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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

Gfinity is no longer for sale

Revenue at the esports company was up 212% in the second half of 2020

By Marie Dealessandri

Nordisk Games acquires 30% stake in Supermassive

"There are few studios better at creating rich, narrative-driven games, built around unique stories and IPs," said Nordisk MD

By Marie Dealessandri

Balan Wonderworld's day one patch to remove epileptic triggers

Square Enix asked players to install the update to avoid a bug that adds flashing lights to a boss fight

By Marie Dealessandri

UKIE releases Green Games Guide to help companies take action against climate change

Created with London Games Festival and Playing for the Planet, the guide aims at providing tools to create more sustainable businesses

Hades wins Best Game at BAFTA Games Awards 2021

Supergiant's hit took home five awards, while Animal Crossing, The Last of Us Part II, and Sackboy each won two

By Marie Dealessandri

Monster Hunter Rise | Critical Consensus

Capcom's franchise returns to Nintendo with a vibrant world, an enthralling combat system, and the same (old) winning formula

By Marie Dealessandri

Frost Giant Studios raises $5 million

Blizzard veteran James Anhalt has also been hired as chief architect

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords Studios reports strong 2020 with €373.5m in revenue

The services provider acquired seven companies in 2020 for a total consideration of up to €97.2 million

By Marie Dealessandri

Making marketing mistakes or the art of failing properly

At GDC Showcase, Innersloth's Victoria Tran explored the right way to approach failure, and what you can learn from it

By Marie Dealessandri

Final Fantasy XI mobile reboot officially cancelled

Nexon and Square Enix indicated that the title didn't meet expectations, despite having been in development for five years

By Marie Dealessandri

Amazon Games opens Montreal studio

The outfit will focus on a new online multiplayer IP, under the direction of veterans from Ubisoft Montreal's Rainbow Six Siege team

By Marie Dealessandri

German games market reaches record high of €8.5bn

Software sales generated €5.2 billion in 2020, with growth being particularly important for in-game purchases

By Marie Dealessandri

Upgraded Nintendo Switch reportedly using latest Nvidia graphics chip

Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling technology uses AI and machine learning to create higher-resolution graphics

By Marie Dealessandri

Xbox Live becomes Xbox network

Microsoft made the change to distinguish its online service from Xbox Live Gold

By Marie Dealessandri

ByteDance acquires Moonton Technology

The transaction reportedly valued the Shanghai-based studio at $4 billion

By Marie Dealessandri

IronSource going public at $11.1 billion valuation

The mobile marketing company is joining forces with Thoma Bravo Advantage

By Marie Dealessandri

How Phoenix Games helps studios establish their next hit

Founder Klaas Kersting discusses the beauty of the free-to-play model, its challenges, and why it's not going anywhere

By Marie Dealessandri

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut classification rejected in Australia

The extended edition of ZA/UM's RPG was due to release on PS5 and PS4 in the country on March 30

By Marie Dealessandri

The Bala brothers' guide to finding the magic

At GDC Showcase, the Velan Studios founders detailed their business model, fuelled by divergent thinking

By Marie Dealessandri

Keywords Studios acquires 85% interest in Tantalus Media

The services provider enters the Australian market for the first time

By Marie Dealessandri

Tencent, Sony, Square Enix invest in cloud gaming company Ubitus

Tencent led the funding round, but the amount raised was not disclosed

By Marie Dealessandri

Trufan raises $2.3m and acquires

The audience engagement company is planning its expansion in the games industry

By Marie Dealessandri

Global console market reached record high of $53.9bn in 2020

Console hardware, games and services grew 19% year-on-year

By Marie Dealessandri

How to get a job as a games writer

The Academy looks into how to get a job writing video games

By Marie Dealessandri

Humble Bundle raised over $30m for charity in 2020

That included over $8.1 million towards charities fighting against COVID-19

By Marie Dealessandri

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