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Report: Apple is working on a new SDK for painless porting from iOS to Mac  
by Alissa McAloon [02.21.19]
Apple is reportedly working on an SDK that simplifies the process of porting iOS apps to MacOS, and will eventually merge the two processes into one.
Smartphone/Tablet

Keywords acquires Dutch cloud-based software platform GetSocial  
by Chris Kerr [02.21.19]
Notably, the deal will see GetSocial's team of 12 engineers, led by chief exec Jeroen Bouman and COO and founder Viral Partel, join Keywords to continue developing the platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Use the GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to get the most out of your show!  
by Staff [02.20.19]
Conference organizers encourage you to take advantage of the free GDC 2019 Session Scheduler to lay out our week at the show in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate fashion.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Tonk Tonk Games raises $2 million ahead of the launch of its first game  
by Alissa McAloon [02.20.19]
The team has grabbed investments from Bitkraft Esports Ventures and Modern Times Group to fund the studio's office and its mobile fighting game uFighter.
Smartphone/Tablet

Com2uS acquires majority stake in visual novel developer Day 7  
by Emma Kidwell [02.19.19]
South Korean publisher Com2uS has acquired a majority stake in the mobile studio Day 7, which is known for developing romantic visual novel games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Creating a sustainable PR program for your mobile game  
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.19]
Here's a brief explainer on how to create a sustainable PR program around a mobile game's development, broken out in 3 phases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nitro Games begins layoff talks, could cut workforce in half  
by Chris Kerr [02.19.19]
Finnish mobile studio Nitro Games could lay off over half of its workforce in an attempt to reduce operating costs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile dev Next Games lays off 26 staff  
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
The Helsinki-based studio says the move, which decreases its staff from 143 to 117, is to reduce costs, cut back on "time-to-market for its upcoming projects," and improve its overall development process
Smartphone/Tablet

Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Produced for the fourth year running, these 'Flash Forward' videos are always great encapsulations of what makes GDC talks great: they're fun, lovable, and surprisingly informative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, GDC

Revenue down by 5.4% at Rovio, but games segment holds firm  
by Chris Kerr [02.14.19]
Rovio has just released its full-year financials for the for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018, and consolidated revenue is down despite games holding firm.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

BOY, God of War won big at the DICE Awards
by Brandon Sheffield [02.14.19]
At the DICE Summit in Las Vegas tonight, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded game of the year to Sony Santa Monica’s God of War.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Video: How to invite player creativity through game mechanics  
by Staff [02.13.19]
At GDC 2017 game designer Holly Gramazio shares a dozen different ways games can encourage player creativity, as well as some guidance on how to make your players feel comfortable being creative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Following Activision Blizzard layoffs, King shuts down mobile studio Z2Live 2
by Emma Kidwell [02.12.19]
Following the Activision Blizzard layoffs hitting employees today, King’s mobile game studio Z2Live is shutting down, resulting in the loss of 78 jobs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Learn how machine learning can help you make better games at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.12.19]
Machine learning is changing the way we make games, and GDC 2019 the place to be if you want to better understand how ML can be applied across different disciplines to help you build better games!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Mobile games continue to drive App Store spending in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [02.12.19]
App Store revenue generated per active U.S. iPhone rose by 36 percent to $79 in 2018, with mobile games accounting for over half of that per-device average.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Attend GDC and check out a thought experiment using auto-generated games  
by Staff [02.11.19]
Indie devs Alex Schwartz & Ziba Scott will take the stage at GDC 2019 to tell you what happened after they flooded the market with over 1,500 auto-generated slot machine games. Turns out, a lot!
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sumo Digital opens mobile studio in Leamington Spa  
by Chris Kerr [02.11.19]
The new opening will be led by former Sega chief technical officer Chris Southall, who built the company's dedicated European mobile studio, Sega Hardlight. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Apex Of Legends, Observing The Sunless Skies  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.10.19]
This week's highlights include interviews on the much-vaunted Apex Legends, info on AI thriller Observation & the loneliness of Sunless Skies, as well as Russian Doll, Art Sqool, and lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Zynga's mobile games generated a record $228 million revenue last quarter  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.19]
Both revenue and bookings are on the rise at Zynga, so much so that the company says mobile set new quarterly records in each.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing