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Marie Dealessandri, Features Editor

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

Report: ByteDance lays off dozens at publisher Ohayoo

Chinese company also reportedly pushing back its IPO to late 2022

By Marie Dealessandri

EA says FIFA 22's player engagement is “highest ever”

89 million matches have been played across 200 countries since release on October 1, EA says

Google lowers Play Store subscription share to 15%

Company said previous approach to lowering fee made it "challenging for subscription businesses to benefit"

By Marie Dealessandri

God of War coming to PC in 2022

Sony Santa Monica Studio's title has reached 19.5 million copies sold

By Marie Dealessandri

Sony patent would let viewers vote or pay to remove players from games

Viewers could be allowed to pay individually, as a group, or by bidding in an auction to get a player removed

By Marie Dealessandri

Cyberpunk 2077 next gen versions delayed to Q1 2022

CD Projekt Red also announced that the next gen update for The Witcher 3 would be pushed back to Q2 2022

20 Activision Blizzard employees have "exited company" since lawsuit

A further 20 staff have faced disciplinary action in efforts to improve company culture

By Marie Dealessandri

A developer's guide to releasing a game on Steam

Everything you need to know about publishing on Steam, direct from established developers and Valve itself

By Marie Dealessandri

How Unpacking kept a steady heartbeat after going viral years before launch

Witch Beam's Wren Brier and Tim Dawson discuss how they cultivated their passion project's spark after it went viral

By Marie Dealessandri

Monster Hunter: World passes 20m units sold

Capcom's game initially launched in January 2018, and became its best-selling title of all time within a month of release

FIFA 22 remains at No.1 for third consecutive week | UK Boxed Charts

Back 4 Blood debuted at No.4, with 62% of the copies going to PS5

By Marie Dealessandri

Xbox Series X|S sells 100,000 units in Japan

It took the Xbox One four years to reach the same milestone in the country

By Marie Dealessandri

MercurySteam responds to complaints over staff missing from credits

Developers must have worked on a title for at least 25% of its full development to appear in the credits, Metroid Dread dev says

By Marie Dealessandri

Resetera sold for $4.5 million

The gaming forum was acquired by MOBA Network

By Marie Dealessandri

Activision announces new anti-cheat system for Call of Duty

Ricochet includes a mandatory kernel-level driver that monitors the apps interacting with the game

By Marie Dealessandri

Navigating the post-IDFA world: All you need to know about iOS 14.5

Check out all our Academy guides to complying with this year's disruptive iOS update

By Marie Dealessandri

Unity aims to achieve net zero carbon emission

The company didn't provide a timeline, but unveiled a three-step plan to "immediately reduce" its carbon footprint

Google countersues Epic Games for breach of contract

The tech giant argues that "Epic's purported launch on Google Play was an act of deception designed to provoke litigation"

By Marie Dealessandri

Raw Fury games to be adapted for TV and film

Dj2 Entertainment to work on Sable, Night Call, and Mosaic adaptations

By Marie Dealessandri

Former Apple Arcade head leading PlayStation's mobile strategy

Nicola Sebastiani joined in July, after seven years at Apple

By Marie Dealessandri

Post-pandemic games investment must go beyond "fishing in the same pond"

Cassia Curran, Parin Shah and Agostino Simonetta reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the investment landscape

By Marie Dealessandri

My.Games VC invests in three studios

The combined investment amounted to around $3 million

By Marie Dealessandri

Nacon acquires Ishtar Games, launches indie label

The company will be developing "the creation and marketing of high-potential independent games"

By Marie Dealessandri

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