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Marie Dealessandri, Academy Writer

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

Microsoft brings back Xbox Design Lab

Originally launched in 2016, the program now also lets players customise Xbox Wireless Controllers for Series X|S

Insights about diversity and inclusion from Take-Two's E3 2021 panel

Jim Huntley, Susanna Pollack, Gordon Bellamy, and Laila Shabir on making diversity, equity and inclusion a business goal and the importance of diverse role models

By Marie Dealessandri

Facebook to test in-headset ads in Oculus games

The test will only run on a few VR titles only but could be expanded to the ecosystem more broadly if successful

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo Direct leads E3 2021 viewership with 3.1m at peak

The platform holder was followed by the Xbox/Bethesda showcase with 2.3 million peak viewers

By Marie Dealessandri

All the release dates | E3 2021

Lost track of the games announced at E3 and their launch windows? We round up all the release dates unveiled at the event

By Marie Dealessandri

Breath of the Wild sequel closes E3 2021 Nintendo Direct, "aiming for" 2022 launch

The platform holder also unveiled new entries in the Metroid and WarioWare franchises, as well as a remasters of the first two Advance Wars

By Marie Dealessandri

Vungle acquires JetFuel

The influencer marketing platform is the company's fourth acquisition in the past year

By Marie Dealessandri

Qualcomm interested in Arm stake if Nvidia deals fails

The tech company would be ready to invest alongside a "consortium of companies," CEO-elect Cristiano Amon said

By Marie Dealessandri

Guardians of the Galaxy leads Square Enix E3 2021 showcase

Square Enix Presents featured an in-depth look at the new Eidos Montreal title, plus a brand new Final Fantasy game, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins

By Marie Dealessandri

"Just ship it": Tips for game development on a budget

At Nordic Game, Patch & Path's Ian Lotinsky gave advice on how to launch an indie game on schedule and on a shoestring budget

By Marie Dealessandri

Snowed In Studios launches Scarab Games

The newly created company aims at helping existing brands make it in the AAA games market

By Marie Dealessandri

How internships can drive more diversity into games

The Chinese Room's Ed Daly reflects on the company's internship programme and how other studios can lower the barriers for underrepresented groups to enter the industry

By Marie Dealessandri

Clickwork Games raises $1.2 million

The Estonian studio wants to capitalise on the idle genre's untapped potential

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo to open museum in Japan

Dedicated to the platform holder's "development history and philosophy," the Nintendo Gallery is expected for 2024

By Marie Dealessandri

Fragbite Group acquires Playdigious

The Swedish company, formerly known as FunRock, will be opening a new publishing and indie games division

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo to get $2.1m in damages in lawsuit against RomUniverse

The court sided with the platform holder but didn't grant it the $15 million it was asking for

By Marie Dealessandri

Monster Hunter Rise has shipped 7 million units

Capcom's hit reached this milestone in just two months

Ubisoft's Owlient studio managers step down

Charlie Guillemot and Rémi Pellerin have left to "pursue new opportunities"

By Marie Dealessandri

Zordix acquires Merge Games

The Swedish company is to acquire all the shares in the UK publisher and developer to "strengthen its publishing capacity"

By Marie Dealessandri

Crystal Dynamics opens Austin studio

Crystal Southwest will be a "major part of all current and future Crystal Dynamics titles"

By Marie Dealessandri

How Tencent gave Splash Damage the "cheat codes for game development"

Expansion, acquisitions, and more original IP: CEO Richard Jolly opens up about the opportunities Tencent has created

By Marie Dealessandri

Resident Evil: Village beats Miitopia to No.1 | UK Boxed Charts

Capcom's hit returned to the top of charts with a comfortable margin

By Marie Dealessandri

1047 Games raises $6.5 million

The Splitgate developer aims at expanding its dev team and producing more in-game content

By Marie Dealessandri

Rockstar Games launches record label

In partnership with promoter CircoLoco, it aims at "supporting and elevating dance music culture"

By Marie Dealessandri

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