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Nintendo is pulling two mobile games from Belgium over loot box laws  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
Both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes will no longer be available in Belgium due to the country’s laws on loot box mechanics.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Marvel, The Pokemon Company partner with NetEase to launch games in China  
by Chris Kerr [05.20.19]
NetEase has formed strategic partnerships with Marvel and The Pokemon Company to help the pair launch new games in China.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Plague (Tale) On Minecraft Earth  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.17.19]
This week's roundup includes pieces on AR game Minecraft Earth action adventure A Plague Tale: Innocence, plus Rage 2, strategy guides, and the intrigue behind Ingress.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

New Minecraft Earth AR game takes a cue from Pokemon Go  
by Chris Kerr [05.17.19]
Mojang has unveiled a new Minecraft game, and it's an augmented reality mobile experience called Minecraft Earth.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Steam Link streaming app launches on iOS a year after Apple rejection  
by Chris Kerr [05.16.19]
Valve's Steam Link streaming app has finally arrived on iOS almost a year after it was rejected by Apple for "business conflicts."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PUBG Mobile now reminds minors to take breaks from playing in some countries  
by Alissa McAloon [05.15.19]
A PUBG Mobile update rolled out to select countries includes a "gameplay management" system that periodically reminds players under the age of 18 to step away from the game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Revenue and profit up at Tencent despite stagnant games revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [05.15.19]
Tencent reported year-over-year increases in both revenue and profit for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year, though the company’s online games business didn’t share in that growth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sponsored: The Talking Tom team's 5 tips for building a 'super' endless runner  
by Outfit7 Limited [05.15.19]
Talking Tom Hero Dash developer Outfit7 Limited digs into the question of "what's next?" for the endless runner genre and offers advice to developers working in a similar space.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Register now for XRDC 2019, the premier AR/VR/MR event for devs!  
by Staff [05.15.19]
Registration is now open for XRDC, the prime event for developers, investors, and other innovators in the vibrant AR/VR/MR industries!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Antitrust lawsuit over iOS App Store to move forward, despite Apple's arguments 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.19]
The Supreme Court has shot down Apple's argument that iOS users aren't the App Store's customers, an argument the company made to deflect an antitrust lawsuit currently brewing over its App Store policies.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

PSA: One week left to submit your talks for XRDC 2019  
by Staff [05.13.19]
XRDC happens October 14-15 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion in San Francisco, so make sure to submit your pitches for talks: the deadline for proposals is next Monday, May 20th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Yuppie Psycho, Thomas The Tank Engine  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.10.19]
This week's roundup includes the odd & striking Yuppie Psycho, an exploration of why Thomas The Tank Engine keeps getting modded into so many games, plus looks at Mordhau, Sable, Vader Immortal & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

DeNA and The Pokemon Company have a mobile Pokemon game on the way  
by Alissa McAloon [05.10.19]
Mobile developer DeNA is working with The Pokemon Company on an upcoming mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet

Scopely acquires Digit Game Studios  
by Alissa McAloon [05.09.19]
Scopely has acquired the Irish game development studio Digit Game Studios for an undisclosed sum.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google Play Store tweaks ratings system to focus on recent reviews 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.09.19]
Google has changed how the Google Play Store calculates an app's overall rating, with the goal of making those scores better reflect an app’s recent reception.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sports and mobile titles driving growth at Konami  
by Chris Kerr [05.09.19]
Konami said positive performances from Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and mobile title Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, which has now surpassed 90 million downloads, helped drive global revenue,
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

EA in 'advanced negotiations' to bring Apex Legends to China and mobile  
by Alissa McAloon [05.08.19]
Electronic Arts is in the process of trying to expand Apex Legends beyond just console, PC, and its current markets.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Supercell invests $3.8 million into Swedish studio Luau Games  
by Brandon Sheffield [05.08.19]
Clash Royale and Clash of Clans developer Supercell has invested $3.8 million into Swedish mobile studio Luau Games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tencent shuts down PUBG Mobile in China following approval struggles  
by Chris Kerr [05.08.19]
Tencent has shut down the Chinese test version of PUBG Mobile after failing to gain approval to monetize the popular multiplayer shooter.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Revenue drops at Electronic Arts despite strong digital bookings  
by Alissa McAloon [05.07.19]
Revenue for the full year ending March 31, 2019 came in at $4.95 billion for Electronic Arts, a decrease from last year’s numbers but a figure that still beat the company’s estimates for the quarter.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing