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

Codemasters directors to vote in favour of EA bid

If shareholders approve the deal, it will be sanctioned on February 16

By Marie Dealessandri

Dead by Daylight studio apologises following developer comments about colourblind mode

The employee said it was "getting very boring" to be hearing someone "blabbing about colourblind mode all the time"

By Marie Dealessandri

PlayVS expands to Canada with GameSeta acquisition

The high school and college esports league will partner with BC School Sports

By Marie Dealessandri

Sagard NewGen acquires minority stake in Asobo Studio

The Flight Simulator developer opened its capital to "support its growth, while preserving its strategic and creative autonomy"

By Marie Dealessandri

Rival Peak reaches 22m views

600,000 unique viewers have interacted with the game/reality TV show hybrid

By Marie Dealessandri

Team17 acquires Golf With Your Friends for £12m

The UK publisher has plans for more DLC for the title, and a potential sequel

By Marie Dealessandri

EU fines Valve and five publishers €7.8m for geo-blocking practices

Valve alone was fined over €1.6 million, having refused to cooperate with the European Commission

By Marie Dealessandri

Playtech sells YoYo Games to Opera for $10m

Update: YoYo Games confirmed the acquisition, which will form the basis for new Opera Gaming division

By Marie Dealessandri

A brief guide to becoming a concept artist

Shiro Games' concept artists tell the Academy about how the field is about much more than "pretty drawings"

By Marie Dealessandri

IPO plans value Krafton at up to $27bn

The initial public offering is reportedly scheduled for the second half of 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

Scott Pilgrim physical edition sells 45,000 copies in three days

Limited Run Games' re-release of the Ubisoft title sold 25,000 physical units on Switch in just three hours

IO Interactive assures Hitman 3 players will not have to repurchase previous entries

Previous announcements said that owners of Hitman 1 and 2 on Steam would need to buy them again on Epic Games Store

By Marie Dealessandri

Tomonobu Itagaki establishes new studio

Itagaki Games will mark the director's return to game development after four years teaching

By Marie Dealessandri

2020 sees record US games spending at $56.9bn | US Annual Report

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the best-selling game of the year, while the Nintendo Switch was the No.1 platform

By Marie Dealessandri

Celebrating one year of Academy

Browse through the Academy's most essential reads as the section enters its second year

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft's Riders Republic delayed to "later this year"

The extreme sports MMO was due to launch on February 25

505 Games acquires Infinity Plus Two

Update: Digital Bros clarified that it acquired Infinite Interactive and Infinity Plus Two for $4.5 million

By Marie Dealessandri

Games investments reached $33.6bn in 2020

There were 219 M&A deals last year, dominated by Tencent, Embracer, Stillfront, and Zynga

By Marie Dealessandri

US environmental organisation warns against Xbox Series X, PS5 energy consumption

The NRDC calls for platform holders to ship their consoles with energy saving options enabled by default

By Marie Dealessandri

Lucasfilm and Ubisoft partner on Star Wars game

Update: Lucasfilm Games clarified that EA will continue to work on Star Wars titles going forward, with several projects currently in the works

By Marie Dealessandri

Turtle Beach acquires Neat Microphones

The entire Neat team will be joining Turtle Beach, including veterans Skipper Wise and Martins Saulespurens

By Marie Dealessandri

Admix expands into the US and EMEA

The London-based advertising and monetisation company made two major hires, joining from Google and Spotify

By Marie Dealessandri

Riot Games and Bungie file joint lawsuit against cheatmakers

The lawsuit targets GatorCheats, which sells cheats for Destiny 2 and Valorant

By Marie Dealessandri

Polish competition watchdog investigating Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red could be fined up to 10% of its annual income

By Marie Dealessandri

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 raises $2.75m

The funds will go to the Prevent Cancer Foundation

By Marie Dealessandri

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