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Get a job: Boston Dynamics is hiring a Software Engineer (Android Developer)  
by Staff [01.22.20]
At Boston Dynamics, our shared software contributes to the success of our projects, products, prototypes, and engineering staff.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Scopely acquires Marvel Strike Force dev FoxNext Games from Disney  
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.20]
Disney has agreed to sell FoxNext Games and its subsidiary Cold Iron Studios to Scopley for an undisclosed sum.
Smartphone/Tablet

Stillfront Group acquires Dragon Story dev Storm8 for as much as $400 million  
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.20]
Stillfront Group is looking to acquire Dragon Story developer Storm8 for $300 million, with an additional $100 million on the table if unmentioned targets are met in the 2020 and 2021 financial yeas as well.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: Tenacious Entertainment is hiring a UI Artist/Designer  
by Staff [01.21.20]
Tenacious Entertainment is seeking a talented and enthusiastic UI Artist / Designer to join our passionate team in Bellevue, Washington
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Inside the narrative design and 'multiple middles' of Mutazione 1
by Hannah Nicklin [01.21.20]
In this nuanced look at game storytelling Die Gute Fabrik's Hannah Nicklin walks you through how she joined up with the Mutazione crew to flesh out and build the narratives of this mutant soap opera.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Wherever you are in your game design career, come advance it at GDC!  
by Staff [01.20.20]
Are you a game designer interested in attending GDC 2020 this March? Don't miss these opportunities to attend sessions from industry experts and learn tips and techniques relevant to your needs!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Report: TikTok owner ByteDance planning big push into mobile games 1
by Chris Kerr [01.20.20]
TikTok owner ByteDance has been quietly building an internal game division so it can break into the lucrative mobile games market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: 2020's Most Exciting, 1983's Most Breakout Games  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.17.20]
The latest highlights include a look at 2020's most anticipated PC games, 1983's 'breakout' game (fine, it's a book excerpt from a 1983 tome about Breakout!), plus looks at Android: Netrunner & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2020 offers practical tips on hiring and keeping women leaders in games  
by Staff [01.17.20]
It's never been more vital for game makers to make active, sustained efforts to diversify their leadership teams, and at GDC 2020 in March you'll get the latest tips and tools to do so!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, GDC

The top 7 reasons women quit game development
by Pixelles [01.17.20]
Game development-focused feminist non-profit Pixelles highlights problem areas--and solutions--in retaining women within game development studios.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How to talk about games with those who don't approve  
by Staff [01.16.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk educators Lindsay Grace, Mia Consalvo, Roger Altizer, and Andy Phelps provide devs with the facts they need to competently reply to those opposed to the game industry.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

RuneScape saw 1.1 million paid subscriptions in 2019, an all-time high  
by Alissa McAloon [01.15.20]
RuneScape developer Jagex says the game, or rather the duo of games that make up the modern RuneScape brand, crossed a new subscriber milestone in 2019, nearly two decades after the online world got its start.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Square Enix is shutting down Mobius Final Fantasy after four years  
by Chris Kerr [01.15.20]
Square Enix is shutting down the global version of Mobius Final Fantasy four years after the episodic mobile RPG launched.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

ForwardWorks creating new mobile game with Kadokawa and Cave Interactive  
by Chris Kerr [01.14.20]
Sony’s in-house mobile studio ForwardWorks has announced its partnering with publisher Kadokawa and developer Cave Interactive on a new smartphone project due in 2020.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC YouTube Top 5: Mipumi Games' Eline Muijres  
by Kris Graft [01.13.20]
For January, we bring you the top picks from Eline Muijres, producer at indie studio Mipumi Games who also worked on the IGF-nominated game Bounden.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Get live game-pitching advice at GDC Pitch during GDC 2020!  
by Staff [01.13.20]
If you're coming to GDC 2020 don't miss your chance to participate in GDC Pitch, an event designed to help select GDC Play participants practice their game-pitching skills in front of a live audience!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Punk Nomad Disco Elysium Switch  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.20]
The latest highlights include a great piece on a unique Ubisoft 'fixer', the unlikely story behind Disco Elysium's success, the underappreciated Switch games of last year, and a whooole bunch more great articles besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Analyst: With $894 million in revenue, 2019 marked Pokemon Go's best year so far  
by Alissa McAloon [01.10.20]
Sensor Tower estimates clock 2019 as Pokemon Go’s best year so far, surpassing even the year of its landmark launch.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet

Control and Death Stranding lead nominations for 2020 DICE Awards 1
by Chris Kerr [01.10.20]
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the 23rd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, and both Control and Death Stranding are leading the charge.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Writers share tips for overcoming common hurdles of mobile game projects  
by Alissa McAloon [01.09.20]
The folks over at EGM have published an insightful chat with a number of game writers, exploring the tips and pain points uncovered by each while working on different varieties and genres of mobile games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production