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Video Game Deep Cuts: Your World Of Horror's Clockwork God  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.22.20]
Highlights include a raft of new games, from World Of Horror through Lair Of The Clockwork God to Hunt: Showdown and beyond, as well as voxels and Apple Arcade, and an investigative piece on GameStop.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Google wants to bring HTML5 titles to low-end devices with GameSnacks  
by Chris Kerr [02.21.20]
Google has announced a new HTML5 platform called GameSnacks that's designed to help devs bring quick, casual games to any device.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Around 20 employees laid off at mobile studio Kixeye  
by Chris Kerr [02.20.20]
There have been around 20 layoffs at mobile developer Kixeye following its acquisition by Stillfront Group last year. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia support arrives on 19 non-Google Pixel phone models this week  
by Alissa McAloon [02.18.20]
Google's not-so-steady rollout of new Stadia features continues with the announcement of support for nearly 20 new devices, the first non-Pixel mobiles to work with the service.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Watch GDC 2020 speakers (try to) pitch you their talks -- in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.18.20]
As you're planning out your time at GDC 2020 next month, organizers want to remind you that some speakers have taken the time to make great, brief (60 seconds-ish) pitch videos for their talks! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Jordanian mobile publisher Tamatem nets $3.5 million to expand globally  
by Chris Kerr [02.17.20]
Jordanian mobile game publisher Tamatem has netted $3.5 million in Series A funding to increase its presence in the Middle East and North Africa mobile market and expand globally.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Mobile quizzing company HQ Trivia has shut down 1
by Chris Kerr [02.17.20]
Mobile quiz show maker HQ Trivia has closed its doors and laid off its remaining 25 employees after a planned acquisition fell through at the last minute.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: You Got Politics In My Dreams  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.15.20]
The latest highlights include the politics in games discussion re-ignited by Tim Sweeney's DICE comments, the full launch of Media Molecule's Dreams, a look at new games like Wide Ocean Big Jacket, & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Turning love into a cooperative game mechanic in Haven 1
by Aron Garst [02.14.20]
The team at Haven dev The Game Bakers set out to make a different sort of game about romance and use love, not as a goal or reward, but as a mechanic and system felt throughout every aspect of the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Untitled Goose Game comes out on top at DICE Awards 3
by Kris Graft [02.14.20]
House House's game with the horrible goose won top honors at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas Thursday night, with Control and Death Stranding also winning in multiple categories.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Angry Birds franchise can't prevent profits slipping at Rovio  
by Chris Kerr [02.13.20]
Profits are down at Angry Birds maker Rovio despite some growth in the company's games business.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Xbox extends Project xCloud preview to iOS devices  
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.20]
The ongoing Project xCloud preview can now be trialed on iOS devices, though the platform's somewhat restrictive nature means it won't be identical to what's currently offered on Android.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Ultimate Rivals dev Bit Fry Game Studios lands $3.5 million investment  
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.20]
Bit Fry Game Studios has raised $3.5 million in funding thanks to contributions from Xbox co-creator Ed Fries' 1Up Ventures and Bitkraft Esports Ventures.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Fledgling mobile studio Double Loop secures $2.5 million in seed funding  
by Chris Kerr [02.12.20]
Fledgling mobile studio Double Loop Games has netted over $2.5 million in seed funding from London Venture Partners and 1UP Ventures.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Monetization design and overcoming the dark side of gacha  
by Staff [02.11.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Pixonic's Vladimir Krasilnikov discusses how a drastic change to the in-game economy of War Robots brought amazing financial results but ultimately upset the community too much.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Collaborate with friends and meet new ones at these GDC 2020 Community Spaces!  
by Staff [02.10.20]
This year GDC will host four community spaces (Narrative, Design, Audio, and Art), each appointed comfortably with creative aids to help you communicate and collaborate with fellow GDC attendees!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Pedestrian Mario Paint Pagan  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.08.20]
Latest links include a look at The Pedestrian, the people composing music in Mario Paint, the odd 'dead MMO' setting of PAGAN: Autogeny, streaming legality & Valentine's Day gaming for couples.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

King's Sabrina Carmona wants more women in game dev leadership 4
by Staff [02.07.20]
Senior producer Sabrina Carmona is coming to GDC to show you how to diversify your studio and get more women into leadership! Here, she opens up about why that's important and her own career in games.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Mobile is now Activision Blizzard's leading platform for revenue  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.20]
Mobile generated the most revenue in 2019, thanks to its mobile-heavy King segment as well as recent launches across other brands like Call of Duty Mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet

Profits flat at Bandai Namco as video game sales dip slightly  
by Chris Kerr [02.06.20]
Bandai Namco has posted its financials for the nine months ended December 31, 2019, and both net sales and profits remained fairly flat.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing