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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

Get a Job in Games month: The full guide to finding your place in the industry

Everything we published as part of the Academy event in one place

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in game design

The Academy looks into how to get a job as a game designer

By Marie Dealessandri

Valve files for dismissal of Wolfire Games' antitrust lawsuit

Steam's parent company filed a motion to dismiss, saying its practices do not harm competition

By Marie Dealessandri

Forza Motorsport 7 to be removed from sale due to "end of life status"

Turn 10 Studios' racing game will retire after only four years on shelves

By Marie Dealessandri

Best practices to hire and retain diverse talent | GDC 2021

Unity's Movell Dash, Niantic's Trinidad Hermida, and PlayStation's Davina Mackey sat down with IGDA Foundation's Nika Nour to discuss ways to improve diversity in games

By Marie Dealessandri

How do you make hitting something fun?

A panel of experts answered this burning question at Devcom, and gave advice on the skills you need to become a combat designer

By Marie Dealessandri

Over 1,000 current and former Activision Blizzard staff decry response to lawsuit

Update: 500 current and former Ubisoft employees sign in solidarity, letter signed by over 2,000 people

By Marie Dealessandri

Naughty Dog and Infinity Ward veterans create new studio That's No Moon

New AAA developer has secured a $100 million investment from Smilegate to work on its debut title

By Marie Dealessandri

Death's Door hits 100,000 players in a week

Acid Nerve's title, published by Devolver Digital, released on Steam and Xbox Series X|S on July 20

Good Shepherd to close down investor portal

The firm's crowdfunding platform will shut down in September following "a shift in financing strategy"

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job as a community manager in games

As communities keep growing and companies look to engage with them more genuinely, the Academy looks into how to get a job in community management

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in the games press

The Academy looks into how to get a job as a games journalist

By Marie Dealessandri

Former Activision Blizzard execs apologise for "failing" women

Mike Morhaime and Chris Metzen both released statements addressing the harassment and discrimination lawsuit against the company

By Marie Dealessandri

Lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard for harassment and discrimination against women

The document details the company's toxic culture, a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women"

By Marie Dealessandri

Best practices for onboarding new recruits (without actually meeting them)

We talk to Inno Games about how to successfully integrate new members into a remote working team

By Marie Dealessandri

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin ships 1 million units worldwide

Capcom's latest RPG released on Nintendo Switch and PC on July 9

How to get a job as a game producer

The Academy explores the many paths to working in video games production

By Marie Dealessandri

No new model planned for Switch as Nintendo denies OLED margin increase

In an unusual move for the platform holder, it publicly denied the latest rumours about its best selling console

By Marie Dealessandri

Auto-aim cheat tool shuts down at Activision request

User Vision makers said their "intent was never to do anything illegal"

By Marie Dealessandri

Ubisoft, Ustwo, Wooga among Green Game Jam 2021 winners

Participants were asked to innovate on an existing game, on the theme of restoration

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job in game art

The Academy looks into how to get a job as a game artist

By Marie Dealessandri

Sumo opens second studio in Canada

Timbre Games will be headed by former VP at EA and Maxis, Joe Nickolls

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

Google launches Android Game Development Kit

The company also announced a "play as you download" feature, which lets users play instantly while assets are downloading in the background

By Marie Dealessandri

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