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Video Game Deep Cuts: The Ghost Of Id's Pro Skater  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.16.20]
The latest Video Game Deep Cuts rounds up the notable games released this week, plus delves into the history of Id Software, the return of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How Niantic's response to COVID-19 has protected Pokemon GO  
by Gamasutra Community [05.15.20]
Despite a seasonal quarter-over-quarter decline in 1Q20 for Niantic's Pokémon GO, the game has been largely untouched by the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

AppLovin acquires Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire dev Machine Zone  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.20]
Mobile marketing company AppLovin has acquired Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire developer Machine Zone for an undisclosed fee.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Understanding different specialties & approaches in game production  
by Staf [05.13.20]
In this 2017 GDC talk veteran prodcer Caryl Shaw reviews different producer-adjacent roles that exist today, deconstructs different approaches to game production, and offers practical production tips.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Devs using Unreal Engine won't owe Epic royalties on a game's first $1 million 4
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.20]
Epic Games started the day with a slew of good news for game developers, including a change to its royalties scheme.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Gaining fans for your game? A marathon, not a sprint 2
by Simon Carless [05.12.20]
There is no silver bullet in having people find your game. If you’re relying on one thing to change your fortunes radically - you’re using the wrong strategy to develop & market your game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

David Brevik and Bill Wang team up to launch Skystone Games  
by Alissa McAloon [05.11.20]
The duo sees the new business as a development studio and global publisher alike, and hope to leverage their experience to support other studios that sign on with Skystone.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Donkey Kong Snowrunning Team  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.09.20]
The latest roundup of interesting games, articles & videos from the last week includes new titles like Snowrunner & old beefs like the Donkey Kong high score lawsuit.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tokyo Game Show 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus pandemic  
by Kris Graft [05.08.20]
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, September's Tokyo Game Show 2020 has been cancelled, organizers announced Thursday.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Fortnite surpasses 350 million registered players  
by Alissa McAloon [05.07.20]
The milestone comes as Epic doubles down on the social elements of Fortnite with additions like the combat-free Party Royale mode and last month's in-game Travis Scott concert.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Sales up at Nintendo due to 'significant growth' across the entire Switch family  
by Chris Kerr [05.07.20]
Switch hardware and software continues to deliver the goods for Nintendo, which reported an increase in both sales and profits during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga reports $104M loss for Q1 despite record-setting revenues  
by Alex Wawro [05.06.20]
Zynga reports a big loss in Q1 despite "historic" revenues, in part because it has to pay out millions in contingency payments to recent acquisitions whose games have been strong performers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Games, psychology, and UX with Celia Hodent - GDC Podcast ep. 8  
by Kris Graft [05.06.20]
For Celia Hodent, a psychology PhD, author, and freelance user experience consultant whose credits include Fortnite, Assassin's Creed games, and more, UX is everywhere.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

Finnish studio Dazzle Rocks nets $6.8 million to build social sandbox MMO  
by Chris Kerr [05.06.20]
Finnish mobile studio Dazzle Rocks has secured $6.8 million in Series A funding to boost development on its unnamed social sandbox MMO.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Supercell designed the Clash of Clans Battle Pass  
by Staff [05.05.20]
In this GDC 2020 virtual talk Supercell's Eino Joas discusses the two-year process that led to the development of a Battle Pass for Clash of Clans.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

AppLovin invests in Sweet Escapes developer Redemption Games  
by Chris Kerr [05.05.20]
Mobile marketing platform AppLovin has made a undisclosed strategic investment in San Diego mobile studio Redemption Games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Building Enter the Gungeon's dungeon-climbing spin-off Exit the Gungeon  
by Diego Arguello [05.05.20]
Dodge Roll's Dave Crooks reveals how the studio has polished its bullet hell dungeon crawler Enter the Dungeon and revised its design to create spin-off dungeon climber Exit the Dungeon.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Streets Of Rage-aholic Wasteland  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.02.20]
Lots of great things to see this week, from Streets Of Rage's surprising comeback to an Animal Crossing talk show & far beyond.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Summer is going fully digital  
by Staff [04.30.20]
While GDC organizers look forward to meeting again in person as soon as possible, this August's GDC Summer will be transformed into an all-digital event in order to best serve our community.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Scopely acquires Scrabble GO dev PierPlay  
by Alissa McAloon [04.28.20]
Scopely has acquired PierPlay for an undisclosed sum after first working alongside the developer to launch the mobile game Scrabble GO last month.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing