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Marie Dealessandri, Academy Writer

Marie Dealessandri joined as its first Academy writer in October 2019. After living and working as a journalist in France and Canada, she entrenched herself in the UK games industry in 2015, working for B2B magazine MCV. She can be found occasionally tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack.

Recent articles by Marie Dealessandri

EA bans FIFA player following racial abuse towards ex-footballer Ian Wright

The lifetime ban was issued after the player sent racist messages to Wright following a lost FIFA game

By Marie Dealessandri

SELL: French industry's record year not just about COVID

SELL president Julie Chalmette looks back at a year of impressive growth for the French games market

By Marie Dealessandri

Frogwares issues DMCA takedown to remove The Sinking City from Steam

The studio asked for its own game to be removed from the store following its ongoing dispute with publisher Nacon

By Marie Dealessandri

Layoffs reported at Hardsuit Labs

Update: The studio confirmed the layoffs, saying a "small number of people" were affected

By Marie Dealessandri

French games market reaches record high of €5.3bn | France Annual Report

27.5 million games across physical and digital were sold in France in 2020, alongside 2.3 million consoles

By Marie Dealessandri

Seriously appoints Petri Järvilehto as CEO

He takes over the role from co-founder Andrew Stalbow, who left the mobile company

By Marie Dealessandri

Roblox's strategy to focus on catering to older users

Ahead of its direct listing next month, the company revealed that 44% of its daily active users are now over the age of 13

By Marie Dealessandri

How to be a better character designer

At the Yorkshire Games Festival, Lucy Kyriakidou explored visual storytelling, body diversity, and how to improve your art skills

By Marie Dealessandri

EA reportedly cancels Motive's Gaia after six years in development

The new IP was teased last year, and had been through a "turbulent" development journey

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo to stop supporting 3DS and 3DS XL repairs in Japan

From March 31, Nintendo will no longer support repairs for the handhelds in Japan, as the parts needed are too difficult to source

Hades wins Game of the Year at Gayming Awards

The inaugural celebration saw Hades, If Found, and Tell Me Why each receive two accolades

By Marie Dealessandri

GameStop shares spike again

The retailer's stock closed at $91, and reached a high of $185 during after-hours trading

By Marie Dealessandri

CD Projekt staff reportedly locked out of computers after ransomware attack

The Cyberpunk 2077 developer had to push back the release of a patch following the cyber attack

By Marie Dealessandri

Unity report shows mobile games ad revenue grew 8% in 2020

Sports games are the only genre who didn't see an ad revenue increase in 2020, impacted by the lack of real-life events

By Marie Dealessandri

Bethesda faces lawsuit over Fallout 4 DLC

The company faces charges of deceit for not including its Creation Club in the game's Season Pass, which could delay Microsoft's ZeniMax takeover

By Marie Dealessandri

January digital games spending reaches $11.6bn

Superdata reports a 15% rise in revenue year-on-year worldwide, with the PC space particularly growing

By Marie Dealessandri

Gran Turismo 7 delayed to 2022

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has slowed production of Sony's racing title

By Marie Dealessandri

GameMaker to add next-gen support

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S support is currently in closed beta, with a full launch due in March

By Marie Dealessandri

Paradox reports best year ever in 2020

The Swedish firm reported record growth despite having to cancel and postpone several projects

By Marie Dealessandri

VSPN reportedly considering IPO

The initial public offering could raise "several hundred million dollars" this year

By Marie Dealessandri

CD Projekt Red issues DMCA to prevent spread of stolen Gwent code

The copyright strikes targeted Twitter users sharing links to download the stolen data

By Marie Dealessandri

Larian opens new Guildford studio

Turbulenz, which was working on Baldur's Gate 3 as an external partner, is now part of Larian Studios

'LinkedIn for gamers' Efuse raises $6m

Funds came from the Ohio Innovation Fund as well as NFL and NBA athletes

By Marie Dealessandri

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