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Mobile game studios and big publishers talk strategy

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This sponsored post is produced by FC Business Intelligence. Mobile gaming has exploded this year. The latest figures show over 135 billion people playing at least one hour of games per month on a smartphone or tablet and the huge growth shows no sign of slowing down. But grabbing a slice...
Mobile game studios and big publishers talk strategy

DeNA partners with Japanese Facebook-rival Mixi to create joint games development platform

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Social gaming giant DeNA has added to its list of strategic partners in its native Japan after announcing a mobile games development tie-in with Mixi, the country’s top local social network, aimed at wooing developers. Earlier this month DeNA — which recently posted record quarterly revenues of $627 million — pushed...
DeNA partners with Japanese Facebook-rival Mixi to create joint games development platform

Disney Buys S. Korean Game Developer Studio Ex for Push Into Asia

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Disney is acquiring South Korean game developer Studio Ex to push aggressively into the Asian market with free-to-play multiplayer games. Disney confirmed the acquisition, but would not disclose terms. However, Studio Ex has yet to officially launch any games, so this is pretty much a grab for the talent, which...
Disney Buys S. Korean Game Developer Studio Ex for Push Into Asia

Is Google Getting Serious About Gaming? Noah Falstein Hired As Chief Game Designer

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Well, what do we have here? Somewhat under the radar, Google has hired the computer games veteran Noah Falstein to the position of Chief Game Designer. Yes, that’s right, the search giant, not normally known for its games development, appears to have a major gaming project in circulation, at least something...
Is Google Getting Serious About Gaming? Noah Falstein Hired As Chief Game Designer

Film director Tim Burton makes a cameo in Samsung's Oscars commercial

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Samsung is known for its huge marketing budget, which is frequently used for luring in stars, and its latest move saw it bring in famed movie producer Tim Burton for a cameo role in its latest commercial that just aired during the Oscars. The Korean firm’s Super Bowl ad featured actors Seth...
Film director Tim Burton makes a cameo in Samsung's Oscars commercial

Tech Weekly special: women in games - breaking the boys' club

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The representation of women in video games has become a hot topic over the last year, fed by controversies over Lara Croft, the Tropes vs Women Kickstarter and many other flashpoints. While current industry statistics show that female players now make up half the audience for games, there are still...
Tech Weekly special: women in games - breaking the boys' club

UK game industry rejoices as new tax breaks passed

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The UK video game industry was ecstatic today after the Chancellor of the Exchequer (akin to the US Secretary of the Treasury) announced that the government would make tax credits available to UK video game developers in the next budget. "UK developers have been competing on an uneven global...
UK game industry rejoices as new tax breaks passed

Angry Birds Creator Acquires Games Developer

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Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the popular Angry Birds games, has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the games development arm of Futuremark, a developer......
Angry Birds Creator Acquires Games Developer

Press Start: Criterion hints at new direction, tax breaks under investigation and more

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Plus, Remember Me and gender equality, Battlefield developer rejects motion controls and indie festival sets sail in East LondonA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.New Criterion IP 'is not a racing game' | CVG UKExpecting another Need For Speed reboot? You might be disappointed:Criterion, the EA-owned Guildford...
Press Start: Criterion hints at new direction, tax breaks under investigation and more

Unity Game Engine Goes Free For iOS And Android Developers

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The barrier to entry for the Unity game rendering engine for developers on iOS and Android has gotten lower, as use of Unity tech is now free on both mobile platforms. Unity CEO David Helgason announced the changed terms today during the Unite Nordic trade conference, according to Pocket Gamer’s...
Unity Game Engine Goes Free For iOS And Android Developers

Sponsored post: U.K. digital games -- highlighting the U.K.'s flair for innovation

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With such a rich heritage and strengths across all aspects of the entertainment and technology industries, the U.K. is in a unique position to grow a global games business. Not only do we have the early-adopter consumer market to trial new games — there are over 34 million active gamers...
Sponsored post: U.K. digital games -- highlighting the U.K.'s flair for innovation

Zattikka buys three social games firms with IPO raise to challenge Zynga

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Both the social games development space and London’s AIM stock exchange welcomed a new entrant on Monday. Zattikka, a new multi-platform studio founded by Virgin Interactive games executives Tim Chaney and Mark Opzoomer, raised £12.6 million by floating to finance working capital and the acquisition of three existing social game companies....
Zattikka buys three social games firms with IPO raise to challenge Zynga

OpenFeint co-founder announces OpenKit, a GitHub-inspired open API service for game developers

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There’s no doubt that GitHub has transformed the way that developers work online today, and its influence has indirectly extended into gaming after OpenFeint co-founder Peter Relan announced OpenKit, an open API service aimed at bringing trust and freedom to games developers. The system is designed to all let developers take their...
OpenFeint co-founder announces OpenKit, a GitHub-inspired open API service for game developers

UK games industry "in trouble" if it can't recruit more women, says trade body

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In response to the recent Twitter storm about sexism in the games industry, Dr Jo Twist, CEO of trade body UKIE, says Britain needs more female developersWhen a blogger in the US tweeted the question, "Why are there so few lady game creators?" earlier this week, he probably didn't expect...
UK games industry "in trouble" if it can't recruit more women, says trade body

MPs back games industry tax relief

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Industry trade body Tiga has submitted a fresh report to the treasury claiming that tax relief for the games industry will create jobs and earn millions for the countryTiga, the trade body representing independent UK games developers has submitted new evidence to the treasury and to the Department of Culture,...
MPs back games industry tax relief

GamesBeat weekly roundup: GDC 2013, BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 4, and women in games

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If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best video game stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed. This week, GamesBeat was at the 2013 Game Developer’s Conference, bringing you previews and interviews. Harmonix announced that...
GamesBeat weekly roundup: GDC 2013, BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 4, and women in games

JRPG legend Hironobu Sakaguchi – interview

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The man who defined the Japanese RPG genre describes his latest mould-breaking opus, The Last StoryIn the earliest days of games development, there was a Gold Rush vibe – pretty much every game invented a new genre. Then games developed and matured, settling into a fixed set of genres.In their...
JRPG legend Hironobu Sakaguchi – interview

Beijing-based Yodo1 grabs $2m to help US game developers crack China

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Beijing-based games development agency Yodo1 has closed a $2 million seed round, led by China-based the Chang You Fund, to help it partner and work with US app and games developers that are looking to launch titles in China. China’s smartphone market is huge, ranking as the world’s largest based...
Beijing-based Yodo1 grabs $2m to help US game developers crack China

Video game tax breaks: what does it mean and what happens now?

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After years of lobbying, the UK games industry has secured a promise of tax breaks from the government. We investigate what this means and how it could change British games development foreverAfter many years of lobbying, a couple of close calls and one almighty let-down in 2010, the UK games...
Video game tax breaks: what does it mean and what happens now?

Someone Needs To Build A Statue Of OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter

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A month ago, OMGPOP was dead in the water. Then, out of nowhere, Draw Something took off and became a huge hit. Weeks after its launch, OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter accepted a $210 million buyout for the whole company from Zynga. Now it Draw Something daily active users is...
Someone Needs To Build A Statue Of OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter

Dys4ia; Roar Rampage; Dude, Where's My Planet? – review

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Will Freeman rounds up the best new games for your browserWhile the recently released Doctor Who: Worlds in Time online multiplayer game proved that the diminutive browser window can play host to ambitious, glossy and sprawling adventures, it is on the fringes of the games development scene that the most exciting...
Dys4ia; Roar Rampage; Dude, Where's My Planet? – review
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