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Marie Dealessandri, Features Editor

Marie Dealessandri joined GamesIndustry.biz 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 reportedly had acquisition talks with NBCUniversal, Amazon, Apple, Disney

The FIFA publisher has been "persistent in pursuing a sale" in recent years, sources reported

By Marie Dealessandri

God of War Ragnarök to feature 60+ accessibility options

Controller remapping and UI have been redesigned from the ground up, among others

By Marie Dealessandri

Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown delayed to 2023

KT Racing and Nacon's title was initially due to launch this September, plus PS4 and Xbox One versions have been cancelled

Former employee sues GameStop for reportedly violating New York Labor Law

Trevon Mack wants GameStop staff to be recognised as manual workers and receive weekly pay

By Marie Dealessandri

Tappx acquires Fantasy Manager developer From The Bench

The adtech company is looking to diversify its strategy and enter the mobile games market

By Marie Dealessandri

What to think about when setting up an apprenticeship program

Beyond-FX CEO Keith Guerrette discusses the VFX studio's apprenticeship initiative, the challenges it faced and why it's worth it

By Marie Dealessandri

EA Austin lays off customer service staff

An EA representative said the change is "not tied" to EA Sports FC announcement

By Marie Dealessandri

Microids opens Berlin office as "logical milestone" in international development plan

More locations are on the horizon as CEO says new branch will also enable it to better reach Austria and Switzerland

By Marie Dealessandri

Dr. Jakin Vela confirmed as IGDA executive director

Guy Blomberg and Tarja Porkka-Konturri appointed to the organisation's board

By Marie Dealessandri

Gameloft opens new Paris studio

New developer working on unannounced action/sport title for PC and console

By Marie Dealessandri

Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund buys 5% stake in Nintendo

The PIF said that it acquired this stake "for investment purposes"

By Marie Dealessandri

How one festival wants to give game music the spotlight it deserves

Mateusz Pawlak, founder of the Game Music Festival, on why such events need to be more than just concerts and the pitfalls of hobbyist organisation

By Marie Dealessandri

Following sale of Western devs, Square Enix wants to acquire and establish new studios

The Japanese company also shared its ambition to accelerate investment in blockchain, AI, and the cloud

By Marie Dealessandri

April spending down 8% despite strong hardware sales | US monthly charts

Accessories sales were down 10% year-on-year, while hardware saw a 16% growth

By Marie Dealessandri

Strong year for Square Enix as Final Fantasy 14 offsets non-MMO game decline

The company's Digital Entertainment category saw a 6% increase in net sales to $2.1 billion

By Marie Dealessandri

FRVR acquires free-to-play shooter Krunker

Team behind the game, including its creator Sidney de Vries, to join FRVR

Starfield and Redfall delayed to 2023

Both Bethesda titles are now due in the first half of next year

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft has "everything we need to remain independent," says CEO

CFO skirts around NFT question but says future tech will provide "very meaningful value propositions for players"

By Marie Dealessandri

TIGA: UK games development workforce grew 25% to over 20,000 full-time staff

The games industry's annual contribution to the UK's GDP reached £2.9 billion by December 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

An introduction to games technical art

Atomhawk's technical art director Liam Fleming explains what technical artists do and gives pointers on how to become one

By Marie Dealessandri

Sumo Group joins Playing for the Planet Alliance

Company reiterates pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025

Kwalee opens Portuguese office

New location to be led by CTO Pedro Caria

By Marie Dealessandri

Microsoft announces new accessibility tools for devs

The company unveiled its Gaming Accessibility Resource Hub, further guidance as part of its accessibility guidelines, and more

By Marie Dealessandri

Warner Bros cancels Gotham Knights' PS4 and Xbox One versions

The publisher said the title will release on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC only, "to provide players with the best possible gameplay experience"

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