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Don't Miss: What the Golf? is going on in this Q&A 1
by Staff [07.10.20]
Copenhagen-based Triband is the studio behind what is easily one of the funniest, most joyful games of the year in What the Golf? The team answered...most of our questions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Unreal Engine devs can now capture facial animation using an iOS app  
by Alissa McAloon [07.10.20]
Epic Games has launched a new iOS app that uses the platform's ARKit technology to capture real-world facial movements and translate those to character models in Unreal Engine.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art

Attend GDC Summer and see how thatgamecompany crafted the art of Sky  
by Staff [07.10.20]
At GDC Summer next month a lead artist on thatgamecompany's Sky: Children of the Light will teach you how the studio uses visuals to evoke emotional experiences!
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, GDC

8,000 games have been pulled from the App Store in China over missing ISBNs  
by Alissa McAloon [07.09.20]
Apple is bringing its App Store policies in-line with Chinese regulation by requiring paid and in-app purchase-bearing games to receive government approval to appear on its storefront.
Smartphone/Tablet

Analyst: Mobile games generated 1 billion downloads each week in Q2 2020  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.20]
According to the latest figures from market intelligence company App Annie, during the first week of Q2 2020 mobile games were downloaded a record 1.2 billion times worldwide. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Finnish mobile studio Traplight nets $9 million to support Battle Legion  
by Chris Kerr [07.09.20]
Finnish mobile studio Traplight has netted $9 million in funding after launching its latest title, Battle Legion
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Furukawa: Mobile is still 'contributing to the sustainable growth' of Nintendo  
by Alissa McAloon [07.07.20]
Mobile is far from its most lucrative platform, but Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa says in a recent investor Q&A that its smartphone dealings have a positive impact that extends beyond just revenue and profit.
Smartphone/Tablet

Get tips and inspiration to build the next generation of mobile games at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.07.20]
At GDC Summer next month attendees will get expert analysis of the mobile game market (including how the pandemic has shaped it) and tips on how to take advantage of it from N3twork chief Neil Young.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Analyst: Pokemon Go revenue still on the rise despite global pandemic  
by Alissa McAloon [07.06.20]
Sensor Tower's latest Pokemon Go revenue estimates surmise that the game has just exited a record breaking start to 2020 and surpassed $3.6 billion lifetime revenue.
Smartphone/Tablet

Animoca Brands raises $4.1 million ahead of proposed initial public offering  
by Chris Kerr [07.03.20]
Mobile developer Animoca Brands has raised $4.1 million in funding to support a proposed initial public offering.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: The subtle manipulation of mobile games 11
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.20]
Freemium and mobile games make use of a lot of unfortunately shady practices to get people to pay and play, and I want to talk about some of the less overt examples in today's post.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Zynga acquires Toon Blast developer Peak for $1.85 billion  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
Zynga has closed a $1.85 billion deal to acquire mobile game developer Peak. 
Smartphone/Tablet

Paradox Interactive acquires Playrion Game Studio to help with mobile push  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.20]
Swedish developer-publisher Paradox Interactive has acquired French "mobile-focused" developer Playrion Game Studio for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Apple scraps deals with some Apple Arcade devs in pursuit of more engagement  
by Alissa McAloon [06.30.20]
Apple is reportedly moving toward a retention-focused revamp of Apple Arcade’s future library, a shift that seems to indicate the $5 per month subscription isn’t sticking quite as well as the company had hoped.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: SpongeBob's Death Come True  
by Gamasutra Staff [06.26.20]
Death Come True, Hylics 2, and the SpongeBob game remake are just a few of the things featured in this week's new Video Game Deep Cuts link round-up.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: Nobody cares about your app idea - Here's how to change that  
by Joel Thomas, Agora.io [06.26.20]
People download and delete apps at a dizzying pace, ravenous for new games. Let's figure out why your idea deserves to exist, and how you can make it matter to today's mobile users.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

Discoverability by design: Rethinking how video games get noticed 1
by Simon Carless [06.26.20]
The best way around a shouting match to promote your game? Avoid it altogether. Rather, embrace that game design is part of the marketing equation and embed discoverability directly into the game itself.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored: Tap into a massive audience by learning to grow your game in Brazil  
by Xsolla [06.25.20]
Brazil's massive video game audience offers a huge growth opportunity—if you know the best way to approach the market.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Here's a sneak peek at how you'll meet peers and network at GDC Summer  
by Staff [06.25.20]
Here's an early look at what GDC Summer attendees can expect to find when you log in on the first day and start looking for opportunities to meet interesting people in game development.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC Summer hosts expert talk on building healthy, engaged QA teams from scratch  
by Staff [06.24.20]
GDC Summer is excited to host an expert talk this August from Private Division senior producer Kari Toyoma that aims to change the way QA teams are built and supported in game dev.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC