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Apex Legends Mobile kicks off a regional beta this month  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.21]
A mobile release of Respawn's battle royale game Apex Legends has been on EA's to-do list for a while now, and it looks like the mobile version of the game is nearly ready to see the light of day.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Xbox's reach continues to grow as Xbox Cloud Gaming beta heads to iOS, PC  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.21]
"Browsing [the Xbox Game Pass] library, instantly trying a game and either keep playing in browser and/or download to continue on console or PC is a really nice discovery feature," pitches Xbox head Phil Spencer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored: Effective methods and best practices for mobile game commerce  
by Staff [04.19.21]
A multi-platform experience allows you to access new markets, gain more freedom in your marketing efforts, and connect to your players directly from a branded e-commerce site
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper

Blog: Examining the craft of video game music composition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.16.21]
In this partial transcript of an online Q&A, video game music composer Winifred Phillips describes her process for several projects - including Spyder, Shrek the Third, Shattered State, and Assassin's Creed Liberation.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio

PUBG owner Krafton applies for preliminary approval ahead of potential IPO  
by Chris Kerr [04.16.21]
Kratfon, the video game holding company that owns PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has applied for preliminary approval for an initial public offering.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile publisher and marketing platform AppLovin nets $2 billion through IPO  
by Chris Kerr [04.15.21]
Mobile company AppLovin has raised $2 billion through an initial public offering that valued the company at $28.6 billion. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Why TikTok matters for game discovery 2
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.21]
TikTok - the shortform video social app which sports hundreds of millions of MAUs worldwide - can be a boon for the right type of game. We explain how within.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Starbreeze pens licensing deal with PopReach to re-launch Payday Crime War  
by Chris Kerr [04.14.21]
Starbreeze has signed a licensing agreement with Canadian publisher PopReach to re-launch mobile title Payday Crime War.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

TikTok owner ByteDance has acquired the Chinese studio behind Red Alert Online  
by Chris Kerr [04.14.21]
ByteDance has acquired Red Alert Online developer C4games through its Nuverse subsidiary for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Apple vs. Epic - the key monopoly takeaways  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.12.21]
We read all 700 pages of the 'Apple vs. Epic' lawsuit, so you didn't have to - here's some of the key takeaways for Epic's pitch against App Store monopoly.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Wargaming opens Lithuania studio to bolster 'distributed development model'  
by Chris Kerr [04.09.21]
The office will become the home of Wargaming's mobile development studio MS-1 as it continues working on World of Tanks Blitz.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

UK mobile studio Tripledot nets $78 million with an eye on acquisitions  
by Chris Kerr [04.09.21]
UK mobile games company Tripledot Studios has raised $78 million in Series A funding to accelerate its growth and finance studio acquisitions.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hades, Ghost of Tsushima and more await: Start planning your GDC 2021  
by Staff [04.08.21]
GDC 2021 is right around the corner, making now the best time to start planning out the sessions and talks that will define your event.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Report: Apple will argue it faces competition from other platforms during Epic trial  
by Chris Kerr [04.08.21]
Apple intends to argue that it has plenty of competition when it comes to video game transactions when it's legal battle against Epic Games heads to trial in May.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Five lessons from a year of online GDC events  
by Katie Stern [04.06.21]
GDC General Manager Katie Stern shares lessons learned from a year of adapting the conference to an online format.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sponsored: A practical guide to game dev success in gaming and esports  
by Telstra [04.05.21]
Developers and publishers must weigh several key network infrastructure and connectivity considerations, which can often make a huge difference in the success and profitability of a title.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production

Apple Arcade now includes a selection of classic and award-winning iOS games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.21]
Apple is expanding the subscription library's offerings by adding premium games already found elsewhere on the App Store.
Smartphone/Tablet

Registration is now open for the all-digital GDC 2021!  
by Staff [03.31.21]
It's time to register for GDC 2021! Sign up today to get the best price.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

$76M cheating ring busted by Tencent and police in operation 'Chicken Drumstick'  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
A joint operation between Chinese police and Tencent has busted what's being described as the "world's biggest" video game cheating ring.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Hades dominates BAFTA Games Awards with five wins including Best Game 1
by Chris Kerr [03.26.21]
Supergiant Games' acclaimed roguelike Hades stole the show at the BAFTA Games Awards last night, taking home five awards including the Best Game prize.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing