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Live service roster helps Zynga deliver record mobile revenue and bookings  
by Chris Kerr [05.02.19]
Zynga's focus on growing its live services portfolio looks to be paying off, with the studio having just recorded its highest ever mobile revenue and bookings quarter.  
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

iPad and services on the rise at Apple as iPhone sales continue to fall  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.19]
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release that the company "delivered our strongest iPad growth in six years."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Coming Facebook Gaming features focus on discovery and engagement  
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.19]
Facebook has detailed some features it has in the works that aim to build "discovery and re-engagement" features into the Facebook Gaming tab that houses Instant Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Publishers see Stadia as an 'opportunity for a shift,' says Google CEO 2
by Alissa McAloon [04.30.19]
"They see the opportunity for a shift, a point of inflection, but they realized the technical challenge of pulling something like this off," says Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Robotics company Anki lays off entire workforce ahead of closure 1
by Chris Kerr [04.30.19]
Anki, the robotics and artificial intelligence company known in the games industry for combining physical toys and mobile games, is shutting down. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sega keen to improve profitability of digital titles after disappointing year 3
by Chris Kerr [04.30.19]
Sega has released its financials for the full-year ended March 31, 2019, and the company has lamented the performance of its digital games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Gone for Days, Leaked ROMs for Fortnites  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at Days Gone, a unique story of an Atari arcade game 'leaked', Fortnite's unpalatable dev crunch, parallax in games, Mortal Kombat 11's grindy glories, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Epic Games is facing yet another lawsuit over a Fortnite emote  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Epic has been hit with another lawsuit over one of the many, many emotes in its free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite, but this case is taking a different approach toward the alleged infringement.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Four years after launch, Angry Birds 2 is still Rovio's top-earning game  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Angry Birds 2 continues to be the company's big earner in its games business, bringing in €32 million (~$35.6 million) in gross bookings all on its own.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Snapchat is launching an SDK to let devs use Bitmoji avatars in their own games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.25.19]
Snapchat is rolling out a Bitmoji for Games SDK that lets select game developers use the social platform’s customizable Bitmoji avatars within their own games on any platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Supercell partners with Internet Matters to improve child safety online  
by Chris Kerr [04.24.19]
Clash of Clans maker Supercell has joined forces with non-profit organization Internet Matters on a mission to help keep children safe in the digital world. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Google coy with new Stadia details, pushes the promise of discoverability 5
by Alissa McAloon [04.23.19]
Google has lofty ambitions for its coming cloud-based game platform Stadia, many of which include giving game developers and players alike the ability to approach video games in a different way.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Keywords nabs Japanese HTML5 developer Wizcorp for $1.1 million  
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Irish game service provider Keywords has acquired Japanese work-for-hire studio Wizcorp for $1.1 million in cash. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Over half of PUBG Corp's 2018 revenue came from Asia  
by Alissa McAloon [04.22.19]
PUBG Corp saw $920 million in revenue for 2018, most of which came from the PC version of its multiplatform game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

China's game approval rules will soon apply to HTML5 and WeChat mini-games  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
China's game approval process has undergone a lot of change in the past year or so, including a full-on freeze for most of 2018, but more changes are set to hit the program this month.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Google opens its Indie Games Accelerator to mobile devs across 37 countries  
by Alissa McAloon [04.17.19]
Google has expanded its Indie Games Accelerator program and is now taking applications from devs in select countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Smartphone/Tablet

Hajime Tabata's first post-Square Enix project is a licensed Paralympics game  
by Alissa McAloon [04.15.19]
The Final Fantasy XV director says his studio aims to "represent fully the wonders that are unique to Paralympic sports" through an upcoming RPG.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Apple willing to spend over $500 million bringing games to Arcade 5
by Chris Kerr [04.15.19]
Apple is reportedly willing to spend "hundreds of millions" of dollars to fill out its Apple Arcade premium game subscription service with quality titles. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Falcon Scores Weed, Needs Vacation  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.19]
This week's roundup includes intriguing debuts from Falcon Age and Vacation Simulator, a historical tour of The Division's New York, the trickiness of marketing your weed tycoon game & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design