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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

Genshin Impact wins iPhone Game of the Year

RAC7's Sneaky Sasquatch was named Apple Arcade Game of 2020

By Marie Dealessandri

Subverse developer under fire for partnering with YouTuber Arch

Studio FOW first said it wasn't aware of the YouTuber's views, then backtracked to say it had "no problems with Arch"

By Marie Dealessandri

VR spending to pass $1bn in 2020

Market analyst Omdia says 6.4 million virtual reality headsets will be sold this year

By Marie Dealessandri

How meditation and cooperation shaped Vela Games

We talk to Vela Games about how its vision for building up a studio was shaken up by the pandemic, and what it means for the "meaningful" co-op experience it's creating

By Marie Dealessandri

Itch.io gives its revenue share to developers for 24 hours

Until midnight Pacific Time on November 28, the indie games store is giving its portion of each sale back to developers

What are the biggest changes impacting the games industry?

At the NG20+ conference, Rami Ismail looked back at a decade of games industry and how it can inform indies' decisions going forward

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords Studios acquires marketing agency G-Net Media

The acquisition brings the number of Keywords' marketing studios to seven

By Marie Dealessandri

Square Enix shifts eligible Japanese staff to permanent remote working

The company expects around 80% of its employees to be home-based from December

By Marie Dealessandri

Game Workers Unite UK rebrands to IWGB Game Workers

Update: The trade union confirmed it's now a separate organisation to GWU, and changed name to prevent "unnecessary confusion"

By Marie Dealessandri

TikTok developer launches publishing arm and casual gaming platform

ByteDance is set to publish five games in the Chinese market via new division Pixmain

By Marie Dealessandri

Bioware and Ubisoft veterans create Yellow Brick Games

Mike Laidlaw, Thomas Giroux, Jeff Skalski, and Frédéric St-Laurent B want to focus on a "craftsmanship approach"

By Marie Dealessandri

Bandai Namco invests $3m in avatars creator Genies

The tech company is preparing to launch in Asia, with a new office in Tokyo

By Marie Dealessandri

The ultimate guide to selling your indie game

At Develop:Brighton Digital, Network N's James Binns laid out the strategy and tactics indies should follow to sell more games

By Marie Dealessandri

Imvu to launch its own cryptocurrency

The social platform's new digital tokens, Vcoin, will launch in early January 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

COVID-19 expected to boost investment in esports

But esports activity won't go back to pre-pandemic levels for another year, some execs believe

By Marie Dealessandri

PlayStation 5 sold almost six times as many units as Xbox Series X|S in Japan

Sony's consoles sold 118,085 units in four days, while Microsoft's machines sold 20,534 in six days

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo publishes Animal Crossing guidelines for businesses

The platform holder asked organisations to "refrain from bringing politics" into New Horizons

By Marie Dealessandri

Apple to cut down App Store share to 15% for small developers

The company's new App Store Small Business Program means studios earning less than $1m a year in proceeds will benefit from a reduced commission

By Marie Dealessandri

Nintendo faces yet another Joy-Con drift lawsuit

An expert analysis noted that the drift is caused by "extensive wear on the pad surface on the interior of the Joy-Con"

By Marie Dealessandri

Epic Games acquires real-time animation firm Hyprsense

The company will collaborate closely with 3Lateral and Cubic Motion to "make content production more accessible"

By Marie Dealessandri

Wiggin acquires games law firm Purewal & Partners

Founder Jas Purewal is joining as partner, alongside his team

By Marie Dealessandri

Microsoft suggests higher AAA price-point is "warranted"

CFO Tim Stuart said that publishers need to "make the right decision for their content"

By Marie Dealessandri

My.Games launches cloud gaming service

My.Games Cloud is currently in beta in Russia, and will feature games from Ubisoft and Riot Games

By Marie Dealessandri

What next-gen consoles really mean for audio

Sumo Digital discusses the audio tools that could be a game changer for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

By Marie Dealessandri

Zynga to open new studio in its Austin office

The new studio will focus on the development of NaturalMotion's Star Wars game

By Marie Dealessandri

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