Writing in a Video Game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Verizon is testing its own cloud-based game streaming service  
by Alissa McAloon [01.14.19]
Verizon Gaming is currently running in a selective alpha on the Nvidia Shield, though a Google Play rollout is reportedly planned for later this month.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet