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The faces of 'the creator economy' for DIY games  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.29.21]
Who are the 'creators who aren’t full-time game devs' making popular games and mods for game creation platforms? We explore game discovery by talking to them.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Niantic to rescind Pokemon Go bans after players are wrongly accused of cheating  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.21]
Niantic is working to remedy an issue that has caused a number of Pokemon Go players to be hit with false bans.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's mobile game Dr. Mario World is shutting down after only two years  
by Alissa McAloon [07.28.21]
Dr. Mario World, one of Nintendo's recent forays into the world of mobile games, is going offline this November. Once the game's online features go dark, it will no longer be playable whatsoever.
Smartphone/Tablet

Jam City changes course, no longer going public via $1.2B merger 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.21]
The now-canceled deal would've also included the acquisition of Montreal-based mobile publisher Ludia.
Smartphone/Tablet

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

Sponsored Content
Q&A: Make your game a social platform and retain players with Agora  
by Staff [07.19.21]
Sponsored: 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, Sponsored Article

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