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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

Odeeo raises $1m for "non-disruptive" ads for mobile games

The company's audio ads aim to avoid disrupting gameplay

By Marie Dealessandri

Bravely Default 2 sells 950,000 units on Switch

Square Enix's title released on Nintendo's console on February 26, 2021, and is launching on Steam today

Multiscription raises €800,000

Latest funding round will go towards growing its subscription platform for free-to-play games

By Marie Dealessandri

Video games projects raised $13m on Kickstarter during H1 2021

184 video games projects reached their goal, versus 168 last year

By Marie Dealessandri

Apple to relax store rules for "reader apps"

"It's hard to discern the rationale that this is safe while Fortnite accepting direct payments remains unsafe," Tim Sweeney reacted

By Marie Dealessandri

Riot Games reportedly delaying procedure in discrimination and harassment investigation

Update: "Riot's severance agreements have never in any way prohibited speaking to government agencies," a Riot spokesperson said

By Marie Dealessandri

XR Games raises £1.5 million

Leeds-based developer is to grow its team with 20 new hires, and develop its own IP

By Marie Dealessandri

Control continues boosting Remedy's financials

The title has now reached 10 million players since launch

By Marie Dealessandri

What to do if you are harassed in the workplace

We look back at advice given by Cinzia Musio and Anisa Sanusi during the GamesIndustry.biz podcast on handling toxicity

By Marie Dealessandri

Rovio acquires hypercasual studio Ruby Games

The Turkish developer made $7.8 million in revenue from January to June 2021

By Marie Dealessandri

Spec Ops: The Line director launches studio with Nine Inch Nails guitarist

New studio Eyes Out working on "single-player immersive cosmic horror game"

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords acquires art studio AMC

The Bucharest-based firm specialises in art assets for companies such as Activision, 2K, and CD Projekt Red

By Marie Dealessandri

Activision Blizzard lets go Diablo 4, World of Warcraft developers

No reason given for dismissal, but trio's departure follows lawsuit over toxic workplace

By Marie Dealessandri

An introduction to games user research

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy talks to veteran user researcher Steve Bromley about what the job entails and what you can do to become one

By Marie Dealessandri

YoYo Games streamlines GameMaker licenses, offers new free version

The engine will be available for free to learn, and introduces two new license options with monthly or annual fees

By Marie Dealessandri

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice hits 6.3 million players

Developer Ninja Theory announced the milestone as a free Xbox Series X|S update for the title launches

PAX Australia 2021 cancelled

The event will still take place in a digital format

By Marie Dealessandri

Intellivision Amico delayed again

The retro console is now due to launch "by the end of the year"

By Marie Dealessandri

Resources for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace

The GamesIndustry.biz Academy compiles materials to give employees tools to get mental health support, and options to seek action from an impartial body

By Marie Dealessandri

Embracer acquires eight studios, including Crazy Labs, Ghost Ship Games, DigixArt

The initial transaction amounts to over $313 million, with an additional $232 million considered if milestones are reached

By Marie Dealessandri

Unity update to Pro licence changes console release options

Following changes to license terms, smaller developers may need to upgrade to launch on Xbox

By Marie Dealessandri

Lessons learnt from launching a studio while at university

Waving Bear Studio's co-founders talk about the challenges of transitioning from student to becoming your own boss

By Marie Dealessandri

Second Life to ban gacha mechanics

From August 31, selling content via gacha machines will no longer be permitted in the title

By Marie Dealessandri

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