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Discovering your game's regional appeal, pre-launch?  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.21.21]
What's the best way to see the regional breakdown of Steam interesting and wishlists before launch? This, plus lots more, in our discovery latest round-up.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft's mobile game Tom Clancy's Elite Squad is shutting down after a single year  
by Alissa McAloon [07.21.21]
Tom Clancy's Elite Squad is going dark in just a few short months, with Ubisoft explaining that the year-old mobile game is no longer sustainable.
Smartphone/Tablet

Portal Knights dev Keen Games nets $10 million from Hiro Capital and Tencent  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Portal Knights developer Keen Games has raised $10 million to create a new multiplayer sandbox RPG.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Konami is turning PES into a digital-only, free-to-play franchise called eFootball  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Konami is rebranding its Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) franchise after over two decades and turning the soccer sim into a digital-only, free-to-play series.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Netflix will break into games by offering mobile titles to subscribers at no extra cost 1
by Chris Kerr [07.21.21]
Netflix will expand into games by baking an Apple Arcade-style service centered around mobile titles into its existing subscription tiers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

GDC 2021: Find all our coverage here!  
by Staff [07.19.21]
Stay up to date on news, interviews, session coverage and more from the all-virtual GDC 2021.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Make your game a social platform and retain players with Agora (spons.)  
by Staff [07.19.21]
Gamasutra speaks with Sid Sharma, sr. director of developer relations and partner engineering at Agora, about how Agora's real-time engagement platform can turn your multiplayer online game into a social platform.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Free Fire has topped 1 billion downloads on Google Play  
by Chris Kerr [07.16.21]
Free Fire, a freemium battle royale title for mobile platforms, has been downloaded over 1 billion times on Google Play alone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure named GOTY at the 2021 Games for Change Awards  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Ustwo Games' open-world adventure was praised for highlighting the need for environmentalism and conservation while exploring the relationship between humans and nature.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia to give devs a cut of Stadia Pro revenue (based on how often their game is played) 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.21]
Stadia wants developers to push more players toward Stadia Pro, and in return is launching a handful of initiatives to sweeten the deal.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Dead Cells has sold over 2 million copies on mobile platforms in China  
by Chris Kerr [07.13.21]
"We believe that the incredible success and massive reach demonstrated by Bilibili, our local Chinese partner, really shows that there's an enormous untapped market for quality premium mobile titles."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google is introducing 'play as you download' games with Android 12  
by Chris Kerr [07.13.21]
Google is rolling out 'play as you download' games with Android 12 so users can start playing almost twice as fast as before.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Analysing the UI information presentation of games  
by Gamasutra Community [07.12.21]
The information level of game UI interface is important for users to get effective information. It reflects the logical structure of information presentation in the game interface.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Epic Games v. Apple is back on in Australia as Apple loses appeal  
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.21]
Following an appeal, Epic Games has been given a green light to continue its lawsuit against iPhone-maker Apple in Australia.
Smartphone/Tablet

SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.21]
Digital game publisher SciPlay Corporation has acquired Finnish mobile studio Koukoi Games for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Learn how data-driven personalization can drive player engagement in this free webinar  
by Staff [07.08.21]
Sponsored: Personalization is critical to driving player engagement, but this comes with real-time performance and scalability challenges. Learn how to address those concerns in this free webinar.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

36 states take legal aim at Google, argue its Play Store practices violate antitrust law 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.08.21]
Attorneys general from 36 states have filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of antitrust behavior through its dealings with Android devices and its own Google Play Store.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: The future of interactive characters - Why games need believable NPCs  
by Gamasutra Community [07.06.21]
In this final post, we discuss four reasons why games need better NPCs: 1) players want them, 2) bad character AI is a creative bottleneck, 3) better collaborative NPCs can make games more inclusive, 4) they're a necessary part of our 3D & XR future.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Atari Gaming walks away from free-to-play games to refocus on console and PC  
by Alissa McAloon [07.06.21]
Atari Gaming is pivoting away from its free-to-play mobile game business to instead refocus on premium games for console and PC, and in turn create more titles for its recently-released Atari VCS console.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored Content
As demand rises, Autodesk looks to the next decade of game development  
by Staff [07.05.21]
Sponsored: Video games continue to become more and more complex, and developers need to know that the tools they use are up to the challenge.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Video, Sponsored Article, Video Q&A